News and Legal Articles
What is “Automatic Revalidation”? Automatic revalidation is a process allowing simplified re-entry after travel abroad for certain visa holders in the U.S. even if their visa is expired – following brief trips to Canada or Mexico. These individuals may be admitted at a U.S. port-of-entry by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), if they meet… Read More »
USCIS announced that as of June 11, 2018, petitioners who file Form I-751 (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence) or Form I-829 (Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status) will receive a Form I-797 Receipt Notice that can be presented with their expired Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, as evidence of continued lawful… Read More »
New Policy Changes to Calculation of “Unlawful Presence” will Affect F-1, M-1, and J-1 Nonimmigrants.
On May 10, 2018 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will redefine how “unlawful presence” may be accrued by foreign students who entered the U.S. on F (student), J (exchange visitor), and M (vocational student) nonimmigrant visas. Calculation of Unlawful Presence “Unlawful presence” occurs when an individual remains present in… Read More »
I-94s, Passport Stamps and Periods of Admission – The Importance of Understanding How Long you can Remain in the U.S.
Question: During a particular visit to the U.S. for work or pleasure, which of the following controls the length of time a Nonimmigrant visitor is permitted to remain in the U.S.: A) The validity of their U.S. Visa; B) The stamp that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer adds to their Passport; C) … Read More »
Investment Requirement for an E-2 Visa The E-2 Treaty Investment Visa is the visa of choice for many business owners setting up shop in the U.S. The visa is highly desired as there is no limit to extensions of stay or visa renewals. Unlike the L-1, and H-1B nonimmigrant visas, which have cap of 5-7… Read More »
In an important announcement affecting over 300,000 Asylum Applicants, USCIS will now prioritize adjudicating recently-filed Asylum cases over those already pending. As of January 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an attempt to deal with the growth of the immigration agency’s… Read More »
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Announced on December 15, 2017, that it will begin accepting applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). As we reported last year, the rule was established to allow certain entrepreneurs and business owners the ability to enter the U.S. to seek investment and grow their business. Regardless of… Read More »
Attorney Khurgel will be speaking at a Panel of former Embassy Officers on November 30, 2017 at the Palm Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The American Immigration Lawyers Association Event will cover current topics in Embassy and Consular Processing of Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas. In his capacity as an AILA Liaison to the State… Read More »
On Oct. 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed premium processing for all types of H-1B petitions. H-1B employment status for nonimmigrant workers provides legal work status for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, mathematics, and other occupations typically requiring a bachelor’s degree as… Read More »
Autorización automática de empleo basada en solicitudes pendientes para la renovación de EAD (New EAD Automatic Extension Rule (in Spanish))
En el 17 de enero de 2017, la agencia de los servicios de inmigración y ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) anunció una nueva política. Esta política permite la autorización automática de empleo para aquellos que tengan aplicaciones pendientes para la renovación del permiso de trabajo, o mejor conocido como “El Documento de Autorización… Read More »