FY 2014 H-1B Cap reached within 1st week

Friday, April 5 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the FY 2014 H-1B Cap was reached and they had received approximately 124,000 petitions during that filing period. On Sunday, April 7, USCIS announced they will use a random selection “lottery” process to allocate the 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 visas[…]

Incoming visitors will no longer need to fill out Form I-94

On April 2, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it is eliminating the paper Form I-94 “Arrival/Departure Record upon arrival to the U.S. by air or sea”. The electronic rollout begins April 30 to allow for the collection of arrival/departure information electronically to streamline the arrival and inspection process for travelers. This[…]

Our 35th Anniversary

HAPPY 35TH BIRTHDAY TO THE OLDEST IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM IN NORTH TEXAS Dallas, TX – On March 31, 2013 the oldest immigration law firm in North Texas will celebrate its 35th anniversary. The law firm of Tidwell, Swaim & Associates, P.C. (“TSA”) was founded on March 31, 1978 by Samuel M. Tidwell, a former Border Patrol[…]

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

As of June 15, 2012, President Obama authorized the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). It applies to certain young people brought to the United States as children are eligible to request deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization. For complete guidelines and[…]

Sequestration and Visa Adjudications

The automatic spending cutback for all Federal government agencies went into effect as of March 1, 2013. The Department of State announced that the number of officers processing visa applications will be reduced and there may be significant delays in the visa adjudication process.  Foreign nationals should anticipate the possibility of longer wait times when[…]