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Category: Immigration

I-9 Compliance for Employers: A Guide to Immigration Verification

In the complex landscape of employment law, I-9 compliance stands as a crucial requirement for all employers in the United States. This compliance is particularly significant when hiring foreign nationals. If your organization seeks to hire immigrant professionals through employment immigration channels, I-9 reporting compliance is crucial. Here’s what you should know about immigration verification with the I-9 form.  The

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Traveling and Re-Entry Permits for Green Card Holders

As a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or green card holder in the United States, traveling outside the country can be a complex process. Understanding the nuances of re-entry permits and the implications of your travel on your permanent resident status is crucial. Let’s explore the essential aspects of traveling and re-entry to the U.S. Understanding Your Travel Rights as a

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What to Know About the EB-1 Outstanding Researcher Visa

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers various categories of visas for immigrants, among which the EB-1 visa stands out for its focus on individuals with extraordinary abilities, outstanding professors and researchers, and certain multinational executives and managers. Let’s examine the requirements, benefits, and challenges related to the “outstanding researcher” aspect of the EB-1 visa. Understanding the EB-1

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Waivers and Appeals in US Immigration Cases

Navigating the complex landscape of the United States immigration system can be challenging and overwhelming. Applicants often encounter various hurdles along the way, such as visa denials or the need to request waivers.  Understanding the concepts of waivers and appeals is crucial for those seeking visas and green cards. Below, we explore what waivers and appeals are in immigration applications

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USCIS Announces Proposed Rule Changes to H-1B Process for FY 2025

In the ever-evolving landscape of global talent and workforce needs, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced a series of proposed changes to the H-1B visa program. These changes, aimed at modernizing the program and enhancing efficiency, are poised to bring significant transformations for both employers and skilled foreign workers. As we delve into these proposed

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USCIS Announces Automatic Extensions for Select Employment Authorization Candidates

For family immigrants in the United States, gaining the right to work is a significant step toward building a new life. The Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is a crucial document that allows individuals to legally work in the US. Understanding the employment authorization process and how to apply for an EAD is essential for navigating the complexities of immigration. That’s

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Your Options for Family Immigration in the US

The most common way foreign nationals legally enter the US is through family immigration. As of 2021, the most recent year for which we have complete data, family-based immigration is the source of about 65% of all lawful migration to the US. It’s also the source of nearly 85% of new arrivals, or people who had not previously entered the

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K-1 Visas – How “Fiancé” Visas Help Keep Families Together

Family immigration is among the most popular methods of seeking permanent residency in the US. However, the significant restrictions on family visas mean that only people with a direct and immediate legal relationship can sponsor someone for these immigration visas. For example, a US citizen or lawful permanent resident may only sponsor their spouse for a visa because they are

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Recent Updates to EB-5 Visas Making an Impact

Employment visas are more in demand than ever among people seeking to immigrate to the US. For example, the H-1B program received over 700,000 registrations for just 85,000 potential visas for fiscal year (FY) 2024. That’s why alternatives like the EB-5 visa are becoming increasingly popular. In 2022, the EB-5 visa was subject to revisions that made the program more

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Approved Recommendation Could Reopen 230,000 Unused Green Cards

In a significant move to support potential US immigrants, the US President’s Advisory Commission has approved a recommendation to recapture up to 230,000 green cards that have gone unused since 1992.  Normally, the US offers up to 140,000 green cards annually. However, these visas are subject to caps based on country of origin. Only 7% of the 140,000 limit may

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