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Asylum Travel – Refugee Travel Document

April 12th, 2018|

If you are an asylum applicant, asylee (an individual who has been granted asylum), or lawful permanent resident who obtained such status based on your approved asylum application, you are subject to [...]

Change of Address

April 12th, 2018|

If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, you must report any change of address to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is required by law that you, the immigrant, [...]

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

April 12th, 2018|

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a permission for nationals of certain countries to reside and work in the United States. The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for Temporary [...]

Asylum Seekers from Turkey

April 12th, 2018|

See this in PDF: Asylum Seekers from Turkey NOTICE: The information contained on this site is intended to educate the general public and not to provide legal advice. To obtain proper legal [...]

Finding the Best Asylum Lawyer

April 12th, 2018|

Applicants for asylum in the United States often ask this question: “Do I need a lawyer?” Although the results of each specific asylum case may differ based on asylum office and particular [...]

How to Expedite Asylum Interview or Hearing

April 12th, 2018|

Applying for asylum in the United States can be frustrating, because asylum application is a complex and often lengthy process. It is important for all asylum applicants to submit all necessary [...]

Best Ways to Bring Your Spouse to US

March 8th, 2018|

Best Ways to Bring Your Spouse to US Historically, family reunification has been the easiest and fastest way of bringing your loved ones to the United States. [...]

The Critical Role of an Asylum Lawyer

January 13th, 2017|

For those that are seeking asylum, a good lawyer can mean the difference between success and failure. While it's true that the final decision will be influenced by factors such as [...]

Top 3 Reasons L-1 Visas Are Rejected

January 10th, 2017|

L-1 (L-1A or L-1B) visas permit you to transport a worker with expert knowledge into the country. But just because you have a valid reason to bring over a worker has [...]

7 Common Immigration Mistakes

January 5th, 2017|

Here at I.S. Law Firm, we know that the immigration process is complex and often difficult. For those that don't work with an immigration attorney in Virginia, it can be almost [...]

Asylum for Syrian Family

December 13th, 2016|

Asylum for Syrian Family One of recent cases which I.S. Law Firm successfully secured a grant of asylum for our client was the case of a Syrian family. [...]

Asylum for Syrian Activist

November 15th, 2016|

Asylum for Syrian Activist One of recent cases which I.S. Law Firm successfully secured a grant of asylum for our client was the case of the Syrian [...]

Asylum for a Political Activist from Nepal

October 10th, 2016|

Asylum for a Political Activist from Nepal I.S. Law Firm secured a grant of asylum for a Nepalese political activist through the immigration court proceedings. Since 1990s, Nepal [...]

Online Registration for DV-2018 Begins Soon!

September 29th, 2016|

Online registration for Diversity Visa Lottery (green-card lottery) begins soon! Entries for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon, [...]

Nepal Designated for Temporary Protected Status

June 24th, 2015|

Nepal Designated for Temporary Protected Status On June 24, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced its decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected [...]

TPS Extended For Somalia

June 3rd, 2015|

TPS Extended For Somalia On June 1, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Somalia (and [...]

Voluntary Departure

May 6th, 2015|

Voluntary Departure Every year, thousands of immigrants are placed in what is called “removal proceedings,” meaning that they are in the process of being removed (deported) from the [...]

Opening a Business with an F-1 Visa

February 27th, 2015|

Opening a Business with an F-1 Visa Many international students who are studying in the United States would like to start their own business or open [...]

National Interest Waiver for a Financial Analyst

November 13th, 2014|

National Interest Waiver for a Financial Analyst I.S. Law Firm obtained permanent residence (“green-card”) through a process called National Interest Waiver for our client, a financial analyst [...]

Diversity Visa Lottery 2016

September 26th, 2014|

Diversity Visa Lottery 2016 Entries for the DV-2016 Diversity Visa program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 1, [...]

Asylum for a Tribe Member from Yemen

August 4th, 2014|

PLEASE NOTE THAT CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DESCRIBED BELOW DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE [...]

Asylum for LGBT Activist from Nigeria

May 21st, 2014|

Asylum for LGBT Activist from Nigeria I.S. Law Firm recently secured a grant of asylum through asylum office for a member of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) [...]

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

April 7th, 2014|

On April 7, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. [...]

H-1B Cap Likely To Be Filled by April 7

March 26th, 2014|

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for [...]

Naturalization Approval through N-336 Hearing

March 21st, 2014|

Naturalization Approval through N-336 Hearing I.S. Law Firm secured approval of a previously denied application for naturalization (Form N-400) for our client through an N-336 hearing on a [...]

Healthcare for Immigrants

March 13th, 2014|

Healthcare for Immigrants If you live in the United States, you have probably been hearing a lot about healthcare recently. Specifically, you may have heard about the “Affordable [...]

Temporary Protected Status

March 10th, 2014|

NOTICE: The information contained on this page site is intended to educate the general public and is not intended to provide legal advice. To ensure proper handling of your individual situation, [...]

TPS Overview

March 10th, 2014|

TPS Overview Temporary protected status is a permission for nationals of certain countries to reside and work in the United States. The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a [...]

