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Evidence To Prove Your VAWA Green Card Case
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 6, 2020

When you file an application for residency in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), you must provide evidence establishing that you meet the eligibility requirements. There are a number of different types of evidence that can help your application. Personal Declaration You must submit a detailed declaration describing your relationship with the abuser. You must also include other details regarding your eligibility. The declaration should include details about how you met the abuser and how the relationship progressed. It may be painful, but details about the abuse should also be included. You should also describe why you are a person of good moral character. Evidence Of Good Moral Character You should include police clearance records from any place you lived for more than six months in… Read More

Becoming A Citizen Through Investment
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: March 2, 2020

There are many ways to become a citizen or obtain a green card in the United States. One of these ways is to invest money in U.S. projects. The EB-5 program allows immigrants who invest $500,000 or more in U.S. projects to obtain green cards as long as these investments created ten or more jobs. This has become a very popular program in recent years and has resulted in millions of dollars of investment in the United States. It is also a helpful tool for U.S. developers and businesses. What Is The EB-5 Visa Program? The EB-5 visa, also known as the golden visa, provides green cards for individuals who invest $500,000 or more, depending on the location, in projects in the United States. In order to qualify for an EB-5, the… Read More

O Visas For Spouses
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 28, 2020

An O-1 visa is available for those individuals who have extraordinary ability and have demonstrated excellence in their field. Individuals who qualify for O-1 visas can come to the United States with their spouses and children. Spouses and children are issued O-3 visas. Eligibility For O-3 Visas In order to qualify for an O-3 visa, one must prove that they are the spouse of an O-1 visa holder and must provide sufficient evidence to prove this fact. In addition, you must not be inadmissible based on your criminal history or on health grounds. There are two filing options available for an O-3 visa based on whether you are in the United States or in another country. Application Process If you are already in the United States, you can file your… Read More

Should I Bring An Attorney To My Immigration Interview?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 26, 2020

In some visa and green card applications, an in-person interview with a USCIS adjudicator is a required step in the process. An applicant is allowed to bring an attorney to this interview. A frequent question that is asked by applicants is whether or not they should bring an attorney to their immigration interview. There are some important reasons why it might be a wise idea to bring an attorney. Help Explaining Facts And Making Legal Arguments There may be times during the interview when a question by the adjudicator or an answer by the applicant requires some clarification. An attorney can help make sure that everyone understands each other and is on the same page. In addition, if a case has a factual or legal issue, the attorney can help… Read More

Converting An O-1 Visa To An EB1-A Green Card
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 24, 2020

An O-1 visa is available to foreign nationals who possess extraordinary ability in sciences, education, business, or athletics or who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry or the arts. A green card is available for individuals with the same achievements to obtain permanent residence in the United States. However, the evidentiary requirements to establish “extraordinary ability” for an O-1 visa are different from those required for an EB1-A green card. Some people with an O-1 visa may reach a level in their careers where they can qualify for an EB1-A green card. In those instances, they may decide to “upgrade” to a green card based on their eligibility. EB1-A green cards are reserved for a small percentage of individuals at the very top of their… Read More

Work Restrictions On O-1 Visas
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 21, 2020

Compared to most nonimmigrant visas, working on an O-1 visa is fairly flexible. However, there are some work restrictions attached to this type of visa, and it is important to understand these restrictions. Sponsorship Of An O-1 Visa Many people assume that similar to an EB-1 green card, they can sponsor their own O-1 visa application because both types of applications are based on extraordinary abilities. However, the law states that an O-1 visa application must be sponsored by an employer or an O-1 visa agent. An O-1 visa agent is someone who professionally represents you and your employer. There are a few exceptions to this requirement. Changing Employers Holders of O-1 visas may change employers or work for multiple employers. However, there are some restrictions on this practice. If… Read More

Trump Planning Tweaks To H1-B And L-1 Visas Requirements
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 19, 2020

In a recently released Unified Agenda for the Department of Homeland Security, the Trump administration proposed forthcoming rules. These new immigration regulations, if enacted, could have a profound effect on H1-B and L-1 visa holders. H1-B Visas Under more restrictive Trump administration policies, the denial rates for H1-B visas have increased significantly. According to an analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy, the denial rates have gone from 6% to 24% in the last four years. Further regulations could lead to increased denials and become a burden on employers and highly skilled foreign workers. The proposed H1-B rule would revise the definitions of specialty occupation, employment, and employer-employee relationship. DHS also plans to propose additional requirements that would affect the wages paid to H1-B visa holders. It is believed that the Trump… Read More

What Is Premium Processing Service?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 17, 2020

Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and applications. When you use Premium Processing Service, the USCIS will issue a decision on your petition or application within 15 calendar days, or your fees are returned. The 15 days begin when the USCIS receives the relevant petition or application along with Request for Premium Processing Form. You file for premium processing if you are applying for the following visas: E-1 or E-2 Treaty Investor H1-B. H2-B, and H3 employee L-1 intracompany transferee O-1 and O-2 individuals with extraordinary ability P athletes or entertainers TN NAFTA professionals The fee for Premium Processing Service is $1,410 and cannot be waived. You can file your request for Premium Processing Service with your original petition or request it later once you decide… Read More

Are eSports Athletes Eligible To Apply For A P-1 Visa?
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 14, 2020

In recent years athletes from around the world have come to the United States to participate in eSports tournaments. This came after a 2013 decision when USCIS approved its first P-1 visa for an eSports athlete to participate in a U.S. competition. This demonstrated that USCIS was no longer resistant to considering an eSports gamer an athlete and opened the door to thousands of other eSports athletes. This has helped to broaden the U.S.’s impact on the eSports market. P-1A Visas For eSports Athletes P-1A visas are available to internationally recognized athletes and teams that are coming to the United States to participate in a specific competition. P-1A visas require a high level of achievement in your field. Applicants for P-1A visas mist show that they have a degree of… Read More

Understanding Expedited Removal
  • By: Serving Immigrants
  • Published: February 13, 2020

Expedited removal is a process that allows immigration officers (including lower-level immigration officers) to deport select noncitizens immediately upon encountering them. It generally occurs at Ports of Entry, but you could be subject to expedited removal elsewhere if you are undocumented, it has been two weeks or less since you entered the United States, and you are within 100 miles of the border. You could also be subjected to expedited removal if you are undocumented and have been in the United States for less than two years if you have committed fraud or misrepresented yourself as a U.S. citizen. As its name suggests, expedited removal happens quickly. Sometimes it is over within hours. If you are subject to expedited removal, you will be detained until you are removed. You will not be… Read More

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