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EB-1C, the Pandemic and U.S. Green Cards, by Lawmaks

EB-1C & the Pandemic: Is It Still A Great Option for Foreign Managers and Executives to Obtain U.S. Green Cards? With the current pandemic and the climbing unemployment rates, the U.S. Administration has already taken steps to limit employment-based visas such as H-1’s or EB-3’s where a foreign national would replace an otherwise qualified U.S. […]

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ESTA / VWP Time Extensions Due To COVID-19, by Lawmaks

Around the globe people have been able to travel using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) often referred to as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).  However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic many travelers are unable to return home. This has serious implications under the strict ESTA guidelines which limits travel time to 90 days. Luckily, there […]

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Effects of Unintended, Lengthy Stay in the United States, by Lawmaks

The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has triggered an array of unpredictable consequences especially for travelers who must worry about maintaining a legal status. With the current cancellation of flights and travel restrictions, many individuals have found themselves wondering how to legally extend their stay in order to remain “in status” of their Visa or ESTA.  […]

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USCIS Reacts to COVID-19 Pandemic, by Lawmaks

USCIS has announced it will be adopting “Flexibility” measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach which extends certain response timelines has been adopted in order to mitigate health concerns associated with COVID-19. USCIS has closed the field offices and Immigrants no longer have the ability to have their interviews or to address their […]

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Latest Travel Ban Issued in April, 2020, by Lawmaks

The Real Purpose & Effect of the Latest Travel Ban Issued in April, 2020 At 11:59 pm, eastern daylight time on April 23, 2020, President Trump’s latest Travel Ban went into effect, substantially limiting entry into the United States. This latest Presidential Proclamation is intended to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 caused by […]

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USCIS, by Lawmaks

On February 21st, 2020, the U.S Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration’s public charge regulation to take effect in all 50 states. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started to abide by this rule as of February 24th, 2020.  This regulation, which is now grounds for inadmissibility will be enforced for anyone who may […]

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EB-5 Alert: Major Change to Processing of EB-5 Petitions, by Lawmaks

On 1/29/2020 USCIS announced changing its processing protocol for EB-5 processing which translates to good news for some countries such as Pakistan, Ethiopia and Egypt. Currently the operational approach is on a “first-in, first out” basis, where the applications are reviewed based on when each petition is filed. However, as of March 31, 2020, this […]

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Dr. Kasra Moderating NYC Bar Jan 15, 2020, by Lawmaks

Iranian Sanctions: Trends in Compliance and Enforcement Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 6:30 pm – 8:10 pm Prefer to view the live webcast? Please CLICK HERE. Program Fee:Free for City Bar & Co-Sponsoring Members | $50 for Nonmembers CLE Credit:New York: 1.5 Professional PracticeNew Jersey: 1.9 GeneralCalifornia: 1.5 GeneralPennsylvania: 1.5 GeneralConnecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys This […]

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E-1 / E-2 Visas affected, by Lawmaks

Department of State continues to tighten regulations with respect to Iran, further hindering issuance of visas to Iranian nationals: E-1 / E-2 Visas affected U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the following: 1. Diplomatic relations with Iran were severed on April 7, 1980. 2. With certain exceptions pertaining to personal communications, humanitarian assistance, information exchange, […]

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E-1 / E-2 Visas news, by Lawmaks

Department of State continues to tighten regulations with respect to Iran, further hindering issuance of visas to Iranian nationals: E-1 / E-2 Visas affected On August 6, 2019, U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the following: 1. Diplomatic relations with Iran were severed on April 7, 1980. 2. With certain exceptions pertaining to personal communications, […]