Businesses Could Be Hit Hard By Increases In Immigration Fees
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 24, 2020

It appears that the Trump administration plans to increase immigration fees for many business applications by 50%. It also will increase the fees paid by workers to become citizens or gain permanent residency. This increase in fees could hit businesses hard. Proposed Rule On Immigration Fees In November of 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule. This rule called for an increase in fees for key business immigration categories. It amounts to, essentially, an increased tax on businesses that use foreign workers. Undermining the argument that an immigrant workforce takes jobs away from Americans is the fact that job openings in the U.S. outnumber the unemployed. The increase in fees will likely not decrease the slow processing times that many have experienced lately. The rules specifically state… Read More

Trump Includes New Countries In U.S. Visa Travel Ban
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 22, 2020

In January of 2020, Trump added new countries to his U.S. visa travel ban. This move will virtually block immigration from Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. It will also block immigration from Myanmar, where Muslims are fleeing genocide. Additional countries include three more African countries: Eritrea, Sudan, and Tanzania. In addition, the former soviet state Kyrgyzstan has been added to the ban. Visa Travel Ban All of the banned countries have substantial Muslim populations. Immigrant visas will be banned for those in Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Kyrgyzstan. Immigrants from Sudan and Tanzania will not be allowed to participate in the diversity lottery, which issues green cards to 50,000 people each year. The latest travel ban took effect on February 22, 2020. Immigrants obtaining visas before then will still be able… Read More

Who Can Sponsor My O-1 Visa Petition?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 17, 2020

Just like most nonimmigrant visas, you cannot self-petition for an O-1 visa. Your O-1 visa petition must be sponsored by an authorized United States-based individual or organization. Even if you want to work for multiple employers as a contractor or freelancer, your petition must be sponsored by those employers or by an agent. Authorized sponsors of an O-1 petition include: United States Employer An employer who will be providing you with a job can sponsor your O-1 visa petition. If you intend to only work one job the entire duration of your visa, then you only need one sponsor. It must be established that the employer has a job offer for you. There must be an agreement on the job description, the wages, and other terms and condition between you… Read More

Tips For Your L-1 Visa Interview
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 13, 2020

As part of your application for an L-1 visa, you will be required to undergo in an in-person interview with a consular officer. The consular officer will primarily be ensuring that you meet all of the requirements of an L-1 visa before issuing the visa. You may be nervous about your L-1 visa interview, so here are some tips to help you prepare. Prior To The L-1 Visa Interview Be sure to arrive at the interview 15-30 minutes in advance. Make sure you are in the right line at the consulate. Make sure that all your documents are in proper order. Make sure that you thoroughly understand all of your documents. If your company offers mock interviews, be sure to attend them. Know the team structure at your current job… Read More

Qualifying Organizations For L-1 Visa Petitions
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 10, 2020

When sponsoring an L-1 visa, there is no restriction on the type of business that can be a sponsor. Corporations, LLCs, government-owned entities, non-profits, and charitable organizations can all be sponsors. There is no requirement that the company be U.S.-owned or incorporated. There are several business entities that may qualify. As long as these entities meet the definition of a “qualified organization,” the foreign national will be granted temporary, nonimmigrant work status in the United States. Branch A branch is an operating division of the same organization that is located in a different place. They are different operating locations of the same company. A multi-national corporation will have branches in different countries. A foreign company with a branch in the United States qualifies for an L-1 visa, as does a… Read More

Advantages Of An O-1 Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 6, 2020

An O-1 visa is very useful if you are looking to temporarily work in the United States. This visa provides substantial advantages, but it can be difficult to obtain. It is necessary to demonstrate that you are an individual with extraordinary ability. In order to qualify for an O-1 visa, you must prove that you have extraordinary achievements in your field. Depending on the category, you must demonstrate extraordinary ability in science, athletics, business, education, or the arts. There is a list of different qualifications for each of these visas and as long as you meet three or more of the requirements you may be able to obtain an O-1 visa. Some of the advantages of an O-1 visa include: Sponsors While you cannot self-petition and you must have a… Read More

Understanding Dual Intent
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 3, 2020

A visa with dual intent allows a foreign national to be present in the United States with the intention of becoming a permanent resident. Most visas require that the applicant intends to eventually return to their home country. Therefore, attempting to adjust your status while on that type of nonimmigrant visa can have a detrimental effect on your immigration possibilities. Nonimmigrant Intent Before receiving a visa, an applicant must make clear their intention to the consular office. If they are not truthful it could be considered fraud and this could have a long-term negative effect on their status. Every consular office presumes that someone is an immigrant unless they can establish nonimmigrant intent. To prove nonimmigrant intent, an individual should show that they have a permanent residence in their country… Read More

Approval Rate For P Visas Significantly Decreases Under Trump
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 30, 2020

Under the Trump administration, it is becoming more difficult for foreign-born athletes who want to work or live in the United States. These athletes are among the thousands of prospective immigrants who claim that they have exceptional levels of achievement. They face the hurdle of the administration’s efforts to more tightly control immigration. P Visas P visas allow athletes and artists to live and work in the United States for the duration of their visas. P visas also allow spouses and children of these individuals to live in the U.S. In addition, a P visa can allow for coaches and trainers to accompany the P visa holder. Under the Trump administration, P visa holders have had to jump through more hoops to get approval. From the end of the fiscal… Read More

Differences Between An E-2 Visa And An EB-5 Green Card For Investors
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 27, 2020

Foreign investors have different options when it comes to moving to the United States. Among the best ways are E-2 visas and EB-5 green cards. Each of these avenues have different requirements and your choice will depend on your individual situation. E-2 Visa Requirements In order to be eligible for an E-2 visa you must be from one of the treaty countries. You must invest substantial funds, generally around $150,000, and have at least 50% ownership in the business. You must also have a strong business plan and work on developing and directing the business. There are no quotas on E-2 visas and the processing time is fairly quick. However, there is no long-term certainty with an E-2 visa and they are only approved for up to five years at a… Read More

O-1 Visas Are Underutilized
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 23, 2020

For years, businesses have focused on using the H1-B visa in order to get highly talented employees to the United States. However, since early 2017, obtaining work authorization as a highly-skilled employee has become more difficult. Over recent years there have been significant delays and an increase in denials. Applicants must also overcome the hurdle of being selected in the lottery for visas. In the wake of these issues, there is a visa that many businesses have overlooked that is being underutilized. The O-1, extraordinary ability visa may be available to many highly skilled professionals and should be a consideration. This visa is the closest the United States has to a merit-based visa. Unlike other visas the O-1 visa focuses on an individual’s past proven ability. Underutilization According to State… Read More

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