Immigration in the Biotech & Pharmaceutical Fields

Chugh, LLP understands the specific immigration needs of clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical fields. Our multi-lingual, diverse staff  carefully analyze each case to determine which visa will meet your needs and give you the greatest chance of approval. Common Immigration Categories for Biotech and Pharma Our meticulous team at Chugh, LLP has experience in obtaining […]
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Good Practice Pointers Before Traveling as a Non-Immigrant

By: Carmen C. Lopez As an employer, there are several good pointers you can recommend to your employees who hold non-immigrant visas such as L-1 or H-1B, before traveling outside the United States.  Some of these recommendations include the following: Ensure that the validity period of the foreign passport the employee holds, is valid for […]
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Visa Bulletin For December 2017

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during December for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. Unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo, individuals seeking to file […]
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REAL ID Act Compliance Deadline

Beginning January 22, 2018 TSA will no longer accept driver’s licenses or identification that are not REAL ID Act compliant for domestic travel. Passed in 2005, with a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission, the REAL ID Act sets national minimum-security standards and prohibits federal agencies from accepting non-compliant IDs and driver’s licenses for official purposes, […]
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Legal and Immigration Updates – October 2017

Premium Processing resumes for all H-1B Petitions By: Navdeep Meamber Effective October 3, 2017, USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H1B petitions which includes H1B cap, H1B amendment, H1B extension and H1B transfer. Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based […]
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No More Deference: How USCIS Will Review Requests for Extentions

By: Elizabeth Goings In its latest round of updates, on October 23, 2017, USCIS issued a policy memorandum (PM-602-0151) which addresses how officers should review nonimmigrant petitions at the time of extension. Moving forward, USCIS will adjudicate all extension petitions at the same level of review it does for initial petitions for nonimmigrant categories such […]
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New Website for Trusted Traveler Program

By: Navdeep Meamber Effective October 1, 2017, CBP has launched a new cloud-based website called the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) System. Migration to the new TTP website will not impact current members who have been pre-approved for Global Entry programs. The Department of Homeland Security provides Trusted Traveler programs for travelers, which allows registered and […]
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Proposed Merit-Based Immigration Reforms

By: Navdeep Meamber The White House has released important information on the proposed merit-based reforms. Some of these reforms include ending of chain based migration, which would impact the family based visa category. Under the proposed reform, the family-based green cards would be limited to the spouses and the minor children of U.S. citizens and […]
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New 90-Day Rule and Nonimmigrant Intent

By: Navdeep Meamber Recently the Department of State has amended the Foreign Affairs Manual to include a new 90–Day Rule. Under this rule, some acts may be presumed as violation of nonimmigrant status if undertaken within 90 days of entry to the U.S on certain nonimmigrant intent visa status such as B or F status. […]
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Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

By: Navdeep Meamber Effective October 3, 2017, USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H1B petitions which includes H1B cap, H1B amendment, H1B extension and H1B transfer. Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. Under the premium process, […]
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