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Butler Quoted in Alaska Dispatch News Article Regarding Firm Client’s Immigration Matter

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Lane Powell Shareholder Diane Butler was quoted in an August 22 Alaska Dispatch News article titled “After 7 Years of Bureaucratic Limbo, Alaskan Stuck in Russia Finally Returns Home,” regarding Firm client Max Mamontov’s immigration matter. Max is a Russian national who grew up in Alaska. He has spent the last seven years trying to work through the H-1B visa system, so that he could legally work in the state as an accountant. A misinterpretation of U.S. immigration law sent Max’s residency status into bureaucratic depths of the U.S. visa system and kept him barred from entering the states. Max made several attempts to contact the U.S. Embassy, including emails, phone calls, written letters and a visit to the embassy in Moscow, but his attempts never lead to any progress or updates on his situation. This summer, after many years of silence, Max finally learned his visa had been approved.

Butler said the status sounds innocuous but it’s far from it. There’s no time frame on how long a case can remain in that status and no way to check to see if the case is being dealt with.

“Once that misinterpretation occurs, you get caught in the web and it becomes hard to extract yourself,” Butler said.