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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

1502, 2018

USCIS Appears to Question Immediate F-1 CPT Validity for Second Degree Students

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Employers, F-1, H-1B, News, News Alert, Students|

Our office has been seeing cases and reports that USCIS is changing their approach and starts to question the validity of F-1 CPT work authorization especially in cases where the F-1 foreign student has used more than 12 months of combined CPT and OPT at the same degree level.     Most often this issue is raised during an H-1B petition which includes change of status from F-1 to H-1B.

The Regulations and the Prior Practice

The relevant regulations are in 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(10):

…A student may be authorized 12 months of practical training, and becomes eligible for another 12 months of practical training […]

1202, 2018

March 2018 Visa Bulletin – Continued Very Slow Forward Movement Across Most Categories

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: AOS, Articles, EB-2, EB-3, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

The U.S. State Department has just released the March 2018 Visa Bulletin which is the sixth Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the continued very slow forward movement in EB-2/3 India.   EB-3 China advances but appears to slow down compared to recent months.

802, 2018

How to Increase the H-1B Cap Lottery Chances of Success This Year?

By | February 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles, F-1, H-1B, News, Students|

With the approaching H-1B cap filing season, one of the most common concerns we are hearing from both prospective H-1B employers and candidates is about the H-1B cap lottery and the fact that the random lottery does not provide a great chance of an H-1B application being selected for review.

Our office has handled thousands of H-1B applications and we have seen firsthand how cruel the H-1B cap lottery can be to both employers and to workers. Unfortunately, we have seen many highly-qualified and talented workers, many of them recent graduates of top universities, see their H-1B application rejected under the […]

702, 2018

How to File an H-1B Cap Petition When the Current Degree is Still Underway?

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles, F-1, H-1B, News|

As the H-1B cap filing season is well underway and as the filing day of April 1st is approaching fast, a common question by H-1B employers or H-1B candidates is whether an H-1B cap petition can (or should) be filed when the foreign national employee is still completing their degree program and when the degree will not be completed by April 1st.   The short answer is that while the H-1B regulations require a degree be completed in order to be used for H-1B filing, there are ways to use previous or partially-completed degree to qualify for the H-1B cap.   This […]