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We’re Married! Let’s Move to the U.S.! – Bringing Your Foreign-Citizen Spouse Into the U.S. (July 2020)

It may be surprising, but moving to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen spouse is not as simple as you might imagine. If you are a U.S. citizen working abroad and considering moving back to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen...more

China Eases Requirements for Foreigner Permanent Residency Applications

In February 2016, China’s General Office of the State Council issued its Opinion on Strengthening Management of the Service for Foreigners’ Permanent Residency (“Opinion”), setting out a framework for the development of less...more

Department of Homeland Security Proposes USCIS Fee Increases

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed increasing the fees that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges for certain immigration and naturalization filings. The proposal...more

Final Policy Memorandum Provides Needed Predictability and Guidance on Job Portability Determinations

On March 18, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a final policy memorandum that offers guidance on determining whether a new job is in “the same or similar occupational classification”...more

2nd Circuit Court Requires I-140 Revocation Notice: Analysis

On December 30, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (SUCIS) must notify either the beneficiary of an approved I-140 or successor employer, of any intent to...more

Worth the Wait: Will USCIS Draft Policy Guidance Bring Greater Job Portability and Career Advancement for Foreign Workers and...

On November 20, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a highly anticipated draft policy memorandum for public review and comment that provides guidance to USCIS Immigration Services...more

Immigration News Flash: 2017 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2015!

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2017 opens Thursday, October 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2015, and noon on November 3,...more

Um recado na parede – a crescente maré de imigrantes: Posições dos candidatos à presidência sobre a reforma imigratória

Panorama - Nos últimos meses a imprensa americana tem feito a cobertura da Campanha Presidencial do Partido Republicano com a mesma intensidade que na Copa do Mundo. Uma das questões políticas que está no centro das...more

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

A new category of “filing” cutoff dates has been introduced to allow for earlier filing of adjustment of status applications and immigrant visa applications. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2015...more

Tax-Savvy Planning for Foreign Business Owners Seeking Temporary U.S. Residence: Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

The EB-5 Visa program has been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. The program is a great solution to the...more

Immigrant Fee Payment Process Just Made Easier

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) just made it easier for immigrants to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online through their electronic immigration system. The USCIS Immigrant Fee is required for individuals...more

The Other EB Visa for Foreign Investors? EB-1(c) Visas as an Alternative to the EB-5 Visa

Overview - I have written a few articles regarding the over-promotion of the EB-5 visa program from the standpoint that frequently the foreign investor’s desire for a Green Card is over-zealous before considering all of...more

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

Created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly referred to as the EB-5 program, offers foreign investors an opportunity to secure permanent residency in the United States by making a...more

Department of Homeland Security Announces New Employment Authorization Eligibility for Certain H-4 Spouses of H-1B Professional...

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that effective May 26, 2015, the agency will extend eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B...more

Employment Authorization Document for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that effective May 26, 2015 it will be extending eligibility for U.S. employment authorization to certain H-4 spouses of foreign nationals in H-1B status pursuing...more

Congressman Jolly’s Bill Could Change Lives of E-2 Visa Holders

Congressman David Jolly of Florida is working on a bill that would provide a pathway for E-2 visa holders to obtain permanent residence based on the length of their residency in the United States and their economic stability....more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Holders Seeking Permanent Residence

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced earlier this week that, pursuant to a published regulation effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending...more

USCIS to Grant Employment Authorization to Spouses of Certain H-1B Workers

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced Tuesday, February 24th that spouses of certain H-1B workers will be eligible to apply for employment authorization effective May 26, 2015. Those eligible are spouses...more

Kazakhstan’s Law on Legalisation of Property

Legalisation allows release from liability and legitimises the turnover of property. The Law on Amnesty of Kazakhstan Citizens, Repatriates (Oralmans), and Individuals Having Kazakhstan Permanent Residence Permit in...more

Global Immigration Bulletin - Practice and Regulation Changes

INDIA - Several years ago, the Indian government began outsourcing some of its consular work to private companies in certain locations around the world. These "outsourcing partners" are generally charged with receiving...more

Overview of U.S. Immigration Law & Procedures for Employers

In This Presentation: - Government Agencies Involved - Terms & Definitions - U.S. Citizens - Lawful Permanent Residents (Immigrants or “Green Card” Holders) - Paths to Permanent Residency -...more

Business and Employment Based Permanent Residence Information Chart

This chart provides a guide compiled by Williams Mullen’s Immigration Practice Group to “green cards” in the U.S. Please see full chart below for more information....more

What Happens to Permanent Resident Status after Divorce?

Divorce is an unfortunate reality for many couples. In fact, approximately 41 percent of first marriages and 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce. Divorce is a stressful and unsettling time for anyone, impacting a...more

2,300 Conditional Permanent Resident Cards Issued with Incorrect Expiration Date

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), recently reported that approximately 2,300 conditional lawful permanent resident cards were issued with incorrect expiration dates. The incorrect cards were issued between...more

Travel Planning When Naturalization is in Your Future

If you travel frequently and plan to apply for U.S. citizenship in the future, you may need to starting planning far in advance. In order to naturalize, lawful permanent residents must meet “continuous residence” and...more

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