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  • Business Visa

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    • How Do the Recent Employment-Based Visa Changes Affect Me?

      Rules on immigration have been experiencing upheaval recently. The current U.S. president’s executive order banning about 218 million people from entering the country concerned millions of others across the United States. Countries around the world also found it cause for concern, as many immigrants flock to the country on visas that could be rendered useless by another such order. For now, a ...
    • Alternatives to the H-1B Visa

      Obtaining a business visa for the United States can be tougher than it appears. The US Citizen and Immigration Services reached its quota of 236,000 H-1B petitions for the fiscal year of 2017 within the first week of opening the pool in April. On April 9, USCIS used a computer-generated lottery to randomly select petitions for the general category cap and the advanced degree cap. As USCIS will ...
    • Senator Charles E. Grassley's Letter Regarding Potential Fraud in the Use of B-1 Business Visas and the 'B-1 in lieu of H-1B' Note in the Foreign Affairs Manual

      Dear Secretary Clinton and Secretary Napolitano: I'm very concerned about fraudulent actions that at least one foreign-based company has allegedly been taking in order to get around the requirements and U.S. worker protections of the H-1B visa program, and more generally, about provisions in current guidance to visa adjudicators that actually authorize such evasion of Congressional intent. On ...

    Employer Verification Questionnaire

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    • Employer Verification Questionnaire Sample Sent to Employer by FDNS

      The Vermont Service Center’s Fraud Detection and National Security unit (FDNS) recently sent a H-1B employer an employment verification questionnaire. An employer would typically be sent this type of questionnaire after an H-1B employee commences work. This type of worksheet would be used by FDNS to determine whether the employer is complying with the terms of the H-1B petition.

    Firm News

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    • USCIS Issues Additional Information to Employers Whose H-1B Petitions for Health Care Specialty Occupations Have Been Denied

      WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued guidance to certain employers who received a denial of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-1B classification for a beneficiary to practice in a health care specialty occupation prior to May 20, 2009. If the Form I-129 was denied solely on the basis that the beneficiary did not possess a Master’s or ...
    • Neufeld Memo on 1-751 Filed Prior to Termination of Marriage

      U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Domestic Operations Directorate Washington, DC 20529-2110 I See Immigration and Naturalization Service Memorandum, "Filing a Waiver of the Joint Filing Requirement Prior to Final Termination of the Marriage," dated April 10, 2003. 2 A CPR who is separated from the petitioning spouse, or has initiated divorce or ...
    • USCIS Releases Immigration Q&As for Members of Armed Forces and Their Families

      Immigration Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their Families Background U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers immigration services and resources specifically for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who are stationed in the United States and abroad. USCIS established a military assistance team to ensure that the military community receives quick ...

    Foreign Affairs

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    Foreign Workers

    The latest posts for Foreign Workers are listed below.
    • USCIS Requirements for the O and P Visa Classifications

      As of November 27, 2009, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a guidance memorandum entitled Requirements for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa Classifications. The O nonimmigrant visa classification provides for the admission of people with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, motion picture and television ...
    • DOL Updates Online Wage Library

      DOL Updates Online Wage Library The Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Certification Data Center has updated the the Online Wage Library for prevailing wage determinations. Wages for the 7/2011 - 6/2012 program year are now available and are effective 7/1/2011. View them at Online Wage Library
    • Prince George's County Public Schools agrees to pay $4.2 million in back wages for violations of H-1B temporary foreign worker program

      The H-1B visa program requires the employers to pay the filing fees associated with H-1B applications. Prince George’s County Public School illegally made foreign workers pay the H-1B filing fees to USCIS. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has obtained an agreement from Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public School system to pay $4,222,146 in back wages due to 1,044 workers ...

    Immigrant Employment

    The latest posts for Immigrant Employment are listed below.
    • How Do the Recent Employment-Based Visa Changes Affect Me?

