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2017年终回顾
作者:刘宗坤律师     发文时间: 2017年12月19日 15:17:26
To Our Clients and Friends:

With the arrival of the holiday season, our firm extends our best wishes and
deepest appreciation to you for not only choosing our services but for
contributing so greatly to your field, despite the struggles you have faced
both in your professional endeavors and your legal experiences with the
USCIS. As you deal in the daily uncertainties of your field by steadily and
faithfully moving toward your goals, so too is our firm steadily and
faithfully working to navigate the changing landscape of immigration law.

Indeed, during the past USCIS Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September
30, 2017), there have been several changes to the letter and the spirit of
the law. For example, in January 2017, one of our managing attorneys was
among the expert panelists who contributed to the American Immigration
Lawyers Association (AILA) 90-minute “Late-Breaking Seminar” that
discussed how, after 18 years of relying on Matter of New York State
Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the Department of Homeland Security
designated a new NIW case as precedent. In June 2017, we started to see an
increasing number of RFEs that question specialty occupation and level 1
wage of H-1B nonimmigrant visa petitions. Soon after, the USCIS announced
that it would no longer giving deference to previous approvals when
adjudicating extensions. In August 2017, USCIS announced a new interview
requirement for employment-based green card applicants that aims to validate
the accuracy and credibility of the evidence submitted in support of Form I
-140 immigrant petitions.

Despite these changes and the resulting uncertainties they pose, our firm is
encouraged by our continued success. We are proud to report a 99% approval
rate for NIW petitions, 98% approval rate for Eb-1B petitions, and 93%
approval rate for Eb-1A petitions, as well as a 99% approval rate for H-1B
and O-1 nonimmigrant petitions in FY 2017.

In addition to serving our clients, we have also supported several community
organizations, including the Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor, Healthcare
for the Homeless, Citizens for Animal Protection, Ronald McDonald House,
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Fosters of Blisswood, The Women’s
Home, Special Pals, Internet Archive, Animal Defense League of Texas,
Houston Public Media, Boat People SOS—Houston, Houston Food Bank, Texas
Parks & Wildlife Foundation, and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. We also
continue to draw attention to immigration issues and provide assistance to
immigrants through our professional involvement in the AILA and State Bar of
Texas. Together with your contributions, we continue to move toward our
goal of making the United States a better country.

In light of the encouragement that our proven track record of success in the
past provides in these challenging times, we thank you for your
contributions and look forward to more steady and faithful progress in 2018.

Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at LIU & ASSOCIATES, PLLC

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刘宗坤律师(Z. Zac Liu, Esq.), 法学博士(J.D., Valparaiso University School
of Law)、哲学博士(Ph.D., Peking University),伊利诺伊州最高法院及联邦法院
执照,曾担任Valparaiso University Law Review的编辑和审稿人, 著有中英文书籍
多种,散见于中美各大学图书馆。执业以来,他已代理无数名来自世界各地的科研人员
和专业人士成功获得绿卡及各类非移民签证,尤其在国家利益豁免(NIW)、特殊人才
(Eb-1A)、杰出教授和研究员(EB-1B)、PERM 劳工证、H-1B工作签证等方面积累了
丰富的经验。有兴趣提出申请的读者,可将简历发往[email protected]。刘律师会
在两个工作日内对符合条件的申请做出免费评估。 
 
Kellie Pai律师,法学博士(J.D.,University of Houston Law Center)、文学学士(B
.A., University of Texas at Austin),德克萨斯州最高法院执照,联邦法院执照,
刘宗坤联合律师事务所合伙人律师。

Christina T. Le 律师,法学博士(J.D.,University of Houston Law Center)、文学
学士(B.A., Northwestern University),德克萨斯州最高法院执照,联邦法院执照,
曾任U.S. Department of Justice驻Houston移民法庭Attorney Advisor,现任刘宗坤
联合律师事务所合伙人律师。

Sabrina Schroeder律师,法学博士 (J.D., Michigan State University College of
Law)、文学学士 (B.A., Oklahoma State University),密西根州最高法院执照,曾任
Michigan State University Law Review编辑,密西根上诉法院Prehearing Research
Attorney,现任刘宗坤律师事务所高级律师。

Karen Egonis 律师,法学博士(J.D., University of Houston Law Center)、文学硕
士 (M.A., University of South Carolina)、文学学士(B.A., Texas A&M University
),新罕布什尔州最高法院执照,现任刘宗坤联合律师事务所律师。

Grace Wang律师,法学博士(J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law)、理学
学士(B.S., The University of Texas at Austin),德克萨斯州最高法院执照,曾任
The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues编辑,现任刘宗坤联合律
师事务所律师。

Cathleen S. Creegan律师,法学博士 (J.D., University of Oklahoma School of
Law),文学学士(B.A., University of Oklahoma),德克萨斯州最高法院执照,现任刘
宗坤联合律师事务所律师。

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