Opportunities to streamline Immigration processing Biden’s Philosophy The new era ushered in by the Biden administration brings with it encouraging signs that the government, including USCIS, is starting to emphasize operational efficiency in its policies and practices, focusing on building a fair and accessible system of legal immigration. For example, in his first 100 days […]
Category Archives: Immigrant-Visa-IV
Residency Requirements for Naturalization
What are the residency requirements for naturalization? In order to meet the residency requirement for naturalization, an applicant must maintain documents to show that the U.S. is his “principal, actual dwelling place.” Specifically, an individual must show that he or she has “resided continuously, after being lawfully admitted for permanent residence, within the United States […]
Fighting the Government’s Immigration Rules and Decisions in Court: Effective or a Waste of Funds?
Fighting the Government’s Immigration Rules and Decisions in Court: Effective or a Waste of Funds? If your foreign employees have been negatively affected by some of the government’s immigration rules and policies, or if an adverse decision was made regarding a petition you filed on behalf of one of your employees, you may wonder if […]
Gee & Zhang LLP anticipates numerous and significant immigration developments over the coming months as the government continues to push through new immigration policies and deal with COVID-19 and the U.S. economic recovery. Given the rapid and increasing number of immigration changes, we have consolidated summaries of recent key items of interest to your business […]
Update: U.S. Embassies and Consulates Slowly Begin to Resume Visa Services
Update: U.S. Embassies and Consulates Slowly Begin to Resume Visa Services On July 14, the U.S. Department of State announced a phased, post-by-post resumption of routine visa services at U.S. embassies and consulates beginning July 15 . Most routine visa services had been suspended for 117 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of […]
Proclamation 10014 Citing a threat to the jobs of American workers amid the COVID-19 crisis, President Trump has issued a proclamation that suspends entry to the U.S. of foreign nationals seeking certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas. The Executive Order prohibits entry into the U.S. for new H-1B, L-1, H-2B, and certain J-1 nonimmigrants, as well as […]
Trump’s Executive Order to “Suspend Immigration”: Is it really a broad sweeping suspension?
Trump’s Executive Order to “Suspend Immigration”: Is it really a broad sweeping suspension? In a late-night tweet on April 20, 2020, President Trump indicated his intention to temporarily suspend immigration into the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 22, 2020, he signed his official proclamation, effective April 23, 2020 at 11:59pm. The scope […]
COVID-19 Update: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Changes and Responses
COVID-19 Update: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Changes and Responses U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made several changes and accommodations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the most relevant of which we detail below. Our summary and assessment of USCIS’ COVID-19 responses are a selection of the most current updates. However, many […]
2018 UH International Students Presentation
On October 12, 2018 Andrew H. Gee gave a presentation on immigration issues for international students at the University of Houston. See presentation below.
New Procedures and Guidelines announced by Customs & Border Protection and the US Department of State
Customs & Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a new procedure for travelers intending to enter the US by land in the issuance of an Arrival/Departure Record ( I-94). Under this new procedure, land entry travelers may apply and pay for their I-94 online up to seven days prior to their arrival in the US. Upon […]