      Rules on immigration have been experiencing upheaval recently. The current U.S. president’s executive order banning about 218 million people from entering the country concerned millions of others across the United States. Countries around the world also found it cause for concern, as many immigrants flock to the country on visas that could be rendered useless by another such order. For now, a ...
    • Senator Grassley's letter to USCIS Director regarding fraud in the H-1B program

      WASHINGTON – One year after an internal assessment showed extensive fraud and abuse in the H-1B visa program, Senator Chuck Grassley today is asking U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to hold employers accountable by requesting evidence from petitioners that H-1B visa holders actually have a job waiting for them in the United States. In his letter to the director of U.S. Citizenship and ...
    • Senator Charles E. Grassley's Letter Regarding Potential Fraud in the Use of B-1 Business Visas and the 'B-1 in lieu of H-1B' Note in the Foreign Affairs Manual

      Dear Secretary Clinton and Secretary Napolitano: I'm very concerned about fraudulent actions that at least one foreign-based company has allegedly been taking in order to get around the requirements and U.S. worker protections of the H-1B visa program, and more generally, about provisions in current guidance to visa adjudicators that actually authorize such evasion of Congressional intent. On ...

    Immigrant Investors

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    Immigrant Petition

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    • Filing for Permanent Residency as a Refugee

      Refugees and asylees seeking shelter and sanctuary in the United States seem to be at the top of every headline in recent weeks as the conflict in Syria rages on. While many citizens wonder if the refugees will be forced to leave, the refugees themselves need to start thinking about how they can legally stay. Although it might not be common knowledge, people who have been refugees or held asylum ...
    • AILA Releases Full Summary of Day 2 of S.744 Markup

      On May 14, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up Day 2 of its review and markup of the Senate's Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744), getting through most of Title IV of the Bill regarding changes to non-immigrant visa provisions. Republican and Democrat lawmakers passed fifteen (15) amendments. The "Gang of Eight" remained committed to the core provisions of the Bill, with the two ...
    • Immigrant Petition Statistics for EB-1 Alien Worker (I-140) Category

      United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its statistics for the Fiscal Year 2010-2011, relating to the immigrant classifications for alien’s with extraordinary ability, outstanding professors or researchers, and multinational executives or managers. From January 2011 to July 20, 2011, the Nebraska Service Center received 840 applications for immigrants in the classification ...

    Immigrants

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    • Presidential Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

      On March 6, 2017 President Trump signed a new a new Executive Order (EO), called Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States , that places limits on travel to the U.S. from certain countries, and by all refugees who do not possess either a visa or valid travel documents. The new EO will revoke and replace the original travel ban/executive order issued January 27, ...
    • USCIS Fee and Form Changes

      The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently increased their fees for many petitions and applications filed with them. Their reasoning for the increase was the fees are their only source of funding, and they needed to pay for higher costs. The EB-5 petitions and applications were affected the most, with one petition going up 145% and an application increasing 186%. Here is a list ...
    • 6 Tips for the Marriage Green Card Interview

      6 Tips for the Marriage Green Card Interview When applying for a marriage-based green card, a U.S. Citizen ("USC") and the immigrant spouse (hereinafter referred to as "Beneficiary") must attend an interview with an Immigration Officer. Green Card interviews are held to ensure that the marriage is bona fide, in good faith, and the marriage was not entered into for the sole purpose of obtaining ...

    Immigration Attorneys

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    • No Eyeglasses in Visa Photographs (Effective November 1, 2016)

      The U.S. Department of State recently updated the photo requirements for visa applications. Previously, eyeglasses did not need to be removed when taking a visa or passport photograph as long as they were not causing a glare. However, starting from November 1, 2016, eyeglasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. The other requirements remain the same: 2 x 2 inches in size, taken in the last ...
    • USCIS Issues Additional Information to Employers Whose H-1B Petitions for Health Care Specialty Occupations Have Been Denied

      WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued guidance to certain employers who received a denial of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-1B classification for a beneficiary to practice in a health care specialty occupation prior to May 20, 2009. If the Form I-129 was denied solely on the basis that the beneficiary did not possess a Master’s or ...
    • Neufeld Memo on 1-751 Filed Prior to Termination of Marriage

      U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Domestic Operations Directorate Washington, DC 20529-2110 I See Immigration and Naturalization Service Memorandum, "Filing a Waiver of the Joint Filing Requirement Prior to Final Termination of the Marriage," dated April 10, 2003. 2 A CPR who is separated from the petitioning spouse, or has initiated divorce or ...

