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We came. We saw. We advocated. It mattered. Last month, our Managing Attorney, Fiona McEntee, and 500 other fierce immigration lawyers, returned to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to take part in the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Day of Action (AILA NDA). One specific issue addressed “was the tremendous increase in USCIS processing times and getting Congress involved in oversight of the agency. From FY2017 to FY2018, while the overall case receipts were down 13%, there was a massive 19% increase in processing times.” Not only did Fiona and her colleagues share these startling statistics, they “were able to…
 McEntee Law Group applauds Congress’ bipartisan bill to extend E-3 visas to Irish nationals. We are closely monitoring the bill as the US House of Representatives prepares to vote and we are very excited for the incredible opportunities this proposal would offer to eligible Irish nationals and US companies alike. On April 30th, Congressman Richard Neal introduced the E-3 visa bill (H.R. 2418) to the House of Representatives, and the proposal requires unanimous approval from the House and Senate in order to reach President Trump’s desk for signature. We are encouraged by the bipartisan support the bill has already garnered,…
At McEntee Law, we regularly prepare E-2 visa applications for investors and business owners from E-treaty countries around the world – from restauranteurs to startup technology entrepreneurs.  As of May 1, 2019, Israel will finally join the list of treaty countries making the much-anticipated E-2 visas available to Israeli nationals. President Obama originally signed legislation that added Israel to the list of countries eligible for E-2 treaty investor status in June 2011. However, since that time, there was a standstill in proceeding with E-2 visa issuance. Thankfully, due a recent bilateral agreement, that impasse has been resolved.  The E-2 visa…
At McEntee Law, we frequently prepare and file O-1 and EB-1 green card cases on behalf of extraordinary clients in various industries and specialties. Our clients include the creative director of an award-winning Irish clothing line, a world class event producer, a music tech entrepreneur, an innovative green roof technology expert, a leading professional sports executive, an incredible fine artist, and a top business executive of a life-saving technology company. Extraordinary ability cases are a niche practice area within immigration. When you’re looking for an immigration attorney, it’s critical that you pick a firm with experience in this particular arena.…
A group of 13 migrant farmworkers, represented by the Legal Aid of North Carolina Farmworker Unit, won a $75,000 civil settlement against farm labor contractors. The farmworkers alleged that the contractors enticed them to come to the U.S., promising them well-paying work and a better life, only to pay below the minimum wage and publicly threaten one worker who requested his wages. According to the complaint, these contractors failed to provide workers’ compensation, kept their Social Security cards, and prevented them from obtaining medical care. While the contractors still deny any liability, they have agreed to the settlements amount and…
 Congratulations!  Your H-1B case has officially been filed. Your case will arrive at the USCIS Office on April 5th, 2019, the last day of the H-1B “cap” for the 2020 Fiscal Year.  We know this process can be nerve-wracking, especially in today’s climate. As a law firm founded by immigrants, we truly understand and sympathize with the inevitable anxieties during this waiting period. Rest assured, you are our first point of contact and will be notified immediately should we receive any update on your case. If you have not heard from our offices, it is only because there has been…
We are all so immensely proud of our Law Clerks – Caro and Alex – who not only devoted a week of their Winter Break volunteering at the family immigration detention center in Dilley, Texas, but they were also published in the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Blog – Think Immigration. “Our group met with hundreds of women at different stages of their asylum process. Some had just arrived from the perreras and hieleras, processing facilities where they were first detained and subjected to inhumane treatment. Some were separated from their adult children and needed help locating them to link their cases. Some had…
As of Monday, January 28, 2019, the USCIS has resumed premium processing (15-calendar day adjudication) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions. Note: this applies to H-1B cases that were filed under last year’s cap in April 2018. For all other categories of H-1B petitions, the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing unfortunately remains in effect. The USCIS previously “expect[ed] these suspensions [to] last until Feb. 19, 2019” but only time and “agency workloads” will tell.  The USCIS will continue to notify the public via uscis.gov of the resumption of premium processing for other categories of H-1B…
