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The International Entrepreneur Parole Program is here to stay, now that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department decided to remove a 2018 notice that recommended removing the program from the Department of Human Services. This program is designed to provide foreign entrepreneurs with an opportunity to stay in the United States and continue working on their start-up enterprise despite their current immigration status. The hope is that by keeping this program intact, more aspiring…
The O-1 Visa for Extraordinary Achievement or Abilities is a program that allows employers to retain or attract world-class talent to their US offices. Typically, these visas are reserved for those who have had notable success in the arts or sciences. Factors for O-1A Eligibility According to the United States Custom and Immigration Service (USCIS), an O-1A Visa is for those who possess “extraordinary ability” in art, science, education, athletics or business. USCIS will look…
While immigration reform in the US Congress continues to be more of a dream than a reality, specific steps via President Biden’s executive orders continue. Many consider the changes as a step to move away from the previous administration’s policies that limited available visas, lengthened the application process, and denied applications that complied with existing laws. Employers in need of foreign talent in tech industries believe in a faster pace to secure the services of…
Foreign nationals who want to start a life in the United States face a variety of challenges when certain visas suddenly became available. They suddenly face obstacles, if not outright barriers, in an immigration process that is complex and hard to navigate and understand. Business organizations were quick to express their opposition to last year’s ban on H-1B visas for skilled professionals in the technology industry, the initial focus of the ban. A controversial, pandemic-driven…
Deportation has divided families. The Urban Policy Institute and Migration Policy Institute report that many removals leave parents and their children on opposite sides of the border. The ongoing problem needs a lasting solution. The House and Senate are about to debate two bills that would focus on uniting families once divided by immigration policy. Specifics of the legislation include: Providing judges with more discretion in deportation cases Empowering the Secretary of Homeland Security and…
The EB-5 visa allows investors and immediate family members living in other countries to realize their own American dream. The program provides them permanent resident status without a sponsoring U.S. employer. Instead, they make a qualifying investment to build a business that helps the overall economy and by each investor creating ten full-time jobs for U.S. workers. The one constant in pursuing any type of visa is the lengthy process applicants have to endure due…
This post is an update to our earlier posts on the Public Charge Rule. Our last post on the Public Charge Rule, before the post below, can be read here.)  March 9, 2021 marked the official end of the 2019 Public Charge Rule of Inadmissibility when a US court order vacated the rule and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately stopped applying the rule. Now, DHS has gone back to the 1999…
  On February 18, 2021, President Biden’s immigration reform bill was introduced in Congress this week by Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez. The legislation is called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and it includes the main tenants that President Biden announced during his first days in office. The legislation is co-sponsored by several Senators and Representatives and the focal point of the legislation is an 8-year path to citizenship for many of…
Many students from across the world come to the U.S. in order to study in an American university. These students have had to go through the process required for a student visa. If your dream is to leave your country for a few years to study in the United States, you might have looked at the requirements for obtaining a student visa, and you might feel overwhelmed by how long and complex the process is.…
  On February 17, 2021, DHP Attorney Megan Guzman presented at the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) Southern California’s Webinar on Federal Immigration Litigation 101. Megan presented to other immigration attorneys alongside Attorneys Brian S. Green and Jennifer Rozdzielski. Megan was able to share her experience handling tough and unique immigration litigation cases in federal court. Helping her clients through court proceedings over the years have provided her with the experience necessary to best strategize…