H-1B VISAS AND WINNING THE LOTTERY

Cap season is upon us. What is cap season exactly? It’s the time of year when employers seeking to hire foreign professionals for “specialty occupations” prepare and send their petitions to USCIS for a limited number of H-1B visas. There is currently an annual cap of 65,000 regular H-1B visas and an additional 20,000 H-1B visas for individuals with U.S. master’s or doctorate degrees. 

HOW SEATTLE VACATING 100s of MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS CAN HELP YOU AVOID DEPORTATION

Noncitizen immigrants who reside in states that have decriminalized marijuana must be wary of using and possessing marijuana even when it is according to state law. It's still a federal offense to possess marijuana -- federal law governs our immigration system. For example, a noncitizen could be found to be inadmissible or deportable just by admitting to the possession of marijuana. Moreover, it could affect whether a noncitizen can successfully become a citizen.

GET SQUATTERS OUT!

It’s a snowbird’s worst nightmare: returning home after an extended absence only to discover that squatters have moved in. The nightmare goes from bad to worse when the police advises the squatters have rights and cannot be forcefully removed. The only option: file a lawsuit to get the squatters out. As anyone who has been through full blown litigation knows, it is a long and expensive process.

IDAHO'S NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY TO REPAIR ACT

The notice and opportunity to repair act prohibits an owner from suing a “construction professional” without first providing written notice of a claim. Idaho Code § 6-2503(1). The written notice must describe the claim in “reasonable detail.” Id. If the notice is not given before a lawsuit is filed, the lawsuit must be dismissed. Id. When the notice is served, the statute of limitation is tolled (i.e., it stops). Id.

DACA LIVES! FOR NOW ANYWAY...

DACA LIVES! FOR NOW ANYWAY...

On January 9, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco issued a decision that partially revived DACA, a program established by a 2012 executive order by President Obama and rescinded on September 5, 2017 by President Trump.  DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, offers an employment authorization document and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and meet a variety of other eligibility criteria. Participants in the program are often referred to as Dreamers as their eligibility for the program demonstrates a continued commitment to pursuing the American Dream. These Dreamers, nearly 800,000 in total since 2012, are young people who are educated in the U.S., do not have significant criminal convictions, and for the most know no other country but the U.S. 

DREAM ACT IS GOOD FOR IDAHO AND U.S.

Almost 800,000 young people - full of energy and creativity - have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since it began in 2012. However, in the wake of the President's rescission of DACA, every day that passes means that more Dreamers are losing their ability to work and protection from removal. Congress needs to step in - protecting Dreamers is a win for all of us.

THE END OF DACA?

President Trump ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as of September 5, 2017. Certain applications will be considered until March 5, 2018, and the last date to file for renewal will be October 5, 2017. There will likely be a six-month delay on enforcement by allowing those who’s DACA permits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 to renew.

FREE IMMIGRATION LAW CLINIC

If you have been a permanent resident (green card holder) for a minimum for three years (based on marriage) or five years, attorneys and experts can help you with your citizenship application. Additionally, if you have other immigration questions they can help!

Free legal consultations will be available at the workshop for other immigration issues.

Click the link below for more information and to sign up http://www.seattle.gov/iandraffairs/programs/new-citizen-campaign#clinics