The Visa Stamp in My Passport Expired, am I in the United States Illegally?

New H-4 Work Authorization Rules “Close at Hand”

According to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, the new regulations allowing certain H-4 spouses the ability to apply for employment authorization are close at hand.  While we do not know exactly when the new rules will be out, the Director did also state that he was disappointed that they had not already been released.   As

USCIS Changes Position on Nurses and H-1Bs

28 Days and Counting

Judge of the Work of Others: What Evidence is needed?

For the National Interest Waiver, the Extraordinary Ability and the Outstanding Researcher applications, evidence that you have judged the work of others in your field or a related field can be extremely helpful.  However, the level of helpfulness of this evidence depends greatly on the type of judging and the kind of evidence submitted to USCIS.

The National Interest Waiver – Within the Reach of Many

The National Interest Waiver application is a self-sponsored application that is a good fit for many, many researchers and others looking to get permanent residence in the US. While many people feel that they need to show they are working for our government or something similar in order to show that their work i s

May 2014 Visa Bulletin: Inching Forward

The May 2014 visa bulletin has been released and in many of the categories there has been little to no movement.  So, without further ado, lets run through the dates: Employment Based: Eb-1 is still current for all. Eb-2 is still current for all except India (which is still at 11/15/2004) and China (which progressed

USCIS Meets H-1B cap – Lottery Will be held

As expected USCIS announced today that it has received sufficient H-1B application to meet the H-1B cap as well as the Master’s Cap.  Therefore USCIS will conduct a lottery later this month to determine which cases will be accepted for the cap, and which will not, and will be returned with their fees.   All

H-1B Extensions and RFEs

Maybe this scenario sounds familiar:  You file for an H-1B for an employee, and get it  approved for them to work for you for 3 years. At the end of the 3 years you file a renewal for your employees H-1B.  Instead of a straight approval this time, however, USICS requests additional evidence as, according to

EB-1A Extraordinary Ability: The Cold Hard Facts

Many times we hear from clients or prospective clients that a “friend” of theirs, who has much less in the way of credentials, was approved for an EB-1A.  Sometimes it was a  “friend of a friend” or a “relative”  or some other acquaintance who had the approval.  While I have no idea if these individual stories are

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