    In the News

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    • President Trump to sign Executive Order targeting H-1B Visa's

      President Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to the H1-B visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. The President plans to sign an order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American,” that will commission the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to review and propose new rules regarding the H-1B visa program, with the aim that H-1B visas are ...
    • USCIS Completes the H-B Cap Lottery Process for year 2018.

      The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year 2018. USCIS also received an adequate number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the Master’s Cap. USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which ...
    • USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

      United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017 that the annual H-1B quota for the regular 65,000 bachelor’s degree cap and the 20,000 U.S. master’s degree cap has been met for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. USCIS has not yet announced the exact number of H-1B applications received. Once all the H-1B applications are counted, USCIS will share this information in the ...

    Legal Permanent Residency

    The latest posts for Legal Permanent Residency are listed below.
    • Summary of Merit-Based Points System Under the Senate's Reform Bill

      The Senate's proposed Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744) is currently under review before the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of the key provisions of the Bill creates a merit-based immigrant visa, similar to the merit-based point system in Australia and Canada, but with some nuances that focus on family ties to the U.S. Applicants for this new visa will have to pay a fee of $500, and aliens ...

    Nonimmigrant Visa

    The latest posts for Nonimmigrant Visa are listed below.
    • How Do the Recent Employment-Based Visa Changes Affect Me?

      Rules on immigration have been experiencing upheaval recently. The current U.S. president’s executive order banning about 218 million people from entering the country concerned millions of others across the United States. Countries around the world also found it cause for concern, as many immigrants flock to the country on visas that could be rendered useless by another such order. For now, a ...
    • USCIS Fee and Form Changes

      The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently increased their fees for many petitions and applications filed with them. Their reasoning for the increase was the fees are their only source of funding, and they needed to pay for higher costs. The EB-5 petitions and applications were affected the most, with one petition going up 145% and an application increasing 186%. Here is a list ...
    • State Department Guidance on Nonimmigrant Visa Revocation Due to DUI

      The U.S. Department of State recently issued a Guidance Directive on September 2, 2016, regarding nonimmigrant visa revocations for those arrested and/or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). This policy was initially implemented on November 5, 2015, and it mandates that consular officers revoke nonimmigrant visas of persons arrested for, or convicted ...

    Statistics

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    • Selected Statistics for FY2011 Released

      The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) released a worksheet detailing selected statistics for fiscal years 2011. According to the statistics the OFLC received 43,179 online PERM applications between October 2010 and May 2011. Only 1,905 mail-in applications were received for the same year. The newly released statistics also stated that of the active PERM cases (as of May 31, 2011), 37 ...

    Student Exchange Programs

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    • University of Northern Virginia SEVP Program is in the Process of Being Revoked

      Students from the University of Northern Virginia should be aware that a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) representative recently served the school’s officials with a Notice of Intent to Withdraw the school’s SEVP-certification and SEVIS access. Students at the University of Northern Virginia are now left with two options: 1) Continue to attend classes and maintain their active status ...

    Students

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    • Changes to Guidelines for F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Visas

      The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its F-1 nonimmigrant student visa guidelines for students who obtain degrees in in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from colleges or universities in the United States and who elect to pursue an Optional Practical Training (OPT). Effective May 10, 2016, the F-1 students who complete a STEM degree, and who have elected to ...
    • F-1 Students at California Community Colleges Have Trouble Maintaining Status

      Include at least one course (three credit hours) per term requiring physical presence at the college; Permit counting more than one online course toward meeting the full course of study requirement, as opposed to the current maximum identified in the regulations; Not count conditions described in the previous two bullets toward limits otherwise placed on reduced course load.

