Proposed change would revoke the right of spouses of H-1B visa holders to work

Proposed change would revoke the right of spouses of H-1B visa holders to work

If the current employment authorization for spouses of H-1B holders is terminated, effects will be felt throughout the immigrant worker community in the U.S, particularly for these primarily female holders of H-4 visas.

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USCIS tightens regulations for skilled worker renewal visas

USCIS tightens regulations for skilled worker renewal visas

In a move that is says will “protect the interests of U.S. workers," the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will hold renewal visa H-1B applicants, as well as L-1, TN and 0-1 applicants, to the same standards as first-time visa applicants. This move reverses past policy, implemented in 2004, that allowed visa adjudicators to defer to prior eligibility determinations for visa holders, as long as the petition involved the “same parties and underlying facts as the initial petition.”

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New security measures to affect all international travelers to the U.S.—what you can do

New security measures to affect all international travelers to the U.S.—what you can do

Measures that went into effect on October 26, 2017 are expected to significantly alter wait times and procedures for all travelers arriving in the United States on international flights. It is estimated that all 325,000 travelers arriving daily in the U.S.—regardless of their citizenship status—will be affected by these new policies.

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Be Prepared – Traveling to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program

Be Prepared – Traveling to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program

The U.S. immigration system is one of the most complex systems to navigate, and there is a need for further clarity and caution when travelling to the U.S. This is particularly true for those travelling to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program.

 

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Misconceptions about the B Visa

Misconceptions about the B Visa

There's a lot of misconceptions about the actual function of a B visa. In almost all cases B visas are issued by US consulates for either one year or five years. But regardless of how long your visa label is actually issued for, that doesn't control how long a person can actually physically remain in the US — that is the I-94 record.

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Will Australians now need an interview and visa to visit the U.S.?

Will Australians now need an interview and visa to visit the U.S.?

To date, there is no indication that the Visa Waiver Program will be suspended by the Trump Administration. Following the LA Times’ release of a draft Presidential Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks from Foreign Nationals” on Wednesday, January 25th, several media outlets in Australia reported the widely-used Visa Waiver Program may be suspended, requiring Australians to undertake an in-person interview at the U.S. Consulate before visiting the U.S.  

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Do I need to use an immigration lawyer?

Do I need to use an immigration lawyer?

The do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to preparing a U.S. visa application or petition comes with risks. An over reliance on second-hand and non-professional advice can often have disastrous consequences. While many can succeed in having their visa or petition approved without professional assistance, the risks of proceeding alone should be carefully considered.

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2016 Visa Waiver Program changes prompt more B visa applications

2016 Visa Waiver Program changes prompt more B visa applications

In January 2016, the U.S. government made significant changes to the VWP. These changes were aimed at increasing U.S. national security. Effective January 21, 2016, foreign nationals who had traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria, on or after March 2011 are prevented from traveling to the United States under the VWP. Additionally, nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria are also prevented from applying for an ESTA and traveling to the U.S. under the VWP. This change has made travel to the U.S. for many foreign nationals harder, as foreigners that were once permitted to travel under the VWP must now apply for a B visa at a U.S. consulate.

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Does a first E-3 visa need to be issued in Australia?

Does a first E-3 visa need to be issued in Australia?

A question often asked by Australians is whether someone’s first E-3 visa needs to be issued from a U.S. consulate within Australia, even where the applicant is already in the U.S. A range of factors can largely determine the answer, as well as the applicant’s personal and professional circumstances.

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What you should know before your visa interview at a U.S. consulate

What you should know before your visa interview at a U.S. consulate

Many errors can be made when an applicant files a nonimmigrant visa application without seeking professional advice. Even when a professionally prepared application is presented to a consulate, such effort can be undermined when an applicant fails to adequately prepare for the interview and is unable to explain their circumstances and how they qualify for a visa. When processing an application, it’s estimated that the majority of a consular officer’s considerations are heavily weighted towards the applicant’s responses to questions. If asked by a consular officer, the applicant needs to accurately and clearly provide the details needed for them to process the application.

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