Immigration Solutions

Entry for the DV Lottery Begins on October 1 2015

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 6:22 PM

dvlottery-resized-600.jpgThe DV Lottery 2017 begins on October 1, 2015 at noon Eastern Standard time(EST) and ends on November 3, 2015 at noon EST.  The official program instructions are attached at this hyperlink with answers to Frequently asked questions.DV-2017_Instructions_and_FAQs

The instructions for entry are simple but strict.  Entrance is free.

Who Is Eligible

See the attached link for countries eligible to participate.  If you are not from a country that is on the attached list you do not qualify unless:

1.  your spouse is born in a country that is eligible and both of you are listed on the entry or

2.  if you were born in a country in which neither of your parents were born or legally resided at the time of your birth.  For example, your parents were vacationing in an eligible country when you were born.  

Educational Qualifications

Must have completed high school or its equivalent or have 2 years of work experience in the past 5 years in an occupation requiring at least 2 years of  experience or training.  

Where to Submit the Application  What to Include in the Application

Submit your application electronically at 

What Information to Include in the Application

1.  Name – last/family name, first name, middle name – exactly as on your passport.

2. Gender – male or female.

3. Birth date – day, month, year.

4. City where you were born. 

5. Country where you were born – Use the name of the country currently used for the place where you were born.

6. Country of eligibility for the DV program

 7.  Entrant photograph(s) – Recent photographs (taken within the last six months) of yourself, your spouse, and all your children listed on your entry in Jpeg format

You can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent (taken within the last six months) photograph with a digital scanner, as long as it meets the compositional and technical specifications listed below. Test your photos through the photo validation link on the E-DV website, which provides additional technical advice on photo composition and examples of acceptable and unacceptable photos. Photographs must be in 24-bit color depth. If you are using a scanner, the settings must be for True Color or 24-bit color mode. Compositional Specifications:  Head Position The subject must directly face the camera. o The subject’s head should not be tilted up, down, or to the side. o The head height or facial region size (measured from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be between 50 percent and 69 percent of the image's total height. The eye height (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) should be between 56 percent and 69 percent of the image's height.

8. mailing address

9.  country where you live today

10.  phone number

11.  Email

12.  Highest level of Education at Date of Entry

13.  Current Marital Status.  Enter the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, and country of birth of your spouse, and a photograph of your spouse meeting the same technical specifications as your photo. 

14.  Number of children – List the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, and country of birth for all living unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless of whether they are living with you or intend to accompany or follow to join you.

What if I am Selected

 Based on the allocations of available visas in each region and country, individuals will be randomly selected by computer from among qualified entries. All DV-2017 entrants will be required to go to the Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from their DV-2017 online entry registration to find out whether their entry has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be available on the E-DV website at starting May 3, 2016, through at least September 30, 2017. If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation page that will provide further instructions, including information about fees connected with immigration to the United States. Entrant Status Check will be the ONLY means by which selectees are notified of their selection for DV-2017. The Department of State will not mail notification letters or notify selectees by email.  It is extremely important ot keep the confirmation page.  

All processing of entries and issuance of DVs to selectees meeting eligibility requirements and their eligible family members must be completed by midnight on September 30, 2017.  

 Karen-Lee Pollak is the chair of Bell Nunnally & Martin’s Immigration Section.  She has received numerous immigration awards including Texas Rising Star® by Texas Monthly, repeatedly selected as a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine, selected as one of  Newsweek’s Leaders in Immigration Law Showcase, and named by  Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award as ‘Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Texas’. Karen-Lee provides full-service legal immigration counsel to large corporations, small businesses and individuals.  Karen-Lee  is the author of an immigration blog, Immigration Solutions which provides information and updates on immigration issues, topics and tips.  She is also a frequent speaker and writer on immigration issues.  You can reach Karen-Lee at 214-740-1475 or email her at or under her twitter handle law_immigration.  



Department of State Revises October Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 6:30 PM

On September 25, 2015, the Department of State published a revised visa bulletin for October, rolling back the "Dates for Filing" for several visa categories. This revised September 25th Visa Bulletin supersedes the previous visa bulletin released for October published on September 9, 2015.

