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

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

USCIS New Rule Adds H-4, E, L-2 Spouses Eligible for Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization: The Change is Welcome but Insufficient

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced a new policy granting an automatic extension of employment authorization for H-4 (spouses of H-1 workers), L-2 (spouses of L-1 employees), and spouses of E status holders.  USCIS Policy Alert, PA-2021-25, November 12, 2021 (Policy Alert).  The change must be noted by every employer and worker.  Not being aware - Read More

Read about the proclamation, which not only suspends US entry for certain non-immigrants, it also rescinds employment authorization for many already in the US. - Read More

What Should You Do if Your Visa Status is Expiring, and You Can’t Leave the US?

The COVID-19 crisis and the associated suspension of many international flights are impacting many people in the US under a variety of visas which require that a person leave the US by a certain date.  The steps to take to seek to extend a period of stay vary according to the type of status held, - Read More

2021 Diversity Visa Lottery REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

U.S. State Department announces registration period open for the 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Program. Learn about the visa lottery, and whether you may qualify. - Read More

International Entrepreneur Rule Put on Hold

In a post on this site we explained the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule set by the Obama administration that would have made it easier for foreign investors and entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. The International Entrepreneur Rule set to go into effect next week was put on hold today. Learn about the current status of this rule. - Read More