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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

Trump’s Public Charge Rule Will Not Affect O Visa Applicants
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: June 1, 2020

In January of 2020, a divided Supreme Court allowed US officials to implement the so-called “public charge” rule. The rule, which was unveiled in August of 2019, is expected to result in serious restrictions on immigration. It expands the definition of an individual who is or could be an economic burden on the United States. Public Charge Rule The public charge rule gives immigration officials more power to deny visa and green card applications from immigrants who, in the opinion of the United States government, rely or could potentially rely on certain government-offered benefits. Similar rules were previously in place, but the new rule focuses more on cash benefits. Immigration caseworkers can now consider an immigrant’s enrollment in a wide range of federally funded programs in areas such as healthcare… Read More

O-1 Visas For Software Engineers
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 28, 2020

Work visas in the United States are designed for the different skills that individual workers have. When applying for a work visa, it is important to choose the one that works best for your career goals. If you are a software engineer, you should consider applying for an O-1 visa. As a software engineer, there are a few important advantages to having an O-1 visa, including: Working For Multiple Employers O-1 visas are one of the most flexible nonimmigrant visas in the United States. You are allowed to work for an employer or organization or pick up multiple jobs from different employers. Period Of Stay O-1 visas have an initial stay period of three years. This stay can be renewed in one-year increments for as long as you have a… Read More

Advantages And Disadvantages Of E-2 Treaty Investor Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 26, 2020

E-2 treaty investor visas offer foreign nationals an opportunity to begin their own business in the United States. Compared to other visas, it is not as complicated to apply for. However, it does come with some stringent requirements. There are both advantages and disadvantages to E-2 treaty investor visas. Advantages Of The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa One of the main advantages of an E-2 treaty investor visa is that you have the ability to conduct business in the United States and be employed by that business. You must play a vital role in the business in order to be eligible for the visa. This can be demonstrated by showing ownership of more than 50% or operational control through a managerial position. In addition, there is no minimum or maximum amount… Read More

P Visas For Artists
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 22, 2020

The United States has always been an important destination for artists around the world and the United States has always been welcoming. From amateurs to professionals, artists and performers are eager to show off their skill to American audiences. P visas are available for artists and performers who wish to show off their talents in the United States. P-1 Visa The P-1 visa is available for artists who will be performing as part of a group project. This type of visa is generally not available for individual artists. The group must be recognized internationally as outstanding for a sustained and substantial amount of time. Along with the artists and performers, support personnel who are essential to the performance may also obtain a visa. They must perform support services that cannot… Read More

Legal Immigration Declines
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 20, 2020

Legal immigration to the United States has fallen by 11% in the wake of many restrictive immigration policies put into place by the Trump administration. Through these policies, Trump has done more to restrict immigration than a border wall could accomplish. Two of these new policies went into effect in February 2020, an expanded travel ban that included Nigeria, and strict wealth tests on green card applicants. Legal Immigration Down The number of people who obtained permanent legal status in the United States, besides refugees that had previously entered, was down to 940,877 in the 2018 fiscal year from 1,063,289 in the 2016 fiscal year. This was according to an analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy. Four years ago, legal immigration was at its highest level since 2006.… Read More

Do I Need An Attorney For My Visa Application?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 18, 2020

When applying for work visas or other types of visas, people often ask themselves if they really need an immigration attorney to help them through the process. At first glance, the forms and instructions seem rather straightforward. You are not required to have an attorney, and the decision to hire one is personal. However, there are some important reasons why you may want to hire an attorney for your visa application. Figuring Out Your Options If you are a skilled worker or an employer hoping to hire one, you have many options for working in the United States. However, not all of these options will be right for you, and there may be some options that you have never considered. For instance, while there has been an increase in L… Read More

Increase In VAWA Petitions Flagged For Fraud
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 14, 2020

Since the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013, the number of applications for “domestic violence green cards” has risen steadily. However, as the number of applications has increased, the percentage of applications flagged as possibly fraudulent has risen at an even faster rate. Fraud referrals have more than quadrupled over the last five years. This has many advocates concerned about the future of these green cards. Harm To Victims Under VAWA, an individual may be eligible for a green card, if they have been the victim of domestic violence. Victims can self-petition for a green card if they can establish that they have endured domestic violence at the hands of a United States citizen or permanent resident. The availability of this green card has been a… Read More

P Visas For Entertainers
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 12, 2020

The P category of visas is for foreign nationals who intend to come to the United States to perform either in athletics or entertainment. It is the visa of choice for those who may not have the “extraordinary ability” necessary to qualify for an O visa. If you are an entertainer or group of entertainers seeking to perform in the United States, you should be aware of the different types of P visas available and the requirements for each category. P-1 Visa P-1 visas are available for entertainers who will be performing in a group. An individual will generally not be eligible for a P-1 visa. A P-1 visa will be granted to an entertainment group based on its own international reputation. They must be “internationally recognized” which is defined… Read More

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