Manyy EB2 employees will be dissapointed to learn that DOS has rolled back the priority date for filing adjustment of status applications by 2 years for Indian Citizens  and almost 1 year for citizens of China.  

Please note that the following "Dates for Filing" have changed:

Category (9/9/15)
Filing Date
NEW (9/25/15)
Filing Date
EB-2 China 5/1/2014 1/1/2013 1 year, 5 months
EB-2 India 7/1/2011 7/1/2009 2 years
EB-3 Philippines 1/1/2015 1/1/2010 5 years
FB-1 Mexico 7/1/1995 4/1/1995 3 months
FB-3 Mexico 10/1/1996 5/1/1995 1 year, 5 months

Therefore, individuals who fall under the above-referenced categories will only be permitted to file for adjustment of status in the month of October if they have a priority date that is earlier than the NEW Filing Date listed in the revised September 25, 2015 Visa Bulletin.

To learn more about priority dates, visa retrogression and various visas vistit our website at or contact us at



Tags: Visa Bulletin, VISA, adjustment of status, , retrogression

New Visa Bulletin Format allows Earlier Filing of Adjustment of Status Applications

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 8:40 PM

decision_making-resized-600Great News!!!  The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the October visa bulletin with a new format that will allow applicants to file I-485 Applications to Adjust Status to permanent resident even before an immigrant visa number is immediately available. 

The new format will enable applicants and their dependent family members under backlogged categories to apply for ancillary benefits much earlier, including Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards and Advance Parole travel documents.  Earlier filing of an I-485 Application to Adjust Status to permanent resident will also enable applicants to qualify for “portability” of the permanent residency process earlier, because eligibility is triggered by the passage of 180 days since the filing of the applicant’s I-485 Application to Adjust Status.

What does this mean?

With the October Visa Bulletin, DOS has included two separate cutoff dates under backlogged categories.  The “filing cutoff date” represents the cutoff date for filing new Applications to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident (green card) with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS).  The “final action cutoff date” represents the cutoff date for approval of pending applications.  The “final action cutoff date” is the date traditionally published each month in the Visa Bulletin.


EB-2 China

Under the October Visa Bulletin, Employment-based, Second Preference (EB-2) applicants born in China may file their Applications to Adjust Status with CIS if their priority date is earlier than May 1, 2014.  The priority date is normally the date that the ETA-9089 PERM Application for Permanent Employment Certification (labor certification) was filed or if no labor certification is required, the date that the I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition was filed with CIS.

Although applicants will be permitted to file their applications so long as their priority date is earlier than the new filing cutoff date, their applications cannot be approved by CIS until the later approval cutoff date of a January 1, 2012 priority date which is the date that has existed under old versions of the bulletin.

Whenever filing an Application to Adjust Status, applicants and their qualifying dependent family members may file Applications for Employment Authorization and Advance Parole for international travel concurrently with the Application to Adjust Status.  Individuals who hold an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card may apply for Social Security Number cards with the U.S. Social Security Administration.

EB-2 India

Under the October Visa Bulletin, EB-2 applicants born in India may file their Applications to Adjust Status with CIS if their priority date is earlier than July 1, 2011.  Pending Applications to Adjust Status may be approved if the applicant’s priority date is earlier than May 1, 2005.  The new final action cutoff date reflects an 8 month retrogression from the cutoff date in the September Visa Bulletin.

EB-3 India, China, Philippines and the World

As expected at the beginning of the new fiscal year, the EB-3 category has advanced for China, to a new final action cutoff date of October 15, 2011, with the newly established filing cutoff date of October 1, 2013.  The EB-3 India category will retrogress over ten months to a final action cutoff date of March 8, 2004, but a new filing cutoff date of July 1, 2005 will allow for filing of I-485 applications with requests for employment authorization and advance parole for the applicant and qualifying dependent family members much sooner than March 8, 2004, and sooner than the September 2015 Visa Bulletin cutoff date of December 22, 2014.  EB-3 applicants born in the Philippines must have a priority date earlier than January 1, 2015 to file their applications, and earlier than January 1, 2007 to have pending applications approved.  Applicants born in all other areas of chargeability must have a priority date earlier than September 1, 2015 to file their applications, and earlier than August 15, 2015 to have pending applications approved. 

