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Immigration Law Professionals

The Capitol Immigration Law Group PLLC is a boutique law firm based in Washington, DC specializing exclusively in U.S. immigration and nationality law. We serve corporate and individual clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. We are proud to be able to offer practical, prompt and professional immigration and employment compliance legal advice to our clients.

Because of our focus on business immigration law, we are able to handle competently all of our individual and corporate clients’ needs in this area. Our ability to provide quality and practical legal advice lies not only in our devotion and competency in immigration law, but also in our efforts to understand our clients’ business and to act as immigration-related business advisors.

We take great pride in the quality of our work, in our professionalism and in our expertise. We provide regular client updates on important developments in immigration and compliance law and are often invited speakers to relevant business community and other labor and immigration events.

We offer free and confidential initial evaluations and we offer competitive flat fee rates for our services. Our goal is to provide stability to our clients’ immigration and compliance needs by ensuring a combination of high level of service and predictable and transparent billing arrangements.

Our typical clients are small and mid-size companies doing business in a variety of sectors, non-profit organizations, universities and foreign investors. We consider our size an asset allowing us to provide loyal, intimate and personal legal services. In addition to corporate clients, we also represent foreign nationals from over 40 countries on individual employment-related immigration matters.

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News and Recent Articles

2808, 2017

USCIS to Start Requiring In-Person Interviews for Employment I-485 Applications

By | August 28th, 2017|Categories: Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, USCIS|

USCIS has just announced that they are expanding the requirements for interviews to employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applicants. Effective October 1, 2017, USCIS will phase-in interviews for (1) employment-based I-485 adjustment of status applications and (2) refugee/asylee I-730 applications who are in the United States and petitioning to join a principal applicant.   Under current practice, interviews for employment-based I-485 applicants are waived except in certain very limited cases.

Trump Executive Order

This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is part of USCIS’s “comprehensive strategy to further improve […]

2408, 2017

Pending I-131 Advance Parole Applications Being Denied Due to International Travel

By | August 24th, 2017|Categories: AOS, Articles, I-131, I-485, News, News Alert, Travel|

Our office has recently learned that USCIS is changing their long-standing practice and have started denying Form I-131 Advance Parole applications due to abandonment in cases where the applicant has left the United States while the I-131 Advance Parole application was pending.      USCIS has confirmed that this is their actual current policy going forward and that it would apply even for applicants who have a separate valid advance parole document or a valid H, K, L, or V visa to return to the United States.

Reason for Denial of Pending I-131 Advance Parole Due to International Travel

In the […]

2308, 2017

Nonimmigrant Visa Services Suspended at US Consulates in Russia

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Articles, News, News Alert, Students, Travel, Visa Processing|

The U.S. Embassy in Russia has announced that starting August 23, 2017, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended. Beginning September 1, 2017, nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and interviews at the St. Petersburg, Yekaterininburg and Vladivostok will be cancelled.

What is the Reason for the Suspension?

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow cites the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission as the reason for this suspension and cutback on NIV services.     This cap was imposed as part of the escalating diplomatic measures taken by both the […]

1608, 2017

Reminder: OPT Cap-Gap Employment with Pending H-1B Valid Only Until September 30th

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Articles, F-1, News, News Alert, Students|

This year’s busy H-1B cap season included many H-1B employee candidates who hold F-1 status and who are employed in the U.S. pursuant to F-1 optional practical training (OPT) status.    Out of these F-1 visa holders, many rely on the OPT cap-gap rule to continue working in the U.S. after the post-April 1st expiration date of the OPT and for as long as the H-1B cap petition is not denied or rejected by USCIS.   However, the OPT cap-gap rule allows OPT extension only until September 30th, possibly leaving some H-1B candidates in a period of […]