A Day in the Life…

Just a few sightings of Managing Attorney, Simone Williams in the past month, with some of her wonderful clients! Simone Williams with client and colleagues from Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC). Simone Williams with colleague and clients from India. Simone Williams at the DC Chamber of Commerce gala with Mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser. Simone Williams at the DC Chamber of Commerce gala with President and CEO of DC Chamber of Commerce, Vincent Bernard Orange Sr. Simone Williams at the DC Chamber of Commerce gala with her fabulous client!

Simone Williams participated in Mentorship event at Howard University School of Law

As part of Howard Law School’s “Pathways to Success” professionalism program, the law school hosted a “mocktail” reception, to assist first-year students develop their networking skills. Simone Williams provided constructive feedback to students on what to consider when networking during a reception. The event was a huge success and rewarding experience for all that participated!

USCIS and CBP Extend Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

USCIS and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are extending the joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) through April 30, 2019. Earlier this year, the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) and the CBP Blaine, Washington, port of entry (POE) announced this pilot program which was scheduled to run from April 30, 2018, through October 31, 2018. The pilot program allows Canadian citizens to request that USCIS remotely adjudicate their petitioning employer’s Form I-129 or I-129S prior to their arrival or when they arrive at the Blaine POE. Over the next six months, USCIS and CBP will continue t

Simone Williams serving on Gala Host Committee for the Caribbean American Heritage Awards

Simone Williams, Managing Attorney with Williams Global Law, is serving on the Gala Host Committee for the Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards. This annual event will be held on November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW. The CARAH Awards aims to raise the visibility of Caribbean Americans who have been successful in their field, and contributed to the American landscape. The event was created as a forum for highlighting Caribbean American’s contributions to America across all sectors of endeavor. Since its founding, the CARAH Awards, have been awarded to over fifty distinguished individuals including for example: Earl Graves Snr., Publishe

IIUSA Met with USCIS to Speak About Current Developments in the EB-5 Industry

On October 5, 2018, representatives of the Invest in the USA (IIUSA) met with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS), including the Director, Lee Cissna, and the Chief of the Investor Program Office (IPO) Sarah Kendall, to clarify some issues of current regulations, redeployment, and processing times/backlogs for the EB-5 program. IIUSA mentioned certain areas of concerns for the industry, such as general lack of information which negatively effects the program’s integrity. USCIS, in return, spoke about current developments in the EB-5 industry, and the IPO performance. Specifically, USCIS informed that the new regulations on the EB-5 modernization, which include an increase of the

DHS Proposes a Pre-Registration System for H-1B Cap Filings

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule that would require all H-1B petitioners to pre-register online for the H-1B lottery prior to submitting its H-1B filings. According to the proposed rule, only those H-1B petitions that have been selected in the lottery could then be submitted for the adjudication by USCIS. The rule is currently under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OBM), which is the first step toward implementing such changes. USCIS aims for the new system to go into effect for the FY2020 filing, which is set to begin on April 1, 2019. However, it is not clear yet whether USCIS would be able to complete the regulatory approval process in time. The

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