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Ambassador Ronald McDonald can help replace your passport

In Austria, McDonald’s fries come with a US passport. Yes, you read that correctly: thanks to a partnership between the fast food chain and US Embassy in Vienna, Americans in Austria can receive consular assistance from within any of the country’s 194 McDonald’s. If you lose...

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Can I stay in the US after my J-1 Ends?

Many people who come into the U.S. on the Exchange Visitor Program have a great experience and decide they’d like to pursue further opportunities here.

In fact, if you’ve built great friendships and see additional excellent educational and work options available in the USA, you are...

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Dealing with RFEs for Third Party Worksites

The H-1B visa program is clearly one of the main targets of the Trump administration.  In the coming weeks, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin issuing Requests for Evidence (“RFEs”) for many of the Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B cap cases that...

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Marijuana users denied US citizenship

Last week we wrote about the increasingly common occurrence of permanent residents working in the legal marijuana business in various US states and the uncertainty this has caused when it comes to their immigration status. Since marijuana has not been legalized federally, this is a confusing...

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New Visa Overstay Policies

With headlines and news stories almost always focusing on the president’s unrelenting attempts to suspend the flow of illegal immigrants at the southern border, other types of immigration policy announcements may go unnoticed and often do not garner the same amount of public attention or...

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Should permanent residents work in legal marijuana businesses?

Cannabis is a big business. According to Fortune Magazine, the cannabis industry grew to over $10 billion in 2018 and is set to grow even larger in 2019. Like any big business, the cannabis trade employs a lot of people and in 2018 more than 250,000 people worked in the US cannabis industry.

Many...

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Congress Reauthorizes VAWA

Immigrants sometimes feel like they have to remain in an abusive relationship in order to protect their status. People who are undocumented or in the US on an expired visa are particularly vulnerable. Their status might prevent them from securing a job, getting a driver's license, or seeking help...

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2019 H-1B Processing Kicked Off on April 1st

2019 H-1B Processing Kicked Off on April 1st.  New changes affect foreign-born workers and their employers –– including tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Apple.

First, a new USCIS policy gives applicants with advanced degrees a huge advantage. Second, employers can now...

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Why is my work permit taking so long?

In order to ease the transition of adjusting one’s status (for example from a student visa to permanent residency), USCIS allows the applicant to apply for a temporary travel permit and employment authorization document (EAD or work permit). When we submit an Adjustment of Status packet we...

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What's the difference between a 2-year and 10-year green card?

There are many elements of immigration law, policy, and practice that may seem arbitrary or mysterious at first glance. It may be confusing why one person received their green card with no problems while another was issued multiple requests for evidence and asked in for an interview. It may seem...

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Will I lose my green card if I separate from my US citizen spouse?

Immigrating to the US to join your US citizen partner is not an easy process. It involves completing lengthy forms, tracking down old documents, proving to the US government that your relationship is “genuine,” and waiting months for something to happen so that you can finally start...

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Can I be a citizen of more than one country?

Becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States can feel like a big step. While some green card holders are eager to get to this stage, others can find it daunting and worry that it will strip them of rights or abilities they have as citizens of their home country.

The good news is that the...

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