The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to intensify its investigation of visa applicants’ social media. Our law firm advises clients to exercise caution using social media. Continue reading “Alert: DHS Intensifies Screening of Visa Applicants’ Social Media”
Here are the top eight things HR managers should know about U.S. immigration law: Continue reading “Eight Things HR Managers Should Know about Immigration Law”
If your visa is denied, you may be confused and frustrated. And consular officers may be unwilling or unable to properly explain the grounds for refusal and your options for overcoming the refusal. How can an attorney help? Continue reading “Options after a Consular Officer Denies Your U.S. Visa Application”
To be issued a visa and admitted to the U.S. at a port of entry, a foreign national must generally not fall within a list of classes of persons who are to be prohibited entry to the U.S. This list is known as the “grounds of inadmissibility.” Continue reading “Grounds of Inadmissibility under U.S. Immigration Law”
The U.S. generally employs a “double-check” system for nonimmigrants to be admitted to the country. First, you must apply for a visa at a U.S. Consulate. Second, you must apply for admission to the U.S. at a port of entry. Continue reading “Visa vs. I-94 (Departure Record): What’s the Difference?”
U.S. law provides for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Immigrant visas (i.e., permanent resident status or green cards) allow for indefinite residence in the United States. Most immigrant visas are issued on the basis of family sponsorship or through employment (including investment).
In contrast, nonimmigrant visas allow entry only for a limited period an only to carry out specified activities. There are 24 major nonimmigrant visa categories, and 87 specific types of nonimmigrant visas issued. Each NIV category is identified by a particular letter, starting with “A” and currently using up the English alphabet through the letter “V.” The NIV application process is designed to be quicker and less cumbersome than that for immigrant visas.
This article briefly describes the paths to U.S. citizenship. These include birth in the U.S., naturalization, the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, and acquisition of citizenship at birth abroad. Continue reading “U.S.: Quick Reference to Citizenship”
This article briefly describes the family-based permanent residence classifications available under U.S. immigration law. A lawful permanent resident is a foreign national who has been granted the privilege of permanently living and working in the United States. Continue reading “U.S.: Quick Reference to Family-Sponsored Immigrant Visas”
This article briefly describes each employment-based permanent residence category under U.S. immigration law. Continue reading “U.S.: Quick Reference to Employment-Based Immigrant Visas”
This article briefly describes each nonimmigrant visa classification under U.S. immigration law. Continue reading “Quick Reference to Nonimmigrant Visas”