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The Benefits Of An L Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 8, 2020

In order for a foreign national to work in the United States, they need to obtain a work visa. One of the most widely used and useful work visas is the L visa, which allows a temporary worker to come to the United States for an extended period of time. What Is An L Visa? This type of visa allows a foreign company to transfer certain employees to work for an affiliated U.S. company. It is a nonimmigrant visa that is temporary in nature. An L-1A visa is used to transfer a company’s executives and/or managers. An L-1B visa is used for individuals with specialized knowledge. An L-2 visa is used for family members of an L-1 visa holder. Benefits Of The Visa One benefit of anL visa is that… Read More

EB-1 Green Cards For Athletes
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 6, 2020

Teams in the United States have been recruiting foreign athletes from around the world to compete in sports like soccer, baseball, and football. In addition, state of the art training facilities make the United States an attractive location for high caliber athletes to train for international competitions like the Olympics. In some cases, these athletes may want to become permanent United States residents. This is where EB-1 green cards can be helpful. Extraordinary Ability An EB-1 visa and green card is available for foreign nationals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, and athletics. To obtain an EB-1 visa, an athlete must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in their sport, plan to work in the sport in the United States, and demonstrate that their work in… Read More

E-2 Treaty Investor Requirements
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: May 4, 2020

While there are many ways to live and work in the United States, the E-2 treaty investor visa represents a way that you can build your own business. The application for an E-2 visa is not overly complicated. However, there are a number of requirements to keep in mind. Requirements For An E-2 Treaty Investor In order to qualify for an E-2 visa, a treaty investor must: Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation. These treaty countries can be found here. Have invested or be actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital in a bona fide enterprise in the United States. Be seeking to enter the United States solely to develop and direct the investment enterprise.… Read More

5 Misconceptions About The O-1 Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 30, 2020

An O-1 visa is a useful tool for those foreign nationals with extraordinary ability who wish to work in the United States. However, there are some common misconceptions. I Can Work For Multiple Employers On An O-1 Visa With very few exceptions, nearly every work visa in the United States must be tied to a specific employer. An O-1 sponsor does not have to be an employer in the strictest sense. An individual can work for an agent and then perform work for multiple clients through that agent. However, if an individual wishes to work for multiple employers or multiple agents, they would have to be sponsored under multiple concurrent petitions. In addition, if an O visa holder wishes to change employers, they would have to file a new petition… Read More

Four Ways Coronavirus Can Impact Your Immigration Situation
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 29, 2020

As the United States responds to coronavirus, many immigrants are feeling frightened and confused about how this will impact them. While things are changing quickly and it’s difficult to be certain of what we can expect, our team is here for you and wants to help. In today’s blog, we’re looking at a few of the ways COVID-19 has affected the immigration process and what these changes mean for you. 1. Limited Travel Across The United States And Mexico Border As of March 20th and until at least April 20th, non-essential travel between the United States and Mexico has been forbidden. Essential travel includes U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents re-entering the United States, travel for medical purposes, travel for education, travel for work, travel for emergency response, cross-border trade,… Read More

American Medical Association Wants Visa Process Opened Up To Meet Physician Demand
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 28, 2020

The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging the Trump administration to open up the visa process to allow more foreign physicians to enter the country. This request comes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic when there is a greater need for doctors across the country. The AMA wants foreign doctors to quickly become part of the workforce. In a March letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, the AMA urged an opening in the visa process at embassies and consulates worldwide for physicians seeking to enter U.S. residency programs in July. The AMA also urged public confirmation that J-1 physicians could be redeployed to new rotations. The Importance Of An Open Process There was already a physician shortage in the United States, even before… Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About O Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 28, 2020

O visas are a useful tool for individuals of extraordinary ability who wish to work in the United States. Here are some frequently asked questions: What Is The Purpose Of An O Visa? The O visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to those individuals, and their families and support personnel, who demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry. What Are The Benefits Of An O-1 Visa? Unlike with an H1-B visa, there is no lottery that an employee has to go through for an O-1 visa. O visas can be issued fairly quickly and are granted for a maximum of three years with unlimited one-year extensions. O-1 visa holders may… Read More

Businesses Could Be Hit Hard By Increases In Immigration Fees
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 24, 2020

It appears that the Trump administration plans to increase immigration fees for many business applications by 50%. It also will increase the fees paid by workers to become citizens or gain permanent residency. This increase in fees could hit businesses hard. Proposed Rule On Immigration Fees In November of 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule. This rule called for an increase in fees for key business immigration categories. It amounts to, essentially, an increased tax on businesses that use foreign workers. Undermining the argument that an immigrant workforce takes jobs away from Americans is the fact that job openings in the U.S. outnumber the unemployed. The increase in fees will likely not decrease the slow processing times that many have experienced lately. The rules specifically state… Read More

Trump Includes New Countries In U.S. Visa Travel Ban
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 22, 2020

In January of 2020, Trump added new countries to his U.S. visa travel ban. This move will virtually block immigration from Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. It will also block immigration from Myanmar, where Muslims are fleeing genocide. Additional countries include three more African countries: Eritrea, Sudan, and Tanzania. In addition, the former soviet state Kyrgyzstan has been added to the ban. Visa Travel Ban All of the banned countries have substantial Muslim populations. Immigrant visas will be banned for those in Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Kyrgyzstan. Immigrants from Sudan and Tanzania will not be allowed to participate in the diversity lottery, which issues green cards to 50,000 people each year. The latest travel ban took effect on February 22, 2020. Immigrants obtaining visas before then will still be able… Read More

Who Can Sponsor My O-1 Visa Petition?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 17, 2020

Just like most nonimmigrant visas, you cannot self-petition for an O-1 visa. Your O-1 visa petition must be sponsored by an authorized United States-based individual or organization. Even if you want to work for multiple employers as a contractor or freelancer, your petition must be sponsored by those employers or by an agent. Authorized sponsors of an O-1 petition include: United States Employer An employer who will be providing you with a job can sponsor your O-1 visa petition. If you intend to only work one job the entire duration of your visa, then you only need one sponsor. It must be established that the employer has a job offer for you. There must be an agreement on the job description, the wages, and other terms and condition between you… Read More

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