Call or email Bell Nunnally & Martin to assist you in filing your application  

By initiating new applications now, applicants can hope to be ahead of the rush of anticipated filings as many new applicants become eligible to file applications during the month of October.  Filing at the very beginning of October should help applicants to avoid longer wait times for the adjudication of Applications for Employment Authorization and Advance Parole.

The F-1 Student Visa and Beyond-Immigration Seminar

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Sep 02, 2015 @ 10:55 AM

e--documents_and_settings-mpollak-my_documents-my_powerpoints-statue_of_liberty__us_flag-resized-600Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable, Collin College International Students’ Association and Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP present their Fall Immigration Seminar:  

The F-1 Student Visa and Beyond: Creating a Game Plan for Working and Maintaining Status in the United States

This no-charge interactive seminar provides a comprehensive overview of immigration laws as applied to F-1 students.  Learn how to develop a game plan for maintaining immigration status and working in the United States.


Who should attend:

F-1 Students, Prospective F-1 Students, Post Graduate F-1 Students


Items to be covered:

  • The F-1 Student visa and maintaining status
  • Working while in F-1 status-when USCIS approval is and is not required
  • OPT, OPT Extensions and STEM-working after studying
  • VISA Options after studying-DACA, H1B Petitions, “Cap Gap” relief and beyond
  • Green Card Options-DV Lottery, Extraordinary Ability, National Interest Waivers, Investment, Employment AND Family based Immigration Green Cards

Your benefit:

  • Avoid costly and often unfixable mistakes in maintaining Immigration Status
  • Develop strategies for maintaining status in the United States during and after study
  • Understand your options to remain in the United States after studying

WhenTuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm


Where:  Collin College, Spring Creek Campus, Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75074


Please RSVP to 


About the Speaker:  Karen-Lee Pollak chairs Bell Nunnally & Martin’s Immigration Section. Selected to D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014” list, featured as one of Newsweek’s Leaders in Immigration Law Showcase and listed as Texas Rising Star® by Texas Monthly, she provides full-service legal immigration counsel to large corporations, small businesses and individuals.


Please visit and to learn more about Ms. Pollak and Bell Nunnally & Martin.  To learn about Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable visit





Changes to E Visa Application Processing at US Embassy Mexico

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Jul 11, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

e-2-resized-600Effective July 7, 2015, US. Embassies in Mexico will change where Non Immigrant E1 TreatyTrader and E2 Investor visas will be processed.    E-1 visa processing will be handled by the Consulates General in Monterrey and Tijuana and E-2 visas will be handled by the Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez.  The US Embassy states that an increase in overall applications makes it difficult to maintain efficient processing of these visas in Mexico City.  The US. Embassy in Mexico City will not process E1 and E2 visa applications filed after July 7, 2015.  The actual email received can be viewed at E_processing_changes

What is the E1 Treaty-Trader and E-2 Treaty-Investor Work Visa (Treaty-Trader/Treaty-Investor) 

The E visa (treaty-trader/treaty-investor visa) provides reciprocal benefits to nationals of the U.S. and foreign countries who invest or conduct trade between two countries. Foreign nationals can get a visa by conducting trade with the U.S. (E-1 visa) or by overseeing investment in the U.S. (E-2). The E visa category can be used by various types of companies, whether owned by individuals or large multinational corporations. The E visa can be used by the company’s principals or by its employees.Please also see our video on the E2 visa at 

 Visa Requirements

  • A treaty must exist between the United States and the foreign country. Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Pakistan , Iran, Japan, Canada and Australia are just some of the countries that have treaties with the United States
  • Majority ownership or control of the investing or trading company must be held by nationals of the foreign country
  • Every employee or principal of the company seeking E visa status must be a citizen of the foreign country where the company is based

