What is an EB-4 Visa?

EB-4 visas are fourth-preference employment-based visas available to certain special classes of workers. You must have an employer to take advantage of this type of visa, but whether you petition for yourself or your employer petitions for you depends on what kind of subcategory of eligibility you fall into. The petitioner files Form I-360 to…

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How the VAWA Visa Program Works

Suppose you are a non-citizen and were abused by a relative who is a US citizen or lawful permanent resident. In that case, you gain the right to self-petition for immigrant classification.  Under the VAWA visa program, you do not need the abuser to sponsor you, and you do not need their consent. The abuser…

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Understanding Foreign Exchange Programs

Foreign exchange programs allow a certain number of pre-approved visitors to visit the United States, even as a visitor from the United States visits another participating country. Foreign exchange participants must seek a J-1 visa. A J-1 visa is the appropriate visa for an individual participating in a work or student exchange program. You must…

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Understanding U-Visas

If you’re a victim of human trafficking or domestic abuse, you may be eligible for a U-visa. A U-visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows victims to stay in the United States while they help law enforcement prosecute crimes. Here’s everything you need to know about this type of visa. Who is eligible for a…

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Additional H-2B Visas Available for 2024

Two weeks ago, USCIS announced that they were going to make an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas available for the fiscal year, for a total of 130,716. 20,000 visas will be allocated to workers from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Honduras. 44,716 supplemental visas will be available to returning…

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What is a PERM Application?

Before you can hire a foreign worker to fill a permanent position here in the United States, you must obtain a Permanent Labor Certification by undergoing the Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) process. Obtaining a PERM allows you to sponsor an employee for a green card. The PERM process helps employers show the following: They…

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How Does an Employment-Based Green Card Work?

There are two ways to get an employment-based green card in the United States. The first is to have a job offer in the United States. The second is to have an “extraordinary” ability.  Only 140,000 of these visas are granted each year, but they can offer a viable path to permanent residency if that…

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What is a TN Visa?

The TN Visa, also known as a NAFTA Professional Visa, offers citizens of Mexico and Canada a straightforward path to live and work temporarily in the United States. It is one of the fastest nonimmigrant visas available, as expedited processing takes just 15 days. Spouses and children under 21 who wish to accompany a TN…

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Understanding Re-Entry Permits for Permanent Residents

When you’re a green card holder, you can’t just leave the United States whenever you want and come back whenever you want. At least, you can’t if you intend to keep your green card. You’ve got to take some preliminary steps, or the United States government will assume you’re abandoning your hard0won status. If that…

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What is the Difference Between an RFE and a NOID?

If your visa or adjustment of status isn’t immediately approved, you could get one of two documents. One of those documents is a Request for Evidence (RFE) document, and one is a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID).  These documents have similarities, but it’s important to understand their differences. USCIS tells you very different things…

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