An Open Letter to Skilled Immigrants
On behalf of Rahul Reddy and everyone at the law firm of Reddy & Neumann PC, we respectfully wish to address and clarify the clear misunderstandings stemming from a YouTube video posted late last week.
It has become apparent that many people are upset and concerned regarding a presentation and Q&A featuring Rahul Reddy that was the subject of a recent viral video. These people seem to believe that Rahul was making statements against the plight of those skilled nonimmigrants who have worked so hard in order to try and obtain the legal right to live and work in the United States. Rahul and Reddy & Neumann want to make it very clear that this is nothing more than an unfortunate misunderstanding and could not be further from the truth.
Rahul knows first-hand the many sacrifices and hard-ships that you have all faced. Like you, he has left behind family, friends, and his home, to come to the United States. Rahul came to this country in the same way as many of you; on an H-4 Visa. When Rahul first began working as an immigration attorney, he had not even received his own green card. He had to wait for his EAD based on his wife’s Adjustment of Status application. Since the very beginning, Rahul has spent his entire career tirelessly fighting for your rights so that you can better support yourselves and your families.
As an advisor, a lawyer provides a client with an informed understanding of the client's legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. As an advocate, a lawyer zealously asserts the client's position under the rules of the adversary system. As a negotiator, a lawyer seeks a result advantageous to the client but consistent with requirements of honest dealing with others. As an intermediary between clients, a lawyer seeks to reconcile their divergent interests as an advisor and, to a limited extent, as a spokesperson for each client. As part of the various functions a lawyer performs, Rahul was requested to speak before a group of business owners on the various hot topics in employment-based immigration. Similar speaking engagements are fulfilled by lawyers across the country in every area of law. It should be pointed out that the video, while recently shared, was actually from an event that occurred in September 2015 as the October Visa Bulletin with the revised format had just been announced.
The accusations against Rahul and his intentions are completely false and go against everything that Rahul and Reddy & Neumann values. There are countless videos posted of presentations given Reddy & Neumann over the years. A five minute discussion of potential litigation to fight the Matter of Simeio Solutions decision was taken out of context and falsely suggests that Rahul and a group of employers were plotting against skilled immigrants. For over 15 years, we have battled with the USCIS on behalf of all skilled nonimmigrant workers, particularly those from Rahul’s home country of India. Not only for our own clients, but on behalf of all people who wish to come to the United States seeking to make an honest living through hard-work and determination. This is clearly evidenced by the many articles our firm has published in regards to skilled nonimmigrant workers’ rights.
When the October Visa Bulletin was abruptly revised days later, Reddy & Neumann published an article on our website conveying our disappointment in these actions and a suggestion to fight the change. The firm hosted daily free conference calls for anyone affected in order to try to coordinate action and push DHS and DOS to honor the original filing dates. Emily Neumann, a partner at our firm also used her blog to try to raise awareness of the plight of skilled immigrants with the media through Twitter. She further posted sample letters for those impacted to send to their Senators and Representatives. As you can see, from the very beginning of this situation Reddy & Neumann has been in favor of helping those of you struggling to obtain a green card due to the priority date catastrophes caused by the USCIS.
On December 15, 2015, Emily Neumann again published an article regarding the new I-140 regulations in order to help inform and educate the thousands of nonimmigrant workers affected by these proposals. Emily publishes these articles for free, specifically to help skilled nonimmigrant workers in their battle for equal working rights and opportunities.
On December 30, 2015, Reddy & Neumann published an article on our website detailing the downsides to the proposed final rule and detailing our deeply held disappointment in the administration. Rahul and Reddy & Neumann understood that the rule “will have very little impact on highly skilled international workers and their families who are languishing in queues waiting for employment-based green cards.” We have fought endlessly to help these skilled workers and their families and when the USCIS disregards your rights, we feel your anger and anguish.
Then, on January 4, 2016, Emily published another article detailing the processes required when changing employers with an approved I-140 petition. This article meticulously details the processes and how the latest proposed regulation would change the landscape for the many thousands of workers affected. Again, Emily posts these articles for free with the sole intention of helping you secure the equal rights and opportunities you deserve.
Finally, on January 11, 2016, Emily published an article intended to directly help those of you affected by the new proposed rule for Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Nonimmigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers. This article was published in order to help those of you affected by this new rule make useful comments in order to try and convince the administration to make the necessary changes on your behalf. This article provided detailed instructions on how and what to write in your comments in order to provide the best possible chance for making a meaningful difference. While these comments did not ultimately force the USCIS to make the changes we all wanted, Reddy & Neumann has clearly stood by your side and fought with and for you against the administration.
Rahul became an attorney with one goal in mind, to help lessen the burden on skilled nonimmigrant workers and provide them the equality they are entitled to. Even in the video in question, Rahul himself laments the “second-class citizen” treatment of Indian nonimmigrants in this country. He has spent his entire career fighting against these injustices, so that you too can enjoy the opportunities and success you deserve. On behalf of Rahul and everyone at Reddy & Neumann, we hope the evidence provided will eliminate any misunderstandings and show to those of you who feel upset and betrayed that we have and always will fight on behalf of you and your families.
Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is an immigration law firm in Houston, Texas. For over 15 years, our firm has successfully represented corporate clients across the United States in their efforts to bring foreign workers and business professionals to the United States. Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is highly experienced in working with employment-based visas, adjustment of status, green cards, and PERM labor certification. From filing, through approval, and on to appeal, we do everything possible to ensure that your company can bring the best and brightest in the world to the United States.