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Firm Profile: Lane Powell PC
1420 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 4200
P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-1302, United States
Contact: Diane M. Butler, Chair
Phone: (206) 223-7715
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Education
  • Immigration Law
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing by October 3, 2017

Earlier this year the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it would suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. The suspension was to allow USCIS to reduce its backlog of non-premium…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

A Dream Deferred Again: The End of DACA

For decades versions of The DREAM Act were proposed in Congress with the intent of providing some relief for young people who entered the United States without express authorization as children, and who met certain requirements…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Muslim-Country Travel Ban Upheld in Part

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that the United States can ban entry by persons from Muslim countries, partially and temporarily upholding the Executive Order travel ban. Travelers from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and…more
 /  Immigration Law

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Filings

On Friday, March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary suspension of the premium processing option for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. This suspension includes…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Executive Order on Immigration and Travel Restrictions – Suspended

UPDATE: In a landmark decision on February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals halted the Executive Order travel ban imposed on persons from predominantly-Muslim countries. The Court upheld the temporary restraining…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Immigration Law

USCIS Revises Immigration Forms on Dec. 23, 2016 (Without Notice) and Increases Filing Fees (With Notice)

With no advance warning, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised more than 40 forms on the Friday of the 2016 December long holiday weekend. The forms all have an effective date the same day the notice was…more
 /  Immigration Law

FAQs on H-4 Employment Authorization Final Rule From DHS

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule confirming that certain H-4 spouses will be eligible to apply for U.S. work authorization. The following is an outline of the new final…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Family Law, Immigration Law

FAQs on H-4 Work Permit Final Rule from DHS

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a Final Rule confirming that certain H-4 spouses will be eligible to apply for U.S. work authorization. Following is an outline of this new Final Rule and…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Obama Immigration Executive Action: Impact on Business and Employment

In a bold move, on November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions to address flaws in the current immigration system. The plan contains three parts..…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

U.S. Expands Visas to Chinese Citizens to 10 Years

Chinese citizens who would like to travel to the United States now can have a visa valid for up to 10 years. Previously, the limit was one year. During President Obama’s November 2014 visit to China, the two countries agreed…more
 /  Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

DHS to Issue U.S. Work Permits for some H-4 Spouses

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially announced that the United States will offer employment authorization to H-4 spouses of H-1B specialty occupation workers, under certain conditions…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

H-1B Lottery: How Will it Work if the Quota is Filled?

April 1, 2014, is the first day USCIS will accept H-1B petitions for quota/cap-subject cases for FY 2015, commencing October 1, 2014. Only 65,000 H-1Bs are available nationwide per year for new jobs for foreign workers…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Government October 2013 Shutdown to Haunt H-1B and other Foreign Workers

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. The shutdown is preventing employers from filing H-1B petitions…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Government Shutdown and Employment-Related Immigration Implications

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. Following are implications on immigration-related government…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Immigration Reform Passes Senate Judiciary Earlier than Expected

A congressional immigration reform proposal passed its first test and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 21, 2013. Action on the bill had been expected before the Memorial Day break, but not so much sooner…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law
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