New Legislation Sparks Hope for DACA Recipients
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 4, 2021

In March of 2021, the House of Representatives voted to create a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.   American Dream and Promise Act The American Dream and Promise Act was drafted as part of President Joe Biden’s immigration proposals. The Act would grant legal status, and eventually citizenship, to immigrants who were illegally brought to the United States as children. These individuals are known as Dreamers. The bill would also provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to those individuals who cannot return to their countries due to conflict or disaster. Passage of the bill sparked hope.   However, the proposed bill faces steep odds as it goes to the Senate. If the bill passes, it will allow DACA recipients eligibility to apply for a ten-year permanent residency. The…Read More

Trump Suspends L-1 Visas And Other Work Visas For The Rest Of The Year
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: August 5, 2020

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new H-1B, L-1, J, and other temporary work visas for the rest of the year. These work visas apply to skilled workers, managers, and executives. The goal is to protect half a million jobs to make up for the loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Affected Visas L-1 visas are primarily focused on managers and executives for large corporations who are looking to work in a division of their company overseas. H-1B visas apply to highly skilled workers and are an important part of the workforce in the tech industry. Other workers, such as au pairs who provide childcare, will also be affected by the ban. The order is not expected to affect visa holders who are already in…Read More

Standards For L Visa Transfers Tightened By State Department
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 9, 2020

International businesses rely on L-1 visas to transfer certain employees from a foreign office to one in the United States. However, now the US State Department is tightening restrictions on L-1 visa transfers and making it more difficult to utilize these visas. L-1 Visas L-1 visas are used by companies with a parent/subsidiary, affiliate, or branch office in the United States to transfer employees to that office. L-1A visas are used to transfer qualified executives or managers. L-1B visas are used to transfer employees with specialized knowledge. The typical L-1 application process is done in two steps. First, an application is filed with the USCIS, and once that is approved, an application can be filed with the U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad. Transferring an employee can take some time. The…Read More

Trump Considers Increasing Visas For Investors
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 23, 2020

A controversial proposal that would boost the number of wealthy immigrant investors allowed in the United States under the EB-5 investor program is now under consideration by the Trump administration. The proposal would significantly boost up the capped total from 10,000 to 75,000 and reduce the required investment by half from $900,000 to $450,000. More than half of the investors who come to the United States on an EB-5 visa are from China. Many other investors come from South Korea and Taiwan. The EB-5 visa began in 1990 as an effort to help rural areas and economically distressed urban areas. However, over the years, some investors have found a way to increase investment in higher-income areas. For instance, EB-5 visas are sometimes used by property developers in New York City.…Read More

What If You’re At Risk Of Overstaying Your Visa Due To The Pandemic?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 8, 2020

Navigating immigration processes can be stressful at any time. During a global pandemic, the situation can become even more complicated. For instance, what do you do if you’re in the United States and at risk for overstaying your visa? Overstaying Your Visa Overstaying your visa can come with a cost. In the worst-case scenario, you may be prevented from entering the United States or from applying for another visa. If you overstay your visa from between 6 months to a year, you may be banned for at least three years. If you overstay longer than a year, you can be barred for ten years. Given the travel restrictions, it’s difficult to just book yourself a flight to your home country. So what do you do? The USCIS has issued a set…Read More

Massive Layoffs Affect The Status Of Foreign Workers
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 4, 2020

Shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to millions of workers across the country being laid off from their jobs. This has been a hardship for many people, but for those in the United States on work visas, the situation has become particularly tenuous. Workers On H-1B Visas H-1B visas are specialty visas granted to foreign workers who have at least a four-year college degree. This visa program is commonly associated with the tech sector but is also available for workers in healthcare, academia, and other fields. The United States puts a cap of 65,000 visas every year. When the number of applications exceeds the cap, which it typically does, then the applications processed are chosen by a lottery system. Most H-1B visa holders have made multiple attempts before…Read More

Trump’s Public Charge Rule Will Not Affect O Visa Applicants
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 1, 2020

In January of 2020, a divided Supreme Court allowed US officials to implement the so-called “public charge” rule. The rule, which was unveiled in August of 2019, is expected to result in serious restrictions on immigration. It expands the definition of an individual who is or could be an economic burden on the United States. Public Charge Rule The public charge rule gives immigration officials more power to deny visa and green card applications from immigrants who, in the opinion of the United States government, rely or could potentially rely on certain government-offered benefits. Similar rules were previously in place, but the new rule focuses more on cash benefits. Immigration caseworkers can now consider an immigrant’s enrollment in a wide range of federally funded programs in areas such as healthcare…Read More

American Medical Association Wants Visa Process Opened Up To Meet Physician Demand
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 28, 2020

The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging the Trump administration to open up the visa process to allow more foreign physicians to enter the country. This request comes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic when there is a greater need for doctors across the country. The AMA wants foreign doctors to quickly become part of the workforce. In a March letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, the AMA urged an opening in the visa process at embassies and consulates worldwide for physicians seeking to enter U.S. residency programs in July. The AMA also urged public confirmation that J-1 physicians could be redeployed to new rotations. The Importance Of An Open Process There was already a physician shortage in the United States, even before…Read More

Trump Includes New Countries In U.S. Visa Travel Ban
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 22, 2020

In January of 2020, Trump added new countries to his U.S. visa travel ban. This move will virtually block immigration from Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. It will also block immigration from Myanmar, where Muslims are fleeing genocide. Additional countries include three more African countries: Eritrea, Sudan, and Tanzania. In addition, the former soviet state Kyrgyzstan has been added to the ban. Visa Travel Ban All of the banned countries have substantial Muslim populations. Immigrant visas will be banned for those in Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Kyrgyzstan. Immigrants from Sudan and Tanzania will not be allowed to participate in the diversity lottery, which issues green cards to 50,000 people each year. The latest travel ban took effect on February 22, 2020. Immigrants obtaining visas before then will still be able…Read More

Immigration Attorney Magdalena Cuprys Succeeds In Obtaining Bond For Client Evicted From Public Housing As Part Of An Eviction Campaign In Pasco County
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: September 23, 2018

Immigration Attorney Magdalena Cuprys succeeds in obtaining bond for client evicted from public housing as part of an eviction campaign in Pasco County Former public housing resident was accused of improperly receiving government benefits, but Immigration Court granted bond and release from custody Miami, FL (September 2018) The law firm of Cuprys and Associates announced today that immigration Lawyer Magdalena Cuprys succeeded in obtaining bond for a client, Ms. C.A., a Mexican citizen. C.A. was accused of improperly receiving public assistance payments and subsidized housing benefits in Pasco County, Florida, based on a fraudulent Social Security card that she had purchased for $100. She was taken into custody after an investigation at a subsidized housing project where 30 undocumented families and about 60 U.S. born children were evicted. According to…Read More

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