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 […]

My experience with the women and children at Karnes County “Residential” Center

September 26th, 2014 (No Comments)

September 26, 2014 My experience with the women and children at Karnes County “Residential” Center On Friday, September 19, 2014, one of my small firm’s associate attorneys, the office manager, and I visited the Karnes County “Residential” Center in Karnes City, Texas for the first time. The Center was converted for the purpose of holding […]

EB-5 preference category has become “unavailable” for Chinese applicants as of August 23, 2014

September 10th, 2014 (No Comments)

For the first time since the EB-5 program was created almost 25 years ago, the maximum number of EB-5 immigrant visas which are available for Chinese applicants for fiscal Year 2014 has been reached, while sufficient numbers for all other countries remain to ensure compliance within the annual Fiscal Year 2014 allocation.  A new allocation […]

USCIS New H-3 Visa Policy Guidance

September 10th, 2014 (No Comments)

On September 9, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to provide comprehensive guidance on the H-3 trainees nonimmigrant visa category. The new policy guidance consolidates previous guidance on the H-3 nonimmigrant visa category, to include guidance on the background, purpose, and legal authorities of the H-3 […]