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Maintain Your Green Card

Maintain Your Green Card

CAN I LOOSE MY GREEN CARD IF I RESIDE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES?  It is very important to realize that U.S. Immigration law requires that a green card holder must NEVER abandon the INTENTION of continuing to reside permanently in the United States. Once a green card holder abandons that intention, e.g., by intending to reside permanently in some other country, …

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L‑1 VISA PROCESS AND PROCEDURE

L‑1 VISA PROCESS AND PROCEDURE

The L‑1 visa status is issued to an executive or manager of a company which has employed the foreign national abroad for at least one year prior to entry into the United States, and who is coming to the U.S. to accept a management/executive position with an affiliated company based in the United States. The L‑1 visa category may also …

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US IMMIGRATION: WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG?

US IMMIGRATION: WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG?

Author by Edward Boreth  One of the most frequent questions I am asked is “Why is my immigration case taking so long?”. The usual follow up to this question is “My friend’s case did not take as long. He had his green card in 6 months!”. The best way to explain the discrepancy and the long waiting time is to …

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Immigration Q & A February 2010

Author by Edward Boreth Are there still H1-B’s left for the 2010 quota? As of December 22, USCIS announced that it has received approximately enough H-1B petitions to fill the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap for the fiscal year 2010. This means that there are no more new H1-B’s available for fiscal year 2010. The next fiscal year begins on October 1, …

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Immigration Q & A

Immigration Q & A January 2010

What is the H-1B cap? By statute, the number of available H-1B visas is subject to an annual fiscal year limitation of 65, 000, plus 20,000 under the category for “advanced degree”. Who is subject to the H-1B cap? The H-1B cap applies to new employment that is not otherwise cap exempt. For example, a foreign national in another non-immigrant …

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Immigration Q & A

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill: How it will impact our community By Hina Askari, Esq. For a while, it appeared that the Immigration Reform Bill had crashed on the Senate floor and was all but dead. But on Thursday, June 15, Senate leaders announced that they had reached an agreement to revive the comprehensive bill and return it to the Senate …

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Immigration Planning for Employers

Immigration Planning for Employers

For employers in the United States, if they don’t already have a need to employ foreign nationals, because of low unemployment in the United States and the unique skills offered by foreign nationals, it is inevitable that they soon will. In recent times, however, two factors have made it more difficult for United States employers to fill positions with foreign …

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Don't Give up hope on the H-1B Visa

Don’t Give up hope on the H-1B Visa

To qualify for an H-1B visa, an individual must becoming to the United States to work in a “specialty occupation” that generally requires at least a bachelor’s degree. An H-1B visa petition can be submitted to the Immigration Service a maximum of six months prior to the date the visa will take effect. Therefore, each year in April there is …

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Immigration Update

Immigration Update

H-1B Application Alert We encourage foreign students on Optional Practical Training, graduate students, TN non-immigrants, anyone seeking entry to perform work in a professional position and their employers to identify potential H-1B candidates and prepare H-1B paperwork. H-1B applications to be filed under the fiscal year 2008 cap will be accepted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no earlier …

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Lawful Permanent Residence through Marriage

Lawful Permanent Residence through Marriage

There is a common misconception that if an immigrant marries a United States citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident their immigration worries are over. This is simply not true for many individuals who have entered the United States illegally, or who marry lawful permanent residents. Most significantly, there is a drastic difference between marrying a United States citizen and marrying …

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