As of May 10, 2016 a revised STEM OPT program, that, inter alia, places new requirements on employers who have hired an international student on the F-1 visa, will go into effect. These new requirements are only required when seeking a grant of STEM OPT under the new regulations. In … Continue reading New Regulations for F-1 STEM OPT
L-1B classification was initially created by Congress to allow multinational companies to easily transfer employers from foreign operations to intra-company offices in the United States. To receive L-1B classification the applicant must work abroad for the overseas arm of the US employer for one continuous year and demonstrate that he has “specialized knowledge” in … Continue reading L-1B Denials Particularly High for Indian Nationals
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.
It is not uncommon for many families and business people to bring personal assistants with them while traveling to the United States. These people can be nannies, butlers, maids, cooks, chauffeurs, and others. These domestic workers may come to the United States under a B-1 visa if they and their … Continue reading Domestic Worker Visa Options
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 … Continue reading Special Visa Categories for Canadians
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 … Continue reading Advanced Parole or H-1B?
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 … Continue reading Visas and Residency for UC Tuition Purposes
In this week’s article, we explore one common issue that happens to non citizens seeking entry into the United States from abroad. For those non citizens who have received an I-130 or I-140 approval and have a current priority date, many of them have to undergo processing at a U.S. consulate or embassy … Continue reading Dealing with 221(g) Issues from the Consulate
Although it may seem like Comprehensive Immigration Reform (“CIR”) has lost some steam, the push for CIR has continued its momentum and, if anything, has picked up more. Silicon Valley’s tech companies have recently renewed is support for CIR in the wake of the government shutdown. Well known tech figures … Continue reading CIR’s Renewed Strength
The government shutdown has been the leading story in the news over the past week. The effects of the shutdown cannot be understated, especially on the American immigration system. This article will explore the numerous consequences the government shutdown has on the various aspects of the American immigration system. Fortunately, … Continue reading The Government Shutdown’s Effect on US Immigration