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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

906, 2017

July 2017 Visa Bulletin – Major EB-3 China Retrogression, EB-3 India Advances Notably

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

The U.S. State Department has just released the July 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the tenth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year.  The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the significant 33-month retrogression in EB-3 China, the continued cutoff date for EB-1 India and EB-1 China and the notable forward movement in EB-3 India.
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806, 2017

Simeio RFEs: How to Handle “Simeio” RFE Due to Late H-1B Amendment Filing?

By | June 8th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Compliance, H-1B, News|

In our office, and in the broader H-1B community, we are seeing instances and reports of H-1B petition RFEs aimed at ensuring compliance with the Simeio-line of guidance issued by USCIS in 2015. Specifically, we are seeing RFEs on H-1B petitions (amendments, mostly, but also for extensions) where USCIS is questioning the timeliness or the lack of the H-1B amendment filings. Our office has handled a number of such RFEs and we share our experience and thoughts on how to best handle them.

Simeio Background

The April 9, 2015 AAO decision In Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC (PDF copy) put many […]

106, 2017

USCIS Clarifies H-1B Master’s Cap Degree Must be Obtained While University is Accredited

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: AAO, Articles, F-1, H-1B, News, News Alert, Policy|

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a memorandum adopting the AAO decision in Matter of A-T-, Inc. and establishing policy guidance which will apply to and bind all USCIS adjudicators.    USCIS clarifies that in order to be able to qualify for an H-1B cap exemption based on a U.S. master’s or higher degree, the institution which has awarded such degree must have qualified as a “United States institution of higher education”, or to be accredited, at the time the beneficiary’s degree was earned and not at the time of adjudication […]

2505, 2017

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

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: DOS, Visa Bulletin|

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, thus preventing many of those 5,200 numbers to potentially become available for use by EB-1 applicants. This, together with high EB-1 Worldwide demand, has contributed to a situation where EB-1 India and EB-1 China now have a final action cut-off date, and in […]