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What Is Premium Processing Service?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 17, 2020

Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. When you use Premium Processing Service, the USCIS will issue a decision on your petition or application within 15 calendar days, or your fees are returned. The 15 days begin when the USCIS receives the relevant petition or application along with Request for Premium Processing Form. You file for premium processing if you are applying for the following visas: E-1 or E-2 Treaty Investor H1-B. H2-B, and H3 employee L-1 intracompany transferee O-1 and O-2 individuals with extraordinary ability P athletes or entertainers TN NAFTA professionals The fee for Premium Processing Service is $1,410 and cannot be waived. You can file your request for Premium Processing Service with your original petition or request it later once you decide… Read More

Are eSports Athletes Eligible To Apply For A P-1 Visa?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 14, 2020

In recent years athletes from around the world have come to the United States to participate in eSports tournaments. This came after a 2013 decision when USCIS approved its first P-1 visa for an eSports athlete to participate in a U.S. competition. This demonstrated that USCIS was no longer resistant to considering an eSports gamer an athlete and opened the door to thousands of other eSports athletes. This has helped to broaden the U.S.’s impact on the eSports market. P-1A Visas For eSports Athletes P-1A visas are available to internationally recognized athletes and teams that are coming to the United States to participate in a specific competition. P-1A visas require a high level of achievement in your field. Applicants for P-1A visas mist show that they have a degree of… Read More

Understanding Expedited Removal
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 13, 2020

Expedited removal is a process that allows immigration officers (including lower-level immigration officers) to deport select noncitizens immediately upon encountering them. It generally occurs at Ports of Entry, but you could be subject to expedited removal elsewhere if you are undocumented, it has been two weeks or less since you entered the United States, and you are within 100 miles of the border. You could also be subjected to expedited removal if you are undocumented and have been in the United States for less than two years if you have committed fraud or misrepresented yourself as a U.S. citizen. As its name suggests, expedited removal happens quickly. Sometimes it is over within hours. If you are subject to expedited removal, you will be detained until you are removed. You will not be… Read More

Understanding P Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 10, 2020

A P visa is a temporary work visa that allows outstanding athletes, athletic teams, and entertainment companies, to work in the United States temporarily. P visas are also available for essential support personnel and spouses and dependent children. The length of the P visa depends on the classification and can be extended in some circumstances. P-1 Visas For Athletes And Group Entertainers These visas are available for internationally recognized athletes or individuals who perform as part of a recognized entertainment group. P-1 visas may be granted for up to five years and can be extended once every five years up to 10 years. In order for an athlete to qualify, the person or team must be internationally recognized. This means they have a high level of achievement and possess skill… Read More

What Is An L-1 Blanket Visa?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 7, 2020

An L-1 visa is a visa that allows for the temporary transfer of a foreign worker that is an executive, manager, or falls into the specialized knowledge category, to the United States to continue working for the same employer or its parent, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate. It is a nonimmigrant visa. There are two types of L-1 procedures: L-1 Individual Visa—allows for the transfer of a single individual. L-1 Blanket Visa—allows for the transfer of multiple employees together An L-1 blanket visa petition is an option that allows a company to transfer many employees to the Unites States quickly and on short notice. Often large, multinational corporations will file a blanket L-1 visa petition in order to obtain L-1 visas for their employees that are transferring to offices in the… Read More

Proving Good Moral Character In A VAWA Application
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 3, 2020

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) creates a potential path to citizenship for survivors of domestic violence. Survivors can receive a green card if the abuser was or is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse or parent. A survivor must also meet other criteria, including establishing that they are of good moral character. What Is Good Moral Character? Good moral character has an ambiguous definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act. There are a number of items that will absolutely disqualify someone for a green card, such as criminal activity and engaging in a commercialized vice. These items can be found in INA section 101(f). Officials can make discretionary determination regardless of whether one of the disqualifying items has been met. The inquiry into this requirement generally focuses on the… Read More

Differences Between An O-1 Visa And An EB-1 Green Card
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 31, 2020

For foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities, there are a number of different visas that can be used to work in the United States. Choosing the right one can be a complicated matter. Some people might plan to change from an O-1 visa to an EB-1 green card, and it is important to know the differences. What’s An EB-1 Green Card? An EB-1 green card is for individuals who demonstrate expertise or recognized talent in their specialized field. This includes individuals such as scientists, doctors, researchers, business executives, educators, and other professionals with renowned talent. In order to be eligible for an EB-1, the applicant must have three years of relevant work experience in their field. Once an EB-1 green card is granted, the individual will have permanent residency in the… Read More

Visa Applicants Required To Disclose Social Media Presence
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 27, 2020

In the spring of 2019, the U.S. State Department announced a new policy that would require all visa applicants to submit information about their social media presence. This includes foreign nationals who are applying for immigrant or nonimmigrant visas. Social Media Information Visa applicants must now provide information about every social media platform they have used in the five (5) years prior to their application. They must include the name of the platform and the username or handle that they used on the platform. Applicants are not required to turn over their passwords. Applicants must also provide their email and phone number in addition to any email addresses or phone numbers they have used in the past five years. This social media account information will give consular officials access to an individual’s… Read More

Trump Declares Visa Applicants Must Show Proof Of Healthcare Coverage
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 24, 2020

President Trump announced in October of 2019 that visas will now be denied to immigrants who cannot prove that they have health insurance or the ability to pay for medical costs. This comes as the latest move by the administration to put further restrictions on legal immigration. Proof Of Healthcare Coverage The administration will now require consular officers to bar immigrants seeking to live in the United States unless they can show proof that they “will be covered by approved health insurance” or that they have “the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.” It is unclear what constitutes “approved health insurance,” and the parameters of what is considered adequate financial resources have yet to be established. The proclamation has been in the works for several months and is aimed… Read More

Advantages Of An O-1 Visa Over Other Work Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: January 20, 2020

If your company is looking to bring someone with extraordinary ability to the United States to work, you should consider the O-1 visa as an option. The O-1 visa is designed to allow those at the top of their field in areas like the arts, sciences, sports, education, and business to work in the United States. The O-1 visa has some distinct advantages over other types of work visas. Processing Time Approval for O-1 visas generally takes less time than other types of work visas. You should still plan for about three to four months. If you decide to pay for premium processing, this processing time can be cut down to as little as 15 days. No Annual Quota The second major advantage of O-1 visas is that there is… Read More

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