This article covers the requirements and procedures to apply for a K-1 visa, as well as the terms and conditions of K-1 status. Also covered are the rules for the fiancé(e)’s unmarried children under age 21 to apply for K-2 visas. Continue reading “K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Guide”
There is a backlog of nearly 39,000 Chinese nationals who have been ordered deported by the U.S. but who have not been removed because China is dragging its feet in issuing travel documents, according to a story by Mark Hosenball and Tim Reid of Reuters.
One aspect of the story that hasn’t been reported on is that Beijing’s lack of cooperation with repatriations could make Washington rethink its recent agreement to issue 10-year visas to Chinese business visitors and tourists. Continue reading “China’s Failure to Repatriate U.S. Deportees Jeopardizes 10-Year Visitor Visa Deal”
More Chinese patients are checking into travel abroad for healthcare needs, helped by a rising demand for better quality medical care and sophisticated treatments, according to a recent article by Caixin. Below, I look at the driving forces behind the increase in so-called medical tourism, some differences between the U.S. and Chinese health care systems, the doctor-patient relationship in the U.S., and the U.S. visa requirements for healthcare visits. Continue reading “U.S. Visas for Medical Treatment”
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”
On May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for employment authorization from certain H-4 spouses of H-1B temporary work visa holders. The final rule is in place. And USCIS has now published updated an updated form with instructions (rev. Feb. 13, 2015), filing tips, and FAQs. Continue reading “Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses: USCIS Publishes Updated Form and FAQs”
USCIS has released a new policy memo on “L-1B adjudications policy.” The memo provides guidance on the adjudication of the L-1B classification, which permits multinational companies to transfer employees who possess “specialized knowledge” from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States. Continue reading “New L-1B Adjudications Policy: Upsetting the Apple Cart?”
The H-1B season is off and running! With a strong U.S. employment report, this may well be another lottery year. I am recommending that all petitions be ready for submission by March 31 to ensure they make the cut of petitions considered. Continue reading “Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make When Sponsoring H-1B Temporary Workers”
The U.S. and China have mutually agreed to increase business and tourist visa validity to 10 years and student and exchange visa validity to 5 years. That according to President Obama’s announcement (video) on November 10 at the 2014 APEC summit in Beijing.
Both governments put the policy into effect immediately. But China hasn’t even fully implemented its prior 2005 agreement to increase visa validity to 1 year, creating a question as to whether most Americans will get the new long-term PRC visas. Continue reading “U.S., China Agree on Longer Visa Validity”
Have you applied for a 5-year or 10-year U.S. or China visa or residence permit under the new agreement between the two countries announced on Nov. 10? Did you get the maximum validity? Share your experience in the comments section here.
It will be interesting to see how and to what extent the two countries implement the agreement.