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Why Hire a Licensed Immigration Lawyer |  Part I

Foreign nationals, both non-immigrants and immigrants, in Florida and around the country face many hurdles in applying for immigration benefits in the U.S. The first important decision many foreign nationals must decide upon is whether to: Self-file immigration paperwork To hire a licensed immigration lawyer To hire a nonlawyer (unlicensed representative)  However, foreign nationals should […]

Global Travel Resumes – A Guide on Travel Requirements for Immigrants

The Biden administration has signed a new proclamation stating it is safe to resume global travel to the United States following worldwide easement of COVID-19 restrictions.  In the proclamation, President Biden revoked the previous COVID-19 country-specific suspensions and limitations on entry into the U.S. enacted under the previous four presidential proclamations, dating back to January […]

Immigration Alert: U.S. Covid-19 Travel Bans Lifted

On October 25, 2021, President Biden signed a new proclamation to advance the safe resumption of global travel to the United States in response to the worldwide easement of COVID-19 restrictions.  In the proclamation, President Biden revoked the previous COVID-19 country-specific suspensions and limitations on entry into the U.S. enacted under the previous four presidential […]

USCIS Announces H-1B Visa FY 2022 Schedule – Registration Begins March 9

H-1B Visa The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the dates for the fiscal year 2022 Cap-Subject H-1B visa registration period. Please note the following: Registration Period: USCIS will start accepting registrations for cap-subject H-1B’s for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 on March 9, 2021, through noon ET on March 25, 2021. Registration Completion: […]

USCIS Reinstates DACA Program in Response to Court Order

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and resumed the acceptance of first-time applications effective December 7, 2020, in accordance with a recent U.S. District Court order. In addition, USCIS will: Accept DACA Renewal Requests; Accept applications for advance parole (travel document); Extend one-year of […]

President Trump Expands Ban on Employment Visas and Extends Previous Executive Order

On Monday, the Trump administration announced it is suspending some categories of employment visas for foreign workers. The ban is effective June 24, 2020, and it remains in effect through December 31, 2020. The president’s executive order suspends the entry of foreign nationals and their family members currently without issued U.S. employment visas who are […]

U.S. Executive Order Ceases Immigration for Many Applicants During COVID-19 Crisis

It was announced this week that the president of the United States has signed an executive order that temporarily suspends the issuance of green cards to U.S. immigration candidates. The current ban, which expires in 60 days, only covers applicants who would be coming from outside the United States. More specifically, it blocks anybody from […]

USCIS Provides Updated Response to COVID-19 Crisis

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that all offices will remain closed through May 3, 2020, or until further notice. Therefore, please note the following impacts: All scheduled in-person appointments, hearings, and interviews during this time are automatically canceled. USCIS will automatically reschedule all canceled appointments by mailing new appointment notices to […]

Immigration Services and COVID-19 – Continuing to Assist Legal Needs of Our New and Existing Clients

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, including the closings of businesses, schools, and government offices and courts around the country, the immigration department at Widerman Malek remains open and will continue to provide legal representation for most types of U.S. immigration cases. What You Need to Know During the Crisis: Safety – For the […]

EB-5 News: Double or Nothing for Foreign Investors

USCIS recently raised the stakes for foreigner investors hoping to gain permanent residence status in the United States through the EB-5 program with a new rule announcement. Starting November 21, 2019, foreign applicants to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program will be required to invest $900,000 in a “targeted employment area” (TEA), a sharp increase from […]

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