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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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Certain Employers Recruit DACA Immigrants

February 10th, 2014 Written by: 

Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “DACA” was introduced in 2012, more than half a million applicants have received deferred action. Receiving deferred action allows these individuals to live and work in the United States without fear of being deported. To qualify for the program the applicant must have been:

  • under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012,
  • arrived in the U.S. prior to the age of 16
  • Either currently in school or completed high school or

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Michigan’s Radical Immigration Proposal

February 7th, 2014 Written by: 

The Governor of Michigan unleashed his proposal to revitalize the city of Detroit through “smart immigrants”. The governor wants to attract 50,000 individuals with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in the sciences, arts, or business over the next 5 years. The city of Detroit is destitute and on life-support. Such an influx of educated foreign nationals grateful for the opportunities available in the United States may be exactly what the city needs. While Detroit is probably not their first choice,

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NEW N-400 FORM IS A MIXED BAG

February 7th, 2014 Written by: 

USCIS has released a new form N-400 used to apply for citizenship as part of their continuing initiative to add barcodes to allow the information on the forms submitted to be easily scanned into their systems.  The new form is more than double the length of the prior forms so is surely going to be more intimidating for individuals trying to complete on their own.  The length of the new form however isn’t due to additional

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Possible Deportation for Justin Bieber?

January 23rd, 2014 Written by: 

Early on the morning of January 23rd Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida and charged with driving with an expired license, resisting arrest without violence, and driving under the influence.  Later that day his bond was announced as $2,500 which he quickly posted and was released from detention.  While normally a traffic violation like the one Bieber committed would not be a grounds for removal from the United States, it is possible that immigration authorities could determine this

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