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Aleksandra Michailov, Esq.

About Aleksandra Michailov, Esq.

Aleksandra has more than decade of experience in US immigration including employment-based immigration benefits, corporate compliance and family based immigration. She represents corporate and individual clients in a wide range of cross-border immigration matters including mobility of key foreign executives and managers, specialized knowledge workers, and foreign nationals with extraordinary ability.

Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim: Visa Bulletin Predictions as of May 19, 2017

Employment-Based Preference Categories. Increased demand across the employment based preferences, including EB-4 and EB-5, has significantly decreased the “otherwise unused numbers” which have traditionally trickled up to EB-1 and potentially down to EB-2.  For example, in FY 2016, Special Immigrant Juvenile cases used more than 50% of the entire EB-4 annual limit, [...]

By | 2017-05-31T21:44:06+00:00 May 25th, 2017|DOS, Visa Bulletin|

Immigrants in Trump’s America – Should I Carry My Immigration Papers With Me?

In the era of increased immigration enforcement under President Trump, our foreign national clients and readers are increasingly asking about the requirements on carrying specific immigration documents with them while they are in the U.S. – whether around town or for domestic U.S. travel. We find that this topic is not very [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Compliance, F-1, H-1B, ICE, News, Policy, Travel|

Making Sense Out of the Current Congressional Immigration Proposals

Both Congress and President Donald Trump’s team have been extremely active in considering ways to revamp the current immigration framework concerning both the undocumented population and skilled immigration. In this first article from our series, we will provide a summary of the current congressional immigration proposals concerning green cards and temporary work [...]

By | 2017-03-02T09:45:11+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Immigration Reform, News, Policy|

USCIS Revises Form I-9 – Effective January 22, 2017

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification which is available to use starting immediately. Starting Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the new [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:03+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Compliance, Employers, I-9|

L-1A Visa – Recognizing The Global Role Of Managers

The Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) recently issued a decision in a case focusing on the correct interpretation of the L-1A visa requirements for functional managers. In Matter of Z-A-, Inc., the AAO clarified that when determining whether the foreign national will primarily manage an essential function, USCIS must consider all relevant factors, including the foreign [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:05+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Articles, Employers, L-1, News|

Marriage Based Green Card Removal of Conditions – Waiver of the Joint Filing Requirement

When permanent residence status is based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, some foreign nationals receive a conditional permanent resident status valid for only two years. The permanent residence status is conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than 2 years old on the day permanent residence was granted. To receive [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:05+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Articles, Family, I-130, News|

Do’s and Don’ts for Successful EB-1A Petitions

Employment-based first preference EB-1A visa category is available to those beneficiaries who can demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim. The beneficiary’s extraordinary ability may not be readily apparent to an USCIS officer unfamiliar with the field.  Therefore, it is crucial for an EB-1A petition [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:06+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Articles, EB-1, News|

U.S. Implements Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

As of January 21st, 2016, the U.S. began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):     Nationals of VWP countries [...]

By | 2016-01-29T12:26:26+00:00 January 28th, 2016|ESTA, News, Travel, Visa Waiver|

Visa Interview Waiver Program at U.S. Consulates in India

With the end of the year quickly approaching, many of our clients will travel abroad during the Holiday season to visit their homelands and will need to renew their current U.S. visas. We would like to remind our Indian clients and friends about the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) which allows some qualified individuals to apply [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:07+00:00 December 11th, 2015|H-1B, News, Visa Processing|