E-1 "Treaty Trader" Visas

E-1 visas are for individuals involved in the exchange, purchase or sale of goods/services or merchandise. Services include technology transfer, architecture and engineering services, management consulting or accounting. The trade in goods and services should be substantial, as defined by the INS, in terms of value, volume or a large number of small transactions. The trade must also meet the following criteria:

  • The trade must be principally with the treaty country
  • More than 50% of the total volume of international trade must be between the U.S. and the treaty country
  • The amount of trade must be sufficient to ensure a continuous flow of international trade between the U.S. and the treaty country
  • Trade can be binding contracts that call for the future exchange of items
  • Income derived from the value of numerous transactions that is sufficient to support the trades and his/her family is a favorable factor

E-2 "Treaty Investor" visas

E-2 visas are for owners and investors in businesses in the United States. The E-2 is a non-immigrant visa that may be granted for substantial investments in the U.S. An investment must meet several criteria in order to qualify for an E-2 visa. These criteria include:

  • Showing that "substantial" investment or funds are available and committed to the investment
  • The investment must be in an active business as opposed to passive investment such as purchasing a home
  • At least 50% of the business must be owned by an alien from a country which has a treaty with the United States
  • The investment must create enough profit to provide a living for more than just the alien and his/her family

There is no minimum amount of investment necessary to obtain an E-2 visa, and whether an amount will be considered "substantial" depends on the type of business involved, the number of jobs created the alien's personal assets, etc. In most cases, the investment must be at least $100,000USD.

Employees of E-2 companies may be granted E-2 visas if they are or will be engaged in duties that are executive, managerial, or supervisory in nature.  If he/she is employed in a minor capacity, the employee may be granted E-2 visa if he or she has special qualifications that make the services to be rendered essential to the enterprise.

The spouse and children (unmarried and under 21) of E-1 or E-2 visa holders are entitled to the same E-1 or E-2 classification as the principal and the spouse can receive work authorization.  The visa can be renewed indefinitely as long as the business is operating.  You will lose the visa if the business stops operating. 


Department of State Releases August 2015 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 @ 5:49 PM

karen_pollak_bn-resized-600The department of State has released the August 2015 visa bulletin.  This blog summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers during August 2015.  You can review the actual Visa bulletin for August 2015 here.  visa_bulletin-1

There was forward movement in most employment-based and family-based visa categories. The EB-3 and the “Other Workers” categories for the Philippines are no longer unavailable and the EB-3 and “Other Workers” categories for China retrogressed due to large demand.  The EB-5 category for China remains at September 1, 2013.

Family Numbers

  • The F1 unamrried adult children of US. Citizens moved forward one month to October 2007 for all countries except Mexico and Phillipines.
  • The F2A category for spouses and children of lawful permanent residents moved forward one month for all countries except Mexico which moved forward two months
  • The F2B category unmarried sons and daughters of permanent residents moved forward one month for all countries except Mexico and Phillipines
  • The F3 category married sons and daughters of US. citizens moved forward one month for all countries except Mexico and Phillipines
  • The F4 Sibling category moved froward from October 22, 2002 to December 1, 2002 for all countries except Mexico and Phillipines.  There was no change for citizens of Mexico and the priority date still remains March 1, 1997.  Phillipines had a significant movement from  December 8, 1991 to January 15, 1992.

Employment Numbers

  • EB-1 remains current for all countries
  • EB-2 remains current for all countries except India which remains at October 1, 2008 and China at December 15, 2013
  • EB-3 for Phillipines is no longer unavailable.  The priority date is June 1, 2004.  China retrogresssed from September 1, 2011 to June 1, 2004, India moved forward from February 1, 2004 to June 1, 2004, All other countries moved forward from April 1, 2015 to July 15, 2015.  
  • EB-4 is current for all countries.  
  • EB-5 is current for all countries except China where the EB5 visa priority date remains at September 1, 2013.




USCIS launches Spanish Blog and Facebook Page.

