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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

410, 2017

DV-2019 Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery Opens October 18, 2017 – REVISED DATES

By | October 4th, 2017|Categories: Articles, DOS, News, News Alert|

The Department of State has revised the DV-2019 Diversity Visa (a.k.a. “green card”) lottery dates. The new dates for submission for this year’s lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), on Wednesday, November 22,  2017.  Previously, the DV-2019 lottery was open starting October 3, 2017; however, due to a system glitch, any entries submitted between October 3, 2017 and October 10, 2017 are void and a new submission is required under the new timeline.

Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form […]

2809, 2017

Premium Processing Reinstated for All H-1B Cases as of October 3

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

USCIS has just officially confirmed as of today, October 3, 2017, they have reinstated the premium processing service for all types of H-1B petitions.    Petitions filed under the premium processing service are given a response by USCIS within 15 calendar days.  Similarly, pending “regular processing” H-1B petitions can be “upgraded” to premium processing service.

Caution:   Avoid the Premium Processing Rush

We would like to caution our readers and clients to avoid rushing to file premium processing cases just because the service is available.   Due to the pent-up demand for premium processing cases over the last few months, we expect a significant […]

2109, 2017

Nonimmigrant Status 30/60 Day Rule Amended to Impose Stricter Requirements for “Inconsistent Conduct”

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Articles, ESTA, F-1, News, News Alert, Travel|

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has amended a section of the Field Adjudicators Manual (“FAM”) which pertains to government officials’ determinations of misrepresentation by applicants and specifically with respect to activities permitted in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas. 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3) has been amended to include a section called “Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry” and which creates a presumption of misrepresentation by a foreign national for certain conduct within 90 days of entering the U.S.   This amendment replaces the prior 30/60 day rule.

What is “Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry”?

The new section allows an immigration […]

1809, 2017

Premium Processing for Pending H-1B Cap Cases Reinstated

By | September 18th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Employers, H-1B, News, News Alert|

USCIS continues to add types of H-1B petitions for which the premium processing service is being reinstated.  On September 18, 2017, USCIS announced that they are reinstating premium processing for pending H-1B cap petitions.

Background of the H-1B Premium Processing Service Suspension

Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS suspended the premium processing service for all H-1B petitions and for a period of “up to six months.”     This suspension was very broad:  petitioners were not able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for any H-1B petition – including amendments, extensions, “transfers”, […]