December 2007

Filing Waiver in Mexico - New I601 Update
The following is a summary of the updated information provided from Ciudad Juarez. The consulate continues to be the largest and busiest immigrant visa (IV) post in the world. For the last fiscal year the consulate processed more than 89,000 immigrant visa applications. That is a 3,000 application gain over the prior year.
Record Number of Visas to Students to Study in the United States
Department has issued a record number of visas to students to study in the United States, exceeding pre-9/11 levels. During Fiscal Year 2007, the Department issued more than 651,000 student and exchange visitor visas - 10 percent more than last year and 90,000 more than were issued in Fiscal Year 2001.
DOS Publishes Final Rule on Intercountry Adoptions
DOS published a final rule on intercountry adoptions pursuant to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000
Apply for Travel Documents Soon if You Wish to Travel for the Holidays!
U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) anticipates an unusually high volume of requests for advance parole and other travel documents this winter, given the occurrence of three major religious observances
Dream Act Revived???
Congress will soon vote on The DREAM Act, an important policy that will help immigrant kids achieve their dreams - You can help make the DREAM Act a reality by calling and emailing Congress! Learn more about the DREAM Act and how to take action at http://capwiz.com/aila2/home/
H1B Cap Case Interest List!
Our Law Firm will start forming a list of those that are interested in using our firm for the filing of H1B cap subject cases for Fiscal Year 2009. Due to the limited cap numbers, and the expectation that they will be exhausted on the first day of filing, we will start accepting these cases on January 4, 2007.
Client Reviews
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Great immigration lawyer, very professional, knowledgeable and experienced. Jacob always answered my questions, e-mails and calls; great customer service from him and everybody at his office. I highly recommend Jacob, probably the best immigration lawyer out there. Plinio Franca
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I trust you know how much all of us at the Spreckels Organ Society appreciate your incredible generosity in providing legal assistance with the visas required by the international artists last year during our International Summer Organ Festival. We consider it an honor that you and your firm provided this service, and were delighted to publicize your firm in our concert materials. George H.
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That's good news on the approval of our 3 executive L1A visas. You fought a tough RFE, but we won. We are pleased to be working with you. KB is also bringing passports tomorrow again to the US Embassy in Tashkent for visa processing. We look forward to his arrival to the US. Sarvar
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I wanted to thank again and again for obtaining my E1 Treaty Trader visa for me. The process was not easy, especially since our trade was all based on Technology. You knew the law, and was able to craft an outstanding file to be presented to Immigration. We are now ready to take the business to the next level. Toda Raba
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Thanks for helping me with my marriage-based immigration case. You were very accessible - taking my calls, returning my messages and emails promptly. You answered all my questions. I was most impressed and relieved that you attended the immigration interview with me and my wife. You made the whole process streamline and simple. You really know your stuff, and you're a nice, friendly guy as well. Shane P.
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