January 2013  

Happy New Year from NeJame Law!

NeJame Law wishes its clients and readers a Happy New Year.  And we hope that your holiday season, whether Christmas or Hanukkah or other, was a blessed one.

NeJame Law – Best Law Firm in Central Florida (Readers’ Choice Award, Orlando Business Journal)  In December, our law firm was honored with the award of the Best Law Firm in Central Florida for 2012, by the Reader’s Choice of the Orlando Business Journal.

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New Immigration Policy

-----Good News for some facing the 3/10 year bar

It is finally official!  Many foreign nationals, who are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, but were only unable to acquire permanent residency because of the risk of the 3 or 10 year bar, they finally have a reprieve.  They can apply for a waiver of the 3/10 year bar and receive a decision, prior to having to depart the U.S.

Q & A - Immigration Reform for Professionals with Advanced Degrees?

Q: Dear Immigration Counselors,
I have read about the STEM Act legislation which would allow certain professionals to apply for permanent residency.  Will a qualified person be able to adjust status in the United States based upon this if he holds a master’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics?


A: Dear R.B., The "STEM Jobs Act" is a bill which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in late 2012, but has not been approved by the Senate or signed into law. The bill seeks to grant as many as 55,000 visas to foreign nationals with advanced degrees from U.S. universities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The goal is to prevent the “brain drain” to competing countries and instead, to retain the professionals we train in our country.

If this bill were to become law, then this could be a boon to the U.S. economy since such professionals use innovation and start businesses.  We have not seen from the bill however that it provides for adjustment of status for those who are currently out of status.  Moreover, this legislation does not provide any comprehensive immigration reform. For news about the plans for immigration reform announced by President Obama on January 29, 2013, stay tuned further to our newsletters

To ask Immigration Counselors your questions, please email attorney@immigrationcounselors.com

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