Immigration Blog

What Must We Do to Overcome the Costly Stream of Changes to Legal Immigration?

We’ve all faced the onboarding delays, uncertainties, and emotional roller coasters during the current adjudication process. We’ve also experienced the relief, happiness, and positive momentum from a case approval. As I look at what’s in store for us in 2019, it appears that our government will continue to add bureaucratic burdens to redefine legal immigration. Here are a few things we expect to happen in 2019 and what we must do to overcome them. Selected […]

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What Your Foreign Business Needs to Know About Working in the U.S.

As the world’s largest market and the land of opportunities, the United States attracts many foreign businesses seeking to grow. These businesses often have a difficult time finding qualified workers to fill critical and unique jobs. In many cases, foreign businesses need to hire non-U.S. nationals for their U.S. operations. Unfortunately, they find that U.S. immigration law is very complex and ever-changing. Annual quotas and other intricacies of the system make the timing of applications […]

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FAQ – H-1B Visas Going…Going…Gone. Now What?

Alternative Work Visas to Consider  With the option of obtaining a cap-subject H-1B visa off the table, you may wonder: what options are available to employers seeking work visas for skilled foreign nationals? What should the plan of action be for professionals seeking an employment visa? Download our quick guide to alternative work visa options to consider below. You can also learn more details about these work visas in my book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, available on Amazon. Download Now

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EAD Extension Delayed? How to Know If You Qualify for an Extension

EAD extension delays are now a common occurrence, but many qualify for an automatic extension. The extension begins on the EAD expiration date and continues for up to 180 days unless the renewal is denied. To qualify, you must fulfill the following requirements: Have a pending and timely filed application to renew your EAD before it expires (except for certain employees granted Temporary Protected Status); Have the same eligibility category on the EAD and the […]

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Book Excerpt: Benefits of an O-1 Visa over an H-1B

Considering the limitations of the H-1B visa, we encourage our clients to consider alternative work visas, such as the O-1 visa. Here is an excerpt from the “O-1 Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievements” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Overview The O-1 visa is especially helpful for highly accomplished athletes, […]

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Arbitrary and Unpredictable Consular Visa Processing Requests and Delays

As part of the executive order “Buy American and Hire American”, we are now seeing and hearing about arbitrary and unpredictable consular visa processing requests and delays. These include processing for L-1 multinational managers or specialized knowledge employees; E-2 investors; O-1 extraordinary alien; and H-1B professional workers after USCIS has already approved the petition. This trend is unfortunately likely to continue because the Department of State updated the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), which it uses as guidance […]

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