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Trump Administration’s H-1B Rules Blocked

Trump Administration’s H-1B Rules Blocked: Your Perfect Opportunity to Apply for H-1B Visas! Great news for all the H-1B applicants out there! On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Jeffery White of the Northern District of California blocked both Trump administration policies that tighten the H-1B program. 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, especially for H-1B applicants. The Trump administration has released several executive orders targeting the H-1B program. The most damaging ones were proposed in October when the Department of Labor drastically raised the prevailing wages, and the Department of Homeland Security redefined many terms that are critical in determining H-1B...

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Thousands of Immigrants Can Now Have Their Deportations Cancelled Under New Supreme Court Case

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Are you an immigrant or non-US citizen that received a document in the mail informing you that you may need to leave the United States or that you will not be allowed to re-enter if you leave the United States? If you received a document titled “Notice to Appear,” a recent Supreme Court case called Niz-Chavez v. Garland could provide you with a way to cancel that order through 42(B) Cancellation of Removal.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][mkd_custom_font custom_font_tag="h2" font_size="28" line_height="20" font_weight="900" content_custom_font="Do I have a Notice To Appear (NTA)?"][vc_single_image image="3522" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][mkd_custom_font custom_font_tag="h2" font_size="28" font_weight="900" content_custom_font="How to Cancel Your Order of...

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Purchasing Property in New York City

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]C.T. Lee & Associates has prepared the following step-by-step guide for you to understand the process of purchasing an apartment in New York City and the many issues to take into consideration: First, find a broker and look at property listings based on your needs.  Contact our firm if you have no broker and we can refer one to you! Tip: the seller’s side pays all brokers fees so there is no harm to you as a buyer to find a broker who is knowledgeable about specific buildings and neighborhoods in New York.   Tip: condo or co-op? Most foreign...

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H-1B Policy Loosens Towards Computer Programmer Applicants

In 2017, the Trump administration released a guidance memo that imposed stricter evidentiary criteria for computer programmer H-1B applicants. It also raised questions about whether computer programmers qualified for H-1B specialty occupation visas. The memo caused increasing numbers of Requests for Evidence and denials. The memo was rescinded by USCIS recently. This is a result of a series of court orders on the H-1B program. The denial of an H-1B petition was decided to by arbitrary and capricious by the U.S. Court of Appeals. USCIS relied on logic from the Memo for the denial of the applicant. USCIS will no longer apply the Memo to any new filings or...

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FY2022 H-1B Timeline Released

Just a few days ago, the selection method of the FY2022 H-1B Cap was finally determined. Now the exact H-1B registration process is also released. Following are some important dates for H-1B applicants: March 9 -- H-1B registration opens at noon ET. March 25 -- H-1B registration closes at noon ET. March 31 -- Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants. April 1 -- The earliest date that FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed. There is only one month until the beginning of the H-1B registration. This means it is now time for applicants to begin preparing documents. We...

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USCIS Announced FY2022’s H-1B Selection Method

The selection process for the FY 2022 H-1B cap season has finally been determined and finalized. The Biden administration announced that the lottery would be carried out as usual. Trump’s former rule’s effective date is postponed. In the last year, countless efforts to change various aspects of the H-1B program have been made. In recent months, it has been the selection method that has been on our nerves. October 2020, USCIS announced that it would be abolishing the traditional H-1B lottery and determine the visa’s issuance based on wage. January 8th, 2021, a formal federal notification for the rule was issued. It announced...

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USCIS Issues Damaging Rules Targeting FY-2022 H-1B Cap

The certification process of the 2020 presidential election results ended in a riot at the Capitol. No matter what, the Biden-Harris administration’s victory is now official. Biden had shown his friendly attitude towards immigrants and foreign nationals since early in his campaign. He has promised to implement numerous immigration-friendly programs after his inauguration. Those who seek immigration statuses were relieved to see Biden’s victory over Trump. Finally, as we approach January 20th, the day the new president will be sworn in, the four stressful years for status seekers are about to end. Everyone is excited for the loosened tension on immigration...

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Attention: COVID-19 Hinders USCIS Operations

The historic year of 2020 finally passed as we welcome 2021 with hope for a more typical year. However, the pandemic, which started back in 2019, still looms over us. Since winter arrived, the pandemic worsened drastically. The number of daily cases skyrocketed, forcing small businesses to close again shortly after opening. Although USCIS is a government agency, it cannot avoid being impacted by the pandemic. USCIS announced on January 8th, due to factors such as the COVID-19, an increase in filings, and current postal service volume, the time of receiving a receipt notice for a petition will be delayed by 4-6...

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Receiving Stimulus Checks as a Non-Immigrant

2020 has been a year, unlike any other. All of our lives have derailed from what we had planned for the year -- stuck in a foreign country, graduating at home in pyjamas, working remotely for the first time… We all more or less faced some unexpected obstacles in this extraordinary year. Workers across the U.S. have been put on leave, experienced pay reductions, even unemployment. Many people have to live much more frugally, and some have straight up fallen into poverty. The individuals are not the only ones suffering. Countless small and mid-sized businesses, even large corporations, have filed for bankruptcies...

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Facebook Sued for Preference for Foreign Workers

When we hear “discrimination” in a professional setting, what first comes to mind is usually the lack of equal opportunities for minorities and foreign workers. However, a recent lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. fights against the inequality faced by American workers. December 3rd, 2020, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. for discriminating against American workers and preferring foreign workers during their recruiting process. The Department of Justice had been collecting evidence in the past two years. It pointed out that from January 1st, 2018 to September 18th, 2019, Facebook routinely preferred visa holders, including H-1B holders, for jobs connected...

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