Visa Bulletin Predictions for June 2016

While it is quite impossible to predict the visa bulletin, Shah Peerally has actually tried his best to analyze the situation of EB2 and EB3 India and China. This is based on some of the factors affected the number of the applications, the background checks putting hold on cases, and of course luck. See our video on the predictions, and also please sign the petition to reduce the time on EB2 and EB3 for India and China. Note that this is just an estimate not the actual visa bulletin.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

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Why so many undocumented Immigrants?

With the Supreme Court taking on US v Texas this coming week, we often wonder why so many undocumented workers from Mexico and other countries are in the United States. In addition, this election year has raise the stake of the situation of undocumented people inside the United States. Some want to deport them all others want to deport them and build a wall.

Illegal immigration has been a rather tenacious issue within American politics for the past few decades. However, despite the media spotlight on illegal immigration, the American public remains in the dark as to why there are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States today. The entire debate over illegal immigration has been dumbed down into mere catchphrases. Anti-immigrant groups claim that “illegals are taking jobs away from hard working Americans,” while pro-immigrant rights groups claim that “illegals are taking the jobs that most Americans wouldn’t do anyway.” The reality is that there is truth to both claims. However, both camps in the debate don’t address how American economic policies towards Mexico and its inability to enact comprehensive immigration reform have greatly exacerbated the issue of illegal immigration in the United States.

In discussing this debate, very few people ask why so many “illegal” immigrants or undocumented people are currently in the United States. Would it not be natural to ask why anyone living in their native country would pack up their bag (yes a bag), cross a militarized border that is patrolled by police, attack dogs, military vehicles, and volunteer soldiers? Why would anyone go through the trouble of crossing such a gauntlet to come to a country where he/she would have zero civil rights and virtually no human rights as an illegal alien? Why would anyone leave the country they grew up in to immigrate to a country where the people speak a different language, are largely ambivalent to you, and where you would have virtually no legal rights and no guaranteed path to some form of legal status?

Of course we all know the answer to that question – he/she just wants a decent job. But why aren’t there any jobs in Mexico? Is it because Mexico suffers from corrupt political institutions, the global economic meltdown, or is it that the Mexican elite stranglehold on the Mexican economy is so severe that it leaves very little room for upward social mobility?

Technically, all the above reasons are true, but then again several countries suffer from these problems in various forms including the United States where the upper 1% control more than half of the collective wealth of the United States. The unequal economic stratification of society is not anything new nor is it unique to any specific country nor is the United States as the world’s most powerful nation spared from this reality. However, Mexico suffers from an issue that the United States does not.

This issue is the unequal domination of its economic markets by the United States through unfair trade agreements. This troublesome issue was magnified in 1994 with the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA which sounds pretty on paper (anything with the word free on it must be a good thing) has been largely detrimental to the average Mexican household. Mexico, which had a large agricultural sector has seen that facet of its economy take heavy damage largely in part thanks to the effects of NAFTA.

Why?
Wouldn’t free trade between nations be a good thing? Wouldn’t the easing of tariffs and other trade obstacles create a level of economic parity between wealthy and poor nations? That is after all what every single neo-liberal economics talking head on CNN and FOX news vomits on our TV screens everyday.

The problem is that Mexico, having a vastly smaller economic status, and a vastly smaller industrial sector, and taxable base cannot compete with the United States (who just so happens to be the numero uno economic juggernaut of the world). NAFTA effectively exploits this inconvenient fact. In the case of Mexican farm workers, American companies and farmers moved in and began dumping American produce on Mexican territory at prices that were far cheaper than what the Mexicans could produce themselves. The United States could do this because the American farmer benefits from large subsidies from the American tax payer and could therefore undercut the Mexican farmer virtually every single time.

When people in Mexico saw that American corn is half the price of Mexican corn, they naturally opt to buy the American corn. After a few years, large sections of the Mexican agricultural sector became uneconomical and workers associated with farms began losing their jobs.

This resulted in the rapid downward spiraling of the Mexican economy. Those recently unemployed farmers no longer have an income and they thus begin to buy far less items at the stores. This puts the store owners out of business, which then puts suppliers out of business, which then puts municipal workers out of business, etc. The downward spiral continues to spiral downward and what you have left is a high unemployment rate and very little in the way of government aid to mitigate the damage.

