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Who is Eligible for L-1 Visa?

Who is Eligible for L-1 Visa? L-1A and L-1B visas are available for temporary intracompany transferees who work in managerial positions or have specialized knowledge It is a nonimmigrant visa, but you can eventually apply for a green card as it is also a dual intent...

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Specialty Occupation Classification Explained

What is Specialty Occupation Classification? “This nonimmigrant classification applies to people who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation, services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and...

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What Is Humanitarian Parole? Who Is Eligible?

What Is Humanitarian Parole?  Humanitarian parole is used to bring someone who is otherwise inadmissible into the United States for a temporary period of time due to an emergency. Who is Eligible for Humanitarian Parole? You may apply for humanitarian parole if you...

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How Can You Hire an H-1B Worker Who Is Already in the U.S.?

Important First Step Check your prospective Employee’s Immigration Status: If you are planning to hire someone who would need sponsorship to continue working for you What they are asking is to change or extend their existing immigration status Hence, when an employer...

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Hiring Foreign Workers in the U.S.? Things You Should Know

Why Employers Must Verify Employment Authorization and Identify New Employees? Background: In 1986, Congress reformed U.S. immigration laws to preserve the tradition of legal immigration while seeking to close the door to illegal entry The employer sanctions...

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COVID Rules and Precautions at USCIS Interviews

Are USCIS Offices Open? “With USCIS offices reopened despite the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants should expect a similar asylum, adjustment of status, or naturalization interview to the normal one, with some procedural changes to ensure the safety of both applicants and...

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E-Verify Account Compliance 101

What is E-Verify? E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information entered by an employer from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security...

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Start Up Visa Options for Immigrating Business Owners

Immigration and Entrepreneurship “While researchers often study immigrants as workers, a recent stream of scholarship emphasizes the role of immigrants as innovators and entrepreneurs. For example, immigrants currently represent about 14% of the U.S. workforce but...

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What Tests Do You Need to Pass to Become a U.S. Citizen?

What Tests Do You Need to Pass to Become a U.S. Citizen? During your naturalization interview, a USCIS officer will ask you questions about your application and background. Unless you qualify for an exemption, you will also take a naturalization test which is made up...

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Can I Travel While My Green Card I-485 is Pending?

Can I Travel While My Green Card I-485 is Pending? The short answer to this question is NO! However, you can if also have other visa or Advanced Parole to enter the USA You can apply for Advance Parole using the USCIS I-131 form to re-enter the USA if you do not have...

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New USCIS Policy Updates to Improve Immigration Services

USCIS Policy Updates to Improve Immigration Services “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued new policy updates in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify the criteria and circumstances for expedited processing; improve request for evidence (RFE) and notice...

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What Is Q Cultural Exchange Visa? How Is It Different From J1?

What Is Q Cultural Exchange Visa? “The Q-1 visa classification allows you to come to the United States temporarily to participate in an international cultural exchange program that provides practical training and employment, and shares your country’s history, culture,...

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Why Does It Take So Long to Get a Green Card in the USA?

How Long Will it Take?” and “Are we there yet?” are Common Questions We have When We Think about Filing Green Cards in the USA. What Is Green Card? A green card, known officially as a permanent resident card, is an identity documentwhich shows that a person...

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What is International Entrepreneur Parole Program?

DHS Announces Continuation of International Entrepreneur Parole Program Background: DHS withdraws the proposed rule published May 29, 2018, at 83 FR 24415 as of May 11, 2021 The International Entrepreneur (IE) parole program, first introduced in 2017, will remain a...

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Things You Should Know About The Travel Ban From India

Why There Is a Travel Ban From India? Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services, working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, has determined that the Republic of...

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How to Fill I-765 form Online for OPT, STEM OPT?

How to Fill I-765 form Online for OPT, STEM OPT? According to USCIS Information Update Published on April 12, 2021: " F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing...

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Naturalization Explained In 10 Easy Steps

Naturalization Explained In 10 Easy Steps   Different Paths to U.S. Citizenship U.S. citizenship can be obtained in one of four ways: Birth in the United States or one of its territories Birth to U.S. citizen parents (called "acquisition" of citizenship)...

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How to Avoid Most Common H-1B Filing Errors?

  How to Avoid Most Common H-1B Filing Errors? Who is Eligible For H-1B Visa? This preference is reserved for persons who are members of the professions holding advanced degrees or for persons with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business Qualified...

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Who is Eligible For National Interest Waiver?

What Does it Mean to Request National Interest Waiver? "Aliens seeking a national interest waiver are requesting that the Labor Certification be waived because it is in the interest of the United States". What Type of Job is Eligible for Labor Certificates Waiver?...

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Who is Eligible for an Investment Visa?

Background: USCIS administers the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors Under a program first enacted as a pilot in 1992 and regularly reauthorized...

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How to Minimize Your Risk of PERM Audits?

How to Minimize Your Risk of PERM Audits? What is PERM or Labor Certification? Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) is the system used for obtaining Labor Certification and is the first step for certain foreign nationals in obtaining an employment-based...

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Practical Tips For Filing H-1B for this Registration Period

H-1B Registration Process In 2020 USCIS implemented an electronic registration process for the H-1B cap. Prospective petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including for beneficiaries eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first...

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2022 H1B Visa Lottery Frequently Asked Questions- Updated

2022 H1B Visa Lottery Frequently Asked Questions In this blog, we will cover all the aspects of the H-1B visa fiscal year 2022 season We will cover the following: A brief overview of The Quota Cap A Brief Overview of the Registration process New Rule Updates Lottery...

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What is The U.S. Citizenship Act 2021 About?

An Outline of Reforms Proposed In U.S. Citizenship Act 2021 Background: Trump administration's Immigration Policy was anathema to all Immigration advocates and lawyers. They looked forward to Biden's presidency and his promises of comprehensive immigration reform. To...

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New Update on “Employer-Employee Relationship”

End Clients Have to File LCA Now? The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), Employment and Training Administration, revised its interpretation of its regulations concerning which employers must file a Labor Condition Application (LCA) under 20 C.F.R. §§...

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How to Find an H-1B Visa Sponsorship?

How Can I Find U.S Employment Visa Sponsorship? The US is a powerful global force and powerhouse of innovation. The promise of the American dream and of success attracts people from all over the world If you have moved to the USA for Post Graduate Studies and want to...

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What You Need Know about New Updates on DACA Renewals?

  When Did DACA Get Reinstated This Year? On November 14, 2020, a United States District Court issued an order requiring the Department of Homeland Security to reinstate the DACA policy that was in effect on September 4, 2017 In compliance with an order of a...

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H-1B Registration and Petition Checklist

Applying for an H-1B visa could be a very daunting and time-consuming process, hence it is good to be organized. If you are an F1 student on OPT applying for H-1B, you will require an additional set of documents from your University. So, we have put together a...

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