23 McCandlish Holton  Attorneys Named 2019 Virginia 'Legal Elite'

McCandlish Holton is pleased to announce that twenty-three of our attorneys are named  2019 'Legal Elite' by Virginia Business magazine. Each year Virginia Business asks attorneys throughout the Commonwealth to nominate their peers for distinction in 20 categories.

The full list of 23 McCandlish Holton attorneys on this year’s Legal Elite list, recognized in 13 categories: 

ADMINISTRATIVE/GOVERNMENT:

Karissa T. Kaseorg

Michael R. Ward

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

Michael H. Gladstone

Joseph M. Moore

Brennan C. Morrissett

BANKRUPTCY/CREDITORS' RIGHTS:

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Fraud Alert - Phone Numbers from the Ombudsman's Office Being Used in Scam Calls

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McCandlish Holton Ranked Tier 1 by U.S. News “Best Law Firms” 2020

McCandlish Holton is recognized for 11 practice areas in the 2020 edition of US News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” The firm received metropolitan Richmond Tier 1 ratings in Immigration, Commercial Litigation, Immigration Law, and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. Eight additional practice areas earned Richmond Metro ratings. See the full ratings here:  U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2020.

Tier 1 - Richmond Metropolitan Area

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Fee Increase For Premium Processing of Immigration Petitions

The US Department of Homeland Security will announce an increase in the Premium Processing fee for many immigration petitions from $1410 to $1440.  Premium Processing allows certain immigration filings (such as I-129 filings for H1B or other work visas; and I-140 petitions for Immigrant Workers) to be processed in 15 days instead of many months.  The proposed rule increasing the fee will be published in the federal register on October 31, and will take effect 30 days from then.  The fee increase will apply to any petitions postmarked on or after November 29, 2019. Read the Final Rule.

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Jennifer Minear Urges Virginia Businesses to Speak Up About Legal Immigration Problems

Minear calls the situation “a frustrating game right now. You have to be prepared for how to play that game. It’s totally unpredictable.”

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Litigation Obtained Citizenship Oath for MAVNI Army Specialist Waiting Years

Litigation is often the only way forward for immigrants. That was what U.S. Army Specialist Junfei Ge concluded as he waited nearly three years for the “expedited” naturalization he was promised by the U.S. government when he enlisted under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program.

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Jennifer Minear Named AILA President-Elect

Jennifer Minear was elected to serve as the AILA President-Elect for the 2019-2020 term. Ms. Minear is a director in the Immigration Practice Group, where her practice focuses on employment-based immigration, with a particular emphasis on the healthcare sector, including J-1 waiver and green card processing for foreign medical graduates.

Ms. Minear has a long and active history with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and held her first elected position in 2012 as a member of the Board of Governors. She is the

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Immigration Attorney Mark Rhoads Speaks at NACE 2019 Conference

Immigration attorney and McCandlish Holton firm President, Mark B. Rhoads, presents at the 2019 annual conference and expo of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), in Orlando, Florida, on June 4, 2019. His topic is: "Immigration Made Easy: A Practical Guide to U.S. Work Visas." Mark's presentation will provide practical guidance regarding the typical work visa options available to allow international grads to work in the Unites States, including H-1B, and other options that may be available.

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E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Now Available to Citizens of Israel

After years of negotiations between the U.S. and Israeli governments, the E-2 treaty investor visa will be available to Israeli citizens as of May 1, 2019.  The E-2 visa is a valuable option which allows entrepreneurs to remain in the U.S. to manage investments they have made in either purchasing or starting a business.  The E-2 also allows Israeli companies that have invested in U.S. operations to hire Israeli workers for executive, supervisory, or essential-skills positions.  Spouses of E-2 visa holders are eligible to work for any employer in the U.S.

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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap for FY 2020

The US Citizenship & Immigration Services has met the H-1B visa cap for both the “regular” quota of 65,000 and the “advanced degree” quota of 20,000 for fiscal year 2020. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.

The USCIS alert reads as follows:

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