Immigration is a sizzling hot topic right now and has drawn the ire of many in the current administration, including those at the national level in charge of enforcing the rules and regulations. USCIS, at it's core, is an agency who feels it is looking out for U.S. workers.Often we have clients ask us "Is USCIS singling out my company?" or "It feels like USCIS is picking on me for no good reason!" The Service is governed by federal regulations that are very rigid and most officers demand strict compliance before they will approve a petition or application. Unfortunately, not every petition or application fits neatly into the box and some creativity to explain how your "package" may still conform may be necessary, it is always best to lay out your case using the timeless adage "Honesty is the best policy."
We, as immigration attorneys, try to look out for our clients in a way that will ensure the best outcome for each case, but also, pave the path of petitions that you will be filing in the future. As such, we may point out to clients what have become their blind spots in policies and procedures that may become gaping pitfalls all too soon. Upon hearing "bad news" that more evidence is required to meet the threshold, it is easy for a company to think, as did Scartlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow." a.k.a. when the Request for Evidence comes. But sometimes, when the Request for Evidence (or Notice of Intent to Deny) comes, it is clear that USCIS is at the plantation steps with lit torches looking to destroy your case that may now be as dry as kindling.
Akula & Associates is here to help! We understand USCIS and the regulations in a way that allows us to see the potential damage to your petition before it happens because we all know that these are real people behind the paperwork. Let's work together with transparency to tell USCIS that we respect the rule of law so that we can work towards a positive result for all parties.