Brown Immigration Law Welcomes Its First Addition to the Partnership – Bailey K. Anderson
Brown Immigration Law is proud to announce our first addition to the partnership, Bailey K. Anderson.
Bailey joined Brown Immigration law in 2014, initially as a legal writer. With both an interest in law and a newfound passion to help immigrants she left the firm and took an accelerated program of study in law school – graduating in just two years! After graduation she returned initially as a Law Clerk and Associate Attorney, and continued to demonstrate her keen intellect, interest in doing the right thing, and unique gift of working through tough cases and ensuring all her clients got the outcome they deserved.
Our Managing Partner, David Brown, had this to say about Bailey: “She is a complete attorney, accomplished leader and has a true innovative spark! She’s had a massive impact behind the scenes in pushing our practice forward and I’m thrilled to welcome her into the partnership! Our combined talents, along with our talented and growing team, make us a unique service offering for high growth clients who seek better partnership and support for their foreign-born talent.”
More recently she held the leadership role of Managing Attorney, working with some of our most complex and important clients and cases. Bailey has been a mentor and role model to many in the firm and has consistently been a change leader for our internal processes and procedures — always adding an exacting eye for both efficiency and scalability as our firm continues to grow.
In addition, our Chief Operating Officer, Cheryl Anderson, has this to say: “In addition to her responsibilities to clients, Bailey has been the point person in creating Brown’s client management app as well as our legal team development and performance evaluation process. Her strategic mindset and talent with data has enabled the firm to excel as a professional services firm and scale with our clients. She’s brilliant, we couldn’t be more delighted for her to partner.”
We are incredibly excited for Bailey K. Anderson and all she brings to our firm. Congratulations, Bailey!
Premium Processing Slowly Phased in for I-140’s (Multinational Managers; NIW’s) for Limited Applications Currently Pending
On May 24, 2022, USCIS announced that, beginning June 1, 2022, it will allow premium processing upgrades for currently pending I-140 petitions in the Multinational Manager EB-1 category and categorization as member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a national interest waiver (NIW) filed before January 1, 2021.
Then, beginning July 1, 2022, USCIS will accept premium processing upgrades for Multinational Manager I-140s filed before June 1, 2021 and NIW I-140s filed before March 1, 2021.
USCIS previously announced premium processing for these categories would be 45-day processing time.
Initially, these efforts to expand Premium Processing for certain I-140’s have little affect on most individuals clients because of how old the case must already be. We will be monitoring USCIS updates and report when they advance to current cases being eligible for Premium Processing.
Summer 2022 Visa Dropbox Appointments Maxed Out for India
Recent reports have confirmed that consulates in India are maxed out for visa dropbox appointments for Summer 2022, to hopefully resume in September 2022. For those with expired visas (needing a new visa sticker to return to the U.S.), this may make summer travel very difficult, as the availability of in-person visa appointments remains increasingly scarce in addition to the close of the dropbox option for the summer.
The U.S. embassy in India also confirming a goal of issuing 800,000 visas in the next 12 months, but also clarifies that most consulates will be operating at reduced capacities (by a factor of 1/3) which may further delays, which is still due to COVID restrictions.
We will continue to monitor updates about consular availability and other options if essential travel is required. If you are in need of an appointment in India, it is worthwhile to continue checking daily for openings, some have been lucky to schedule an appointment made available by cancellation, although not a reliable system.
June Webinar Reminders – Register Now!
Please join Managing Partner, David Zaritzky Brown, on June 23rd at 1:00 PM CST for a new round of webinar learning. Now that we’re through the H-1B cap filing period (and our move!), it’s time to connect and update our community on the latest changes in business immigration law, how to respond to these new dynamics, and highlight what we expect coming down the pipeline. Additionally, David will provide updates from our annual conference in mid-June. David will also update how “long-tail Covid” continues to impact the government agencies we work with on a daily basis.
For those individuals who are interested in attending but away on the 23rd, David will repeat this session on June 29th, also at 1:00 PM CST.
Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to use to join the video chat on the day of the event. Please note: This link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you. If you ever misplace the invitation link, simply visit the webinar schedule on our website to join the LIVE chat.
If you have contacts or colleagues who may benefit from our talks, you are welcome to invite them to join our VIP invitation list by sharing our webinar schedule where they can subscribe for further information.
Don’t miss these opportunities to increase your knowledge on important immigration issues!
Thank you and we look forward to having you at the event.
The Team at Brown Immigration Law
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