    Temporary Travel

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    • Department of State Implements New DS-160 Form

      The Department of State (DOS) has recently launched a new version of Form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application. The DS-160 is a fully integrated online form that is used to collect important information about a person seeking a nonimmigrant visa for temporary travel to the United States. The form is submitted electronically, via the Internet, to the Department of State. This form is then used to ...

    Verma Law Firm

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    • USCIS Issues Additional Information to Employers Whose H-1B Petitions for Health Care Specialty Occupations Have Been Denied

      WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued guidance to certain employers who received a denial of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-1B classification for a beneficiary to practice in a health care specialty occupation prior to May 20, 2009. If the Form I-129 was denied solely on the basis that the beneficiary did not possess a Master’s or ...
    • Neufeld Memo on 1-751 Filed Prior to Termination of Marriage

      U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Domestic Operations Directorate Washington, DC 20529-2110 I See Immigration and Naturalization Service Memorandum, "Filing a Waiver of the Joint Filing Requirement Prior to Final Termination of the Marriage," dated April 10, 2003. 2 A CPR who is separated from the petitioning spouse, or has initiated divorce or ...
    • USCIS Releases Immigration Q&As for Members of Armed Forces and Their Families

      Immigration Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their Families Background U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers immigration services and resources specifically for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who are stationed in the United States and abroad. USCIS established a military assistance team to ensure that the military community receives quick ...

    Visa Office

    The latest posts for Visa Office are listed below.
    • Filing for Permanent Residency as a Refugee

      Refugees and asylees seeking shelter and sanctuary in the United States seem to be at the top of every headline in recent weeks as the conflict in Syria rages on. While many citizens wonder if the refugees will be forced to leave, the refugees themselves need to start thinking about how they can legally stay. Although it might not be common knowledge, people who have been refugees or held asylum ...
    • USCIS Accepting Inquiries into H-1B Extension

      Currently, USCIS is taking longer than 6 months to adjudicate H-1B Extension petitions and H-1B Transfer petitions. On April 21, 2016, USCICS announced that Petitioners may submit an inquiry to USCIS if their H-1B Extension or Transfer petitions have been pending for more than 210 days. In order to submit an inquiry, the Petitioner must 1) call the National Customer Service Center at ...
    • USCIS Completed Initial Intake of all FY 2017 H-1B CAP Petitions

      On May 2 nd , 2016, USCIS stated that it had processed all H-1B cap petitions selected for FY 2017. USCIS will now start returning all H-1B petitions that were not selected in the lottery. USCIS requests that Petitioners only contact USCIS after they receive the Receipt Notices or the unselected petitions. USCIS is unable to project a definite date by when it will be returning all the unselected ...

    Wages

    The latest posts for Wages are listed below.
    • The Office of Foreign Labor Certification releasese Q&A's on Delays

      OFLC issues Q&A's regarding delays in the issuance of the prevailing wage determinations and H-1B Labor Condition Applications; information on alternative sources for obtaining a prevailing wage in support of an H-1B application. Visit the website for more details: http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/PWD_FAQ_Backlog.pdf
    • DOL Updates Online Wage Library

      DOL Updates Online Wage Library The Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Certification Data Center has updated the the Online Wage Library for prevailing wage determinations. Wages for the 7/2011 - 6/2012 program year are now available and are effective 7/1/2011. View them at Online Wage Library
    • DOL's Prevailing Wage Determinations Temporarily Suspended

      As of August 11, 2011, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) has temporarily suspended processing of Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWDs). In addition, DOL is not reviewing requests for reconsideration or appeals to the Center Director. Our office has not received PWD from DOL since July 01, 2011. The NPWC is required to reissue approximately 4,000 H-2B wage ...

    Waivers

    The latest posts for Waivers are listed below.
    • Protecting Your Status with a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

      The Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) created a three-year bar and 10- year bar on re-entry into the United States for various immigration violations. Will you be applying for the provisional unlawful presence waiver to protect your status? At the Verma Law Firm , our immigration lawyers serve San Jose, the Silicon Valley, and the surrounding areas with knowledgeable and ...
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