The year 2020 has been unique and one of a kind, to say the least. It has been a year of change and transition for all industries, including immigration law. Taking a look back at 2020, we have seen presidential proclamations, final rulings, and court case decisions that have affected Dreamers, H-1B visa holders, green card hopefuls, and consulates abroad, to name a few.
If everyone will remember back to the time in the summer when it felt like a presidential proclamation or ruling on immigration came out every other day, affecting the lives of our clients and millions of other immigrants living and working in the U.S. At our office, it definitely felt like putting out little fires everywhere.
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In this time, many people have been stuck abroad. Separated from their families and loved ones for upwards of nine months now, and we are still waiting for the consulates to resume normal visa services. To those who have experienced and are continuing to experience this, we send out our heartfelt sympathy.
At our office, we would categorize the year of 2020 as one of patience. Patience in transitioning a whole law firm from in-office to work from home. Patience in waiting how the U.S. government will handle the COVID-19 pandemic and how this will affect immigrants. Patience in the extended waiting periods for petitions currently being processed with USCIS. Patience in waiting for the consulates and borders to open back up. Patience for a return to normalcy.
It can be extremely difficult to be patient. We want to thank each member of our team for their patience and resilience during this year:
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Our office would be like a boat without paddles if we did not have such an amazing team that even in a year of constant change and newness has still been able to work together seamlessly.
We would also like to recognize the patience of our clients. You all have been patient with us and with the U.S. immigration system, and that can be extremely difficult at times.
Thank you to our team and thank you to our clients. We look forward to 2021 together. The new administration, the new hurdles, and the new memories that it will bring.