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

DHS-resized-600USCIS is strengthening its commitment to the Spanish-speaking community by launching USCIS Facebook in Spanish and a Spanish blog, USCIS Compás, which has moved from their English blog to its own place in USCIS español. Both resources will contain new, original content exclusively in Spanish.  Usciss states "Our goal is to share with you general USCIS related news and information as well as unique stories and news for our Hispanic community. We are committed to strengthening our mission to our nation and continuing to serve you. It is a dynamic time for our nation in terms of immigration and we recognize the need to connect with you, share ideas and share the stories of our Hispanic community".

 For more information about USCIS and its programs, visitñol. Follow us in Spanish on Facebook (/, Twitter (@uscis_ES), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS Compás.

US Green Card: What You Need to Know About Permanent Residency

Posted by Karen Pollak on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 9:30 AM


Applying for a Green Card or Immigrant visa is the first step in becoming a United States Permanent Resident.  As a Green Card holder, you and your immediate family can live and work in the United States permanently. Most people obtain Green Cards by being sponsored by their employers or their relatives. Others obtain permanent residence through the Green Card lottery, asylum and through various other means. The main ways of applying for a Green Card are through marriage, employment, family, the lottery and through investment.


Each year, over 160,000 citizens of the United States marry immigrants and petition for them to obtain permanent residency.  Spouses of U.S. citizens are considered "immediate relatives" under the immigration laws, and are exempt from all numerical quota limitations. In other words, marriage to a U.S. citizen is the fast lane to a Green Card.  There is no wait time for visas for spouses of U.S. citizens.


To be eligible for lawful permanent residence based on a family relationship you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a relative who is a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident, who is willing to sponsor you for permanent residency.
  • Your relative must prove they can support you by providing documentation that their income is 125% above the mandated poverty line.
  • If your relative is a US Citizen you have to prove you share one of the following relationships:
    • Husband or wife
    • Unmarried son or daughter over 21
    • Child under 21 years old
    • Married son or daughter of any age
    • Brother or sister if you are at least 21 years old
    • Parents if you are at least 21 years old
  • If your relative is a lawful permanent resident you have to prove you share one of the following relationships:
    • Husband or wife
    • Unmarried son or daughter of any age

The wait time for a Green Card depends on your family relationship.  For example, the wait time for a parent of a U.S. citizen is approximately nine months to a year.  However, for the sibling of a U.S. citizen the wait time for a Green Card is about ten years.


A U.S. employer may also sponsor an immigrant employee for a Green Card.  The permanent residency process is a multi-step process and may take 2-5 years depending upon the category of Green Card and government processing speed.

The first step requires filing a labor certification application with the Department of Labor attesting that there are no U.S. workers available to fill the position.  This is achieved by advertising the job and interviewing any potentially qualified workers.  The second step requires the filing of an application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Once the labor certification is approved, the Green Card application may be filed with the USCIS.  The length of time it takes for approval will depend on the category/preference of the worker.

A petition for a foreign professional holding an advanced degree may be filed when the job requires an advanced degree or where the employee has at least a Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of experience.  This is called the EB2 or second preference category. 

Aliens with at least two years of experience as skilled workers, professionals with a baccalaureate degree, those with three-year degrees regardless of how many years of experience and others with less than two years experience, such as an unskilled worker who can perform labor for which qualified workers are not available in the United States will file in the EB3 or third preference category.

Once the application is approved and a visa becomes available to the beneficiary an adjustment of status application is filed with the USCIS if the employee is already in the United States or the employee applies for a visa at the U.S Consulate, if outside the U.S..  Presently the wait time for a Green Card in the EB-3 category is approximately five years and is approximately two years in the EB2 category. To learn more about this visa go to



This program makes available by random draw 55,000 Green Cards to people from around the world. The objective of the program is to issue Green Cards to individuals born in countries with historically low levels of immigration to the United States.  South Africans are eligible to apply for a Green Card through the DV Lottery.  Successful DV entrants must be eligible to receive a visa by qualifying based on education, work, and other requirements. The law and regulations require that every DV entrant must have at least:

  • A high school education or its equivalent; or
  • Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years' training or experience.

