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How to Qualify for O-1A Visas

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is designed for foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities in a variety of fields including sciences, education, and business. Individuals must apply for the correct O-1 visa subcategory based on their qualifications.

EB-5 Visa Regional Center Program Extended Through September 2027

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been officially extended through September 30, 2027 by Congress’s EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022. The policy also increases the minimum investment required EB-5 visas, and sets aside part of the annual EB-5 immigrant visa quota for rural areas, high unemployment areas, and infrastructure projects.

An Introduction to the Divorce Process in California

he decision to file for divorce in California is certainly not an easy one. It can be legally complex, and emotionally difficult. The process varies based on the duration of your marriage, whether you have children, and most importantly, whether you can reach an agreement with your spouse.

Combating the Great Resignation

Companies may have a poor return on their sponsorship investment if they have trouble retaining their L, H-1B, and other nonimmigrant employees. Many large and small corporations alike turn to their attorneys for creative ways to retain employees or at least recoup training expenses.

The Future of Data Security Laws in the United States

The digital era has brought new attention to the data privacy debate. While there is limited national data privacy legislation at the time of publication, United States businesses may be subject to different privacy laws based on factors like which consumers purchase their products or services.

February 2022 Employment-Based Visa Bulletin: China and India EB-2 Cases Advance

The United States State Department has released its February 2022 Visa Bulletin. Applicants should refer to the new final action dates and dates for filing in employment-based categories. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not yet announced whether it will use the Final Action dates chart or the Dates for Filing chart to accept adjustment of status applications.

Employee Handbooks in California: Are They a Must?

It is commonly believed that employee handbooks are unimportant, with no use after an employee’s hire date. However, these pages contain important information that could mean the difference between winning and losing an employment lawsuit. Employee handbooks are a basis of communication for human resources (HR) departments and the first line of defense against lawsuits.

What Should Employers Do When the Remote Form I-9 Verification Policy Ends?

In September 2021, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) extended its temporary remote I-9 verification policy through December 31, 2021. Designed to help employers whose workforces are remote during the COVID-19 pandemic, the policy allows virtual inspection of I-9 documentation through nontraditional means such as email, video conference, and fax.

What Should You Do Before Filing for Divorce?

Divorce is not an easy process. In addition to the emotions involved, you will need to consider the logistics of separating your lives, finances, and child custody. Although it may seem overwhelming, there are some important steps you should take to move on. Once you have a roadmap of the process ahead of you, it becomes much easier to start working toward a divorce or separation.

Green Card Options for PhD Holders

Due to their qualifications and experience, foreign national PhD holders may qualify for green card categories that have relatively faster processing times, like EB-1A, EB-1B, and EB-2 (national interest waiver). These categories of US permanent residency are desirable because they do not require the time-consuming labor certification process.

Diversity Lottery Registration Opens Today for Fiscal Year 2023

Online registration for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery is officially open starting today, October 6, 2021 at 12 PM eastern time (ET). The DV lottery will accept online applications until Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12 PM ET. 55,000 DV applicants will be randomly selected to receive green cards. Lottery selections will be announced in May 2022 and selected foreign nationals can submit their green card applications starting October 1, 2022.

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