Navigating the E-2 Visa and Understanding the Differences from the EB-5 Visa
San Francisco Immigration Law Firm Blog
by nick.divish@thomsonreuters.com
3w ago
Introduction If you are a successful business person, you may be considering expanding your operations to the United States. One avenue to achieve this is through the E-2 treaty investor visa, which allows individuals from certain countries to invest in and manage a business in the U.S. This article will provide a concise overview of the main features and principal requirements for qualifying for and obtaining nonimmigrant E-2 treaty investor status. Additionally, we will briefly point out the differences between the E-2 nonimmigrant and EB-5 immigrant investor visas. E-2 Treaty Investor Visa ..read more
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How job loss can affect nonimmigrants who have a work visa
San Francisco Immigration Law Firm Blog
by robertgaffney
3M ago
A job opportunity is often how people legally enter the United States. Many companies have difficulty hiring the best workers domestically, especially when there are shortages of  qualified candidates within a specific industry. These companies may then consider hiring foreign nationals or arranging for foreign workers to transfer to work within the United States. Someone with an advanced degree or years of experience in a particular profession can qualify for a specialty work visa. With support from an employer, they can legally move to and work in the United States. Accepting a job in t ..read more
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What visa works well for entrepreneurs?
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by nick.divish@thomsonreuters.com
5M ago
Entrepreneurs know the dangers of standing still. When it comes to business innovations, if you stand still, you go backwards. The need to constantly move forward and grow is vital and can also serve as a major problem, especially when looking to expand into other countries. A prime example are the many hurdles that come with expanding business operations into the United States. Can I expand business operations into the United States? The first and most important hurdle is whether or not getting business operations established in the United States is a viable option. This is a common question ..read more
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L visas can be as beneficial for companies as they are for workers
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by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
5M ago
There are many ways for successful professionals to use their careers to gain entry to the United States. Sometimes, workers apply for openings at domestic companies and then partner with those organizations to pursue a visa. Businesses that have trouble locating the right skilled and educated talent domestically may happily extend job offers to international candidates with the right education or skills. However, it can be a challenge for foreign professionals to find job opportunities with domestic employers. An L visa allows someone to transfer within a company that currently employs them t ..read more
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Can buying into a franchise lead to an E-2 visa?
San Francisco Immigration Law Firm Blog
by nick.divish@thomsonreuters.com
7M ago
Persons seeking to become business owners may develop their own business concept to access a previously untapped market and/or need, or they may decide to buy an existing business or a franchise. Unlike starting a new business from scratch, franchise investments help connect prospective business owners with a pre-existing business model and potentially an established demand for certain goods or services. Franchise companies may invest heavily in marketing and may already have a trusted domestic brand, which can potentially lead to faster growth and greater overall profits. Franchise owners oft ..read more
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EAD eligibility requirements for spouses of H-1B employees
San Francisco Immigration Law Firm Blog
by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
7M ago
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows those with special work visas to bring their spouses and minor, unmarried children with them to the United States. This allowance helps to keep family units intact and makes work-based immigration more feasible for successful employees from other countries. Dependent spouses typically receive an H-4 visa, which allows them to live in the country but does not authorize them to pursue a job. The established rules in the United States, therefore, often leaves the entire family dependent on the income of one individual, which ca ..read more
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Strict federal rules lead to thousands of unissued visas
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by robertgaffney
10M ago
Every year, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives tens of thousands of applications for visas in a variety of different programs, and the process of reviewing those applications can be very lengthy. The extensive background checks, medical reviews and interviews required for most visas and immigration programs take a long time to complete. There is so much work involved, in fact, that USCIS often fails to approve its allocated number of visas in certain programs. Although USCIS does have a limit on the number of visas that it can award in many programs each year ..read more
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Visa Bulletin – June 2023
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by christine.tomek@thomsonreuters.com
10M ago
The Department of State has released the visa bulletin for June 2023 DOS. In addition to final action dates and dates for filing, the bulletin contains notes on the diversity visa (DV) category and DV category rank cut-offs that will apply in June and July.  The Department reports that high number use in the Employment Third Preference “Other Workers” (EW) category has necessitated the establishment of a worldwide final action date to maintain visa usage within the maximum allowed under the FY-2022 annual limit. All countries are subject to a final action date of 01JAN20 except for C ..read more
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Visa Bulletin – May 2023
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by christine.tomek@thomsonreuters.com
10M ago
The Department of State has released the visa bulletin for May 2023 DOS. In addition to final action dates and dates for filing, the bulletin contains notes on the diversity visa (DV) category and DV category rank cut-offs that will apply in June and July.  The Department reports that high number use in the Employment Third Preference “Other Workers” (EW) category has necessitated the establishment of a worldwide final action date to maintain visa usage within the maximum allowed under the FY-2022 annual limit. All countries are subject to a final action date of 01JAN20 except for Ch ..read more
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How L-1 visas can benefit companies that need specialized talent
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by bhargavi.sr@thomsonreuters.com
11M ago
There are numerous visa programs that apply to different industries and work-related situations in the U.S. Some of them are very specific, like visas for medical doctors, while other programs are more generic and may apply to many professionals with specialized skills. Companies often seek less-specialized visas when they want to recruit international talent to fill domestic roles. However, generic visa programs that allow companies to hire outside recruits can be very difficult to navigate. The popular H-1B visa program, for example, gives out visas on a lottery basis. Organizations could ap ..read more
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