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.
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.
The US Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2022 Visa Bulletin. Applicants should refer to the new Final Action and Dates for Filing charts in employment-based categories. Most employment-based Final Action dates have not changed for May 2022, while EB-2 India advances two months to September 1, 2013.
H.R. 7374, or the “Jumpstart our Legal System Act” was introduced in the House by Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19). The bill aims to recapture 400,000 employment- and family-based visas and pave an accelerated path for adjustment of status applicants who are currently residing in the United States.
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.
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.
US citizen and non-citizen nationals can transmit their US citizenship to children born abroad. These parents should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for their child. A CRBA proves your child’s US nationality and can be obtained at the nearest US Embassy or Consulate in the country where your child was born.
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.
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.
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.
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.