Nonimmigrants: Admission, Rights, and Responsibilities

passport-graphic designThis article discusses the requirements and procedures for admission to the U.S. as a nonimmigrant. It also covers your responsibilities in order to maintain legal nonimmigrant status.[1] It’s important to be familiar with these responsibilities because a violation may make you ineligible for extension of status or change of status, ineligible for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status, and in some cases deportable from and inadmissible to the United States. Continue reading “Nonimmigrants: Admission, Rights, and Responsibilities”

Univ. of Northern New Jersey: a Federal Sting Operation Targeting Student Visa Fraud

unnjIn a first-of-its-kind sting operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) established a sham school in September 2013. The University of Northern New Jersey offered no classes or instructors. But for a price it offered to shady recruiters an opportunity to obtain fraudulent student visas for foreign customers. Continue reading “Univ. of Northern New Jersey: a Federal Sting Operation Targeting Student Visa Fraud”

Nonimmigrants: Who Can Study in the U.S.?

studyThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a handy chart showing which nonimmigrant classifications allow study in the U.S.

One common violation of status our firm sees is that  generally a B1/B2 visitor may only engage in study that is avocational or recreational in nature, and if a B1/B2 visitor applies for change to F-1 student status, the student may not begin attending school until the change of status is approved by DHS. Continue reading “Nonimmigrants: Who Can Study in the U.S.?”

China’s Failure to Repatriate U.S. Deportees Jeopardizes 10-Year Visitor Visa Deal

return to senderThere 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”

U.S. Visas for Medical Treatment

medicalMore 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”