Wolfsdorf Newsletter – August 9, 2017

Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP (“WR Immigration”) is pleased to announce that immigration attorney David Fullmer and his superb team of professionals have merged with our legal practice. David is a top-rated immigration lawyer and the current Los Angeles County Bar (LACBA) Immigration Section Chair. David brings 20 years of experience, strong skills in corporate and entertainment immigration law, and excellent client service to the team. Above all, he shares our vision for providing exceptional immigration solutions for today whilst preparing our clients for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. Together, we look forward to bringing a deeper range of expertise and quality of service to our esteemed clients. Read the press release here.

EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference
Bernard Wolfsdorf spoke at the EB5 Investor Magazine Conference on Thursday, July 27 at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. His discussion focused on training Chinese migration agents on strategies to deal with the mainland Chinese waiting line. Further, Bernard Wolfsdorf, Vivian Zhu, and Joey Barnett had an article published in the EB5 Investor Magazine 2017 Volume 5, Issue 1 called “Writ of Mandamus Lawsuits for EB-5 and Other Delayed Immigration Adjudications.”

Bernard Wolfsdorf authors AILA’s EB-5 “White Paper: Solutions to the EB-5 Visa Waiting Line”
Bernard Wolfsdorf was listed as the lead author of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) EB-5 Committee “White Paper: Solutions to the EB-5 Visa Waiting Line.”

Chambers and Partners Recognition
Congratulations to Bernard Wolfsdorf and David Fullmer who have been ranked Band 1 Immigration Attorneys in California by Chambers and Partners. Chambers and Partners identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world. Their research department includes 170 full-time staff members who conduct in-depth interviews with lawyers and clients around the world.

Sens. Graham, Durbin Introduce Bipartisan ‘Dream Act’
On July 20, 2017, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the “Dream Act,” a bipartisan legislative effort that would allow immigrant students who grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence. As of press time, co-sponsors also included Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

Supreme Court Allows Temporary Exemption for Grandparents, Others From Travel Ban, But Not for Certain Refugees
On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a temporary exemption of grandparents and other relatives (grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law) of those in the United States from President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban to stand. However, the court continued the temporary travel ban for certain refugees, at least until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit can review the related appeal. The people affected are from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. Also exempt from the travel ban, per a Trump administration list, are parents, spouses, fiancé(e)s, sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and siblings.

USCIS To Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions as of July 24, 2017. Premium processing will resume for petitions that may be exempt from the cap if the H-1B petitioner is:
• An institution of higher education;
• A nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or
• A nonprofit research or governmental research organization.

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