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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 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

I-9 Employer Verification Form – Use New Version Starting May 7, 2013

Employers must begin using the new version of Form I-9 on May 7, 2013. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced publication of the revised Form I-9 for…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Senate Releases Sweeping Immigration Reform Bill

Following are some highlights for the comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced in the Senate on April 17, 2013. H-1B Cap Raised, but New Restrictions on Temporary H-1B Workers. In an effort promote…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Eliminate Paper I-94 Admission Cards, and “Automate” Electronic Admission Records

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has officially announced its intent to eliminate its use of paper I-94 arrival/departure cards, now given to temporary foreign visitors and workers at the time of their admission to the…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade
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