What is a TN Visa?

A TN visa is a nonimmigrant visa and is an abbreviation of Trade NAFTA. It is a visa that allows citizens of Mexico and Canada, as NAFTA professionals, to work in the United States in prearranged business activities for the United States or foreign employers. It is a special classification that is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which created special economic and trade relationships. Who is Read More

Choosing Between an O-1 Visa and an H-1B Visa

The first step when seeking an employment-based nonimmigrant visa in the United States is determining which visa is right for you. An experienced immigration attorney can help you weigh the options. You may be deciding between the O-1 visa and the H-1B visa. Each of these two visas has its own unique characteristics and requirements of which foreign nationals and employers should be aware. O-1 Visa An O-1 visa is Read More

O-1 Visas for Independent Contractors

O-1 visas are available for those individuals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field. One of the most common misconceptions about O-1 visas is that it must be tied to a specific employer. Although the term “employer” is often used when referring to O-1 visas, you don’t necessarily have to be an employee to obtain the visa. You can obtain an O-1 visa as an independent contractor sponsored by an Read More

Who is Eligible for a P-1A Visa?

A P-1A visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to athletes who are coming to the United States to participate in their sport. If you are an athlete or the representative of an athletic team, then the P-1A visa is designed for you. However, there are some important requirements in order to qualify for a P-1A visa. Outstanding Athletes  The P-1A visa was designed for individual athletes or teams who can demonstrate Read More

What to do if Your O-1 Visa Extension Was Denied

If your petition for an O-1 visa extension is denied, you should not panic. You do have options, and all hope is not lost. If you do receive a denial, your first step should be to contact an immigration attorney who can help you with your case. You do have some options that may be available to you and that an attorney can help you with. Motion to Reopen The first motion that should be filed if your O-1 visa Read More

Evidence Requirements for O-1 Visas

To qualify for an O-1 visa, an applicant must show that they have extraordinary ability in their field of endeavor. An applicant must be able to demonstrate that they received, either nationally or internationally, sustained acclaim in their field. They must intend to work in that field when they are in the United States. In the fields of sciences, business, education, and athletics, a person must demonstrate that Read More

L-2 Visas for Spouses and Children

L-1 visa holder's dependents, including spouses and unmarried children under 21 years, are eligible to accompany the visa holder on an L-2 visa. The application process is fairly straightforward and, once an application is approved, the L-2 visa has a number of significant advantages. Validity Period The L-2 visa is a dependent visa, and therefore the validity period is the same as for the L-1 visa holder. You can Read More

Standards for L Visa Transfers Tightened by State Department

International businesses rely on L-1 visas to transfer certain employees from a foreign office to one in the United States. However, now the US State Department is tightening restrictions on L-1 visa transfers and making it more difficult to utilize these visas. L-1 Visas L-1 visas are used by companies with a parent/subsidiary, affiliate, or branch office in the United States to transfer employees to that office. Read More

Understanding the EB-1 Green Card

An EB-1 green card is available to foreign nationals who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in their field. Their chosen field can be in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Extraordinary ability is typically proven through demonstrating sustained national or international acclaim.   Benefits of an EB-1 Green Card EB-1 green cards are particularly desirable for a number of reasons. Read More

How Your Business Can Benefit From an International Workforce

Some businesses look to hire foreign workers out of necessity, while others see it as a way to expand their company. Whatever the reason, there are a number of benefits to hiring an international workforce and, while the process can be challenging at times, many businesses find it’s worth their while.   Shortages of Highly Skilled Workers in the United States The United States has a shortage of highly Read More