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The State of Immigration Affairs After Trump’s First 100 Days

By TL Loke Walsh Whether you are an immigrant or not, it’s been an anxiety-ridden 100 days under the Trump Administration. Here’s our summary of what has happened in the last 100 days — updates on travel, visa applications and

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Know Your Rights!

By Rahul Soni, Esq. On Friday, January 20, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The presidential transition has already begun to lay its foundation; but

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Will the 2016 Election Have an Immediate Impact on U.S. Immigration?

By TL Loke Walsh The results of Tuesday’s elections in the United States caught the entire nation by surprise. The election of President-elect, Donald Trump has generated fear, worry and uncertainty for many immigrants. However, it is unlikely that this

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Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the FY 2018 Green Card Lottery

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh Yes, DV Lottery really exists! The government has 50,000 diversity immigrant visas available for FY 2018 (i.e. October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018). Why should you do it? It’s free – you just complete your

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The (Annual) H-1B Silly Season

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh The H-1B season starts on April 1, 2016 when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B visa petitions for FY 2017-2018 (i.e. an October 1, 2016 start-date). For the last 3 years, USCIS reached

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Top 10 Things Every F-1 Student Should Know

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh In 1993, I came to the United States on an Exchange Abroad Program (EAP) as an F-1 student from the University of Sydney, Australia. Originally from Malaysia and after ten years in Australia, I arrived in

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The H-1B Silly Season is Upon Us!

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh The H-1B season starts on April 1, 2014 when USCIS begins accepting H-1B visa petitions for FY 2015-2016 (i.e. an October 1, 2014 start-date). Last year, for the first time since 2008, USCIS reached the cap within

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Government Shutdown: Hiring a Foreign National Without a Social Security Number

Have a new foreign national hire that can’t obtain a SSN because of the federal government shutdown? Wondering how to put your new hire on payroll? The Social Security Administration (SSA) is just one of the many federal agencies that

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Legal Permanent Residents in CA May Soon Be Allowed to Serve as Jurors

AB 1401 (, a bill that could make California the first state to allow “lawful permanent immigrants” to serve in the jury, clears the assembly floor (by a vote of 48-28), and heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.  

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The Demise of DOMA: USCIS Now Granting Green Cards to Same-Sex Married Couples

By Rahul Soni Within two days of the monumental Supreme Court 5-4 ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Section 3, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced that it will grant green cards

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