What Does It Mean That A Visa Applicant Must Be Admissible?

Whether someone is applying for permanent residence or for a temporary non-immigrant visa such as visitor, student, or H-1B, among others, every visa applicant is required to be admissible to the U.S.  If everything else about the case is fine, but the applicant is inadmissible, the visa will be denied. Learn about admissibility. - Read More

Joint Representation and Potential Conflict of Interest in Employment-Based Immigration Matters

As immigration lawyers typically represent an employer, it’s important that both an employer and the employee be aware of the potential conflicts of interest that may arise in immigration visa matters. - Read More

New Fees for USCIS Applications Effective April 1, 2024

On January 30, 2024, USCIS published notice of changes to application fees. Some fee adjustments, as discussed below, take into account the company’s size or nonprofit status. - Read More

Visa Appointments (Interview) at a U.S. Consulate

The Visa Interview is Not ‘Just the Last Step’ It Matters! We often hear clients dismiss the visa interview at the U.S. consulate as just the last step, as though everything was done and approved up to that point, and so, of course, the consulate will “stamp” the passport. Nothing could be farther from the - Read More

U.S. Dept. of State Announces Pilot Program to Renew H-1B Visas Without Leaving the U.S.

The Department of State has announced a temporary new pilot program for certain H-1B status holders to renew (revalidate) their H-1B visa from within the U.S. without needing to go to a U.S. consulate abroad. - Read More

Executive Order on AI and STEM Occupations Could Eliminate the Need for PERM Labor Certification for Many Workers

PERM certification would no longer be needed if AI and STEM jobs are designated as “Shortage Occupations”; significantly speeding up the process to employ foreign workers in these positions. - Read More

The ABC’s of NIV’s and Possible Alternatives to an H-1B

Non-immigrant (temporary) visas are designated by letters.  Most people have heard of an H-1B visa, for example, but most don’t know there are many others.  Here’s a fun visa vocabulary for common types of business-related status. - Read More

If Your Business Seeks Visas for Professionals from Europe to Work in the US, Check Out the VIE Program

The VIE program is a way to hire a European professional on a J-1 “visitor exchange” visa for up to 24 months. Managed by Business France, this program offers an excellent way to get visas to work in the US, especially considering the limited number of H-1B visas that are granted. - Read More

Important Advisory Regarding EAD/AP Combo-Cards – New Cards May Not Be Valid for Re-Entry Into the US

Unlike previously, EAD’s now being issued are often not valid for return entry to the US. As a result, applicants for adjustment of status need to confirm re-entry authorization before traveling, or to forgo traveling outside the US. - Read More

BREAKING: Temporary Protected Status Announced for Ukrainians in the US as of March 1, 2022

Learn about the TPS requirements and benefits, which affect Ukrainians living in the US as of March 1, 2022, and which grant work authorization and prevents consequences of overstay and forced removal. - Read More

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