News and Updates:

February 22, 2018: USCIS issues policy memorandum establishing policy relating to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be working at third party locations: USCIS today issued a policy memorandum that establishes certain policy and documentary requirements required for H-1B petitions that involve work at third party client locations. The policy memorandum requires H-1B petitioners to establish with documentary evidence that the petitioner has specific and non-speculative qualifying assignments in a specialty occupation for the beneficiary for the entire time requested in the petition; and the employer will maintain an employer-employee relationship with the beneficiary for the duration of the requested validity period. We are reviewing the memorandum and will update our clients on new documentation required for filing H-1B petitions that involve work at third party locations.

January 9, 2018: USCIS clarifies that changes are not under consideration for H-1B extension beyond six years. There were multiple reports in the recent days regarding a proposal under consideration by USCIS to limit extensions beyond six years based on AC-21 legislation. However, Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for USCIS has told a publication that "USCIS is not considering a regulatory change that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the United States by changing our interpretation of section 104(c) of AC-21, which provides for H-1B extensions beyond the 6 year limit" “Even if it were, such a change would not likely result in these H-1B visa holders having to leave the United States because employers could request extensions in one-year increments under section 106(a)-(b) of AC21 instead." This confirms that there is currently no proposal to change the regulation with regards to H-1B extensions beyond six years. But do note that the administration is considering various other proposals that will significantly change the H-1B program, including clarifying positions eligible for H-1B Specialty Occupation.

December 15, 2017: DHS proposes to end EAD for H-4 Dependent Spouses. DHS has issued a notice of proposed rule making to remove employment eligiblity for H-4 dependent spouses. The proposed rule appears to be scheduled for publication in Feb 2018. EAD for H-4 dependent spouses will remain until DHS completes the rule making process, including publsihing the rule for comment, review of comment and publication of final rule. We will provide additional updates as more information is available.

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Sikal, Adhipathi & Rowles, LLC provides legal representation in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law and in a multitude of immigration matters in all 50 states and throughout the world. U.S. immigration laws and procedures are created by Congress on a federal level and are subject to federal jurisdiction. We offer legal counsel and representation to businesses and individuals who seek entry to the United States via the use of non-immigrant temporary visas which allow for employment (H-1B, TN, L-1, etc), employment based green cards (PERM labor certification, I-140, Adjustment of Status), family based immigrant options (I-130, K visa, etc), Naturalization applications and other immigration options. We represent a wide range of clients from multi-national corporations to start-up organizations, private entities to governmental agencies, health care providers to educational institutions, skilled and professional individuals, and students, visitors, religious workers. We respond to the differing needs of our clients by offering unique and customized services based on our experience, expertise, and knowledge. The legal services we provide are of the highest quality as we continually strive to offer prompt, courteous, cost-effective assistance that conforms to the highest ethical standards. We maintain regular contact with our clients regarding their specific cases and respond to any inquiries as expeditiously as possible. We look forward to discussing your particular situation with you and working together to find the right solution for your immigration needs.

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Employment Based Green Cards

Foreign nationals who meet US immigration requirements may qualify for lawful permanent residency in the US based on their employment.

Family Based Green Cards

​US Citizens and Permanent Residents can sponsor certain qualifying relatives, including spouses, parents, children and siblings for US immigration.

Temporary Work Visas

​US employers can hire non immigrant workers and sponsor temporary work visas to enable them to legally work in the United States.

US Citizenship

Eligible green card holders can obtain US citizenship through naturalization process. Requirements include residence, demonstrating understanding of English and Civics.

Spouses And Fiance(es)

US Citizens and Permanent Residents can sponsor temporary visas for their spouses and fiance(e)s to enable them to visit the United States.

Student and Visitors

Short term visits to the US for business, pleasure, tourism, medical treatment, study and exchange visitors. Optional practical training (OPT) for students to train after completing their programs.

Religious Visas

Temporary work visas to work in a religious vocation or occupation.

Investor and Entrepreneur Visas

Temporary and permanent visa option for investors and entreprenuers.

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We are a four attorney immigration law practice. Our Attorneys have combined experience of over 75 years in the field of immigration and business. Our Attorneys have themselves experienced the immigrant journey to United States and understand the challenges faced by the immigrant community. We stay on top of the exacting processto allow our clients to rest easy.


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Sowmiya Sikal

Sowmiya, the founder of Sikal & Associates, LLC, has been practicing immigration law since 1998 and has assisted clients in a wide range of complex business and family based immigrant and nonimmigrant matters.

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Ramesh Sikal

Ramesh, founding member of Sikal & Associates, provides counsel on all aspects of corporate U.S. immigration.

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Sandeep Adhipathi

Sandeep, a partner, provides counsel for employers and beneficiaries to successfully negotiate complex rules and regulations involved in filing employment based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions.

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Tina Rowles

Tina, a Partner, provides legal advice to clients on issues related to U.S. immigration and naturalization laws, regulations, requirements, and processing procedures.

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