The U.S. Department of State will begin accepting applications for the 2017 DV Lottery in October 2015.


the U.S. provides a means for high net worth individuals to obtain a green card through investment in the US. economy.  This is known as the employment Fifth Preference or EB-5 immigrant visa. Applicants for a U.S. green card based on investment must  $1million in a U.S. business and take an active role in that business (though they don’t need to control it).  The business must also create 10 jobs for US. Workers.  The amount of the investment is reduced to $500,000 if the business is located in a rural area or an area of high unemployment.  The amount of the investment is also reduced to $500 000 if the funds are invested in a Regional Center.  To learn more about this visa go to


Tags: Green Card, Immigrant Visas, US Immigration

Employment Based Green Card: Maintaining your Priority Date

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 @ 3:57 PM

e--documents_and_settings-mpollak-my_documents-my_pictures-my_pictures-website-green_card_new_front_only-resized-600With visa backlogs and long wait times, clients are often afraid to change employers as they do not want to lose their priority date.  Essentially, the priority date establishes your place in line waiting for a family or employment based green card application to be approved ( 

In an employment based immigration case,( the priority date is established through the approval of an I-140 immigrant preference petition.  The actual priority date is the date the labor certification was filed.  The beneficiary can retain that priority date for all subsequently filed I-140 petitions, irrespective of the employer, occupation, preference category, or location.  If the I140 petition is denied or is revoked for fraud or misrepresentation then the priority date is not established.  The USCIS, Adjudicator's Field Manual, at Chapter 22.2(b)(5)(A)(5), states that only a revocation based on a finding of fraud or misrepresentation results in a loss of the priority date.  Therefore, even if an employer withdraws an I-140, USCIS will revoke the petition but the Beneficiary will not lose the priority date. 

Priority dates are important when the beneficiary has to wait for a visa to become available.  Wait times can range from a couple of months to several years.  For example an applicant in the EB-2 category files a Labor Certification application on November 1, 2014 and an I140 application on July 1, 2015.  If he is from Germany—the only wait time will be the time it takes USCIS to process his petition to receive permanent residency. If he is from India, the wait time is almost 9 years before he can file his adjustment application unless he has a previously approved labor certification filed in September 2008 in connection with a different I140 application.  In such a case (as of the July visa bulletin) his wait time would be about a month before he could file his adjustment application. 


Tags: EB-2 Visa Retrogression

On America's Independence Day--Why I am Grateful to be an American

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 3:40 PM

E--Documents_and_Settings-mpollak-My_Documents-My_PowerPoints-Statue_of_Liberty_&_US_Flag-resized-6Fourth of July is one of my most favorite American Holidays.  To me it is not just about family barbecues and watching fireworks.  It is a time to reflect on the wonderful privileges that I have been afforded by my adopted home and the sacrifices that so many men and women have made to truly make America the greatest country in the world. 

Everyone in America has come here from somewhere else. Ask anybody living in America and they will have at least one family member who moved here from another country.  Everybody has a story to tell. For some, the story is simple. For others the story is gut-wrenching and difficult to tell.

I am lucky to hear these stories ever day in my career as an immigration attorney.  I am passionate about my practice because I am an immigrant too. I feel the same rush of adrenalin when each case is approved as I did when I first received the news that my own petition was granted. I really am able to change people’s lives for the better. I am able to reunite families, to bring the best and the brightest to the United States to share their ideas and inventions and to help people build businesses.

The United States is a place of improbable stories, of lives that never could have been realized anywhere else in the world.  I do not believe that my life as a lawyer and all the possibilities that have grown from my career would have been possible in any other country. You cannot choose the country where you are born. But a lucky few have the opportunity to choose the country where they live. I am privileged and grateful to my clients for allowing me to guide them in this choice.

When I was growing up, I never imagined that one day I would be an immigrant. The United States has allowed me to shape my future and to assist many others in shaping theirs. I am so grateful for all the blessings in my life, including each of you-my family, friends, colleagues, mentors and clients. I can truly say that I enjoy my work, I am passionate about the causes I choose to fight, and I cherish the people I get to work with and for. This country may not be perfect but it is the best country in the world. I can say first hand that I truly am living the American Dream.

Happy Birthday America.  Thank you for giving me this opportunity and Happy Fourth of July to all of you.  .