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Green Card Changes – Speedier Process Could Be On The Way

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS may have a shorter separation time away from their families when they apply for a Green Card, the White House said. New US immigration rules could shorten the wait for illegals applying for residency and are forced to leave the US, often for years, while their case is considered. But a new rule […]

More Government Delays

THE EMPLOYMENT based immigrant visa process is one way that a non-citizen can become Legal Permanent Residents (commonly referred to as a Green Card holder) of the US Every fiscal year (October 1-September 30), there are approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas available to qualified applicants in one of five categories. The process of obtaining an […]

New Immigration Initiatives To Spur Job Creation

WITH THE US economy continuing to sag, the Obama administration and its immigration agency (US Citizenship & Immigration Services-USCIS) announced new initiatives to help spur growth and create jobs by making it a bit easier for job creating foreign nationals to permanently immigrate to the US. Under current adjudicatory standards, it is extremely difficult for […]

I’m Not Your Stepping Stone: US-UK Treaty Investor Visas And The Green Card Process

A UK national can be granted an E-2 visa to invest in a US business, and to develop and direct that investment entity. However, the E-2 does not have a clear path to a US Green Card – generally, a foreign national cannot be petitioned for a Green Card by her own company, ie, cannot […]

Sunday Brunch, A Drama Unwinds

SEVERAL WEEKENDS ago while enjoying a particularly festive brunch I was approached by an attractive, enthusiastic, mimosa-drinking Brit named Julie. She wanted some clarification about the Visa Waiver Program that she was traveling on. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) of course is the US policy that allows for nationals from 36 participating visa waiver countries, […]

The Immigration Forecast Today Is….

I’M NOT certain if stormy with a high probability of confusion is appropriate for a weather forecast, but as it applies to immigration, it is unfortunately applicable. While immigration law falls under the purview of the federal government, this hasn’t stopped storms from whipping up in states like Arizona and Utah, a vast disparity of […]

Beware H-1B Employer – No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

WELL, it’s that time of year again when the immigration service starts its H-1B1 merry go round, more commonly referred to as the H-1b1 lottery. On April 1 of every year for the past several years, employers have been allowed to submit working visa applications on behalf of hopeful beneficiaries who fall within the H-1B1 […]

Immigrant visas for widows and surviving children of a deceased United States citizen

– Must File by October 28, 2011 UNTIL recently, the death of a United States Citizen (USC) spouse had harsh immigration consequences for the surviving spouse and children. Under the previous regulations, if the USC spouse’s death occurred within two years of marriage or before adjudication of an application for an immigrant visa, already approved […]

So You Have An E-2 Investor Visa, Now What?

YOU’VE made the big move. You saved up a good chunk of money while in the UK and have decided, for one reason or another, to take the plunge across the pond and try to make a go of a life in America. You have chosen a good business to invest in and have applied […]

What Does An Export License Have To Do With Visa Applications?

A CONCEPT known as “deemed export”, in conjunction with national security, has caused for the first time, US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to make inquiries when employers file applications for certain foreign national talent. The new requirement applies to the following nonimmigrant visa categories: H-1B (visas for professionals), H-1B1 (professional visas for those from […]

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