Immigration Blog

Premium Processing Suspension for I-129 and I-140 Petitions

On March 20, 2020, USCIS temporarily suspended premium processing service for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions until further notice due to the pandemic. What If USCIS Already Accepted Your Request for Premium Processing?  As of this writing, USCIS plans to continue with premium processing for those petitions that already have an accepted Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service.  What About Other Premium Processing Requests in Progress? For petitions mailed before March 20 that […]

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What You Need to Know about the Public Charge Rule

  Learn about the new regulations for visa applicants who have or are likely to use public benefits, such as subsidized housing, food stamps, and Medicaid. Download the PDF.

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What Are the Options Beyond the H-1B?

Unfortunately, some new H-1B petitions will not be accepted this year or might not get approved. I explore the options beyond the H-1B with my clients. But I’m so passionate about helping our clients achieve their immigration goals that I took the time to write a book about it. My book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, is designed to help readers understand the most […]

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Book Excerpt: What Is the L-1 Visa?

Giselle Carson discusses the L-1 visa in depth in her book, Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, available on Amazon.Here is a brief excerpt from the L-1 visa chapter. L-1 Visas are a useful and effective vehicle for multinational companies to establish or expand their presence in the U.S., and to bring in qualified personnel. For example, the owner or manager of a manufacturing company abroad […]

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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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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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