Category Archives: Immigration Blog

  1. Not Selected In The H-1B Lottery? Is Day 1 CPT The Only Option?

    Prefer a Video Format? See the video below to learn more about this article?   It’s that time of year again when I find myself speaking to people who have not been selected in the lottery and need to consult with PLG to find out whether they have any other options.  The majority of people…

  2. Supplementing Your Workforce With H-2Bs

    The H-2B program allows employers to hire non-agricultural workers on a temporary basis and may be one way to help overcome the current labor shortage in the U.S. Each year there typically are 66,000 H-2B visas available, and this is split into two halves.  There are 33,000 for workers starting October 1- March 31 and…

  3. USCIS Claims It Will Adjudicate Cases Faster And Expands Premium Processing

    For a long time, processing times for applications filed at USCIS have been spiraling out of control and certain applications do not qualify for premium processing. For example, the current processing time for EB-5 cases is 47-71 months!  Imagine investing over half a million dollars, paying a $3,675 filing fee and then having to wait…

  4. When To Start The PERM Process For Your H-1B Employees

    Almost every employee on H-1B wants their employer to start the green card process for them as soon as possible. However, when does an employer actually need to start the process to ensure that their employee can continue to work past the 6-year H-1B limit? In order to be eligible to extend the H-1B beyond…

  5. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

    Our society faces problems of violence at various levels, and this is why The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is important. It was created to support victims of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. VAWA grants the possibility to immigrants who have been abused by a person who has a…

  6. Permitted Activities On A Visitor Visa

    There are two types of visitor visas, namely: B-1- This is a business visa. B-2- this is a tourist visa. Not everyone visiting the U.S. needs to have a visitor visa.  For example, there are several countries like the UK and Australia that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), also commonly referred to as…

  7. Breaking News! Congress Reauthorizes the EB-5 Regional Center Program

    Late last evening, the US Congress reauthorized the EB-5 Regional Center Program by a vote of 68-31.  This is great news for current EB-5 Regional Center investors and those who are looking to utilize the EB-5 Regional Center program moving forward. As a part of the reauthorization, it is expected that USCIS will immediately start…

  8. Obtaining A Green Card For A Parent

    So, you have finally reached the end of the road and become a U.S. citizen and are wondering how to obtain a green card for your parents. Fortunately, parents are immediate relatives, which means there is no wait time for a green card, except of course the time it takes for USCIS to process the…

  9. DACA Renewals and the Future of the American Dream and Promise Act

    In 2012, the Obama administration under the President’s executive power implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, better known as DACA, after congress failed to pass the more comprehensive DREAM Act which was first introduced in 2001. DACA was created to allow for applicants, or so-called Dreamers, that were brought to the U.S before…

  10. H-1B Lottery FY2023- Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the H-1B lottery and how do I apply? An H-1B visa is a temporary form of work authorization and is available for those who intend to work in a specialty occupation.  A specialty occupation position is one that requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and…

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