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What’s wrong with H-1B and specialty occupation?

The current issues of specialty occupation and how it is occupying the USCIS is visible in the Requests for evidence, Notice of Intent to Deny and denials using this as the reason for the adverse decision. What is this specialty occupation? Specialty occupation is what qualifies a company to petition for H1B status/visa for its specialized worker(s). Under INA § 214...

International Entrepreneur Rule and Immigration update:

Today we discuss the newly introduced International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) which will allow certain foreign entrepreneurs to be paroled in to the country and seek US investment to develop and grow start-up business. Although this rule was published during the previous administration’s tenure but it was delayed to keep this in line with the new administration’s Executive Order, Border...

Frightening Changes to the H-1B Extension Program?

Once again, President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative is bringing upheaval to the nation’s immigrant population.  In this newest update, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering some new regulations that would impact extension petitions of H-1B workers. Under the current regulations, H-1B holders are given 6 years on their H-1B.  If they have a green card pending...

E-2 Investor Visa

The E-2 non-immigrant visa is an additional option for nationals of a country, which maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. To apply for the E-2 non-immigrant investor visa, you must meet several main requirements, set forth by USCIS. One of the requirements is that as an investor, you must be coming to the United States to...

SB 4- Federal Judges Consider a Request to Block The Crackdown

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals is currently hearing arguments for the lawsuit regarding SB4.  Lawyers in the meanwhile request the court to block the Immigration crackdown. But the Judges are skeptical on whether the officials suing the state, even had a standing to bring in one of the key claims. This Law was blocked and District Judge Orlando Garcia...

MAVNI- Suspended

9/11 was a day that rocked the world.  One of the reasons that the U.S was not able to stop this tragedy was not because they were unable to intercept any messages, but as it was discovered later, there wasn’t anyone who could translate them.  This is when Bush administration authorized a new program called Military Accessions Vital to the...

Delay in Approval of Naturalization Applications

Recently our office has seen delay in approval of Naturalization (N-400) applications. The statistics for the year 2016, the time since presidential primary elections and through the first year of Trump Administration, 1,028,647 lawful permanent residents have applied to become U.S citizens. But there is a backlog of 708,638 pending applications. Such backlogs are contributing to the formation of...

STEM – To End or Not to End?

Earlier this year, President Trump issued the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.  Since then we have seen the implementation of several changes on the immigration scene.  From the end of DACA, to the new 90 Day rule of entry, to an increased ICE presence, to a set guideline from the White House on Immigration Policies and Procedures, it...

Ready to move to Canada? We have a Suggestion – Entrepreneur visa

With the latest news and updates, more and more people are thinking about moving to Canada.  One of the options that we advise is the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (BC-PNP) – Entrepreneur Immigration Process.  This process is based on a point or score system, like other immigration processes to Canada.  The more you score high on each requirements of the BC-PNP, more...

White House Immigration Update – IMMIGRATION LAW ENFORCEMENT: October 09, 2017

ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES STOP "SANCTUARY CITIES": States and localities that refuse to cooperate with Federal authorities should be ineligible for funding from certain grants and cooperative agreements. While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) values its law enforcement partners at the State and local levels, there are hundreds of jurisdictions across the country that do not...

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