Summary of President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Actions” Plan

December 4, 2014
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On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms to address several parts of the immigration system. Some of his key initiatives are expanded and new deferred action program for undocumented individuals in the U.S., improvements to certain business and family petitions, and border security and enforcement. Deferred Action Changes President Obama.. read more →

Applicable Grace Periods Upon H-1B Denial and Termination

November 17, 2017
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The present briefing summarizes the rules governing grace periods applicable upon denial or withdrawal of an H-1B petition (1) and upon termination of employment under H-1B visa (2).   read more →

Immigration Intent

July 5, 2017
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I. Categories of Intent with Respect to Immigration read more →

Successful Immigration Law Firm Opens a New Branch Office in the San Gabriel Valley

June 26, 2017
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June 23, 2017, City of Industry, California read more →

Immigration of Children and Age-Related Issues

June 9, 2017
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Although in most situations it is easy to determine the child or children of an individual, in immigration it is not so simple. In general, the term child includes biological, adopted, and step-children. In immigration, child also includes these types of children, however, in immigration the age of the child is an important factor. In.. read more →

American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) Rules Regarding Portability

May 5, 2017
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The American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21) The American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21) is a law that was passed by the United States in October 2000. read more →

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents Can Search Your Cell Phone and Other Devices Anytime They Want

April 19, 2017
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Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful searches and seizures do not apply at the border (this includes “functional borders” in the interior of the country).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officers can search travelers without any level of suspicion.  They have the legal authority to go through any object crossing the border within 100 miles,.. read more →

Matter of Dhanasar Establishes New NIW Adjudication Standard

January 12, 2017
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In Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) vacates and replaces the 18-year-old 3-prong test for adjudicating national interest waiver (“NIW”) cases under INA §203(b)(2)(B)(i), as described in the landmark decision of New York State Department of Transportation (“NYSDOT”) in 1998. read more →

Visatopia Moves Irvine Branch Office into More Spacious Office after Experiencing Continued Growth in 2015-2016

April 22, 2016
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 Arcadia, April 19, 2016/VISATOPIA/ – To better serve its growing clientele and expanding practice,  the Law Offices of Deacon Zhang (Visatopia) on Monday moved its Orange County branch office into a larger modern office space at 8 Corporate Park in Irvine. Visatopia will host an open house in early May. The Visatopia Irvine office is.. read more →

Sham University Should Serve as Warning to all International Students

April 7, 2016
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The recent arrests of 21 individuals involved in enrolling foreign students in a sham university in the U.S. should serve as a sign of caution for foreign students wishing to study in the United States. The arrests centered around the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ). This school appeared to be like any other U.S… read more →

USCIS Authorizes Employment Eligibility for Certain H-4 Dependents

April 6, 2016
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As of May 26, 2015, USCIS has extended eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrants, who are seeking employment-based, lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in the United States. This new regulation is part of the executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November 2014. Extending eligibility for employment.. read more →