The United States of America is home to various cultures, traditions, and values. Throughout the years, millions of people have immigrated to the US for distinct reasons.
Self-lawyering refers to individuals representing themselves in legal matters rather than hiring a lawyer. This trend is driven by consumers' lack of accessibility, transparency, and control over the legal process, along with its high cost. The rise of self-lawyering in immigration matters is being supported by state judicial systems and regulators and reinforced by the growth of technology. The limited availability of immigration lawyer information online and the lack of control that clients have in an immigration representation are also factors pushing individuals towards self-lawyering. Corporate consumers are also beginning to adopt the do-it-yourself model for immigration services by employing in-house counsel to handle routine tasks. The trend of self-lawyering is similar to the disruption seen in other industries by the growth of technology and the Internet.
The recent mass layoffs by big tech companies have had a significant impact on H-1B visa petitions. With the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many tech companies have been forced to make cuts, leading to a sharp decrease in the demand for H-1B visa workers, and even new hires freeze. The decrease or freeze may open up more visa slots for non-tech workers who are seeking to work in other industries in the U.S. since each year the H-1B visa cap has been the same for years.
Attorney Lunbing Chen Altaffer is the co-founder and current managing member of Altaffer & Chen PLLC, a law firm based in Dallas, Texas. In 2022, Attorney Chen significantly participated in two successful EB-1A petitions, which USCIS granted quickly upon respective receipt of each request for premium processing without RFE (request for evidence). One petitioner was a fund manager, and another was an environmental expert.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is providing information for nonimmigrant workers whose employment has terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily. These workers may have several options for remaining in the United States in a period of authorized stay based on existing rules and regulations.