I received a nice affirmation that I have built the type of law firm I have aspired to create! Over the years, we have established a client-centered philosophy, and because of that, I am excited to share that I was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award. I received their highest 10.0 rating, which is based on experience, professionalism, and background. In this political climate, it is now as critical as ever to be a zealous advocate for our clients and fight for their immigration rights. I am lucky to be able to continue this important work with amazing clients who add to the diverse fabric of our society.
Premium processing is an optional service offered by USCIS that is currently available for certain temporary work status and permanent residence applications. By paying the government a premium processing fee, the government will make a decision on an application or request a Request for Evidence within 15 days—rather than a few months. Many of our H-1B, L-1, O-1 and permanent resident applicants take advantage of this service, in order to have their cases adjudicated more quickly and by more senior officers.
The government fee for this service will increase from the current $1,225 to $1,410 beginning on October 1, 2018. This marks a nearly 15% increase in fees paid to the government. USCIS says it plans to hire additional staff and make investments in information technology systems with these added funds, in order to improve the adjudication process. If you are considering applying for one of the above-mentioned immigration benefits, we recommend reaching out to us as soon as possible to file your petition before the fee increase.
Although the economic policy debate between protectionism and global free trade continues to heat up, many foreign-owned companies and foreign-nationals continue to invest in the U.S. economy. Investing in a U.S. company or starting an office of an existing international company in the U.S. are among the ways a foreign-national can obtain legal status in the United States. The E investment visa and the L-1 intracompany transfer visa are commonly used by foreign companies to expand their business in the U.S.
Many investors choose Southern California, because it continues to be a major hub for the global economy with an estimated 10,378 foreign-owned firms, and nearly half of these firms in Los Angeles County alone. A 2018 report by the World Trade Center – Los Angeles (WTC-LA) further breaks down these demographics, detailing the variety of job types and top source nations for foreign-owned enterprises in the region (see graph below).
WTC-LA is an excellent resource we recommend for our clients interested in starting a business in the U.S.. This organization not only has a detailed knowledge of the market, but also free business consulting in areas of banking, accounting, human resources, connections with city government for possible discretionary incentives, personal wealth management, and business partnership matchmaking. All of these resources exist to help Los Angeles continue to be an epicenter for international business and trade and a welcoming city for immigrants from around the world.
Another day, another reason to speak out! On the international radio broadcast, Voice of America, I talked about the Trump administration’s latest failure to meet the second court-ordered deadline to reunite immigrant children with their parents, as well as the administration’s fishing expedition to revoke the citizenship of naturalized U.S. citizens.
For the full interview visit www.dayzadlaw.com, scroll to the middle of the page, and click play as shown in the picture below.
The government requires Green Card applicants to attend an interview as part of the application process. Applicants whose Green Cards are based on a new marriage are then issued conditional, temporary residence and must file another petition to remove these conditions just two years later. As if this process was not already thorough enough, USCIS will soon request that these applicants attend yet another interview to demonstrate the true nature of their relationship. While additional interviews have always been a possibility, it will now become much more likely for both pending and newly submitted Removal of Conditions applications.
If you have a Removal of Conditions application pending, you can still apply for Naturalization. In fact, it will speed up the often-backlogged Removal of Conditions process. Better still, because an interview is already required for citizenship, USCIS will do the interview for the Removal of Conditions back to back with the interview for U.S. citizenship. This way, the applicant can take care of both processes during the same trip to the immigration office.
Whether coupled with a citizenship interview or not, Removal of Conditions applicants can expect an interview. Dayzad Law now offers legal services to prepare clients for the Removal of Conditions application, as well as representation at the interview with one of our experienced attorneys. We will review the information in the application package, conduct role-play with sample questions, and provide guidance on what to expect the day of the interview.