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Tips For Your L-1 Visa Interview
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 13, 2020

As part of your application for an L-1 visa, you will be required to undergo in an in-person interview with a consular officer. The consular officer will primarily be ensuring that you meet all of the requirements of an L-1 visa before issuing the visa. You may be nervous about your L-1 visa interview, so here are some tips to help you prepare. Prior To The L-1 Visa Interview Be sure to arrive at the interview 15-30 minutes in advance. Make sure you are in the right line at the consulate. Make sure that all your documents are in proper order. Make sure that you thoroughly understand all of your documents. If your company offers mock interviews, be sure to attend them. Know the team structure at your current job… Read More

Qualifying Organizations For L-1 Visa Petitions
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 10, 2020

When sponsoring an L-1 visa, there is no restriction on the type of business that can be a sponsor. Corporations, LLCs, government-owned entities, non-profits, and charitable organizations can all be sponsors. There is no requirement that the company be U.S.-owned or incorporated. There are several business entities that may qualify. As long as these entities meet the definition of a “qualified organization,” the foreign national will be granted temporary, nonimmigrant work status in the United States. Branch A branch is an operating division of the same organization that is located in a different place. They are different operating locations of the same company. A multi-national corporation will have branches in different countries. A foreign company with a branch in the United States qualifies for an L-1 visa, as does a… Read More

Advantages Of An O-1 Visa
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 6, 2020

An O-1 visa is very useful if you are looking to temporarily work in the United States. This visa provides substantial advantages, but it can be difficult to obtain. It is necessary to demonstrate that you are an individual with extraordinary ability. In order to qualify for an O-1 visa, you must prove that you have extraordinary achievements in your field. Depending on the category, you must demonstrate extraordinary ability in science, athletics, business, education, or the arts. There is a list of different qualifications for each of these visas and as long as you meet three or more of the requirements you may be able to obtain an O-1 visa. Some of the advantages of an O-1 visa include: Sponsors While you cannot self-petition and you must have a… Read More

Understanding Dual Intent
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: April 3, 2020

A visa with dual intent allows a foreign national to be present in the United States with the intention of becoming a permanent resident. Most visas require that the applicant intends to eventually return to their home country. Therefore, attempting to adjust your status while on that type of nonimmigrant visa can have a detrimental effect on your immigration possibilities. Nonimmigrant Intent Before receiving a visa, an applicant must make clear their intention to the consular office. If they are not truthful it could be considered fraud and this could have a long-term negative effect on their status. Every consular office presumes that someone is an immigrant unless they can establish nonimmigrant intent. To prove nonimmigrant intent, an individual should show that they have a permanent residence in their country… Read More

Approval Rate For P Visas Significantly Decreases Under Trump
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 30, 2020

Under the Trump administration, it is becoming more difficult for foreign-born athletes who want to work or live in the United States. These athletes are among the thousands of prospective immigrants who claim that they have exceptional levels of achievement. They face the hurdle of the administration’s efforts to more tightly control immigration. P Visas P visas allow athletes and artists to live and work in the United States for the duration of their visas. P visas also allow spouses and children of these individuals to live in the U.S. In addition, a P visa can allow for coaches and trainers to accompany the P visa holder. Under the Trump administration, P visa holders have had to jump through more hoops to get approval. From the end of the fiscal… Read More

Differences Between An E-2 Visa And An EB-5 Green Card For Investors
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 27, 2020

Foreign investors have different options when it comes to moving to the United States. Among the best ways are E-2 visas and EB-5 green cards. Each of these avenues have different requirements and your choice will depend on your individual situation. E-2 Visa Requirements In order to be eligible for an E-2 visa you must be from one of the treaty countries. You must invest substantial funds, generally around $150,000, and have at least 50% ownership in the business. You must also have a strong business plan and work on developing and directing the business. There are no quotas on E-2 visas and the processing time is fairly quick. However, there is no long-term certainty with an E-2 visa and they are only approved for up to five years at a… Read More

O-1 Visas Are Underutilized
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 23, 2020

For years, businesses have focused on using the H1-B visa in order to get highly talented employees to the United States. However, since early 2017, obtaining work authorization as a highly-skilled employee has become more difficult. Over recent years there have been significant delays and an increase in denials. Applicants must also overcome the hurdle of being selected in the lottery for visas. In the wake of these issues, there is a visa that many businesses have overlooked that is being underutilized. The O-1, extraordinary ability visa may be available to many highly skilled professionals and should be a consideration. This visa is the closest the United States has to a merit-based visa. Unlike other visas the O-1 visa focuses on an individual’s past proven ability. Underutilization According to State… Read More

P Visas For Coaches And Trainers
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 16, 2020

When an athlete is granted a P visa to come to the United States to compete, they frequently require the services of their coach or trainers. It can be essential to an athlete’s performance to have these individuals accompany them. Support Personnel A trainer or coach may be able to obtain a P1-S visa if they are considered essential support personnel. Individuals who may be considered essential support personnel include coaches, trainers, referees, nutritionists, translators, scouts, and other team officials. A single professional athlete may require multiple individuals as essential support personnel. The individual must be considered necessary for the performance of the athlete who is traveling to the United States. Support personnel can travel with a P-1 athlete as long as they can demonstrate that: The individual is an… Read More

L-1 Visas When Opening A New Office
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 13, 2020

If you are a foreign company looking to open a new office in the United States, then an L-1 visa can be a very useful tool. L-1 visas can help you bring over the necessary managers, executives, and employees with specialized knowledge that you need to successfully open a new office. New Office Requirements A new office means an organization that has been doing business in the United States through a parent, affiliate, branch, or subsidiary for less than one year. Requirements for opening a new office will depend on whether you are utilizing an L-1A visa or an L-1B visa. L-1 visas are initially available for one (1) year but can qualify for extensions. To open a new office, there is no requirement of minimum capital investment. An investment… Read More

Reasons For A P Visa Denial
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 9, 2020

P visas are a temporary nonimmigrant employment visa that is granted to foreign athletes and entertainers. It is also available for spouses and children and support personnel. P visas are a useful tool for athletes and entertainers who want to play or perform in the United States.However, even if you are an athlete or an entertainer, a P visa is not guaranteed. There are some common reasons for a P visa denial. Insufficient Documentation In order to qualify for a P visa, an applicant must demonstrate that they are an internationally recognized athlete or an entertainer or artist recognized for excellence in their field. In order to ensure that your P visa application is complete, you must provide evidence that you meet these qualifications. If the evidence and documentation presented… Read More

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