When Immigration Matters


Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Apr 18, 2023 @ 4:44 PM

The Department of State has released the May Visa Bulletin and there are significant delays. These delays will primarily impact workers who have not filed adjustment of status applications. Employers sponsoring foreign nationals should be aware that some cut-off dates for filing immigrant visa applications in certain employment-based (EB) preference categories have recently “retrogressed” or moved backwards in time due to increased demand.

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General Process For Employment-Based Green Card Applications

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Thu, Oct 14, 2021 @ 10:43 AM

Lawful permanent residence (or permanent residency), which is the legal status for green card holders, can allow non-residents and their family the freedom to travel the country, work, and send your kids to public schools. No longer will they have to worry about visa extensions and planning their lives around time periods of only a few years. 

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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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What is the EB-3 Visa? 

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

The EB3 visa is a preference category for individuals who are designated by USCIS as a Skilled Worker, Professional, or “Other Worker” (i.e. unskilled labor). Each of these sub-categories is outlined below.

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FATCA Tax Reporting for US. Residents with Foreign Bank Accounts

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 5:48 PM

Today I asked my colleague and friend International Tax Attorney Richard Rubin to explain in an article the new FATCA tax reporting rules that goes into effect on June 30, 2015.  FATCA impact US citizens, Green Card holders and other US tax resident individuals who have accounts with non-US banks or financial institutions.

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Immigration Reform: What it means for Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

As part of President Obama’s executive action, he has ordered new policies and regulations to be implemented which will benefit highly-skilled foreign workers by enabling businesses to more easily hire and retain these workers and allow them to make natural career progressions with their employers or seek similar opportunities within the United States thereby creating increased career stability for those foreign workers waiting for green cards. 

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The March 2013 Visa Bulletin is here

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 12:28 PM

The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers in March. The employment-based second preference cut-off date for China has advanced to February 15, 2008 and the cut-off date for India remains at September 1, 2004.

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Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

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Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 6:48 AM

The February 2013 Visa Bulletin does not provide predictions for cutoff date movement later in the year.  Let’s hope that the highly anticipated Immigration Reform which President Obama says must happen this year---will bring current the wait times for visas in both the employment and family based categories.   

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How to Qualify for an EB-2 or EB-3 Visa?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains how to legally bring an employee to the United States. 

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