When Immigration Matters

10 Tips to know about the March 2024 H-1B Registration Process

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 9:47 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 30, 2024, that: 

 

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H-1B Cap Season is Here for Fiscal Year 2025. Are You Ready?

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Sat, Jan 20, 2024 @ 6:39 PM

It is H-1B Cap Season again for Fiscal Year 2025. Like in prior years, there will be a two-step process – the registration step and then, if the registration is selected in the H-1B cap lottery, the petition step. 

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The Road to Permanent Residency for Religious Workers: Navigating Religious Visas and Green Card Backlog

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Thu, Jan 04, 2024 @ 1:33 PM

Religious visas, particularly the R-1 visa, serve a vital role in enabling religious workers from around the globe to engage in ministerial activities within the United States. These visas are designed for those involved in duties like teaching, preaching, or supervising religious activities.

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Preparing for Massive Delays for EB2 & EB3 Visas

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Wed, Dec 13, 2023 @ 11:44 AM

Every year, the U.S. puts a cap on the number of visa applications that will be reviewed and accepted. Due to the popularity of certain visa categories, applicants experience nerve-wracking delays, and their future life in the U.S. is unclear. The backlog for EB-2 and EB-3 visas stands as a significant challenge for aspirants looking to cement their future on American soil. The U.S. economy has many job opportunities, attracting a skilled workforce worldwide. Conversely, an aging workforce necessitates replenishment by foreign talent. These factors create a high demand for EB-2 and EB-3 visas, as they can provide permanent residency to professionals and skilled and unskilled workers.

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Love Knows No Boundaries: Immigration & The K-1 Visa

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Tue, Nov 07, 2023 @ 1:33 PM

The path to establishing roots and building a career in the United States often feels labyrinthine, more so when you're transplanting your entire existence from foreign shores. If you're a U.S. resident poised to welcome your fiancé(e) from abroad or a non-U.S. native engaged to an American, the K-1 Fiancé Visa could be your bridge to a reunion. With clear information, you can make informed decisions about your immigration journey, delve into eligibility stipulations, and chart the application trajectory.

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H-1B Candidates may not have to travel abroad to get an H-1B Stamp

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 6:46 PM

On October 17, 2023, the US Department of State (DOS) sent a Federal Register Notice to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review, proposing that certain H1-B candidates will not have to travel overseas to renew their visas. Sending a notice to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is a preliminary step before publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register.

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Frustrated with USCIS delays? Why is my case taking so long?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Oct 20, 2023 @ 10:00 AM

Immigration is usually a time-sensitive issue, and in most cases, delays in the adjudication of your petition/application could potentially lead to loss of employment, restriction on foreign travel, or outright stress, which may impact an immigrant’s personal life.

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Effective Immediately Israelis Can Travel to the USA Visa-Free.

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Oct 19, 2023 @ 4:55 PM

Department of Homeland Security announced today that with immediate effect, eligible Israeli Citizens can travel to the USA without first obtaining a visa.  Previously, this program was scheduled to take effect in November 2023.  Travel is for no more than 90 days, saving time and money in lengthy delays and sometimes costly visa applications.  Israelis will have to register with Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") Electronic System for Travel Authorization ("ESTA") in order to qualify for travel without a visa.    

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Israel Admitted to the Visa Waiver Program

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Oct 03, 2023 @ 12:29 PM

On September 27, 2023, the Biden Administration announced Israel’s entry into the Visa Waiver program. Starting November 30, 2023, Israeli citizens will be able to travel to the US without the need to obtain a B-1/B-2 Visa at a US Consulate. The Visa Waiver Program, recognized worldwide, offers eligible citizens of participating countries a streamlined pathway to enter the United States for tourism, business meetings, or family visits for a period not exceeding 90 days. The traditional visa application process is replaced with a more straightforward Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application, making travel arrangements more accessible and hassle-free. Applicants applying under the program would have to file the ESTA application on the Custom and Border Protection (CBP) portal here.

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Karen-Lee Pollak Selected as a Texas Super Lawyer for 2023

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Oct 02, 2023 @ 1:23 PM
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