When Immigration Matters

E-2 Non-Immigrant Investor Visa for Israeli Citizens Begins May 1, 2019

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Apr 27, 2019 @ 6:11 PM


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Immigration Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak Named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2019

Posted by PR Team on Sat, Apr 20, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

The firm is pleased to announce that Karen-Lee Pollak has been named to the list of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2019.  “We are grateful and humbled to be acknowledged by our peers and to be included in this elite list which includes some of the best and brightest attorneys in Dallas, Texas.” Said Pollak PLLC’s Managing Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak.  Our immigration team is passionate about what we do.  We know how critical and life-changing it is to move employees, investors, entrepreneurs and family to the United States in the most cost-effective and timely manner.  We pride ourselves on our excellent client service and this recognition illustrates both our dedication and talent and our firm’s commitment to immigration law.”

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Is Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders about to be Revoked?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

On February 2015, DHS published a final rule providing employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. 

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4 Tips to Improve H-1B Approvals in 2019

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 @ 9:17 PM

Can you believe that H-1B Season is upon us!   Each year, I say it seems like yesterday we filed last year’s H-1B Cap Cases. This year is particularly true as we are still responding to Requests for Evidence and waiting for decisions on April 2018 H-1B Cap Cases. USCIS issued the most requests for evidence and denials it has ever issued on H-1B Cap cases. In fact, USCIS has stated that it issued requests for evidence in 70 percent of the H-1B Cap cases filed. So, what have we learned?

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USCIS Delays Reach Crisis Levels

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 @ 10:36 PM

The United States government was built on a philosophy of checks and balances. Our founding fathers created three branches of government so that no one branch could grow too powerful. The Judicial branch (the Court) was created to interpret laws. The legislative branch (Congress) was created to make the laws. The executive branch (President) was created to implement the laws. However, in recent years, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a part of the executive branch, has essentially usurped Congress’ power by taking an unacceptably excessive amount of time processing the applications of immigrants seeking legal status and benefits.

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2018: A Tough Year in US Immigration Policy

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 9:07 PM

Many people will remember 2018 as one of the most restrictive years for immigration to the United States. As explained by Frank Sharry, head of pro-immigrant group America’s Voice, “This is our generation’s sort of existential moment… Are we going to continue to be a nation that practices ‘e pluribus unum’and welcomes people from around the world to make this country better?  Or are were going to continue to shut the door?”  Throughout the past year, the answer seems to be the latter.

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How Immigration Cases are Impacted by the Government Shutdown?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Dec 24, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

President Trump’s refusal to sign a bill to keep the government running that does not include border wall funding has caused a government shutdown.   Since midnight December 21, 2018, approximately 25 percent of government functions have shut down.

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Pollak PLLC's 2018 Scholarship: Winning Essay

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 11:15 AM

The winner of Pollak's 2018 scholarship was Susan Jablonski,
she wrote a compelling essay on what options an international students has to remain in the U.S. after graduation. We were so impressed with her essay that we would like to share it with our readers.

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Karen-Lee Pollak Selected to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyer List

Posted by PR Team on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 8:54 PM

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Only the top 5 percent of attorneys in Texas are included in the annual Super Lawyers list.

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Trump Immigration Policy May Have Negative Implications for Businesses Trying To Employ Workers Via H-1B Visa Program

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Trump’s proposed changes to business visas may have significant negative implications for businesses trying to employ skilled immigrants.  The H-1B visa in the United States is a visa which allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.  The regulations define a “specialty occupation” as requiring theoretical and practical knowledge in a field of human endeavor including, but not limited to: biotechnology, chemistry, computing, architecture, engineering, statistics, physical sciences, journalism, medicine and health, economics, education, research, law, accounting, business specialties, technical writing, theology and the arts, and requiring the attainment of at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, and state licensure, if required to practice in that field.

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