LAW FIRM, LLC, DENVER, COLORADO - A premier immigration
and nationality law firm representing companies and
individuals with strength, compassion and zeal.
firm, located in downtown Denver, concentrates its practice on business-related
and family immigration matters. These matters typically
involve representing clients in the process of obtaining
permanent residency or "green cards" and various types
of nonimmigrant visas.
personnel are familiar with law and regulations relating
to both immigrant (persons moving permanently to
the United States) and nonimmigrant (persons coming
temporarily to the United States) procedures. The
process of becoming a lawful permanent resident (“green
card holder”) may require getting a labor certification
using the relatively new PERM process. Many groups,
however, are exempt from labor certification, including
investors, persons of extraordinary ability, outstanding
professors and researchers and multi-national executives
and managers. Work authorization and travel permission
are important to our clients, and we assist with securing
those benefits for our clients pursuing permanent residency.
are nearly as many nonimmigrant visas as there are
letters in the alphabet. We have worked successfully
with almost all of them, including B visitors, F, M,
and J students and exchange visitors, H-1Bs, H-2Bs,
H-3s, K fiancés, L intra-company transferees,
O persons of extraordinary ability, P performers, R
religious workers and Q cultural visas. We are
also called upon for assistance with TNs, as provided
for by the North American Trade Agreement.
immigration issues, involving non-U.S. citizens brought
into a family unit, as in a marriage or an adoption,
are also handled by our firm, as is naturalization. We
see many clients from the time they enter as visitors
until, years later, they are sworn-in as naturalized
United States citizens.
firm has worked with persons and employees from all
over the world, thereby developing expertise and knowledge
specific to persons from certain countries, including
Canadians and Mexicans, who may be eligible for "TN"
status pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
a client is overseas and considering alternative methods
of coming to the United States for the first time or has lived as a lawful
permanent resident in the United States for years
and is considering the possibility of naturalization,
Chandler Law Firm, LLC can help. We enjoy the process
of getting to know our clients, developing an immigration
plan for them and then working to ensure that the plan
becomes a reality.
H-lB Cap for Fiscal Year 2014 Reached in 5 Days!
The annual cap on H-lB's of 65,000 was reached on April 5,2013. That is only five days after the window for applying opened on April 2,2013. Current law provides that if the cap is reached within five days, a lottery involving all who submitted H-lB applications within that period of time will be conducted and the H-lB "winners"
Last year, the H-lB cap was not reached until June, so this year's demand for foreign
workers is significantly greater than last year's, perhaps signaling an improving
THE DREAM ACT AND DEFERRED ACTION
On June 15, 2012, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a memorandum allowing certain young people to apply for deferred action, which is protection from deportation, for a period of two years. To qualify, one must meet the following criteria:
- Must have entered the United States when under the age of sixteen;
- Must have resided continuously in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012 and been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
- Must currently be in school, obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- Must not have been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
- Not be older than thirty years of age.
Note that approval for deferred action does not mean a grant of lawful status, permanent residency or citizenship.
H-1B CAP REACHED
The H-1B annual cap for fiscal year 2013 was reached June 11, 2012, much earlier than in previous years. The good news is that the greater demand for H-1B foreign workers may signal an improving economy; the bad news is that companies needing H-1B workers must wait until April, 2013 to apply and until October 1, 2013 for new H-1B workers to actually begin working.
VISA PROCESSING IN JAPAN:
CHANGES IN PROCESSING NON-IMMIGRANT VISAS
IN TOKYO, OSAKA AND NAHA
In my first position as an immigration attorney, I was taught that a visa is simply an "invitation" to knock at the door of the country issuing the visa. Anyone entering a country other than the one of which he or she is a citizen requires such an "invitation," or they must be legally exempt from needing a visa. However, visas are not the only type of invitation to enter another country: some persons, including citizens of Japan, may use "ESTA," the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, to enter the United States as visitors - in lieu of a visa. Read more.