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The Entrepreneur Start Up Visa is Back

Posted by PR Team on Mon, May 10, 2021 @ 4:37 PM

The Biden Administration has announced that it is reviving the International Entrepreneur Program, which provides foreign-born entrepreneurs a temporary immigration pathway for up to five years.  Primarily aimed at start-ups, the program will be accessible to individuals who have founded new companies within the three years prior to applying and that has attracted at least $250 000 in capital from American Investors or at least $100 000 in grants from Federal, State or local government agencies. 

The program was first introduced by the Obama administration in 2017 but was blocked from being implemented by President Trump shortly after his inauguration.   In reviving the program, the Biden administration hopes to attract promising entrepreneurs to the USA since the program not only allows its beneficiaries to legally work for their start-up companies, but it also provides work authorization for accompanying spouses.

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Posted by PR Team on Mon, Jan 25, 2021 @ 9:26 PM

Today January 25, 2021, President Biden issued a “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease.”   In regard to both immigrants and non immigrants:

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Karen-Lee Pollak Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer for 2020

Posted by PR Team on Sat, Dec 12, 2020 @ 6:51 PM

DALLAS – Managing Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak from the Dallas law firm Pollak PLLC, once again has earned recognition as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2020 by Texas Monthly Magazine based on her work in Immigration Law.

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BREAKING:  Changes to USCIS Premium Processing Approved as Part of Resolution to Stop a Government Shutdown

Posted by PR Team on Tue, Sep 22, 2020 @ 10:00 PM

Breaking:  Tonight the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through December 11 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.

The legislation is H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act.    

Part of this Act is Division D—The Employment Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act which increases the premium processing fee from $1440 to $2500 for Employment based Immigrant Visas in the EB1, 2 and 3 category and $1750 for nonimmigrant visas where premium processing was available as of August 2020.

It also expands premium processing to Multinational Executive and Manager Green Cards as well as EB2 National Interest Waivers. Cases must be adjudicated in 45 days.  The cost is $2500.  

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Lawsuit Filed to Set Aside Trump's April & June Proclamations

Posted by PR Team on Fri, Jul 17, 2020 @ 2:30 PM

Today, our client and 22 individual and organizational plaintiffs, including family-based immigrant visa petitioners, diversity visa lottery winners, and nonimmigrant visa sponsors, including those who want to bring in healthcare professionals from abroad to help during the pandemic, sued to prevent the devastating effects of President’s Trump’s unlawful and unconstitutional immigration ban.  Litigators from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Justice Action Center and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP as Lead Counsel, filed the plaintiffs’ claims as an amended complaint in Gomez v. Trump, (copy attached) which had initially challenged President Trump’s April immigration ban.  Today’s amended complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, marks the first legal challenge to the entirety of President Trump's immigration ban, which has been extended through the end of 2020.

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Webinar with Yocket on Executive Order's Impact to Students and H1B Visa Holders

Posted by PR Team on Thu, Jul 02, 2020 @ 2:34 PM

Thanks to Yocket for hosting Karen on this webinar to discuss the impact of the executive order to students and H-1B visa holders.  The executive order impacts H-1B, H2, L1 and J Visas and suspends immigration to the USA until the end of the year December 31, 2020.  It goes into effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01am.  This Executive Order only impacts people located outside the USA who do not already have visas or a travel permit to enter.     

Here is a link to the recording:


Yocket is an online platform that aims to be a one-stop solution for students planning to study abroad. It is connects aspiring students planning to study abroad with university officials and alumni to simplify the process and guide students in firming up their plans.


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Yudi J & Karen Break Down Trump's June 2020 Executive Order

Posted by PR Team on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 @ 10:06 PM

Many thanks to Yudi J for hosting Karen on his show to discuss Trump's suspension and travel ban.  The executive order impacts H-1B, H2, L1 and J Visas and suspends immigration to the USA until the end of the year December 31, 2020.  It goes into effect on June 24, 2020 at 12:01am.  This Executive Order only impacts people located outside the USA who do not already have visas or a travel permit to enter.     

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US-India IOC Immigration Webinar Features Karen-Lee Pollak

Posted by PR Team on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 @ 4:29 PM

The US-India Chamber of Commerce in Dallas-Ft. Worth is proud to sponsor this informative webinar on immigration and possible changes to the H-1B visa program.
Join Immigration lawyers Karen-Lee Pollak and Ann Badmus for an in-depth update about potential changes to the H1B visa program.

Date & Time: Friday, June 19, @ 2:00pm

Topic: H1B Rumors - What you need to know in case there are changes to the H1B visa program

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LCR & Pollak PLLC Zoom Recording | Gaining US Permanent Residence

Posted by PR Team on Fri, Jun 05, 2020 @ 5:08 PM

To recap, Karen-Lee Pollak, discussed various ways of gaining permanent residency in the US, including the investor visa (EB-5). Carel van der Merwe, Director at LCR Capital Partners, provided a deeper look at LCR's latest EB-5 project and Antony Joffe from Sterling Trustees covered the importance of setting up a US trust before becoming a US tax resident. For those who attended, thank you and we trust you found the material informative.  For those who were unable to attend, below is a link to the recording.
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Pollak PLLC Proud to Support Clough in Boss Magazine

Posted by PR Team on Mon, Jun 01, 2020 @ 3:54 PM
Established in Perth, Australia in 1919, Clough is a go-to engineering and construction partner for the global energy sector.  Employing over 2,000 workers around the globe, the firm planted roots in the North American market with the 2014 acquisition of CH-IV International, a leading LNG specialist with offices in Baltimore and Houston.  In early 2019, Clough purchased the gulf-based assets of a reputable engineering and construction company which solidified Clough's leadership position in North America.
Pollak PLLC has been helping Clough bring highly skilled employees into the United States since 2017.  We look forward to continued the relationship and helping Clough grow its presence in North America.
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