Immigration for those with Extraordinary Ability: How the EB-1 Category Can Help

For those individuals who are at the top of their fields and would like to continue their work in the United States, the EB-1 Extraordinary Ability immigrant visa category is an attractive immigration option. Designed to help researchers, innovators, artists, scientists, and other outstanding academics immigrate to the U.S., the EB-1 visa is self-sponsored and a faster and easier way to obtain permanent resident Read More

K-1 Fiancé(e) Visas and Conditional Permanent Residence

If you are engaged to someone living in the United States and you do not also live there, the process for getting married requires more paperwork than you’d expect. In order to enter the country and marry a citizen, you must apply for the K-1 “Fiancé(e)” visa. This visa will allow you to travel to the US as long as you get married within 90 days after your arrival. Applying For The K-1 Visa The process for Read More

Immigration and Employment: 6 Tips for Proper I-9 Compliance

With political pressure pushing immigration reform into the national spotlight, employers that neglect one legal issue can turn a profitable company into a financial pit of endless lawsuits. We're talking about I-9 compliance. Never has the immigration spotlight burned more brightly as it does now on United States employers. U.S. employers need to know what an I-9 is, as well as how to ensure they are compliant Read More

Don’t Go It Alone: Knowing When You Need an Immigration Attorney

Immigration proceedings are a scary place for many hoping to reach American soil, or to remain here after arriving. And while it is not required by law to have an attorney represent you, it is certainly unwise to proceed without a knowledgeable legal advocate due to the highly complex framework of US immigration law. Many believe that the Immigration authorities are inherently skeptical of applicants. After all, Read More

Nonimmigrant Work Visas: The E-1 Treaty Trader Visa Explained

An E-1 Treaty Trader Visa is essentially a visa designated for foreign nationals who wish to enter the country to conduct matters related to foreign trade. The trader must be a member of a nation in which the United States has a treaty agreement for trade and commerce. Qualifying countries can be found here. Eligibility Not just anyone can obtain an E-1 Visa.  One must be a national of a country with which the Read More

Nonimmigrant Work Visas: The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Explained

If you are a business investor from outside the U.S. looking to invest in a new or existing business within the U.S., then you may want to consider applying for an E-2 “Treaty Investor” Visa. As the name implies, this type of visa allows an individual whose country of nationality holds a valid treaty of trade with the US to reside lawfully in the US in order to manage and direct the investment enterprise (which can Read More

Understanding Aggravated Felonies and How They Can Impact Your Immigration Case

No matter your US immigration goals, few things can have a bigger impact on your case than being convicted of a crime or potentially even associated with criminal activity. And when it comes to immigration law, no crimes are more severe than aggravated felonies. Most of them serve as automatic disqualifiers for a wide variety of immigration-related pursuits, including US citizenship or a Green Card. The concept Read More

Immigration Relief for Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a widespread epidemic that can impact just about anyone. Thousands of women, children, and men alike fall victim to both physical and emotional abuse everyday at the hands of those they consider to be loved ones. The result of such violence can be very traumatizing for the victims, and potentially even deadly. One segment of the population that is especially vulnerable to abuse is immigrants. Read More

Understanding US Asylum Eligibility

Asylum is relief granted to a person who has fled their country of origin and is seeking to be allowed to remain in the US. Asylum is granted to those who are seeking to escape persecution in their country of origin. There are two distinct types of asylum: affirmative and defensive asylum. Affirmative Asylum For an applicant to obtain asylum through this process, he or she is required to be physically Read More

A Brief Q&A on Cancellation of Removal

If you are a non-citizen residing in the United States, whether you have legal permanent resident status or not, there is the potential that you could be placed in removal proceedings and deported from this country. There are a number of different scenarios and actions that could lead to deportation, such as criminal activity, but there are ways to fight back and defend your right to remain and live in the Read More