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

March 3rd, 2014|

On March 3, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014 through January 22, [...]

H-1B Overview

February 7th, 2014|

NOTICE: The information contained on this page site is intended to educate the general public and is not intended to provide legal advice. To ensure proper handling of your individual situation, [...]

USCIS Warns of New Telephone Scam

January 31st, 2014|

On January 30, 2014, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency had received several reports of a scam in the past few days. According to USCIS blog, the [...]

Settlement on Asylum Interview Notes

December 24th, 2013|

Settlement on Asylum Interview Notes On November 19, 2013, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and co-counsel at Davis Wright Tremaine [...]

Non-Immigrant Visas

November 21st, 2013|

NOTICE: The information contained on this page site is intended to educate the general public and is not intended to provide legal advice. To ensure proper handling of your individual situation, [...]

Asylum Clock Settlement Approved

November 15th, 2013|

Asylum Clock Settlement Approved On November 4, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones ordered the final approval of a nationwide class action settlement agreement. According to the [...]

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalis

November 13th, 2013|

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalis On November 6, 2013, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Somalia [...]

Expedited US Citizenship through MAVNI Program

October 28th, 2013|

NOTICE: The information contained on this page site is intended to educate the general public and is not intended to provide legal advice. To ensure proper handling of your individual situation, [...]

Religion-Based Asylum from Uzbekistan

September 19th, 2013|

PLEASE NOTE THAT CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DESCRIBED BELOW DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE [...]

Diversity Visa Lottery 2015

September 17th, 2013|

Diversity Visa Lottery 2015 Online registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2015 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) [...]

Implementation of DOMA Ruling

July 3rd, 2013|

Immediately after the landmark Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2013, the United States immigration authorities have started working to eliminate discrimination against same-sex married couples in the implementation of United [...]

Asylum for a Bahai from Iran

June 28th, 2013|

Asylum for a Bahai from Iran I.S. Law Firm secured a grant of asylum for our client who had been threatened, attacked and intimidated in her native Iran [...]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage

June 26th, 2013|

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions in favor of same-sex marriage.  I.S. Law Firm welcomes these decisions, which will pave the way for married [...]

Immigration Reform Update

June 14th, 2013|

On June 13, 2013, the United States Senate voted to block Senator Grassley’s amendment 1195, which would prohibit the granting of Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status until the Secretary has maintained [...]

E-2 for Convenience Store Investor

May 22nd, 2013|

PLEASE NOTE THAT CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DESCRIBED BELOW DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE [...]

Employers Must Use Revised Form I-9

May 8th, 2013|

Starting May 7, 2013, all United States employers must use the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Revision 03/08/13) for all new hires and re-verifications. The use of previous versions of the [...]

US Customs to Verify All Student Visas

May 3rd, 2013|

On May 2, 2013, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued an order to all border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the United States has [...]

DV Lottery 2014 Results Available May 1, 2013

May 1st, 2013|

The results of Diversity Visa Lottery-2014 will be available starting at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.  If you applied for DV Lottery-2014, you can check the status [...]

Immigration Reform Bill Introduced in US Senate

April 17th, 2013|

On April 17, 2013, a group of senators introduced their long-awaited bill for comprehensive immigration reform that would overhaul the immigration system in the United States. The bill, officially titled "Border [...]

Immigration Bill Outline Published

April 16th, 2013|

On April 16, 2013, a bipartisan group of senators published the outline of their proposed immigration bill, titled “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”.  The full bill is [...]

Asylum Clock Update

April 16th, 2013|

Asylum Clock Update Agreement Reached in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers On April 12, 2013, the plaintiffs in A.B.T. et al. v. [...]

USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap

April 8th, 2013|

For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the [...]

Congress Passes VAWA Reauthorization

March 10th, 2013|

Congress Passes VAWA Reauthorization On February 28, 2013, the United States House of Representatives passed, 286-138, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), securing [...]

Immigration Reform Moves Forward

February 24th, 2013|

Immigration Reform Moves Forward Comprehensive immigration reform is a step closer to becoming reality as a Senate group introduced its immigration plan, followed by president Obama’s own [...]

Asylum for a Youth Leader from Azerbaijan

February 24th, 2013|

Asylum for a Youth Leader from Azerbaijan Attorney Ismail Shahtakhtinski secured a grant of asylum through immigration court for a co-founder of an opposition youth organization [...]

New Appointment System at US Embassy in Baku

December 7th, 2012|

New Appointment System at US Embassy in Baku The U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, has announced that it will implement new, improved visa application and appointment scheduling procedures [...]

Foreign Students Boost US Economy

December 4th, 2012|

Foreign Students Boost US Economy In November 2012, NAFSA, Association of International Educators, published a report, “The Economic Benefits of International Students to the U.S. Economy: Academic Year [...]

Maryland Voters Approve Dream Act Law

November 8th, 2012|

Maryland Voters Approve Dream Act Law On November 6, 2012, a Maryland law that grants an in-state tuition discount to undocumented college students won voter approval [...]

