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Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Resumes

By Jeff Khurgel |

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 »

DACA Rescinded by Trump Administration – 6 Things to Know Now

By Jeff Khurgel |

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would be rescinding the DACA program. Today’s announcement leaves Congress with a 6-month timeframe to consider a legislative solution. It is our belief that this a cruel, cowardly, and utterly nonsensical decision. Leaving opinion aside, 6 important practical points which we’ve gleaned from today’s policy memorandum… Read More »

Iran Travel Suspension: 7 Things to Know Now

By Jeff Khurgel |

Update: Executive Order suspending travel is no longer in effect, see bottom of page for additional information. A Presidential Executive Order temporarily prohibiting individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. is expected to be signed in the coming days. The final version of the Order has not… Read More »

New EB-2 National Interest Waiver Standards Announced

By Jeff Khurgel |

Matter of Dhanasar Clarifies EB-2 National Interest Waiver Standards In the last week of 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will change the way that it decides EB-2 National Interest Waiver (“NIW”) cases. This decision is intended to make a waiver of the normal labor certification requirements—required for most employment-based immigrants—more broadly… Read More »

I-94s, Passport Stamps and Periods of Admission – The Importance of Understanding How Long you can Remain in the U.S.

By Jeff Khurgel |

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 »

3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Immigration Consultation

By Jeff Khurgel |

Consultation with a U.S. Immigration Attorney The 30-60 minutes that a person spends interviewing their potential immigration attorney may turn out to be the most important conversation of their life. During the consultation, the Client must evaluate the attorney’s Expertise, Personality, and Responsiveness. If the consultation is properly utilized, the time spent will leave… Read More »

Provisional Waiver (I-601(A)) Will Now Include Family Members of U.S. Residents

By Jeff Khurgel |

Provisional Waiver Expansion Overview On July 29, 2016, USCIS announced the Federal Register publication of its final rule expanding the class of individuals eligible for a provisional unlawful presence waiver. The final rule will take effect August 29, 2016. As we previously wrote, the rule was first proposed approximately one year ago, and allows any… Read More »

Five Things to Know About the New Parole Entrepreneur Program

By Jeff Khurgel |

Proposed Rule Would Ease Foreign Entrepreneur Entry to the U.S. Under proposed regulations released by the Department of Homeland Security on August 26, 2016, Immigration officials would temporarily admit business owners into the U.S. whose start-up business will likely be successful in the U.S. and create jobs for U.S. workers. By using its relatively rarely… Read More »

India-Based U.S. Consulates Currently Experiencing Visa Appointment Backlogs

By Jeff Khurgel |

Visa Appointments in India As any Indian traveling back to India for “stamping” of an L-1, L-2, O-1, H-3, H-1B, or H-4 visa in their passport knows, the wait for obtaining a Consular appointment can affect their eligibility for the visa itself, not to mention their work and travel plans. In recent months, appointment… Read More »

E-2 Visa: What is the Required Investment Amount?

By Jeff Khurgel |

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 »

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