On August 8th 2016, the Administration announced (https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-proposes-rule-to-welcome-international-entrepreneurs) an important step in attracting the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to start the next great companies and create jobs here in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Articles/FR_2016-20663_793250_OFR.pdf) clear criteria to identify on a case-by-case basis … Continue reading Administration Announced Important Step In Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest Entrepreneurs
Every month the Bureau of Consular Affairs publishes a Visa Bulletin that provides important information about filing dates for immigrants seeking Adjustment of Status. Published bulletins list the amount of visas available during the month of publication. The Bulletin also lists priority dates for filing Adjustment of Status. Priority dates … Continue reading New Changes Implemented in Visa Bulletin
Much Longer Wait Times for Green Cards- Department of State Edits Previously Modernized Visa Bulletin
Department of States Alters Recently Modified Visa Bulletin On September 9th the Department of Homeland Security released new updated changes to the visa bulletin. These changes modernized the visa system and moved up priority dates for those applying for adjustment of status. The revisions to the visa bulletin were part … Continue reading Much Longer Wait Times for Green Cards- Department of State Edits Previously Modernized Visa Bulletin
Travelers from certain countries who to come to the U.S. may enter without obtaining a visa. This process is called the Visa Waiver Program because in certain situations when traveling to the U.S. for a short period of time the visa requirement is waived. The Visa Waiver Program applies to … Continue reading Changes may be in-store for the Visa Waiver Program
The Startup Visa Act The Startup Visa Act of 2011 was introduced in Congress in 2011 but did not pass. The goal of this visa was to provide a visa to entrepreneurs who have generated outside funding from investors to start a business in the United States. The proposed visa … Continue reading The Startup Visa and Reform for Entrepreneurs
A few weeks ago we blogged about a new regulation allowing H-4 visa holders(dependents of H-1B visa holders) to work in the United States. However, a case has just been filed in Washington D.C. federal court challenging this regulation. The lawsuit, Save Jobs USA v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, … Continue reading New Case Challenges New H-4 Regulation That Would Allow Spouses to Work in U.S.
Currently dependent spouses on H-4 visas cannot lawfully seek employment in the United States, but that will be changing soon! The USCIS has officially announced that certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders may seek employment in the United States starting May 26, 2015. Those eligible are H-4 dependent … Continue reading Employment Authorization for H-4 dependent spouses available in May.
As H-1B season approaches, it’s time to begin your application process for a spot in the lottery. Currently, the USCIS allots 65,000 H-1B visas each year. Vying for a spot in the lottery are an estimated 195,000 applicants. With three times the amount of applicants than visas available, many applicants … Continue reading Need for H-1B Visas- The Time to Apply Is Now!
Scam artists have always targeted immigrants but with the Obama Administration’s issuance of the new Executive Order scams could be on the rise. The immigration reform has caused much confusion among immigrant populations causing some families to dish out extra money to alleged immigration attorneys scamming them into believing their … Continue reading Protect Yourself Against Common Immigration Scams
How President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” Affects Employment-Based Immigration
President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” proposes several changes to the immigration system many of which could affect employment-based visas. The proposed changes could be good news for employees and employers by decreasing wait times for certain classifications, allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work and in some cases … Continue reading How President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” Affects Employment-Based Immigration