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November News From Trow & Rahal, PC

"Imagine that your foreign-born client has been an American citizen since birth – but does not know it," writes attorney Steve Trow in this month's issue of our newsletter. "Perhaps the client tells you one of his parents was American, but he is not. Or he used to be an American citizen, but he lost that citizenship when he became a citizen of another country." While your client may be certain he is right, Trow suggests that he or she could be wrong. Click here to learn more about The Accidental American Citizen.

We also want to congratulate Trow & Rahal shareholder and attorney Cynthia Hemphill, who celebrates 11 years with the firm this month.

And, we want to be sure that you got your copy of Washington, DC's Best Lawyers magazine, 2011 edition. This special publication included a feature article on our firm, and was distributed to thousands of readers on Oct. 28 as an insert inside The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and Corporate Counsel magazine. If you missed it, read more here.

From all of us at Trow & Rahal, best wishes to you and yours for a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Steve Trow, Attorney / Owner / Founder, strow@trowlaw.com
Linda Rahal, Attorney / Owner / Founder, lrahal@trowlaw.com
Cynthia Hemphill, Attorney / Owner, chemphill@trowlaw.com

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Page 2: The Accidental American Citizen by Steve Trow

Page 3: Immigration Update, November 2010

  • News on O & P visa renewals. The U.S. Consulate in London has announced a new policy allowing some applicants for O and P visa renewals to obtain the visas without an in-person interview.
  • H-1B cap may soon be reached. As of October 29, 2010, 45,600 H-1B approvals have been issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service under the general H-1B cap, and 16,700 have been issued under the Master's cap. While there is room for additional filings, it appears that the cap may be reached by January 2011, if not sooner.
  • Why is there a decline in Labor Certification (PERM) applications?
  • The Department of Labor issues details on current processing times. For PERM applications approved without an audit, processing at DOL is taking approximately three to four months.
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