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What To Do If Your O-1 Visa Extension Was Denied
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 17, 2020

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 extension is denied is a motion to reopen. This is appropriate when new evidence has come to light that may change the outcome of your case. This motion is essentially a petition to reconsider the case when there is new evidence available. Motion To Reconsider If you and your attorney… Read More

Evidence Requirements For O-1 Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 15, 2020

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 he or she is at the top of their profession. In the arts, the person must demonstrate that they are a leading figure or person of renown. An applicant for an O-1B visa involved in television or movies must show that they are leading or notable persons in the field. O-1A Visa Evidence Requirements Applicants for an O-1A visa must demonstrate extraordinary… Read More

L-2 Visas For Spouses And Children
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 13, 2020

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 remain in the United States as long as your spouse or parent has a valid visa. The initial validity period for an L-1 visa is three years, with the option to extend the period. For L-1A visa holders, the total period allowed is seven years. For an L-1B visa holder, the total period is five years. Employment Authorization An important advantage… Read More

Standards For L Visa Transfers Tightened By State Department
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 9, 2020

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. L-1A visas are used to transfer qualified executives or managers. L-1B visas are used to transfer employees with specialized knowledge. The typical L-1 application process is done in two steps. First, an application is filed with the USCIS, and once that is approved, an application can be filed with the U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad. Transferring an employee can take some time. The… Read More

Understanding The EB-1 Green Card
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 7, 2020

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. There is no enforced wait time, which means applications can be processed more quickly. In addition, it is not necessary to get a labor certification. Because of these benefits, EB-1 applications undergo strict scrutiny and can be difficult to obtain. In order to qualify for an EB-1 green card, you should be able to demonstrate that you fall within one of the following categories: Extraordinary Ability You can demonstrate extraordinary ability… Read More

How Your Business Can Benefit From An International Workforce
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 3, 2020

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 skilled workers in a number of important fields. There is simply not enough local talent in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. If you are having difficulty finding the talent you need in the United States, you should look elsewhere. There are a number of helpful visas available for highly skilled workers to come to this country and work for your… Read More

Do I Need An Attorney For My O Visa Application?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: July 1, 2020

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 to have an experienced immigration attorney on your side. Rigorous Requirements For An O-1 Visa An O-1 visa is designed for people who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field. To qualify as an individual with extraordinary ability, there must be evidence that the individual has received an internationally recognized award, such as a Nobel prize… Read More

Common Reasons For A Denial Of A VAWA Green Card Application
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 29, 2020

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 why they are denied. Submitting Incorrect Forms To The Incorrect Place When filing a petition for a VAWA green card, it is important that you submit the correct forms that are required for the petition. These forms can depend on your status. For instance, if you are facing removal proceedings or if you are facing an adjustment… Read More

The Differences Between An O Visa And A P Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 25, 2020

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 individuals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in the fields of sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, film, or television. Applicants for O visas must show that they have national or international acclaim or that they have received internationally recognized awards. What Is A P Visa? A P visa is available for athletes, entertainers, entertainment groups, and culturally unique… Read More

Trump Considers Increasing Visas For Investors
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 23, 2020

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 EB-5 visa are from China. Many other investors come from South Korea and Taiwan. The EB-5 visa began in 1990 as an effort to help rural areas and economically distressed urban areas. However, over the years, some investors have found a way to increase investment in higher-income areas. For instance, EB-5 visas are sometimes used by property developers in New York City.… Read More

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