History of the Immigration Visa
The US Visa is a permit that allows foreign citizens entry into the United States. The Steerage Act of 1819 was the first Federal Law to make a distinction between permanent immigrants and temporary visitors, although they were reported as one lump sum. It was almost another 40 years when in […]
How to Prepare for Employment Based Green Card In-Person Interviews
Effective October 1st, USCIS phased-in new policy requiring all employment-based green card applicants to appear for an in-person interview with a USCIS officer before their green card can be approved. All employment based green card applications filed on or after March 06, 2017, are subject to […]
On October 23, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Their categories include H-1B, L-1A/B, E-1/2.
Currently, immigration officers give deference to […]
H-1B and L-1 petitions filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, should not include the additional fee that was previously required by Section 402 of Public Law 111-230, as amended by Public Law 111-347, for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. The additional fee required by Public Law 111-230, as amended, expired on Sept. 30, 2015.
According to multiple sources, the U.S. State Department is in the process of developing a new system for regulating immigrant visa availability in the future. This change is in direct response to President Obama’s Executive Action announced in November 2014.
In short, the new mechanism will allow many immigrants (particularly those from China and India) to […]
On April 09, 2015, USCIS’ Administrative Appeal Office (AAO) issued a precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions LLC, which held that employers must file amended H-1B petitions when a new Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers (LCA) is required due to a change in the H-1B worker’s location. In this specific case, USCIS was not […]
According to USCIS, the card production facility in Corbin, KY is undergoing maintenance, and all card production work was transferred to the USCIS facility in Lee’s Summit, MO. Because of this technical issue, there is a backlog in cases in Lee’s Summit. As a result, clients may not receive their cards until two-three weeks after […]
What is a Business Visa
The B-1 business visa is a nonimmigrant visa meant for those who would like to enter the U.S. for short-term business-related reasons without providing actual labor or receiving payment from a U.S. source.
Business visits typically last less than 90 days but technically can last up to one year, including […]
Working OPT STEM students might be forced to leave U.S. next year, court says. A federal judge made a ruling this week that could force tens of thousands of foreign works, many of whom are employed at tech companies on student visas, to return to their home countries early next year. Given the short time […]