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O-1 Visa To Green Card
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 23, 2020

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 card. There are some important steps you should take to change your status from an O-1 visa to a green card. Choose Your Green Card First, you should determine which green card is right for you. Because the requirements are similar to those of an O-1 visa, many choose to pursue… Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About L-1 Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 19, 2020

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 companies that are related to or affiliated with United States corporations. As long as the specific requirements of the visa are met, nationals from all countries are welcome to use it. What Are The Advantages Of An L-1 Visa? An L-1 visa allows an individual to: Work in the United States for an organization that is a subsidiary, branch, affiliate,… Read More

Responding To Requests For Evidence
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 17, 2020

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 Request For Evidence Doesn’t Mean You’ll Be Denied You shouldn’t panic if you receive an RFE. It doesn’t mean that your application is going to be denied. It only means that the immigration official reviewing your application needs more information in order to make a decision. USCIS has the power to deny an application without ever issuing an RFE, so the fact that you’re given… Read More

Citizenship Through Investment
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 15, 2020

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 rights and privileges. Becoming A Citizen Through Investment To become a United States citizen through investment, an applicant must first seek an investor program visa. Under the new EB-5 rules, prospective applicants must invest at least $900,000 or $1.8 million depending on where they are investing. In addition to the monetary investment, the project must also create or preserve at least 10 US jobs for… Read More

Public Charge Rule Will Not Affect VAWA Applicants
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 11, 2020

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 and will not affect VAWA applicants. Public Charge Rule The new public charge rule took effect on February 24, 2020. The new rule affects people who are applying for visas and green cards within the United States. They are seeking an Adjustment of Status. While there has always been some type of public charge rule, it has now been expanded and… Read More

Visa Options For Athletes
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 9, 2020

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 an O-1 visa, an athlete must demonstrate that they have a “level of expertise indicating that they are one of the small percentage who has risen to the top of their field of endeavor.” P-1 Visa Athletes who cannot meet the high standards of an O-1 visa may qualify for a P-1 visa. In order to qualify… Read More

What If You’re At Risk Of Overstaying Your Visa Due To The Pandemic?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 8, 2020

Navigating immigration processes can be stressful at any time. During a global pandemic, the situation can become even more complicated. For instance, what do you do if you’re in the United States and at risk for overstaying your visa? Overstaying Your Visa Overstaying your visa can come with a cost. In the worst-case scenario, you may be prevented from entering the United States or from applying for another visa. If you overstay your visa from between 6 months to a year, you may be banned for at least three years. If you overstay longer than a year, you can be barred for ten years. Given the travel restrictions, it’s difficult to just book yourself a flight to your home country. So what do you do? The USCIS has issued a set… Read More

Should You Apply For A U Visa Or Under Vawa?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 5, 2020

If you are the victim of abuse, you have some options when it comes to your immigration status. The U visa is available for victims of serious crime and self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) are available for victims of domestic abuse. Both forms of relief provide a path to citizenship. There are some factors that can help you decide which visa applies to your situation. Cap On U Visas, No Cap On VAWA Petitions One downside to a U visa is that there only a limited number of visas available. There is a limit of 10,000 per year. This cap is usually met before the end of the year. This means that you may be able to apply for a visa until the following year. With VAWA… Read More

Massive Layoffs Affect The Status Of Foreign Workers
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 4, 2020

Shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to millions of workers across the country being laid off from their jobs. This has been a hardship for many people, but for those in the United States on work visas, the situation has become particularly tenuous. Workers On H-1B Visas H-1B visas are specialty visas granted to foreign workers who have at least a four-year college degree. This visa program is commonly associated with the tech sector but is also available for workers in healthcare, academia, and other fields. The United States puts a cap of 65,000 visas every year. When the number of applications exceeds the cap, which it typically does, then the applications processed are chosen by a lottery system. Most H-1B visa holders have made multiple attempts before… Read More

O-1 Visa Requests For Evidence
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 3, 2020

Requests for evidence have become an increasingly common trend for O-1 visa applications. These requests for evidence, or “RFEs,” require documentation demonstrating the extraordinary ability of O-1 visa applicants. According to USCIS data, in 2019, there was a close to 30% rate of RFEs. This is the highest level since 2015. What Is A Request For Evidence? When there is a lack of documentation or supporting evidence in a visa petition, the USCIS will send an RFE. If there is any claim in a petition that is not well-supported, an RFE will be issued and sent to the applicant. Your application processing will then be placed on hold until you have provided the requested evidence. The RFE will contain a deadline for submitting the evidence, and failure to meet this… Read More

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