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Attention Entrepreneurs - Engage with USCIS!

One of the most exciting things for me as an immigration attorney is to know that I am helping others become successful in starting and maintaining those own businesses, that will in turn create jobs, and ultimately help not only the US economy, but… Read More
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TN Status for Citizens of Mexico Coming to the US: How Long Can I Stay?

The TN visa classification was created pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and is for citizens of Canada and Mexico coming to the US to work in professional positions. Canadian citizens seeking TN status in the US can apply d… Read More
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Three keys to successful letters of recommendation for fast-track petitions (EB-1/NIW)!

Key # 1: Make sure you have the “right” number of letters for your petition There is no set number of letters of recommendation that is required in the regulations. The specific number used in any given case will depend in part on the qua… Read More
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How many publications do I need to file for EB-1?

Are you considering filing an EB-1 petition as an alien of extraordinary ability, or outstanding researcher or professor? Or a National Interest Waiver petition? If so, one of the key elements to consider in preparing your petition is the number of p… Read More
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Last call for H-1Bs!

USCIS reports that as of as of 11/18/2011 (last Friday), they have received approximately 61,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions. This means that there are only a few thousand H-1B slots left for this fiscal year. Should I try to file the H-1B petition no… Read More
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What is the current FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count?

As of November 14, 2011, approximately 56,300 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. Remember, H-1B petitions tend to run out quickly when fewer are left, s… Read More
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Top Six Things an H-1B Employee Should Know

1. I’m in a different immigration status right now. Can I change status in to H-1B without leaving the US? You may be able to. If you are in J-1 status, you must confirm with your attorney that you are not subject to the two –year home residence… Read More
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Top Twelve Things an Employer Should Know about the H-1B

1. What is an H-1B visa? The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant (meaning not permanent residence/green card) visa for professionals who hold specialty occupations. Specialty occupation is defined as a position that requires the “theoretical and practical… Read More
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Can I file in the EB-2 Category?

Many foreign nationals starting the employment-based permanent residence process are eager to have their case filed in the EB-2 category. The EB-2 category is for positions that require at least a master’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree followed… Read More
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Need an H-1B Petition? File Now to Beat the Cap!

USCIS reports that as of 10/21/2011, approximately 46,200 H-1B petitions have been received for the 2012 fiscal year. This means that only around 13,000 H-1B petitions remain for this fiscal year. Further, 20,000 petitions have been received for the… Read More
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