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June 22, 2020: President Trump Signs Executive Order Restricting Entry on Certain Work Visas: President Trump has issued a proclamation suspending entry of foreign nationals who seek to enter United States on H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 visas. The suspension also applies to dependents accompanying or following to join such foreign nationals. This suspension will apply only to foreign nationals present outside the United States on effective date of the order and does not have a valid visa or other travel document as of the effective date. The order also extends the previously issued order from April 2020 suspending immigrant visas. The order exempts green card holders, spouses or children of US Citizens, foreign nationals who are entering for the purpose of providing labor or service for food service industry and foreign nationals whose entry will be in the national interest of United States, including for work related to Covid-19. The order is effective as of 12.01am June 24th and is effective until December 31, 2020. The order will be reviewed for modifications if necessary within 30 days and every 60 days thereafter from the effective date.
In addition the order directs the Secretary of Labor to promulgate regulation to ensure that presence in the United States of foreign nationals who have been admitted or otherwise provided a benefit, or who are seeking admission or a benefit, pursuant to an EB-2 or EB-3 immigrant visa or an H-1B nonimmigrant visa does not disadvantage United States workers. It also requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to consider promulgating regulation for efficient allocation of H-1B visas and to ensure that the presence in the United States of H-1B nonimmigrants does not disadvantage United States workers. Impact and effective date of any such regulations will be known when released.  

May 29, 2020: USCIS to Resume Premium Processing Service: USCIS has announced that it will resume premium processing service for certain petitions in phases over the next month. Starting June 1st, USCIS will accept premium processing request for all eligible I-140 petitions. Effective June 8th, USCIS will accept premium processing requests for cap exempt H-1B petitions filed before June 8th that are pending and all other Form I-129 Petitions. Effective June 15th, USCIS will accept concurrently filed premium processing requests for H-1B petitions filed by cap exempt institution or for beneficiaries who are cap exempt based on Conrad/IGA waivers. Effective June 22nd, USCIS will accept premium processing upgrade requests for pending petitions and for concurrently filed requests for all H-1B cap subject petitions and will allow concurrent premium processing requests for all eligible Form I-129 petitions. 

April 22, 2020: President Trump Signs Executive Order Limiting Entry of Certain Immigrants President Trump has issued a proclamation suspending entry of immigrants who present risk to the U.S. Labor Market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. The order suspends entry on immigrant visas (green card) for any immigrants currently outside US and does not possess a valid immigration visa or other official travel document. The suspension excludes certain immigrants including current legal permanent residents, healthcare professionals entering US to perform work related to Covid-19, EB-5 Immigrant Investors, Spouse and Dependent Children of US Citizens, aliens who will further the national interest of US, law enforcement objectives, Special Immigrants, members of US Armed Forces and spouses and children of member of US Armed Forces. The order is valid for 60 days starting 11.59pm on April 23, 2020. The order can be further extended no later than 50 days from effective date. The order also directs the Secretaries of relevant departments to review non-immigrant visa programs and recommend measures to stimulate the United States economy and ensur the prioritization, hiring, and employment of United States workers. 

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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.

Practice Areas

We specialize in the following areas

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

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.

Investor and Entrepreneur Visas

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.

Our Attorneys

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.


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.


Ramesh Sikal

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


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.


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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