Ronald Shapiro

H-1B Helps Employers Obtain Workers with Specialty Skills

Locating highly skilled, uniquely talented workers can be very difficult for some employers in the United States. In fact, year after year the demand for workers with so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

K-1 Visa Program Under Federal Investigation

K-1 fiance visas offer an option for family-based immigration visas that may require less paperwork and  filing fees than spousal visas. Compared to spousal visas that can take up to two years, fiance visas only take five to…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Understanding the EB5 System

Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to promote economic growth and job creation in the United States. This system allows immigrant entrepreneurs to apply for green cards in return for investing in a new commercial…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Getting a Family-Based Green Card

Family immigration laws make it easier for relatives of U.S. citizens to gain permanent residency in America. With sponsorship, they can can apply for permanent residency status or an immigration visa number based on preference…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Understanding Temporary Employment Visas

Foreign workers who enter the United States on temporary employment visas come from various occupations. These include technology specialists, scientists, researchers, nurses, agricultural workers,religious workers, athletes,…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Immigration Caps Put Women & Children in Danger

The US has begun the process of deporting foreign nationals from Central American countries. In many cases, these individuals are women and children who fled wars, poverty, and crime in their homelands. Now, the US government is…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

DHS Raids Highlight the Need for Immigration Reform

In December, President Obama announced that agents of the Department of Homeland Security were preparing to crack down on illegal immigration from Central American countries. This past week, the Obama administration carried…more
| Constitutional Law, Immigration Law

Illinois Immigration Trends & Statistics

There are approximately 38.5 million immigrants in the United States, meaning that approximately one out of every eight people in the United States in an immigrant. In Illinois, that ratio of immigrants to non-immigrants is…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Indians Dominate Ranks of IT Workers on H-1B Visas

About 87 percent of H-1B visas for computer jobs are issued to Indians, according to a Computerworld analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) data. The publication look at about 76,000 H-1B visas issued for…more
| Civil Rights, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Proposed Legislation Would Expand EB-5 Visa Program

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has introduced legislation intended to raise the number of EB-5 green cards available to foreign investors while also making permanent the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The Regional Center…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

What to Expect During Your Citizenship Exam

As part of the requirements for becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, applicants must take several tests, collectively known as the citizenship exam, administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). These…more
| Immigration Law

Immigration Judges Retiring Among Surge in Cases

A shortage of immigration judges coupled with underfunding and an enormous backlog of immigration cases has created a bottleneck that has left the average immigration case pending for more than 600 days, according to various…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Your Legal Rights as a US Immigrant

As an immigrant to the United States, some of the rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as other laws, apply to you. Which ones will depend on the nature of your status in the United States. Your…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Immigration Law

Avoiding Immigration Scams

It’s a sad fact, but immigration scams are all too common. People and businesses try to prey on individuals seeking to come to the United States on immigrant or non-immigrant visas, as well as those within the United States who…more
| Immigration Law

US Visa Options for Foreign Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that about 400,000 new businesses are started annually in the United States. If you’re a foreign citizen who is interested in launching a new business in the United States, a corporate…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade
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