This is an unprecedented time in our history. We want you to know that Jane Orgel P.C. is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and updates from the Immigration Service (USCIS).
Because of this pandemic, a lot of our clients have been contacting us and are anxious about losing their visas. The local USCIS offices that conduct in-person interviews are currently closed as are the Application Support Centers that do the biometrics.
However, the regional service centers that handle business-related visa applications, including the O-1, E-2, H-1B non-immigrant visas as well as most immigrant visa classifications, are still operating as usual, although the Premium Processing service is no longer available.
Despite the rumors and uncertainty surrounding visa processing, our office continues to receive approvals. Most recently, our loyal and longtime client, theatrical lighting designer, Yoshiki Shinohara, for whom we have handled several O-1 visas, had his self-petition National Interest Waiver (NIW) case approved. We filed his case in October 2019 and it was approved this month.
Like Yoshiki’s case, our client archives show that the general processing time for NIW is about 6 months and the approval rates are substantially higher than those for the Extraordinary Ability (EB-1) cases. Mr. Shinohara, a Japanese lighting designer, writes:
“I just received an approval notice of National Interest Waiver, a green card, which I had asked Jane to file. I received quick and accurate advice from Jane and her team, so the preparation of the documents was very smooth. I am very pleased to be able to get an approval within six months of the filing. I am also glad to hear this news especially in this very difficult time in the entertainment industry.
Jane has been taking care of my O-1 visa for more than 6 years; from the first time I obtained O-1 visa in 2015 to the extension in 2018. It was Jane who pushed my career as a lighting designer into a new world in terms of getting a visa, which is essential for working in the U.S.”
In March 2020, French pastry, Julie Khim Tewes (“Julie Myrtille”)and her sister and manager, Melanie Khim Tewes, received three- year renewals of their O-1 and O-2 visas in just seven days through the premium processing service.
Entrepreneurs, Julie and Melanie run their own pastry store in Austin, Texas and create a whole line of pastries, condiments and cooked foods which are sold through the Julie Myrtille Bakery. We were thrilled to get their initial O-1 and O-2 visas three years ago and even more thrilled now that their dream has become a reality. In her Google review, Julie writes: “Jane Orgel is an exceptional attorney, creative and very passionate about her job.” See Julie’s exquisite baked goods at https://www.juliemyrtille.us/
Japanese dancer and teaching artist, Nana Miki, received a harsh RFE in response to her application for a three-year extension, which she prepared by herself, as she has been doing for many years. Nana came to our office for two consultations, one upon receipt of the RFE and one after she had painstakingly prepared a response on her own. Her case was approved this month a few weeks after she submitted the response.
Lastly, according to USCIS’s announcement on March 27, 2020, for applicants and petitioners who receive a Request for Evidence (“RFE”) or a Notice of intent to Deny (“NOID”) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, an additional 60 days from the date on the Notice is granted to submit the response.
For questions or consultations, please email us at email@example.com. All in person appointments are cancelled but Skype and phone consultations are available.