Update: USCIS to Reopen to Public on June 4th

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    • Trumps Plan to Prevent Asylum Seekers from Working Undermines the Right to Seek Asylum

      At The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm, our team of lawyers is committed to defending the rights of immigrants who have fled persecution and hardship in their home countries to come to the United States ...

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    • Federal Appeals Panel Reviews Indefinite Detention of Immigrants

      Judges in the 9 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed to have issues with the Trump administration subjecting immigrants to indefinite detention. Earlier in the year, Attorney General William Barr ...

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    • Us Asylum: The History of Asylum and What It Means Today

      The Caravan of migrants that has so infuriated Trump has reached the Mexican-American border, prompting intense reactions from both sides of the immigration debate. Their arrival has also raised ...

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    • EB-1(A) Green Card Application and Requirements

      Read more about the EB-1(A) Green Card Application and Requirements on this new page on our website.

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    • The EB-1 (A) Visa Process

      The EB-1 (A) is a subcategory of the first-preference employment-based visas. This type of visa is specifically reserved for individuals who have an extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, ...

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  • FAQ
    • How Do I Bring My Foreign Fiancé to the United States?

      If you are engaged to a person who lives abroad and you want to bring them to the United States so you can get married, then you will need to help your fiancé obtain a K-1 visa so they can enter the ...

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    • The US Visa in My Passport Says: "Visa - R" and "Type/Class - b1/b2". How Long Am I Allowed to Stay in US on Business For?

      When you arrive in the U.S., immigration officials will indicate on your I-94 card how long you can stay in the U.S. Be sure not to stay beyond the date indicated. Typically, B1/B2 visa holders can ...

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    • What Specific Package of Changes to Law and Policy Are Included in "Comprehensive Immigration Reform?"

      Comprehensive immigration reform typically refers to a set of legislative proposals and efforts to overhaul the current immigration system, which many believe is severely broken. The proposals ...

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    • Priya Alagiri featured in Half Moon Bay Review article Local leaders condemn proposed 'public charge' rules

      Click here to read Priya Alagiri's feature in Half Moon Bay Review article Local leaders condemn proposed 'public charge' rules.

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    • What Specific Package of Changes to Law and Policy Are Included in "Comprehensive Immigration Reform?"

      Comprehensive immigration reform typically refers to a set of legislative proposals and efforts to overhaul the current immigration system, which many believe is severely broken. The proposals ...

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    • How can a non-US citizen start a small business in the US?

      They can work for an employer for typically a year under OPT after graduation and then they can find an employer (or the same employer) to sponsor them for an H1B afterward (that’s a very common ...

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    • Your Social Media for Your U.S. Visa

      New regulations from the U.S. Department of State may require all visa applicants - including those applying for simple tourist visas - to provide their social media accounts on their visa application ...

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    • EB-1(A) Green Card Application and Requirements

      Read more about the EB-1(A) Green Card Application and Requirements on this new page on our website.

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    • Aspiring Immigrants Face New Green Card Hurdles

      Since his inauguration, President Trump has been implementing increasingly controversial and detrimental changes to the legal immigration process. At the end of 2017, the Trump Administration and the ...

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    • Can a Permanent Resident Get a Driver's License or Permit Without the Actual Green Card?

      In general, to get a U.S. driver’s license you must show proof that you are legally permitted to live or work in the U.S. If you are a green card holder, then you can apply for a replacement green ...

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    • Trump Administration Is Changing the H-1B Application Process

      Since 2016, the Trump Administration has been executing many questionable and controversial immigration reforms. On November 30, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security released a new proposal that ...

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    • Trump Administration Suspends H-1B and Other Work Visas

      What These Changes Mean for Immigrant Workers Seeking or Holding a Visa On June 22, 2020, the Trump administration suspended an array of work visas, including the popular H-1B visa, through at least ...

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    • Temporarily Working in the US on an H-1B Visa

      Temporarily Working in the US on an H-1B Visa The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows a foreign employee to live in the US on a temporary basis for work. An employer may file a petition for ...

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    • What the Recent Supreme Court Ruling Means for DACA

      Understanding the Supreme Court June 2020 Decision The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is no stranger to legal challenges, having been contested in various maneuvers since its ...

