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P Visas For Coaches And Trainers
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 16, 2020

When an athlete is granted a P visa to come to the United States to compete, they frequently require the services of their coach or trainers. It can be essential to an athlete’s performance to have these individuals accompany them. Support Personnel A trainer or coach may be able to obtain a P1-S visa if they are considered essential support personnel. Individuals who may be considered essential support personnel include coaches, trainers, referees, nutritionists, translators, scouts, and other team officials. A single professional athlete may require multiple individuals as essential support personnel. The individual must be considered necessary for the performance of the athlete who is traveling to the United States. Support personnel can travel with a P-1 athlete as long as they can demonstrate that: The individual is an… Read More

L-1 Visas When Opening A New Office
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 13, 2020

If you are a foreign company looking to open a new office in the United States, then an L-1 visa can be a very useful tool. L-1 visas can help you bring over the necessary managers, executives, and employees with specialized knowledge that you need to successfully open a new office. New Office Requirements A new office means an organization that has been doing business in the United States through a parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary for less than one year. Requirements for opening a new office will depend on whether you are utilizing an L-1A visa or an L-1B visa. L-1 visas are initially available for one (1) year but can qualify for extensions. To open a new office, there is no requirement of minimum capital investment. An investment… Read More

Reasons For A P Visa Denial
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 9, 2020

P visas are a temporary nonimmigrant employment visa that is granted to foreign athletes and entertainers. It is also available for spouses and children and support personnel. P visas are a useful tool for athletes and entertainers who want to play or perform in the United States.However, even if you are an athlete or an entertainer, a P visa is not guaranteed. There are some common reasons for a P visa denial. Insufficient Documentation In order to qualify for a P visa, an applicant must demonstrate that they are an internationally recognized athlete or an entertainer or artist recognized for excellence in their field. In order to ensure that your P visa application is complete, you must provide evidence that you meet these qualifications. If the evidence and documentation presented… Read More

Evidence To Prove Your VAWA Green Card Case
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 6, 2020

When you file an application for residency in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), you must provide evidence establishing that you meet the eligibility requirements. There are a number of different types of evidence that can help your application. Personal Declaration You must submit a detailed declaration describing your relationship with the abuser. You must also include other details regarding your eligibility. The declaration should include details about how you met the abuser and how the relationship progressed. It may be painful, but details about the abuse should also be included. You should also describe why you are a person of good moral character. Evidence Of Good Moral Character You should include police clearance records from any place you lived for more than six months in… Read More

Becoming A Citizen Through Investment
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 2, 2020

There are many ways to become a citizen or obtain a green card in the United States. One of these ways is to invest money in U.S. projects. The EB-5 program allows immigrants who invest $500,000 or more in U.S. projects to obtain green cards as long as these investments created ten or more jobs. This has become a very popular program in recent years and has resulted in millions of dollars of investment in the United States. It is also a helpful tool for U.S. developers and businesses. What Is The EB-5 Visa Program? The EB-5 visa, also known as the golden visa, provides green cards for individuals who invest $500,000 or more, depending on the location, in projects in the United States. In order to qualify for an EB-5, the… Read More

O Visas For Spouses
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 28, 2020

An O-1 visa is available for those individuals who have extraordinary ability and have demonstrated excellence in their field. Individuals who qualify for O-1 visas can come to the United States with their spouses and children. Spouses and children are issued O-3 visas. Eligibility For O-3 Visas In order to qualify for an O-3 visa, one must prove that they are the spouse of an O-1 visa holder and must provide sufficient evidence to prove this fact. In addition, you must not be inadmissible based on your criminal history or on health grounds. There are two filing options available for an O-3 visa based on whether you are in the United States or in another country. Application Process If you are already in the United States, you can file your… Read More

Should I Bring An Attorney To My Immigration Interview?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 26, 2020

In some visa and green card applications, an in-person interview with a USCIS adjudicator is a required step in the process. An applicant is allowed to bring an attorney to this interview. A frequent question that is asked by applicants is whether or not they should bring an attorney to their immigration interview. There are some important reasons why it might be a wise idea to bring an attorney. Help Explaining Facts And Making Legal Arguments There may be times during the interview when a question by the adjudicator or an answer by the applicant requires some clarification. An attorney can help make sure that everyone understands each other and is on the same page. In addition, if a case has a factual or legal issue, the attorney can help… Read More

Converting An O-1 Visa To An EB1-A Green Card
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 24, 2020

An O-1 visa is available to foreign nationals who possess extraordinary ability in sciences, education, business, or athletics or who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry or the arts. A green card is available for individuals with the same achievements to obtain permanent residence in the United States. However, the evidentiary requirements to establish “extraordinary ability” for an O-1 visa are different from those required for an EB1-A green card. Some people with an O-1 visa may reach a level in their careers where they can qualify for an EB1-A green card. In those instances, they may decide to “upgrade” to a green card based on their eligibility. EB1-A green cards are reserved for a small percentage of individuals at the very top of their… Read More

Work Restrictions On O-1 Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 21, 2020

Compared to most nonimmigrant visas, working on an O-1 visa is fairly flexible. However, there are some work restrictions attached to this type of visa, and it is important to understand these restrictions. Sponsorship Of An O-1 Visa Many people assume that similar to an EB-1 green card, they can sponsor their own O-1 visa application because both types of applications are based on extraordinary abilities. However, the law states that an O-1 visa application must be sponsored by an employer or an O-1 visa agent. An O-1 visa agent is someone who professionally represents you and your employer. There are a few exceptions to this requirement. Changing Employers Holders of O-1 visas may change employers or work for multiple employers. However, there are some restrictions on this practice. If… Read More

Trump Planning Tweaks To H1-B And L-1 Visas Requirements
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 19, 2020

In a recently released Unified Agenda for the Department of Homeland Security, the Trump administration proposed forthcoming rules. These new immigration regulations, if enacted, could have a profound effect on H1-B and L-1 visa holders. H1-B Visas Under more restrictive Trump administration policies, the denial rates for H1-B visas have increased significantly. According to an analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy, the denial rates have gone from 6% to 24% in the last four years. Further regulations could lead to increased denials and become a burden on employers and highly skilled foreign workers. The proposed H1-B rule would revise the definitions of specialty occupation, employment, and employer-employee relationship. DHS also plans to propose additional requirements that would affect the wages paid to H1-B visa holders. It is believed that the Trump… Read More

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