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Obama Announces He Will Use Executive Action to Implement Immigration Reform

July 4th, 2014 Written by: 

In a recent speech to the nation President Barack Obama indicated that he is tired of waiting for  Congress to pass a bill on immigration reform. He indicated that Republicans used the logic, because it is broken, we won’t fix it. Therefore, the President stated he will do whatever he can through Executive action to implement reforms to our immigration system.

As of now it is unclear what reforms he will implement, but we will keep a close eye on it.

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FFA Featured on CNN

June 1st, 2014 Written by: 

In a report on CNN, our immigration law firm was featured as “one of the top immigration law firms” in San Diego, CA. At FFA we are thankful to receive this praise from such a credible source.

As a firm we believe in providing our clients with the most accurate information and advise of all of the possibilities with regards to their immigration cases. Accurate legal knowledge is not enough, as providing legal services is a service based industry. Therefore, we

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Proposed Rule Could Give Certain H-4 Nonimmigrants Work Authorization

May 9th, 2014 Written by: 

The Department of Homeland Security recently proposed a new rule that would extend employment authorization to spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are in the United States in H-4 nonimmigrant status.  Currently there is no such employment authorization for H-4 nonimmigrants.  The rule would apply if: (1) the H-1B principal is the beneficiary of an approved Form I-140; or (2) the H-1B principal has been granted an extension of his/her authorized period of stay under AC21 (which permits H-1B workers seeking

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Options for H-1B Applicants Not Selected in the Lottery

May 2nd, 2014 Written by: 

This year USCIS received approximately  172,000 applications for 85,000 H-1B visas (65,000 in the Bachelor’s cap and 25,000 in the Master’s cap).  Needless to say, the H-1B category is terribly oversubscribed and H-1B applicants not selected in the lottery are often left scrambling to find a suitable option to maintain lawful status in the United States.

Employers should keep in mind the various options if an intended H-1B employee was not selected in the lottery, including:

-E-1 Treaty Trader;

-E-2 Treaty Investor;

-E-3 for

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FFA Featured as a Top Immigration Law Firm in California

April 17th, 2014 Written by: 

Feldman Feldman & Associates was recently featured on Buzz Feed as one of the top 10 law firms in California! Here is the link to the list. Thank you to all of our clients who nominated us as one of the top immigration law firms in the survey done by Buzz Feed. We greatly appreciate it. Myself and our other immigration attorneys always try to put our clients first and do the absolute best we can to help them achieve

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H-1B Lottery Enacted after USCIS Receives 172,500 H-1B Petitions

April 11th, 2014 Written by: 

On April 11, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period for Fiscal Year 2015.  A computer-generated lottery was completed on April 10, 2014 for the 65,000 available H-1B approvals in the general category cap and 20,000 cap in the advanced degree exemption.  USCIS has also announced that it will begin working on all Premium Processing H-1Bs no later than April 28, 2014.

Despite the lottery being used for

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H-4 Spouses NOT Yet Eligible for Employment Authorization

April 9th, 2014 Written by: 

The White House issued a promising statement on April 7th, that the Department of Homeland Security intends to propose a rule that would allow H-4 spouses the right to work. If this passes and becomes a regulation then this would be wonderful news. Many spouses of H-1b visa holders on an H-4 visa would like to work, but are currently unable to work unless they can get an H-1b or other visa of their own. And unfortunately,

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CHILE JOINS THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

April 1st, 2014 Written by: 

Today marks the first day Chilean citizens may travel to the US without first obtaining a visa from the US Consulate.  Chile joins the other 38 countries whose nationals are able to take advantage of this much more convenient form of travel.  Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries are allowed to complete the simple online form ESTA: found here, at any time before they embark on their journey. Just like having a visa however, the ESTA

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US Postal Service Truck Fire Affects Mail from the USCIS California Service Center

March 5th, 2014 Written by: 

Early Tuesday morning a USPS truck in Orange County, CA went up in flames along with approximately 120,000 letters. The truck was carrying mail from zip codes starting in 926, 927, 928, 906, 917, and 918. Unfortunately for immigrants around the country this includes the California Service Center which adjudicates a variety of petitions and is the only USCIS location adjudicating applications for E Investor Status.

So this week make sure to check your online case status with USCIS and

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Canada Terminates Its Popular Investor Visa Similar to U.S. EB-5

February 21st, 2014 Written by: 

In its 2014 budget report the Canadian Ministry of Finance announced that its immigrant investor program, similar to the United States’ EB-5 program, would be terminated.  The report states that “[f]or decades, [the program] has significantly undervalued Canadian permanent residence, providing a pathway to Canadian citizenship in exchange for a guaranteed loan that is significantly less than our peer countries require.”  The Canadian program required that immigrant investors seeking permanent residency had a minimum net worth of 1.6 million Canadian

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