Do I Need an Attorney for My O Visa Application?

If your employer is petitioning on your behalf for an O-1 visa, then it means that you must be a person of extraordinary ability. There are some important requirements that must be met in order to qualify for an O-1 visa, and if you don't sufficiently demonstrate that you meet those requirements, then your petition may be denied. While an attorney is not a requirement for an O-1 visa petition, it can be very helpful Read More

Common Reasons for a Denial of a VAWA Green Card Application

If you are a survivor of abuse and are married to a United States citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to obtain a green card by filing a self-petition under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA program is a helpful tool for domestic abuse survivors to stay permanently in the United States without the assistance of their spouses. However, petitions can be denied, and there are some common reasons Read More

The Differences Between an O Visa and a P Visa

When seeking visas for entertainers and athletes, the two most common visas considered are the O visa and the P visa. Both visas are nonimmigrant visas that are used for the purpose of coming to the United States to perform a sport or craft. However, there are some important differences to consider when deciding which visa is the right one for you.   What is an O Visa? An O Visa is available for those Read More

Trump Considers Increasing Visas for Investors

A controversial proposal that would boost the number of wealthy immigrant investors allowed in the United States under the EB-5 investor program is now under consideration by the Trump administration. The proposal would significantly boost up the capped total from 10,000 to 75,000 and reduce the required investment by half from $900,000 to $450,000. More than half of the investors who come to the United States on an Read More

O-1 Visa to Green Card

Although obtaining an O-1 visa is no small feat, the advantages are tremendous. One of the greatest advantages is that you are permitted to have dual intent when you have an O-1 visa. This means that you can intend to apply for permanent residency while in the United States on your O-1 visa. Not every visa is a dual intent visa. With an O-1 visa, your status will not be jeopardized if you decide to apply for a green Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About L-1 Visas

L-1 visas are useful tools for businesses that are attempting to transfer workers over to an office in the United States. Here are some frequently asked questions about L-1 visas:   What is an L-1 Visa? An L-1 visa is one of the most useful immigration tools for foreign companies looking to make ties with the United States. This visa facilitates the transfer of key employees to the United States from Read More

Responding to Requests for Evidence

If you have filed an application for a visa and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) needs more information, they will likely issue a request for evidence (RFE). You are required to respond within the timeframe indicated, usually between 30 and 90 days. The immigration official needs this information to process your application and have enough information to come to a favorable decision.   A Read More

Citizenship Through Investment

One of the fastest and most reliable ways that a foreign national can become a United States citizen is through investment in the country. Becoming a citizen by investment requires an EB-5 green card. Foreign nationals from countries across the world have taken advantage of this very beneficial green card. Through this program, you can receive permanent residence and eventually citizenship with all of the attached Read More

Public Charge Rule Will Not Affect VAWA Applicants

US immigration officials are allowed to deny visas and green cards to individuals who fail to meet certain criteria. Under the "public charge rule," which was approved by a divided Supreme Court, these officials can now deny entry to a number of individuals. This will have a detrimental effect on legal immigration to the United States. However, the public charge rule does not apply to all categories of immigration Read More

Visa Options for Athletes

Just like anyone else who intends to come to the United States to work, athletes must have the appropriate visa or green card in order to perform their sport. There are a number of different options available, and you may want to consult with an attorney to determine what is the right visa for you. O-1 Visa O-1 visas are available for those individuals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field. To obtain Read More