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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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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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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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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Watch your I-94 record

Watch your I-94 record

Since the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) introduced the online system to obtain I-94 records, we’ve seen an increase in the number of records containing errors. This creates confusion among nonimmigrant visa holders, and can increase the risk a temporary visitor overstaying their status.

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Renewing an E-3 visa outside of Australia

Renewing an E-3 visa outside of Australia

When an E-3 visa holder needs to consider their options to have the visa renewed, this can lead to the applicant seeking opinions of various types from employers, colleagues, friends and strangers. Unfortunately, there are numerous scenarios in which E-3 visa holders can face significant delays in renewing their visas. Careful research and planning on where an E-3 can be renewed can help avoid some of these problems.

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Common questions regarding E-3 Visa applications

Common questions regarding E-3 Visa applications

I receive a number of questions from Australians regarding E-3 visa applications. Often these questions come from existing E-3 visa holders located in California and New York looking to renew their visas. The following are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding E-3 visas:

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