So what do all these unemployed Mexicans do? They travel North! They cross heavily guarded borders, sleep in the desert, and risk being run over by SUV’s, to find themselves working low wage jobs that many Americans would shun. Many of them work seasonal positions where they work the fields of some central Californian farm then cross the border back to Mexico on the off season only to return again the next season (a situation that is ironically complicated by the construction of the border wall).

In the period since NAFTA went into effect in 1995-2005, the illegal immigrant population in the United States doubled. That population has only continued to grow in the years since then. Unfortunately, responses to illegal immigration have been drastic, harsh, and unconstitutional. Many people actually believed that Arizona laws like SB1070 which give cops the right to racially profile citizens of the United States was the way to address the issue of illegal immigration. Fortunately the court struck down most of its provisions. Now the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents Arrivals) and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) rules promoted by President Obama had been blocked by the case of US v Texas. The case is actually going to the Supreme Court this week. We all hope that the Supreme Court will reverse the lower court of blocking the executive power of the President. But the truth it might not be that easy.

Instead of attacking the causes of illegal immigration such as greedy economic policies like NAFTA, legislators and politicians are aggressively attacking the victims.  So long as unequal economic policies remain in effect, illegal immigrants will continue to come to the United States. Instead of drafting harsh draconian legislation and blaming the victims of illegal immigration its time Americans understand why there are so many illegal immigrants in the United States and what can really be done to address the issue.

We need to give a chance to those who have been here for years and give them a chance to prove themselves by giving them a work permit on DAPA and extend DACA.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

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Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

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Press Release – RE: Finding the Truth about the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ)

For Immediate Press Release

April 16 2016 Newark CA
– We would like to bring to you a pressing story because it is affecting the lives of 1500 to 6000 foreign students. The story has been mostly unfolding as a that of a big and successful sting operations conducted by the Department of Homeland Security in catching 21 “criminal” brokers who were taking advantage of the system. While the story might be true against the defendants mentioned in the complaints from the Justice Department (see page http://bit.ly/unnjjusticedept), the issue for students who attended UNNJ are totally different. Many of them are now without immigration status, facing deportation or even in detention.
The two stories from Buzzfeed and India West show a different picture of the situation. Our law firm is also seeing a different picture of the situation.

The entire government operation was a very intriguing sting operation. We have been receiving hundreds of calls in the past week. As we hear the story of the students and their versions of situation, it seems that there are a lot of flaws in this operation. Entrapment is the word that comes to mind. In Jacobson v. United States, 503 U.S. 540, 548 (1992). “Government agents may not originate a criminal design, implant in an innocent person’s mind the disposition to commit a criminal act, and then induce commission of the crime so that the Government may prosecute.” A valid entrapment defense has two related elements: (1) government inducement of the crime, and (2) the defendant’s lack of predisposition to engage in the criminal conduct – Mathews v. United States, 485 U.S. 58, 63 (1988). In UNNJ situation, many of the elements of the Jacobson and Mathews are present.

Moreover, we were dealing with an institution which under the federal law was operating legally including issuing valid student visas until it was shut down. This means it was a ‘legal impossibility’ to be violating the law if you just “attended” the school. The visas were genuinely issued and the students honestly believed they were compliant. It is scary precedence because if the same sting operation is applied to the DMV, whosoever applies for a license at this particular DMV can find themselves driving without a license because they violated traffic rules. Remember the school just like DMV is set up by the government.

There are many questions unanswered in the UNNJ situation. We have been dealing with situations where students are just receiving a deportation letters even though they have already transferred to other schools. Others are still in custody. I think the government should not issue blanket deportation orders and ultimately to those who were victims, a U visa should be issued especially those who have been victims of the brokers. We hope the DHS and the government realize that there are many flaws to this operation and will remedy to the situation. Many were just wrongfully “trapped”, See all the updates here  including student comments.

Therefore we call on the members of the press to actually investigate the situation and find out what actually happened in the infamous UNNIJ situation.

