President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration – Update – May 2016

May 23rd, 2016 (No Comments)

President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration – Update By Board Certified Houston Immigration Attorney Ruby L. Powers Powers Law Group, P.C. May 23, 2016 On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to limit illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass […]

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Asylum Attorney

May 10th, 2016 (No Comments)

Powers Law Group, P.C. May 10, 2016 By Texas Board Certified Immigration Attorney Ruby L. Powers When applying for asylum it is important to have an experienced immigration attorney guide the applicant through the process. The asylum process can be very confusing and intimidating to an individual who is not familiar with US law and […]

STEM OPT regulation will take effect on May 10, 2016

May 6th, 2016 (No Comments)

STEM OPT regulation will take effect on May 10, 2016 May 10, 2016 is the date the new STEM OPT regulation takes effect. The new STEM OPT rule allows  F-1 students with degrees in approved STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields to extend their Optional Practical Training for an additional 24 months (instead of […]

H-1B CAP is reached? What now?

April 26th, 2016 (No Comments)

It is that time a year where employers and foreign professionals are wondering what to do after USCIS has announced to have reached the quota of H-1B visas per fiscal year. This article discusses other options available to skilled foreign workers and U.S. employers who do not want to lose their skills. On April 7, […]

Powers Law Group’s Experience with Waivers

April 26th, 2016 (No Comments)

By Board Certified Immigration Attorney Ruby L. Powers In 2008, when I became a licensed attorney, I worked for a firm that did almost 100% waivers. I started my immigration law firm in 2009 and a large percentage of the firm’s business is family-based immigration, focusing on consular processing and waivers. We have an impressive […]

E-2 Investor Visa: Overview and Tips

April 12th, 2016 (No Comments)

By Claudine Umuhire Gasana, Esq. with Powers Law Group, P.C. April 12, 2016 In the midst of the economy downturn, employees are being laid off among them foreign professionals and managers who have held non-immigrant visas for a long time are now wondering what to do to remain in status in the U.S. One available […]

The Expected Expansion of the Provisional Waiver (I-601A)

November 4th, 2015 (No Comments)

The Expected Expansion of the Provisional Waiver (I-601A) By Board Certified Immigration Attorney Ruby L. Powers November 4, 2015 The Provisional Waiver (I-601A) process currently allows certain people who are present in the United States to request from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a provisional waiver for certain unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility prior […]

The November Visa Bulletin. What you need to know!

October 20th, 2015 (No Comments)

As of October 2015, DOS began issuing a visa bulletin with dual charts for each immigrant visa category. First chart reflects “Application Final Action Date” and the second chart reflects “Dates For Filing.” Applicants ought to refer to the second chart, for the date when an application for adjustment of status or NVC process may […]

Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

November 19th, 2014 (No Comments)

  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the end of the G20 summit in Brisbane November 16, 2014. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in […]

Obama Immigration Order Said to Include Parents of Citizens

November 19th, 2014 (No Comments)

His executive action could be announced in a television speech Thursday night, according to a person familiar with the planning. Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama plans to issue as soon as tomorrow a reprieve for undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the U.S., part of an order that would shield between 4 million and […]