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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

1311, 2017

Wage Level I RFEs: How Helpful are Third-Party Professor Opinions?

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

USCIS has been very active and relentless in raising the Wage Level I issue in many thousands (if not tens of thousands) of requests for evidence (“RFE”) since June 2017.     It has become evident that a successful Wage Level I RFE response must balance very carefully the complexity (or the “specialty occupation”) vs. the entry-level nature of the position.   However, many petitioners are relying (some almost exclusively) on a third-party professor opinion letter to make these arguments and our experience and reported USCIS denials suggest that relying on a professor opinion alone may not be sufficient.  […]

1311, 2017

December 2017 Visa Bulletin – Extremely Slow Forward Movement; EB-3 China Favors Downgrading

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

The U.S. State Department has just released the December 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the third Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the extremely slow forward movement in EB-2 India/China and no movement in EB-3 India.  EB-3 China continues to have a more favorable cutoff date than EB-2 China which creates favorable conditions for EB-2 to EB-3 China downgrades.   FB-1 Philippines moves back by two years.

911, 2017

Should I-693 Medical Exams be Submitted with the Initial Employment-based I-485 Adjustment of Status Filing?

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Articles, I-485, News, News Alert|

Our recent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) processing times reports indicate that employment-based I-485 adjustment of status (“AOS”) applications are taking over a year to adjudicate.   The new requirement for in-person interview for certain I-485 cases will likely add to the processing time of a case.    At the same time, the required I-693 medical exams are valid for one year and normally such I-693 medical exams which may be valid at the time of filing would very likely have expired by the time the I-485 AOS application is due to be adjudicated, likely resulting in an additional request […]

2410, 2017

USCIS Changes Deference Policy for I-129 Extensions: Raises the Bar for Approvals

By | October 24th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert, Policy|

In an October 23, 2017 Memorandum, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has issued a Policy Memorandum which eliminates the current practice of giving deference to prior approvals when adjudicating Form I-129 petition renewals where the petitioner, the beneficiary and the material facts of the petition remain unchanged.     This affects all I-129 petitions extensions, including H-1B, L-1, O-1 and more.

The Policy Memorandum

The Policy Memorandum number PM-602-0151, dated as of October 23, 2017, specifically rescinds prior guidance which instructed USCIS adjudicators to give deference to prior determination of eligibility.  Specifically, the April 23, 2004 memorandum named “The Significance of […]