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Challa Law Offices May 2014 Newsletter

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 May 2014


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Challa Law Offices Gives Advice to Money Today!

Challa Law Offices' Managing Attorney, Lakshmi Challa, offers important advice in Money Today's May 2014 cover story, "Global Dream!" The article summarizes some of the key issues that arise for individuals and businesses looking to expand or move their enterprises abroad. The piece also delves into some of the more complex aspects of immigration strategy and the financial considerations that   impact the needs of businesses.  Money Today is the affiliate of leading business biweekly Business Today, the largest-circulated business publication in India.  Click here to read the Money Today article. For more information on how Challa Law Offices can map out your strategy for growth abroad, contact us today at info@challalaw.com or (804) 360-8482. We look forward to assisting you.   

Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Workers who Have Begun Permanent Residency Process

  
 

 Have you begun the Permanent Residency process? If you have, your spouse may be able to receive work authorization starting as soon as this year. The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the extension of work authorization would cover H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants who are in the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment. This will include H-4 spouses of H-1B workers who are the beneficiaries of approved I-140 immigrant petitions, and H-4 spouses of principals whose H-1B status was extended beyond the six-year limit under the H-1B provisions of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (AC21). Consequently, those already in the process towards permanent residency will benefit first from these new provisions.

 

DHS explains that this regulatory change would lessen any potential economic burden to the H-1B principal and H-4 dependent spouse during the transition from nonimmigrant to lawful permanent resident status, furthering the goals of attracting and retaining high-skilled foreign workers. Currently, the new rules are in a 60 day public comment period. DHS has not provided a time frame for when the proposed rules could become final. However, it may take four to six months before a final rule is implemented. If you have questions about whether you might qualify, or would like to explore the permanent residency process, please contact us today! 

Check out our Guest Column in the Richmond Times Dispatch!
 

Challa Law Offices is pushing for strong and comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of the US. Challa Law Offices' Managing Attorney, Lakshmi Challa articulates these ideas in her column featured recently in the Richmond Times Dispatch.  You can read it by clicking here! The piece explores efforts around the country in states which "recognize the economic benefits of retaining and attracting talented and highly skilled foreign workers," while offering a call to action for tacit reform on the federal level. The piece also highlight's Partnership for a New American Economy's #iBuildImmigration campaign.

 Excel 2 Excellence Program

 

Lakshmi Challa and Shekar Challa had an opportunity to learn more about an exciting new initiative led by Richmond, VA native, NFL Superbowl Star, and Seattle Seahawks Fullback, Michael Robinson. Michael Robinson founded the "Excel 2 Excellence Foundation, Inc." to address his concern for underserved children. His Michael Robinson Youth Football Camp and Community Day have been running strong for five years, and providing a rare opportunity for children to interact and receive coaching from professional athletes and area coaches at no charge. The next phase for Excel 2 Excellence includes hands on academic programs that engage students throughout the year. Excel 2 Excellence's will use a fun and exciting incentive program to motivate students to succeed in the areas of academics and attendance. Challa Law Offices looks forward to the seeing the program's continuing success. 

Help a Family in Need!

 

Challa Law Offices endeavors to be an advocate in the community for families who have suffered violence and those who have been victims of crime. Recently, the Office supported a family's efforts to overcome adversity in pursuit of T visa status in the United States. In lifting up the family's needs, Challa Law Offices' Richmond office is seeking your support to collect items of clothing for men, women and children, or other necessities that will assist the family's transition to their new lives in the United States. If you would like to assist, donate, or help out in any way, please stop by our Richmond office or email info@challalaw.com. You may also contact us by phone at (804) 360-8482.  

Visa Bulletin For June 2014

Family-Sponsored Preferences 

Family

Based

CHINA   (mainland born)

INDIA

MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
ALL OTHER AREAS

F1

22 MAR 07

22 MAR 07 

15 DEC 93
01 JUN 02
22 MAR 07

F2A

01 MAY12

01 MAY 12

15 MAR 11
01 MAY 12
01 May 12

F2B

01 APR 07 

01 APR 07

01 AUG 93 
15 JUL 03
01 APR 07

F3

01 OCT 03

01 OCT 03

22 JUL 93
08 MAR 93
01 OCT 03

F4

15 DEC 01

15 DEC 01

08 DEC 96
15 NOV 90
15 DEC 01

  

Employment-Based Preferences  

Employment

Based

CHINA

(mainland born)

INDIA

MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
ALL OTHER AREAS

1st

C

C

C
C
C

2nd

22 MAY 09

15 NOV 04 

C
CC

3rd

01 OCT 06

15 OCT 03

01 APR 1101 APR 1101 APR 11

Other Workers

01 JAN 13

15 OCT 03

01 APR 1101 APR 1101 APR 11

4th

C

C

C
C
C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

CCC

5th  Targeted
Employment 

Areas/
Regional Centers 

and Pilot Programs

C

C

CCC

If you would like to know about your case status, please call our office 804-360-8482 in Richmond or 919-380-4044 in NC and ask your attending paralegal/attorney or email them directly or send an email to our office at info@challalaw.com and someone will be able to help you.

 Supporting Our Troops and 

Showing Our Love for the Military 

 

Challa Law continues to send a box every month to our Military men and women who are overseas. If you would like to be a part of our continuing effort, you can donate and we will purchase the items to send them on your behalf, along with hand written notes to our troops.

 

You can send a check to Challa Law Office with AnySoldier.com  in the memo line, or you can donate via PayPal at www.challalaw.com  

 

The soldiers typically ask for basic items such as socks, snack foods, and laundry detergent.  For a more comprehensive list of necessary items, more information can be found on the Challa Law Facebook Page.  

  


Here is what a soldier recently had to say upon receiving our most recent package:

 

 

Excerpt from August 2013 Letter from Lt. H. Benedict

 

-          Thank you for the Morale Booster! Our soldier's faces lit up as I started laying out all the goodies from your care package. As soon as I announced the box, some soldiers made a beeline for it to see what was up for grabs! Two of my younger soldiers (21 and 20) have immediately started tossing around the mini footballs...a few others went straight for the magazines...  I try to think of the small things that will keep them going and help them remain positive, but as I get to know a number of them, many join the Army to get away from a rough upbringing and a number of them will not receive mail or packages at all from loved ones throughout this deployment. Thank you for making a difference --- my soldier, Donovan, in particular will remember your kindness... P.S. That candy kept most of our staff alert and awake for one of our late night planning sessions! Perfect timing!

 

 Challa Law is doing good things with your support. 

Please help this effort continue to grow. 

 Donations are tax-deductible !

Disclaimer
  
This newsletter has been prepared for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  No information included herein shall create an attorney/client relationship or constitute an invitation for such a relationship. This newsletter is not intended to be an advertisement.  You should always seek professional, independent legal consultation before taking or refraining from any action.
Sincerely,
  
  
Lakshmi Challa
Challa Law Offices
In This Issue
Challa Law Offices Gives Advice to Money Today!

Work Authorization for H-4s!

See Our Guest Column
in the RTD

Excel 2 Excellence

Help a Family in Need!

June 2014 VISA Bulletin

Supporting Our Troops and Showing...Our Love for the Military

 

Upcoming Events at Challa Law Offices:

● Come enjoy Richmond Kicker's Soccer with Challa Law Offices during the summer months. Dates posted soon! 

 

Stay tuned for future seminars on immigration updates at a site near you.

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804-360-8482

  

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Morrisville, NC 27560

919-380-4044

 

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Banjara Hills
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