Barbara Lutes

About Barbara Lutes

Barbara H. Lutes is an experienced immigration attorney, having worked as a Senior Associate Attorney at one of the largest corporate immigration law firms in the Bay Area. Her expertise includes green cards via PERM labor certifications.

USCIS Suspends Collection of Biometrics for H-4 and L-2 Applications

By |2021-05-06T15:22:05+00:00May 6th, 2021|E-1 Treaty Trader, E-2 Treaty Investor, E-3, EAD, H-1B, I-129, I-539, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, L-1A Visa, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS|

On May 3, 2021, USCIS announced its intention to suspend the collection of biometrics for applications submitted by the dependents of nonimmigrant workers in the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories effective 5/17/21. 

Nonimmigrant Business Work Visa Processing Resumes

By |2021-04-01T19:25:51+00:00April 1st, 2021|H-1B, I-129, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, L-1A Visa, Nonimmigrant Visas, Travel Ban|

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that Presidential Proclamation 10052, which suspended the entry of certain nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021.  Visa issuance may resume for applicants in H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visa categories. The expiration of this Presidential Proclamation marks the end of the bans on visa issuance for both immigrant (green cards) visas and nonimmigrant (temporary) visas.

Latest Update on U.S. COVID-19 Travel Restrictions. Biden Shuffles the Criteria for Visa Issuance National Interest Exceptions

By |2021-03-04T19:48:48+00:00March 4th, 2021|E-3, I-129, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Premium Processing, Wage Requirements|

Good news for travelers from Europe's Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland. On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, President Biden carved out an exception to COVID-19 travel restrictions for those whose work supports “critical infrastructure.”

Great News for Australian Professionals! 

By |2021-02-25T13:19:31+00:00February 24th, 2021|E-3, I-129, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, Premium Processing, Wage Requirements|

Speedy E-3 adjudications now available through premium processing. Starting Feb. 24, 2021, employers filing to requesting E-3 Professional status for a new employee or an extension of E-3 status for an existing employee will have the option to request premium processing service for their petition.

USCIS Rolls Out 2021 H-1B Pre-Registration Program

By |2021-02-08T21:39:21+00:00February 8th, 2021|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

USCIS is now rolling out its H-1B Pre-Registration program for the 2021 lottery. USCIS will open registration during a 16-day period from Tuesday, March 9th until Thursday, March 25.

USCIS abandons Wage Ranking for H-1B visa selection – Reverts to Luck !

By |2021-02-08T21:27:12+00:00February 4th, 2021|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

It’s official: Luck rules! The 2021 H-1B Visa Selection process will be random. USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services will use the same innovative Pre-Registration procedure that was launched last year. E&M Mayock’s Pre-Registration Program includes a full consultation, wage analysis, LCA Labor Condition Application filing with the Dept of Labor and Pre-Registration filing with USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services.

E&M Mayock Announces 2021 H-1B Professional Visa “Cap Season” Program

By |2021-01-15T21:16:53+00:00January 15th, 2021|H-1B, H-1B cap, H-1B lottery, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

Get ready for H-1B Cap Season 2021 now. All 2021 H-1B Cap cases must complete a Pre-Registration process for inclusion. E&M Mayock’s Pre-Registration Program includes a full consultation, wage analysis, LCA Labor Condition Application filing with the Dept of Labor and Pre-Registration filing with USCIS Citizenship & Immigration Services.

Standing on Shifting Sand – A Look Back at 2020

By |2020-12-23T20:54:56+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Green Cards, H-1B, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

When I think back on the immigration aspects of the year 2020, I am struck by the amount of time our firm had to regroup, revise and rethink normal ordinary immigration practices and procedures. In the year 2020, immigration lawyers scrambled to ascertain what forms were required, what supporting documents were required, where to file applications and what the fees were.

Experts Weigh In On Biden Paths To Roll Back Trump Immigration Policies

By |2020-11-12T17:02:43+00:00November 11th, 2020|Green Cards, H-1B, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, PERM, USCIS, Wage Requirements|

We are hopeful for substantive change for the better in immigration policies and procedures. Like you, I am wondering… now what happens?