Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Posted in: 2012

Forewarned is Forearmed: Best Practices for Traveling Permanent Residents

Traveling as a Green Card Holder: What You Need to Know There are two issues for US legal permanent residents (green card holders) who wish to travel internationally: 1) Physical presence in the US to preserve the permanent residence status, and 2) Physical presence in the US for naturalization (citizenship) purposes.   PERMENANT RESIDENCE STATUS Generally, permanent residents may […]

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USCIS Reveals H-1B Processing Numbers: Are the Reported Lower Denial Rates for Real?

While we routinely have H-1B petitions approved, we now must proactively include extensive documentation to have the petition approved. We hear reports from other immigration practitioners of increasingly high H-1B denial rates, and complaints about the difficulty of having H-1B petitions approved. However, USCIS recently released data regarding the H-1B cap denials, receipts, approvals, etc. […]

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Twelve Ways to Prepare for Reform Even if You are “Legal”

Immigration Reform – and Government Slowdowns – Ahead! START NOW TO AVOID THE DELAYS! Immigration reform is coming! No one knows for sure what form it will take, but one thing is for sure – it will drastically increase the workload of the US immigration agencies. New filings and new regulations are certain to increase processing times […]

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Interview Waiver Program Expands in India!

In March 2012, the US consulates in India launched the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) to further streamline the visa application process in India, to meet significantly increased demand. The US consulates in India are now expanding that program further. The current program allows certain Indian visa applicants who are renewing visas that are still valid, […]

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December Visa Bulletin: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The December visa bulletin has just been published, and it brings this news to the world of US immigrants waiting for their green cards: 1. The Good: The EB-2 worldwide category remains current, and we anticipate it will stay current indefinitely (at least for the next several months). Remember, this category is for the EB-2 […]

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O-1 Visa Requirements: Do’s and Dont’s for Documenting the Extraordinary

Even lesser-known national or international awards may work, if the pool of applicants is at the national or international level. If possible, include background information about the award, information about the pool of applicants, the level of competition, and information about the selection criteria. Receipt of nationally or internationally recognized awards A key to a successful […]

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Now’s Your Chance to File Your National Interest Waiver Petition!

The November visa bulletin was recently published, and it *finally* shows that the EB-2 “worldwide” category will be current in November! What  does this mean for you? Basically, it means that if you were born in a country other than China or India, you can file the National Interest Waiver petition (fast-track green card application) […]

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How Soon Will You Get a Green Card? Reading the Crystal Ball of Labor Certification Processing Statstics

The US Department of Labor just posted their recent PERM Labor Certification processing statistics. While most people may find this kind of information good for curing insomnia, this information is also indicative of larger processing trends that affect how soon you will meet your professional and personal goals, by obtaining permanent residence status in the […]

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Apply to Win a Green Card! Diversity Visa Lottery Opens Next Week

Get your keyboards & photos ready folks! The DV-2014 visa lottery will open on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.  What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The DV lottery program, also referred to sometimes as the green card lottery, is a program created by Congress to encourage diversity within the US pool of immigrants. Specifically, the program […]

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Traveling Over the Holidays? Five Tips for Stress-Less Visa Stamping

With the upcoming holiday season, many foreign nationals are making plans to visit home over the holidays. While we can’t do anything about stress created by long airport lines or visiting the in-laws, we offer the following tips to reduce visa stamping stress: Make sure you travel with the documents you will need for the […]

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