H-1B Lottery Season Nears End as USCIS Completes Data Entry

By |May 14th, 2015|

Did you know that 66% of filed H-1B lottery applications won’t be considered for processing this year? That’s because the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received more than 233,000 H-1B petitions for FY 2016, which is a staggering two-thirds more than the 85,000 limit.

Why is there a limit?
There are many skilled workers from […]

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May 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

By |May 8th, 2015|

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives a massive volume of green card applications every year, creating a significant backlog. As a result, the U.S. Department of State issues the monthly Visa Bulletin, which provides updates regarding priority date timelines and application quota numbers.

Each date indicates how long the current backlog is, as […]

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Employment-Based Green Cards: 3 Tips to Help You Master the PERM Process

By |May 6th, 2015|

Sponsoring a foreign national for an employment-based green card is a great way to retain skilled talent. However, for most green card categories (including EB-2 and EB-3), employers are required to complete a rigorous PERM labor certification process. This important step, which must be completed before starting the green card process, helps the U.S. government make sure […]

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The Difference Between a Global Business Visa and a Global Work Permit

By |February 20th, 2015|

Whether you’re an aspiring international fashion designer, attending a business summit overseas, or a company sending an employee overseas for a work project, knowing which visa is needed can be hard to figure out. Two common visas for doing business outside of the country are the global business visa and the global work permit, determining […]

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Deferred Action and Your Employment Rights

By |February 3rd, 2015|

Employment history can be a tricky issue when applying for deferred action. Candidates often have questions about how revealing their status will affect current or future employment. Here are some guidelines on how to approach your DACA status with your employer.
Using Past Employment Documents to Apply for DACA
You are not required to supply any employment […]

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How to Get a U.S. Green Card for a Spouse from Inside the U.S.

By |February 2nd, 2015|

If your spouse is currently inside the U.S., you may be considering sponsoring your spouse for a Green Card. Applying for a U.S. Green Card for a spouse from inside the U.S. is a complicated process. There are lots of forms and documents that need to be filed. Here is what you need to know:
Qualifications:

You […]

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Employment Based Green Card Tip: Determining Your Employment based Green Card Category

By |January 30th, 2015|

If you are a foreign national working or planning to work in the United States, you may be eligible to apply for or be sponsored by your employer for an employment-based Green Card. Per year, a maximum of 140,000 immigrants are granted employed-based Green Cards. Employment-based Green Cards are divided into five Green Card categories, […]

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Five Questions to Expect at the Interview for a Marriage Based Green Card

By |January 26th, 2015|

A primary purpose of the marriage based Green Card interview is to determine the legitimacy of your marriage. You will be asked a series of questions. Prior to interview, please review the information you submitted; the immigration officer may base a few questions from that information.

Here are five questions to expect at your interview for […]

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Alternatives to Affidavit of Support Income Requirements

By |January 19th, 2015|

If you are sponsoring a Green Card or fiancé visa, there are income requirements you must meet for the affidavit of support. To determine if your income qualifies, refer to the federal poverty guideline chart.

If you do not meet the income requirements for the affidavit of support, you may be able to use assets to […]

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The February 2015 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

By |January 13th, 2015|

The February 2015 Visa Bulletin continues the advancement trend that we saw both in December and January.
Family-Based

As a reminder, the categories for Green Card petitions are as follows:

F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs.
F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs.
F3: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
F4: Brothers and sisters […]

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