As you may know, the H-1B “cap” filing period is rapidly approaching in April. The H-1B visa is an extremely sought-after option for professional-level foreign national employees. If your company is considering filing an H-1B case for employees this year, there are some crucial deadlines & things to keep in mind. Below, we have answered some frequently asked questions relating to the H-1B visa and its elusive “cap”. What positions qualify for H-1B visas? H-1B visas are reserved for “specialty occupations” i.e. positions that require at least a Bachelor’s degree in a specific field. Examples of H-1B type positions include…
On January 30th, the Trump Administration made two major changes to the H-1B visa program. The first change involves a pre-cap registration period whereby employers would have to register candidates online for an H-1B cap petition a full two weeks before the traditional application deadline of April 1st. Note that the implementation of this part of the new rule is being delayed until April 2020. The second change involves reversing the order of the 65,000 regular cap and the additional 20,000 U.S. Masters’ cap. This change comes into effect this H-1B season – starting April 1, 2019. The prior rule…
Detention centers are kept well away from the public eye, making it is very easy for misinformation to be inadvertently spread. Below you will have a chance to hear directly from Alex & Carolina who will be on the ground giving us their first-hand experiences. They will spend a full week with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, preparing detained mothers and children to present their asylum claims. This is Alex’s second trip to Dilley, and Carolina’s first.  Alex George: I had the honor of serving with the Dilley Pro Bono Project in March 2018, and it was a truly transformative experience.…
Q: What is the E-3 visa?   A: The E-3 visa allows Australian citizens in certain specialty/professional positions to live and work in the US. Q: How many E-3 visas are available each year?   A:  There are 10,500 E-3 visas available each fiscal year for Australians. Typically, Australians use approximately 5,000 of these E-3 visas per year. Q: What is the potential Irish E-3 visa? A: There is currently a bill before the Senate that would allow Irish citizens / Ireland to avail of the surplus E-3 visas. A vote is expected any day now and unanimous approval is required. As…
What Is the Diversity Lottery? Officially known as the “Diversity Immigrant Visa Program,” the diversity lottery was designed to increase immigration opportunities for individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. Every year, lottery winners (“selectees”) are drawn randomly from the pool of eligible applicants. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of State, which sets regional quotas every year based on how many immigrants from a region have come to the U.S. in recent years. These quotas and the countries from which selectees are drawn change over time, and no single country can receive more than…
One Mistake is All It Takes Boase’s ordeal is sadly representative of what happens to many green card holders, especially under an administration which has made it a mission to find any reason at all to expel immigrants from the country. In the past, such an inadvertent mistake, without more, may not have been seen as enough to warrant deportation. Immigration officials typically exercised discretion to look past such innocent errors. While they still technically have such discretion, a June USCIS policy regarding its new ability to start deportation proceedings while simultaneously denying cases makes us question if officials will ever be…
What is a Visa? A visa is a stamp that is put in your passport by the Department of State at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad. The visa stamp contains, among other information, the visa classification/type and the expiration date of that visa stamp. While that expiration date tells you the last day you can enter the U.S. during its validity, how long you can remain in the U.S. is not governed by the expiration of this visa stamp. For example, a B visitor visa stamp can be valid for up to 10 years, but each time you enter the U.S. using that…
Just a quick reminder that the public comment period for the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) ends tomorrow! The Department of Homeland Security seeks comment by tomorrow, June 28, on a proposal to eliminate the so-called “startup visa,” or international entrepreneur rule (IER). The IER allows foreign entrepreneurs with fast-growing businesses in the US to get temporary “parole status” to work here legally. A federal judge previously ordered DHS to accept applications to the Obama-era program, but DHS has failed to issue final decisions on the applications it has received & it now seeks to eliminate this program entirely. The team…