Category Archives: Immigration

  1. How To Demonstrate That You Qualify As A Manager/Executive For L-1A purposes

    L-1A filings allow a foreign employer to transfer a manager/executive to their US office provided there is a qualifying relationship between the two entities (parent, subsidiary, affiliate, or branch). This can be an existing office, provided there are 3-5 employees to manage, or it can be a new office.  For a new office filing, the…

  2. Is An H-1B Amendment Really Required?

    So, you have been approved for an H-1B and without notice, the project you are working on suddenly comes to an end.  There is another project available, however, is it necessary for your employer to file an H-1B amendment before starting at the new location?  The answer is maybe. The regulations state that an H-1B…

  3. USCIS Extends Certain Employment Authorizations Up To 540 days 

    Rather than adjudicate cases faster USCIS is extending certain employment authorizations up to 540 days.  This is a clear sign that faster adjudication times are still a distant promise and further evidence that USCIS continues to be incompetent.  I remember the days when USCIS had a 90- day turn around policy for issuing EAD cards. …

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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