New trademark rule requiring foreign-domiciled applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney

Press Release from the USPTO on July 2, 2019 WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new rule requiring all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States. …

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Visa Bulletin Trends for Employment Based Green Cards

Each month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) checks in with Charlies Oppenheim, who is the Department of State (DOS) official responsible for managing the visa bulletin.   Here are AILA DOS Liaison Committee notes of its most recent monthly "check-in" with Charlie. AILA Doc. No. 14071401 | Dated June 21, 2019 General Trends and Observations: …

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July 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for July 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 22, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015 and China with a cutoff date of May 8, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) …

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New Zealand Nationals Now Eligible for E-1 and E-2 Visas

USCIS news release: Certain New Zealand nationals can now request a change of status to the E-1 nonimmigrant trader classification and the E-2 nonimmigrant investor classification under Public Law 115-226. Beginning June 10, eligible New Zealand nationals already in the United States in a lawful nonimmigrant status can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant …

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USCIS Will Begin Premium Processing for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10, 2019

USCIS will begin premium processing for all remaining FY2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions on 6/10/19. Petitioners may file a Request for Premium Processing Service, with the USCIS service center processing their petition on that date. More information can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/premium-processing-begins-remaining-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions-june-10.  

DFW Immigrant Leaders to be Honored at 2019 Immigrant Journey Awards

 In its eight year, the Immigrant Journey Awards will honor DFW's most influential immigrant leaders. After receiving numerous nominations, presenting sponsor and Dallas law firm Scheef & Stone LLP is excited to announce the 2019 finalists. Acknowledging the challenges that new Americans face on their journey to becoming full contributors to the U.S., the Immigrant Journey Awards …

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USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

From the USCIS: USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. As in previous years, we will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that we did not select and will issue an announcement …

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USCIS Announcement: H-1B Master’s Cap Has Been Reached

From the USCIS: On April 10, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated regular cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2020. After completing the random selection process for the regular cap, USCIS also determined that it has received a number of …

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Nominations Due for Outstanding Dallas Area Immigrants on April 25

Presented by Scheef & Stone, LLP, the Immigrant Journey Awards program is accepting nominations of outstanding immigrants until April 25. The awards recognize the achievements and contributions of immigrant individuals as well as  businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation of new immigrants. Everyone is encouraged to nominate extraordinary business, professional, and …

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