Visa Options for Entertainers

In order to remain at the top of their field, athletes, entertainers, and other performers must travel the globe in order to remain at the top of their field. This often involves working in the United States. In order to perform in the United States, an entertainer must be sure to have the right visa in place. There are two options you may want to consider if you’re an entertainer looking to work in the United Read More

L-1 vs. H-1B Visas

The most commonly used nonimmigrant work visas are the L-1 and H-1B visas. These visas have some things in common, but there are also quite a few differences. If you are in the process of choosing a route to the United States, it may difficult to choose which visa is right for you. If you work for a multinational corporation, then the L-1 visa is probably the most appropriate. The H-1B visa will work if you want more Read More

Transferring from a J-1 to an O-1 Visa Status

A J-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to exchange visitors who are teachers, professors, research scholars, or people with specialized skills. One of the advantages of a J-1 visa is that you are allowed to change to another nonimmigrant visa if you wish to stay in the United States after your program has ended. The O-1 visa is one of the categories you can easily switch to. There are some distinct advantages to Read More

Can a VAWA Green Card Holder Apply for Citizenship?

Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), individuals who demonstrate that they have been the victims of abuse or eligible to obtain green cards. VAWA green card holders are also eligible to apply for citizenship. In some cases, VAWA green card holders can apply for citizenship after three year instead of the usual five years. Spouses of United States Citizens If you are the abused spouse of a United States Read More

Work Restrictions on Your O-1 Visa

O-1 visas are more flexible than other nonimmigrant visas. However, there are work restrictions and limitations that you should be aware of in order to make the most of your status. O-1 Visa An O-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that is available for those individuals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field. There are O-1A visa for those whose fields include science, business, education, and athletics. An Read More

Taxes and Your E-2 Visa

An E-2 treaty investor visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows foreign nationals that have treaties with the United States to come to this country if they invest. It is an investment visa that encourages investors to build businesses in the United States. There are a number of advantages to the E-2 visa but there are also questions regarding taxes. Do I Have to Pay Taxes if I Have an E-2 Visa? As long as you earn Read More

Are L-1 Visas Right for Your Business?

The number of L-1 visas being rejected has gone up over recent years and there is currently a temporary suspension on the issuing of these visas. Still the news isn’t all bad. These visas will be available again and they may be the right move for your business to expand in the United States. Advantages of an L-1 Visa  There are two types of L-1 visas that are useful for nonimmigrant intracompany transfers. The L-1A Read More

Trump Suspends L-1 Visas and Other Work Visas for the Rest of the Year

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new H-1B, L-1, J, and other temporary work visas for the rest of the year. These work visas apply to skilled workers, managers, and executives. The goal is to protect half a million jobs to make up for the loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Affected Visas L-1 visas are primarily focused on managers and executives for large corporations who Read More

O-1 Visas are Harder to Get: Why You May Want to Hire an Attorney

In recent years it has become harder to immigrate to the United States. Added restrictions have been placed by the Trump administration on many visa categories and visa denials have doubled over the last few years. These changes have altered the demographics of the workforce and artistic community in the United States. Included among the types of visas that are more difficult to get are the O-1 visas. O-1 Visa Read More

How Can an Attorney Help With Your Visa Application

You are not required to have an attorney when you begin the visa application process. In fact, USCIS provides information and guides on its website that can help you through the process. However, when applying for a visa, it’s important that you get everything right. There many requirements and steps to be followed and hiring an attorney can help you put together the best application. Figuring Out Your Options Not Read More