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 […]

Houston Business Journal 2014 40 Under 40 Group

October 31st, 2014 (No Comments)

Left to right: Aimee Woodall, President, The Black Sheep Agency; Jane Henry, CEO, Xcution; and Ruby L. Powers, Founder and Managing Attorney, Law Office of Ruby L. Powers P.C.

Have you been using E-Verify more than 10 years? If yes, please download the new “Historic Records Report” before December 1, 2014.

October 29th, 2014 (No Comments)

On January 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin disposing of E-Verify records that are over 10 years old in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal schedule (N 1-566-08-7).   USCIS is required to dispose of E-Verify records 10 years old and older to minimize security and privacy risks […]

Post-Arrival screening measures put in place by CDC for Travelers from 3 countries affected by Ebola

October 29th, 2014 (No Comments)

On October 22, 2014, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.  These travelers are now arriving to the United States at one of five airports where entry screening is being conducted by Customs […]