Immigration News

Lenten Devotion: Celebrating Foreign-Born Women

Everyone knows two things Roughly half the world population are women, and also that men are preferred in almost every way. Most world leaders are men. Men are paid more for the same work and same level of education throughout the world. And yet the vast majority of women over the age of 40 are mothers, most caring for both children and parents. Foreign born women finding their way into

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USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing for 2019

For All Fiscal Year 2019 Cap H-1B Petitions Effective Today, January 28, 2019 On Friday, January 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that effective Monday, January 28, 2019, USCIS will resume accepting requests for its Premium Processing service for Fiscal Year 2019 Cap-subject H-1B Petitions, including H-1B petitions subject to the advanced degree exemption (“master’s cap”). How does this affect your H-1B Status: Effective immediately,

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USCIS H-1B Deadline Approaching

Reflecting on Martin Luther King’s words, “Even though we face difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” We acknowledge that every immigrant has a dream, and here at Margaret W. Wong & Associates we help your dream of citizenship become a reality! Update on H-1B Filings Each spring, the H-1B visa “lottery” causes the H-1B visa to become a hot topic among employers, F-1 students on Optional

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Government Shutdown 2018

Government Shutdown USCIS & EOIR Closures

The US Federal Government shutdown (called the “federal funding hiatus”) has affected many aspects of the government, including the immigration infrastructure. The news media report on widespread closures. USCIS reports on Government Shutdown: “The current lapse in annual appropriated funding for the U.S. government does not affect USCIS’s fee-funded activities. Our offices will remain open, and all individuals should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled. USCIS will continue to accept

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The Happiest Time of the Year – Success Stories

Holiday Success Story #1: Imagine not being able to live in the same country as the people you love. Discrimination againast the LGBTQ community in Miss Honor’s home country meant she couldn’t live in peace with her American girlfriend. After months of what felt like endless paperwork, she called Margaret W. Wong & Associates for help. We did our work, relating her personal story of hardship and discrimination back home,

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25th Anniversary of Friendship Foundation of American-Vietnamese

“Friendship Foundation of American-Vietnamese, 25th Anniversary Celebration:  An Immigrant Success Story of Triumph, Agony and war Suffering, and Freedom” This past weekend, Sunday, December 18, we had the pleasure and great honor to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the American-Vietnamese Friendship Foundation. Also, I am happy to report that Margaret W. Wong and Associates, LLC was one of the main sponsors of this important event. This event was also

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Eastern Lake County Coffee Contacts and Discussion on the 2018 Elections

Coffee Contacts On Wednesday, December 12th, we got up early and drove to Geneva where we attended an Eastern Lake County Coffee Contacts that took place at The Lakehouse Inn and Winery on Lake Road East. While we were there, we met and visited with Ms. Marcy Brennan, whose son, Mr. Michael Dylan Brennan, is the mayor of University Heights. We told Ms. Brennan, who now works for LimeLife by

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Neurologist gets i-140 after decision reversal

Often, successfully serving a client does not simply result in victory for one person, but victory for our client’s family, friends, and the greater community of which she is a part. Our Filipino client was an extremely accomplished neurologist who made consistent and crucial contributions toward her respective field of medicine. Due to her competence as a physician, a leading specialty medical service was focused on hiring her to treat

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Expiration of K-3 and K-4 covered by quick Green Card work for Vietnamese family

The client came to the United States as one of minor dependents of Vietnam refugees. In 1999, while still a permanent resident, he went home to Vietnam and got married. Their marriage for immigration purposes is a preference category that the Vietnamese wife will have to wait for at least 5 to 6 years to become eligible to migrate to United States. In 2002 however he became a US citizen

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Woman entrepreneur invests in US to build her American dream

A foreign entrepreneur came us wanting to invest in the United States. We knew that the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa would be a great option for her, and began work on her case. She invested $500,000 into opening a new hotel and we guided her through the process. The hotel was located in a Targeted Investment Area, which means an area with high unemployment or a rural area. We filed

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