Thank you
Shah Peerally
37600 Central, Ste 202
Newark CA 94560

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

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Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

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Updates on University of Northern New Jersey

SPLGPCOn April 5th 2016, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closed down a school known as the University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ). UNNJ was set up by the government as a sting operation to “trap” both brokers and foreign students on possible visa fraud. The operation had twenty-one brokers charged with several counts of visa fraud, harboring aliens among other charges. Today not only the brokers are affected but thousands of students who attended the school. While the sting operation, uprooted many alleged criminals, it left thousands of foreign students mainly from India and China in either a limbo or in fear of prosecution.

Since April 6th 2016, our law firm has been swamped with call all across the United States from people who are scared and desperate arising from the UNNJ situation. Many of the calls were from students who were actually in UNNJ but also from some who had actually transferred out of UNNJ prior to April 5th 2016. We have even set up a special update page (UNNJ Updates) on its website to update those affected. SPLG has also set consultations to guide or help those affected. In 2011, a quite similar situation happened in California with the Tri Valley University students (TVU). While TVU was not exactly similar UNNJ, it does bear some similarities.  We have tried to identify and somehow categorized the individuals who are being affected as follows:

  • Category I – Active participants in the fraud scheme and hence were arrested under criminal charges.
  • Category II – Those who were solicited by brokers and placed in Immigration custody by the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ultimately in removal proceedings.
  • Category III – Those who found the school on their own and spoke directly to the school. Many of them have just have had their SEVIS terminated and asked to leave. However some are being arrested and placed in removal proceedings.
  • Category IV – Those who moved to other schools and are mostly having their current SEVIS record and student visa status terminated. Some of them are also being placed in removal proceedings after being questioned.
  • Category V – Those who changed to other visas such as H1B visas or H4 visas have been heavily questioned by the ICE officers. But we do not have any report of arrest or removal proceedings issue at this point for this specific category.
  • Category VI – All others.

So far the above are just few categories identified by SPLG as per the information obtained through investigations. However, they are not clearly defined at this point except it gives an idea where the investigation is going. Cases are individually being assessed and reliefs are being recommended as per specific case. Note that relief(s) in one case do(es) not mean that the same relief(s) are available to others. Therefore an individual consultation might actually be very helpful. We are actively looking into all the possibilities of relief(s) including reinstatement, U visas, possible asylums and other options to help in the defense.

For those who are affected, it is recommended to contact a lawyer to individually assess their cases and find a possible relief(s). Stakeholders are reminded to know their rights as immigrants. The right to remain silent and the right to counsel will attach if present in the United States. It is highly recommended not to speak to any authorities without the presence of an attorney. Anything that an individual says or discloses might be used against him/her. Therefore silence and requesting an attorney’s presence might make a big difference.

Stakeholders should actually update themselves of what is happening in order to assess what are the options available to them. We urge the authorities to be fair to all the students. We hope  that a fair resolution will be adopted and that authorities will not imperil innocents who were just victims of circumstances.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

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University of Northern New Jersey – A Sting Operation by the Federal Government

 Breaking News From ICE website:

21 charged with fraudulently enabling hundreds of foreign nationals to remain in US through fake “pay-to-stay” New Jersey college

 NEWARK, N.J. — Twenty-one brokers, recruiters, and employers were arrested Tuesday from across the United States, who allegedly conspired with more than a thousand foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student and foreign worker visas through a “pay-to-stay” New Jersey college.



The arrests resulted from an extensive probe led by U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“While the United States fully supports international education, we will vigorously investigate those who seek to exploit the U.S. immigration system,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña. “As a result of this operation, HSI special agents have successfully identified and shut down multiple operations which have abused the student visa program.”

“Individuals engaged in schemes that would undermine the remarkable educational opportunities afforded to international students represent an affront to those who play by the rules. These unscrupulous individuals undermine the integrity of the immigration system,” said Terence S. Opiola, special agent in charge of HSI Newark. “Our special agents are committed to identifying and addressing fraud in order to better protect the system as a whole.”