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    • Trump Administration Suspends H-1B and Other Work Visas

      What These Changes Mean for Immigrant Workers Seeking or Holding a Visa On June 22, 2020, the Trump administration suspended an array of work visas, including the popular H-1B visa, through at least ...

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    • President Signs Order Halting Immigration for 60 Days

      In an effort to limit competition for jobs in the U.S., President Trump has signed a proclamation that suspends immigration to the U.S. for 60 days for those applying for green card s. The ...

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    • USCIS to Re-Open on June 4th

      USCIS is re-opening some of its offices to the public on June 4th. It will send notices to applicants and petitioners with their scheduled appointments and interview dates. USCIS is also resuming ...

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    • Join me for a Live Q&A Session!

      These are challenging and unpredictable times, and I'd like to make myself available to answer your questions. So, please join me for a live Q&A session! I will be live on Facebook on May 17th at 5 PM ...

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    • How Does Trump's Executive Order Impact Me?

      At The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm, we hope all of you are staying safe and healthy. My team is committed to keeping you informed and providing exemplary services during this crisis. You may have ...

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    • Obtaining an O-1 Visa

      Athletes, entertainers, artists, businesspersons, scholars, and scientists from other countries might sometimes be called upon to perform work temporarily in the U.S. Those individuals with a high ...

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    • How Could the Public Charge Rule Affect Your Case?

      The Department of Homeland Security officially implemented the public charge rule on February 24, 2020, and it will likely impact the application results of thousands. Unless you are a member of an ...

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    • Federal Appeals Panel Reviews Indefinite Detention of Immigrants

      Judges in the 9 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed to have issues with the Trump administration subjecting immigrants to indefinite detention. Earlier in the year, Attorney General William Barr ...

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    • Immigrants and Foreign Travelers Soon Required to Provide DHS with Social Media Usernames

      Beginning in 2020, the Department of Homeland Security will require foreign travelers and immigration benefits applicants to submit their social media accounts and usernames. The move is part of a ...

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    • Can a Permanent Resident Get a Driver's License or Permit Without the Actual Green Card?

      In general, to get a U.S. driver’s license you must show proof that you are legally permitted to live or work in the U.S. If you are a green card holder, then you can apply for a replacement green ...

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    • Denaturalization: Can you be Denaturalized?

      The Trump Administration announced a new initiative in its war on immigration: a “denaturalization task force" targeting naturalized citizens. In June, US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director ...

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    • California Sues the Federal Government over a Census Question - Why Does It Matter?

      Suing over the Census Last week, The Commerce Department announced it would reinstate the citizenship question on the 2020 Census to help enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In response, the State of ...

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    • How Do I Bring My Foreign Fiancé to the United States?

      If you are engaged to a person who lives abroad and you want to bring them to the United States so you can get married, then you will need to help your fiancé obtain a K-1 visa so they can enter the ...

      Read More
    • Trump Administration Wants to Deny Your Visa If You Can’t Afford Health Care

      As we have discussed in some of our previous blogs , the Trump administration has taken sweeping steps throughout the President’s tenure to crackdown on legal immigration. In its latest effort, the ...

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    • What Can I Do on a B1 B2 Visa?

      Many people want to know: what can I do on a B1 B2 visa? If your visa says R-Type B1 B2, we've covered how long you can stay here . But other common question are, what can I do on a b1 b2 visa? Can I ...

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    • Trump Administration Suspends H-1B and Other Work Visas

      What These Changes Mean for Immigrant Workers Seeking or Holding a Visa On June 22, 2020, the Trump administration suspended an array of work visas, including the popular H-1B visa, through at least ...

      Read More
    • Trump Administration Wants to Deny Your Visa If You Can’t Afford Health Care

      As we have discussed in some of our previous blogs , the Trump administration has taken sweeping steps throughout the President’s tenure to crackdown on legal immigration. In its latest effort, the ...

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    • Your Social Media for Your U.S. Visa

      New regulations from the U.S. Department of State may require all visa applicants - including those applying for simple tourist visas - to provide their social media accounts on their visa application ...

      Read More