For the past year, the Office of Chief Counsel has virtually instituted a blanket policy of refusing to join in motions to reopen, or if a case is already pending, refusing to consent to administrative closure so that the respondent can pursue a provisional waiver. In practical terms, this posture has critically impaired the ability of individuals to fix their immigration status and disheartened a good part of the population from even trying-which was probably the intended effect in the first place. Under the final iteration of the I-601A,
H-1B cap season is here. On April 2, USCIS began accepting applications for the H-1B visa lottery, and if last year is any indication of the time it will take to close, it should be around five days. While waiting to have an H-1B application accepted, you may be wondering what to expect. When can your employee enter the U.S. if they’re not already here? When can they begin working? Here’s what you can look forward to as you get started:
H-1B application accepted? Here are your next steps
First, watch for
Q: What Should I Bring with Me to the Asylum Interview?
A: You should bring the following to the interview:
A form of identification, including:
any passport(s) you may have
other travel or identification documents
the Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, if you received one at the time of your arrival in the United States
The originals of any birth certificates, marriage certificates, or other documents you previously submitted with your Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
A copy of your Form I-589 and other additional material that you previously submitted in case the
An H1B1 visa (sub-classification) is a temporary work visa specifically for citizens of Chile and Singapore with a job offer in a specialty occupation in the US. The Chile & Singapore Free Trade Agreement requires the USCIS to exempt 6,800 H1B visas from the H1B visa cap and be reserved for eligible citizens of Chile and Singapore.
H1B1 Visa Requirements
To qualify for an H1B1 visa to work in the US, the applicant must be a citizen of either Chile or Singapore and must have a temporary offer of employment in a
As a small business owner, you will probably need to hire some employees in order for your business to succeed. Finding good candidates can be a difficult task. Add the various anti-discrimination laws, payroll taxes, and other regulations, and you might feel stressed out by the prospect of hiring employees.
Sometimes, there isn’t an adequate supply of U.S. citizens that fit your needs. In that case, you may need to look into hiring an immigrant worker. Please be aware that regardless of whether you’re hiring a U.S. citizen or an immigrant,
Who is eligible for J-2 status?
The spouse and unmarried, minor children (under 21 years of age) of the exchange visitor are eligible for J-2 status.
When can my J-2 spouse and children come to the U.S.?
J-2 dependents may not enter the U.S. unless the J-1 is in the U.S. or accompanies the dependents. In other words, if a J-2 dependent enters separately from the J-1, the J-1 must arrive in the U.S. first.
What documents should a J-2 be prepared to present at the U.S. port of entry?
J-2 dependents should have
A master calendar hearing (“MCH”) is a short, preliminary hearing on immigration matters — the usual start to efforts to remove an immigrant from the United States. You will meet with the Judge and the government attorney to figure out how your case will proceed. The Judge will schedule dates for your submission of written documents and for your individual merits hearing (at which the substance of your applications or claims and/or defenses will be addressed in detail). If you have an attorney, he or she will answer most of
When an Immigration Judge (IJ) issues a removal order, the order becomes final when the affected alien does not file an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). If the alien files an appeal or petition for review, the order becomes final when the appeal or petition is denied. Sometimes, a final removal order is not really final. An alien may file a motion to reopen (MTR) with the Immigration Judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals if he has new and material evidence that was not available and
The removal of conditions process can be lengthy and time consuming. Even if you are not required to attend an interview, it can take 6-12 months to be approved for your 10 year green card. A request for evidence for removal of conditions will definitely delay the approval process but you can overcome it.
To have your removal of conditions petition approved quickly make sure to include as much evidence as possible. This can seem frustrating because there is not guarantee that the evidence your provide will be enough, but it is
Filing a Form I-130 establishes that you and your relative have a bona fide family relationship. Once this relationship is proven, the date you filed the I-130 form creates the “priority date” that establishes your relative’s place in line for an immigrant visa. Filing Form I-130 for your relative gives your relative a place in line with others waiting to immigrate from the same country or region based on the same type of relationship. Remember that immigrant visa categories are oversubscribed, which means that there are many more applications than