“Pay-to-Stay schemes not only damage our perception of legitimate student and foreign worker visa programs, they also pose a very real threat to national security,” said Paul J. Fishman, New Jersey United States Attorney. “Today’s arrests, which were made possible by the great undercover work of our law enforcement partners, stopped 21 brokers, recruiters and employers across multiple states who recklessly exploited our immigration system for financial gain.”

According to court documents, the defendants, many of whom operated recruiting companies for purported international students, were arrested for their involvement in an alleged scheme to enroll foreign nationals as students in the University of Northern New Jersey, a purported for-profit college located in Cranford, New Jersey (UNNJ). Unbeknownst to the defendants and the foreign nationals they conspired with, however, the UNNJ was created in September 2013 by HSI special agents.

Through the UNNJ, undercover HSI agents investigated criminal activities associated with ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), including, but not limited to, student visa fraud and the harboring of aliens for profit. The UNNJ was not staffed with instructors or educators, had no curriculum, and conducted no actual classes or education activities. The UNNJ operated solely as a storefront location with small offices staffed by special agents posing as school administrators.

UNNJ represented itself as a school that, among other things, was authorized to issue a document known as a “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status for Academic and Language Students,” commonly referred to as a Form I-20. This document, which certifies that a foreign national has been accepted to a school and would be a full-time student, typically enables legitimate foreign students to obtain an F-1 student visa. The F-1 student visa allows a foreign student to enter and/or remain in the United States while the student makes normal progress toward the completion of a full course of study in an SEVP accredited institution.

During the investigation, HSI special agents identified hundreds of foreign nationals, primarily from China and India, who previously entered the U.S. on F-1 non-immigrant student visas to attend other SEVP-authorized schools. Through various recruiting companies and business entities located in New Jersey, California, Illinois, New York, and Virginia, the defendants then enabled approximately 1,076 of these foreign individuals – all of whom were willing participants in the scheme – to fraudulently maintain their nonimmigrant status in the U.S. on the false pretense that they continued to participate in full courses of study at the UNNJ.

Acting as recruiters, the defendants solicited the involvement of UNNJ administrators to participate in the scheme. During the course of their dealings with undercover agents, the defendants fully acknowledged that none of their foreign national clients would attend any actual courses, earn actual credits, or make academic progress toward an actual degree in a particular field of study. Rather, the defendants facilitated the enrollment of their foreign national clients in UNNJ to fraudulently maintain student visa status, in exchange for kickbacks, or “commissions.” The defendants also facilitated the creation of hundreds of false student records, including transcripts, attendance records, and diplomas, which were purchased by their foreign national conspirators for the purpose of deceiving immigration authorities.

In other instances, the defendants used UNNJ to fraudulently obtain work authorization and work visas for hundreds of their clients. By obtaining this authorization, a number of defendants were able to outsource their foreign national clients as full-time employees with numerous U.S.-based corporations, also in exchange for commission fees. Other defendants devised phony IT projects that were purportedly to occur at the school. These defendants then created and caused to be created false contracts, employment verification letters, transcripts, and other documents. The defendants then paid the undercover agents thousands of dollars to put the school’s letterhead on the sham documents, to sign the documents as school administrators, and to otherwise go along with the scheme.

All of these bogus documents created the illusion that prospective foreign workers would be working at the school in some IT capacity or project. The defendants then used these fictitious documents fraudulently to obtain labor certifications issued by the U.S. Secretary of Labor and then ultimately to petition the U.S. government to obtain H1-B visas for nonimmigrants. These fictitious documents were then submitted to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). In the vast majority of circumstances, the foreign worker visas were not issued because USCIS was advised of the ongoing undercover operation.

In addition, starting Tuesday, HSI Newark is coordinating with the ICE Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit (CTCEU) and the SEVP to terminate the nonimmigrant student status for the 1,076 foreign nationals associated with UNNJ, and if applicable, administratively arrest and place them into removal proceedings.

