New USCIS Policy Updates for EB-1 Visas
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by Sabrina Saada
9M ago
On September 12th, 2023, USCIS updated its Policy Manual to offer clarifying guidance on examples of evidence that may satisfy the relevant criteria for employment first-based preference applicants, as well as how USCIS officers evaluate the totality of the evidence for eligibility. These updates reflect the Biden Administration’s increased focus on science, technology, engineering, and... The post New USCIS Policy Updates for EB-1 Visas appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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Guide to EB-2 NIW Self Petition
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by Sabrina Saada
9M ago
There are a number of advantages to choosing the EB-2 green card category as your immigration pathway. One of which is the National Interest Waiver (NIW) option which essentially allows you to bypass the job offer requirement and also labor certification process. The labor certification (PERM) is a time-consuming process that involves obtaining a job... The post Guide to EB-2 NIW Self Petition appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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Can H-1B Workers Work Remotely?
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by Griffin Nelson
9M ago
The remote work revolution, spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, has reshaped the landscape of work, transforming how businesses operate. The H-1B visa allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require specialized knowledge. But can H-1B workers work remotely like their American counterparts? The answer is yes — but it’s... The post Can H-1B Workers Work Remotely? appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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How-To Guide on EB-1 Self-Petition Process
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by Sabrina Saada
9M ago
Obtaining a green card without a U.S. sponsoring company is not as unobtainable as many believe it to be. There are tangible immigration paths an individual can take to get a green card without a U.S. job offer or a sponsoring company through the EB-1 self-petitioning route. In this guide, we’ll explore the EB-1 self-petitioning... The post How-To Guide on EB-1 Self-Petition Process appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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Can You Self-Petition for O-1 Visa?
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by Sabrina Saada
9M ago
If you are wondering if you can self-petition for an O-1 visa, the short answer is no, not in the traditional sense. But, you can create a company as an applicant and employ yourself as a way to establish an employee-employer relationship. That means those who are not necessarily employed or have not received a... The post Can You Self-Petition for O-1 Visa? appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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Selection Completed for Second Round of H-1B FY 2024
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by Sabrina Saada
10M ago
The first round of random selections for FY 2024 H-1B season (registrations submitted from April 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023) were conducted March 2023, including the Master’s Cap pool. To meet the numerical allocations USCIS announced that they would then need to conduct a second round of random selections to reach the cap. As... The post Selection Completed for Second Round of H-1B FY 2024 appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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H-1B Cap Exempt Employers
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by Lucia Veglia
11M ago
The H-1B visa is intended for foreign professionals who are hired by U.S. employers for their skills and expertise in a specialized occupation. However, the H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000. Unlike the regular and advanced degree categories, the H-1B cap exempt category does not have a set quota or annual limit. In... The post H-1B Cap Exempt Employers appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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Transition to New Visa Appointment System for U.S. Consular Posts in India
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by Sabrina Saada
11M ago
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced that starting July 15, 2023, a new system will be implemented for U.S. visa services on the official DOS Visa Appointment Service website for India. To ensure a smooth transition, the DOS has provided instructions for visa applicants to follow regarding appointment and payment information. Instructions for... The post Transition to New Visa Appointment System for U.S. Consular Posts in India appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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Enhanced Premium Processing for Individuals Seeking F, M, or J Nonimmigrant Status
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by Sabrina Saada
1y ago
USCIS recently announced that it will now offer premium processing for certain petitions filed with Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, by individuals seeking to switch to F (academic students), M (vocational students), or J (exchange visitors) nonimmigrant status. The premium processing option allows applicants to have their cases expedited, resulting in faster processing... The post Enhanced Premium Processing for Individuals Seeking F, M, or J Nonimmigrant Status appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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Navigating the E-1 Employee Visa Journey
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by Sabrina Saada
1y ago
Treaty traders and investors can leverage the E visa category to foster cross-border commerce and secure their path to success in the United States.  The E-1 treaty trader visa possesses many benefits for those who qualify under the regulations. With the expertise of our E-1 visa attorneys, this guide will cover the entire process and... The post Navigating the E-1 Employee Visa Journey appeared first on VisaNation ..read more
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