Author Archives for Mark Ople

Employment Authorization for E, L and H Dependent Spouses

March 9, 2022 12:00 am Published by

Recent litigation and important updates for spouses of E, L and H visa holders. On November 10, 2021, the parties in Shergill, et al v Mayorkas reached an important settlement that now affords an automatic extension of employment authorization for up to 180 days in narrowly defined circumstances for H-4 and L-2 dependent spouses. In... View Article

Brief Summary of U.S. Visa Options for Foreign Athletes

February 23, 2022 12:00 am Published by

The United States has long been the most desired destination for professional and amateur athletes from around the world to compete at the highest levels of their sport. If you are an elite athlete and desire to visit the U.S. to pursue the best competition in the world, the following is a brief overview of... View Article

Brief Summary of the EB-2 National Interest Waiver Category

February 15, 2022 12:00 am Published by

Government and industry in the United States have always tried to attract the “best and the brightest” from around the world in their efforts to maintain this nation’s position as a world leader in the science, art and business spheres. For those individuals working at the forefront of their fields, the opportunities available in the... View Article

The Truth About the H-1B Visa and Impacts on U.S. Workers

January 25, 2022 12:00 am Published by

With the USCIS fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap season upon us, now is a good time to review some common myths surrounding this controversial visa category. The following is taken from the American Immigration Council’s Fact Sheet entitled “The H-1B Visa Program: A Primer on the Program and Its Impact on Jobs, Wages, and the... View Article

New Temporary Amendments to I-9 Employment Verification Process

October 15, 2021 12:00 am Published by

For now, due to COVID and increases in employees working outside of a central office, the U.S. is temporarily allowing completion of I-9 employment verification forms to be done electronically/remotely. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has put together an excellent PDF document detailing all of the amendments to the I-9 verification process. You can grab... View Article

New Visa Information Pages Uploaded

September 14, 2021 12:00 am Published by

A quick note that we’ve created an extensive section of free visa information pages. Click this link to take a look: Info/Services. We summarize eligibility, requirements, procedures and other helpful notes on each of the major visa types. While there’s no substitute for having qualified and experienced attorneys like us on your side during the... View Article

How USCIS Under Trump Discouraged Legal Immigration to the U.S.

June 2, 2021 12:00 am Published by

The leadership and priorities of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”, previously the “Immigration and Naturalization Service” or “INS”) always reflects the executive administration’s philosophy and approach in any particular era. But rarely has USCIS’s mission been dictated and turned against its primary purpose to “serve” immigrants than under the Trump presidency. The prior administration’s... View Article

Brief Summary of the Public Charge Rule

February 23, 2021 12:00 am Published by

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case involving the Trump-era policy referred to as “the Public Charge Rule”. Despite the fact that the Biden administration has already signaled its intent to eliminate the policy, the Court has decided to review and rule on its constitutionality. This is important because... View Article