The chart below outlines the charges for each defendant. The charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and making a false statement each carry a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charges of conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit and H1-B Visa fraud each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Critical assistance in the investigation was provided by: ICE’s CTCEU, SEVP; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Fraud Detection and National Security Section and Security Fraud Division and Vermont Service Center; and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and Office of Fraud Prevention Programs; The Accredited Commission of Career Schools and Colleges; and The State of New Jersey’s Office of Higher Education.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defendant Name Age Residence Charges
Jun Shen
a/k/a “Jeanette Shen”
32 Levittown, New York
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Jiaming Wang,
a/k/a “Celine Wang”
34 Los Angeles, California
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Philip Junlin Li 33 Los Angeles, California
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Zitong Wen
a/k/a “Kate Wen”
27 Rowland Heights, California
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Chaun Kit Yuen
a/k/a “Alvin Yuen”
24 Rowland Heights, California
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Ting Zue
a/k/a “Tiffany Xue”
28 Flushing, New York
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Yanjun Lin
a/k/a “Aimee Lin”
25 Flushing, New York
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Zheng Zhang
a/k/a “Vicky Zhang”
26 New York, New York
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Xue Yong Liu
a/k/a “Jack Liu”
29 New York, New York
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Minglu Li
a/k/a “Vivian Lee”
36 Los Angeles, California
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Jason Li
a/k/a “Jason Liu” and “Fen Lee”
43 Flushing, New York
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Tajesh Kodali 44 Edison, New Jersey
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Jyoti Patel 34 Franklin Park, New Jersey
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Shahjadi M. Parvin,
a/k/a “Sarah Patel”
54 Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Narendra Singh Plaha 44 Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Sanjeev Sukhija 35 North Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Harpreet Sachdeva 26 Somerset, New Jersey
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Avinash Shankar 35 Bloomington, Illinois
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Karthik Nimmala 32 Smyrna, Georgia
  • Conspiracy to commit visa fraud
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Govardhan Dyavarashetty
a/k/a “Vardhan Shetty”
35 Avenel, New Jersey
  • H1-B Visa fraud
  • False statements
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit
Syed Qasim Abbas
a/k/a “Qasim Reza” and “Nayyer”
41 Brooklyn, New York
  • H1-B Visa fraud
  • False statements
  • Conspiracy to harbor aliens for profit

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

By: Shah Peerally Esq.
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USCIS Accepting H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 as from April 1, 2016

Release Date: March 16, 2016

WASHINGTON – On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.

USCIS expects to receive more than 65,000 petitions during the first five business days of this year’s program. The agency will monitor the number of petitions received and notify the public when the H-1B cap has been met. If USCIS receives an excess of petitions during the first five business days, the agency will use a computer-generated lottery system to randomly select the number of petitions required to meet the cap. USCIS will reject all unselected petitions that are subject to the cap as well as any petitions received after the cap has closed.

Premium Processing for Cap-Subject Petitions

H-1B petitioners may still continue to request premium processing together with their H-1B petition. However, please note that USCIS has temporarily adjusted its current premium processing practice based on historic premium processing receipt levels and the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first five business days of the filing season. In order to prioritize data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions requesting premium processing no later than May 16, 2016.

Filing Petitions

H-1B petitioners are reminded that when the temporary employment or training will be in different locations, the state where your company or organization’s primary office is located will determine where you should send your Form I-129 package, regardless of where in the United States the various worksites are located. Please ensure that when temporary employment or training will be in different locations, the address on page 1, part 1 of Form I-129 is for your organization’s primary office. Please note that when listing a “home office” as a work site location on Part 5, question 3, USCIS will consider this a separate and distinct work site location.

H-1B petitioners must follow all statutory and regulatory requirements as they prepare petitions in order to avoid delays in processing and possible requests for evidence. USCIS has developed detailed information, including an optional checklist, Form M-735, Optional Checklist for Form I-129 H-1B Filings, on how to complete and submit an FY 2017 H-1B petition. The optional checklist for FY 2017 will be available within the next week.

Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the appropriate fees.

For more information on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program and current Form I-129 processing times, visit the H-1B FY 2017 Cap Season Web page or call the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 or 800-767-1833 (TDD for the hearing impaired). We encourage H-1B applicants to subscribe to the H-1B Cap Season email updates located on the H-1B FY 2017 Cap Season Web page.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

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By: Shah Peerally Esq.
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