Asylum Clock

September 9th, 2012|

Asylum Clock Many asylum applicants have experienced problems with the so-called “asylum clock”. The asylum clock is a clock that measures the 150 days after an applicant files [...]

Battle over VAWA Continues

September 9th, 2012|

Battle over VAWA Continues The U.S. Congress remains deadlocked over the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which provides immigration relief to victims of domestic [...]

Asylum Statistics

September 8th, 2012|

Asylum Statistics On July 26, 2012, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Asylum Division has released asylum statistics by applicants’ countries, gender, asylum offices, types, [...]

3 Myths about Adjustment of Status Process

May 17th, 2012|

3 Myths about Adjustment of Status Process The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published useful information to dispel some myths about the adjustment [...]

H-1 B Count FY2013

April 26th, 2012|

H-1 B Count FY2013 The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to accept H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2013 cap season. U.S. businesses [...]

USCIS Designates Syria for Temporary Protected Status

March 31st, 2012|

USCIS Designates Syria for Temporary Protected Status Due to the violent upheaval and deteriorating situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on [...]

Anti-Immigration Laws Damage US Economy

March 20th, 2012|

Anti-Immigration Laws Damage US Economy As many U.S. states are considering and implementing harsh immigration-control laws, research shows that the impact of such laws can harm states’ economies, [...]

Asylum Travel

February 16th, 2012|

Asylum Travel If you are an asylum applicant, asylee (an individual who has been granted asylum), or lawful permanent resident who obtained such status based on your [...]

Political Asylum from Azerbaijan

January 20th, 2012|

Political Asylum from Azerbaijan On January 20, 2012, I.S. Law Firm secured a grant of asylum in immigration court for a pro-democracy political activist from [...]

Immigration Creates US Jobs

January 17th, 2012|

Immigration Creates US Jobs Immigration creates jobs for native-born Americans, a new report finds. Immigration does not reduce employment among U.S.-born population; instead, foreign-born workers “complement” [...]

Gang-Related Asylum from El Salvador

January 16th, 2012|

Gang-Related Asylum from El Salvador We have secured a grant of asylum in immigration court for a young woman from El Salvador who was persecuted because [...]

USCIS to Reduce Separation Time for Families

January 13th, 2012|

USCIS to Reduce Separation Time for Families On January 6, 2012, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a regulatory change that will decrease the amount of time that [...]

Lautenberg Amendment Extended

January 11th, 2012|

Lautenberg Amendment Extended I.S. Law Firm applauds extension of Lautenberg Amendment, which provides protection to refugees seeking religious freedom, through fiscal year 2012. The Lautenberg Amendment has [...]

ICE Launches New Hotline for Detainees

January 3rd, 2012|

ICE Launches New Hotline for Detainees On December 29, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced new measures to ensure that individuals being held by [...]

Asylum for an Activist from Azerbaijan

December 22nd, 2011|

Asylum for an Activist from Azerbaijan Attorneys I.S. Law Firm have secured a grant of asylum in immigration court for a political activist from Azerbaijan [...]

Asylum for a Blogger from Azerbaijan

July 22nd, 2011|

Asylum for a Blogger from Azerbaijan I.S. Law Firm has been successful in securing asylum for a young political activist and blogger from Azerbaijan who was systematically persecuted [...]

Asylum from Russia

May 27th, 2011|

Asylum from Russia I.S. Law Firm has secured asylum for a young woman from Russia who had been subject to persecution in Russia based on her ethnicity and [...]

Asylum from Kyrgyzstan

April 27th, 2011|

Asylum from Kyrgyzstan I.S. Law Firm has secured asylum for a young Uyghur-Uzbek student who was systematically persecuted by the ethnic majority in Kyrgyzstan based [...]

Asylum from Iran

February 23rd, 2011|

Asylum from Iran I.S. Law Firm secured a grant of asylum under Section 208 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for a refugee from Iran, [...]

Asylum from Kenya

February 16th, 2011|

Asylum from Kenya I.S. Law Firm secured asylum for a victim of the recent tribal and ethnic clashes and the Kenyan government’s forced return of internally [...]

Asylum from Uzbekistan

February 11th, 2011|

Asylum from Uzbekistan I.S. Law Firm has secured asylum for a young Muslim systematically persecuted by the Uzbekistani government based on his religious beliefs and activities. The [...]

Religion-Based Asylum from Azerbaijan

February 4th, 2011|

Religion-Based Asylum from Azerbaijan I.S. Law Firm has been successful in securing asylum for a young Muslim student systematically persecuted by the Azerbaijani government based on his religious [...]

National Interest Waiver (EB-2)

December 24th, 2009|

National Interest Waiver (EB-2) We are proud to announce that we succeeded in approval of National Interest Waiver immigrant visa (green-card) petition for an accounting professional from Azerbaijan! National [...]

Alien with Extraordinary Ability (EB-1)

September 26th, 2009|

Alien with Extraordinary Ability (EB-1) It is our pleasure to announce an important victory in securing an approval of EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability) petition for a former [...]