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What counts as qualifying foreign employment for L-1 visa?

L-1 visa allows U.S. employers to transfer an employee from a foreign office either as a manager or executive, or as an employee with specialized knowledge.  One of the basic requirement of such transfer is that the employee must have been working for the foreign office for at least one...

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The Future of DACA is Unclear

What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an initiative launched by the Obama administration in 2012 that provides some undocumented persons living in the United States with work authorization and protection from deportation. Approximately 800,000 folks have received DACA...

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Premium Processing is Back for H-1B Cap Petitions

Finally we have some good news to share on H-1B visas.  The USCIS just announced that it will resume premium processing service for all FY2019 H-1B cap petitions, both regular and U.S. Master’s cap.  This means that H-1B employers subject to the annual cap who filed their...

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Worksite Enforcement Investigations Are on the Rise

Last month, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed through their news release what many already suspected:  there was a dramatic increase in worksite inspections, raids, and related arrests made by ICE in 2018.

According to ICE’s own data, they opened 6,848 worksite...

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Become a US Citizen While Waiting for Your Ten-Year Green Card

If you are a permanent resident and getting ready to apply for a ten-year green card, it’s a good idea to consider becoming a US citizen. Here’s a quick overview why.

It used to take about six months for USCIS to process Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent...

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Big Changes in the H-1B Front

Employers and foreign workers who have filed at least one H-1B visa petition in the past few years are all too familiar with the hectic “H-1B cap filing season” which comes on the first week of April every year.  H-1B visa is a popular choice for U.S. companies seeking to hire...

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What Happened the iCERT Portal?

January of 2019 started with great hope but also with some unwelcomed confusion in the immigration world: Employers are left wondering how they should prepare the petitions for their H-1B employees for this fiscal year, individuals had to find out whether the government shutdown will affect their...

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The Government Shutdown and Future of EB-5

For the past few weeks, the news of the government shutdown has been the major focus of the media often creating anxieties for people who rely on the proper functioning of the federal government agencies for their applications.  On a positive side, at least for immigration-related matters,...

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Permanent Residents: Know Your Rights at a Port of Entry

Many of us travel to meet with friends and family during the holiday season. Although this should be a happy occasion, travel can be stressful –– especially for immigrants.

As a permanent resident, you’re certain to encounter Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers upon...

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USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for the First Half of 2019

As of this month, the H-2B cap for the first half of 2019 has been reached. The date of the last count was December 11, 2018. USCIS will of course continue to accept petitions for H-2B workers who are exempt or not subject to the H-2B cap.

The H-2B visa program allows employers to hire...

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How Does the Government Shutdown Affect the U.S. Immigration System?

You may have heard that the US government is in a partial shutdown. Most federal agencies depend on the government for funding. If Congress and the President don't agree on a budget for the next year, the government "shuts down" and "nonessential" functions are paused until a budget is agreed...

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What Was the Best Decision of Your Life?

The Best Decision of My Life Involves Immigration, Romance and Adventure

Life always presents opportunities to try something new if you are looking for a bit of adventure. The key is to be open to go outside your comfort zone and then boldly say “yes - I’ll do this” and move...

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