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Visas and Residency for UC Tuition Purposes

It is no secret that many immigrants are young students seeking to attend the United States' top universities. Many of these universities are in California, but California universities' out-of-state tuition rates can be prohibitively expensive. What is considered a "resident" for California university tuition purposes has some interplay with immigration laws. This article will explore some of them here, based on the University of California tuition guidelines.

Change of H-1B Workplace Requires Amended Petition

H-1B holders working at multiple worksites must have a Labor Condition Application (LCA) on file for each worksite. Last week the USCIS Administrative Appeals released a decision that states any geographic change in the workplace listed on the LCA accompanying all H-1B visas requires filing an amended application. Also, any material change in the terms and conditions of the employment requires the filing of an amended H-1B with a new LCA.

April Visa Bulletin

The April Visa Bulletin has been released. With it comes news of standstills for some and advancements for others. How the visa bulletin works is that every month, based on a complicated formula, the State Department publishes a chart for green card visa availability. The quota is based on one's priority date. A priority date for a green card seeker based on an employer or business relationship is based on the date of the petition filed with USCIS or the date the labor certification application is accepted for processing by the Department of Labor (if labor certification is required). A priority date for a green card seeker based on a family relationship is based on the date the petition is filed with USCIS.

March Visa Bulletin

The Visa Bulletin for next month - March 2014 - has been released, and there hasn't been much movement and even some stagnation. How the visa bulletin works is that every month, based on a complicated formula, the State Department publishes a chart for green card visa availability. The quota is based on one's priority date. A priority date for a green card seeker based on an employer or business relationship is based on the date of the petition filed with USCIS or the date the labor certification application is accepted for processing by the Department of Labor (if labor certification is required). A priority date for a green card seeker based on a family relationship is based on the date the petition is filed with USCIS.

Immigration Consequences for Minor Crimes

Although sometimes the hardest part may be trying to get a visa, it can also be difficult just trying to keep it. Regular, everyday people can sometimes get charged for minor crimes such as DUIs, minor domestic disputes, car accidents, or even minor drug possession charges. This article will discuss what consequences such minor criminal actions can have for someone who is not a U.S. citizen.

Special Visa Categories for Canadians

Despite the media attention surrounding immigration from Mexico, it's important to remember that the United States shares a border to the north with Canada as well. Given Canada's proximity to the United States, it is no surprise that there are some special requirements and restrictions for Canadians seeking entry into the United States, even though Canadians can receive status to all of the more common visa categories.

Advanced Parole or H-1B?

It is a stressful, but rewarding, time when a noncitizen finally begins their adjustment of status process to obtain a green card. Not only are many of the visa restrictions lifted, but it also allows for more frequent travel in and out of the United States. This article will explore some of the issues, however, of traveling with a pending I-485 adjustment of status application with USCIS.

The Basics of Establishing an EB-5 Regional Center

The rise in the Employment Based-5th category visa ("EB-5")'s popularity has led to a corresponding rise in the number of Regional Centers, which are USCIS designations to businesses that pool EB-5 Investor funds for larger investments. Despite the number of Regional Centers, establishing a Regional Center can be notoriously difficult and requires an expert team, patience, and navigating vague and undeveloped areas of law.

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