Navigating the ins and outs of the U.S. can be intimidating. Here are some articles to help you decode the system.
Will a career boost for your husband or wife translate into a career stumbling block for you? Understand the rules around dependents of H-1B visa holders.
Many Australian workers in the U.S. take advantage of the E-3, a special work visa that is limited to workers from Australia. We explain more about how you can apply.
One million students study at U.S. schools each year to further their education and career. Many of these students, particularly though in high school or pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, will apply for F-1 student visas.
The J-1 visa is a common choice for those opting to participate in programs that promote cultural exchange, especially in the medical field.
Manually checking your case status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can be really stressful, but it's obviously important to stay up to date. We explain how you can check your status and get automatic updates when changes occur.
If you are born outside of the United States and need proof of your U.S. citizenship, you’ll need to complete an Application for Certificate of Citizenship.
Obtaining an H-1B visa can allow international students to live and work in the U.S. for a longer period following graduation.
Are you a lawful permanent resident of the United States with a family in another country? It’s possible to petition for your spouse or children to join you in the U.S. Read on to learn more about the F2a visa.
Foreign nationals seeking to obtain an immigrant visa so they can reside in the U.S. on a permanent visa must complete and file Form DS-230.
Are you a citizen of the United States with a sibling in another country? It’s possible to petition on behalf of your sibling so that they may enter the U.S.. Read on to learn more about you can petition for a F4 visa on behalf of your brother or sister.
The H-1B visa provides foreign nationals with an opportunity to live and work in the United States for several years. For American companies, the visa offers access to vast talent pool of skilled workers from all over the world.
Foreign national workers with an H1-B visa may need to make amendments to their initial visa status. In this guide, we offer more details about the H-1B visa amendment process.
We take a closer look at how the Buy American and Hire American executive order may impact noncitizens hoping to apply for an H-1B visa to pursue their career ambitions in the U.S.
In order to become a U.S. permanent resident, you must transition from an H-1B visa status to Green Card, which is often the best option for skilled individuals who wish to remain in the U.S. for the long term.
The H-1B visa is a good fit for foreign nationals in the early to mid-stages of their careers hoping to expand their experience by working in the U.S. The O-1 visa is generally suited for established professionals. This guide reviews both types.
Getting an H-1B visa is literally like winning the lottery. Each year, over 200,000 people apply for an H-1B visa for skilled workers, of whom only 85,000 are accepted through a lottery system.
People escaping political turmoil, violence and other danger by seeking safety in the United States are required to file Form I-589, the Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal.
Whether coming to the U.S. to join their family or start a new job, most immigrants moving to the United States must prove that they have sufficient funds to support themselves in the U.S
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) mandates that noncitizens find an American company to sponsor them their H-1B visa application. Below, we explain how you can identify a sponsor if you hope to live and work in the U.S.
If you've never heard of a Social Security card, don't worry—we'll walk you through why and how you should get one.
The Visa Bulletin shows which Green Card applications are eligible to move forward, based on the I-130 or I-140 petition that starts the Green Card process was originally filed. Learn more about how to interpret this important document
Many foreign nationals working in the United States are required to obtain an employment authorization document (EAD), more commonly known as a work permit. To do so, you need to complete and file Form I-765. Learn more about Form I-765 here.
Start-to-finish guide to 'concurrent filing' — the fast track to a spousal green card when both spouses live in the U.S.
A national ID number like a Social Security number or ITIN is essential for most newcomers to work, file taxes, obtain Social Security benefits, apply for bank accounts, healthcare and more
If you are sponsoring a spouse for permanent residency in the United States, you may be wondering how to go about completing and filing Form I-130A. In this guide, you’ll find out more information about this important United States immigration document.
Form I-130 is an immigration document used to prove a foreign national’s relationship with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR). To learn more about Form I-130, including eligibility requirements and how to file the document, read on.
Don’t let this USCIS rule derail your marriage-based green card application
Until early 2017, Form G-325A was used to assess biographical information. Today, applicants and petitions no longer have to complete this form when filing for immigrant benefits.
When U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident petitioning for the family member doesn’t meet the USCIS income requirement, you may need to file Form I-864A.
How to request proof of employment for visa or green card applications
The H-1B visa carries a fixed three-year term which is extendable. There are both one- and three-year extensions to the H-1B visa.
Applying for a U.S. visa at the U.S. embassy can be scary and overwhelming. You may be wondering, what are the requirements for the US visa application and visa appointment? How about the documents, waiting times and application fees? Check out our guide.
An Employment Authorization Document is a work permit, issued in the form of a small card, that proves an individual’s right to work in the U.S.
Form DS-160, otherwise known as the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form, is for foreign nationals who want to travel temporarily to the United States temporarily and for K fiancé visa applicants.
Both “citizen” and “U.S. permanent resident” are titles that grant foreign nationals the ability to live in the United States legally, but these terms are not interchangeable and have important differences that impact your rights and responsibilities.
If you were granted conditional resident status through marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, use Form. I-751 to petition to remove conditions associated with your residency.
9 million permanent residents are eligible to naturalize as U.S. citizen. Are you one of them?
If you are granted asylum you may work immediately while if you are waiting longer than 150 days you will be eligible to apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD), a work permit. Below, we explore what you need to know about securing an EAD.
If you’ve received the H-1B visa approval notice, you are one of several thousands of noncitizen workers luckily enough to win the lottery to live and work in the United States
Companies wishing to sponsor noncitizen employees face several hurdles if they wish to hire a worker from abroad, one of which is the H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA)
An H-1B visa allows foreign nationals to work in the United States. But what is an H-1B visa, and who can apply for it? In this guide, you’ll find the answers to these questions, including a detailed explanation of the application process.
We explain how to check your estimated H-1B processing time as well as other information about H-1B visa that may help understand what to expect as you go through the application process.
American companies employ thousands of workers from abroad each year across every industry from farming to mechanical engineering; many arrive through the H-1B visa program.
Waiting to hear if you have been selected in the H-1B lottery is one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of the H-1B visa application process.
Studying at a college or university in the United States is a dream for many international students, but leaving behind a loved one can be a hard decision. If you are on an F-1 student visa, u may have the option of bringing your dependents with you.
Sometimes, an F-1 student may need more time to complete their coursework before the completion date noted on item 5 on Form I-20. Below, we explain how to request an extended I-20 before your current I-20 expires by filing Form I-539 with the USCIS.
Visiting scholars and skilled professionals in the U.S. under the J-1 program will experience an unfortunate situation when their visas expire. However, many J1 holder may be eligible for an extension.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires J-1 visa exchange program visitors to return to their country of origin for two years once their program is complete. However, some J1 holders may be able to waive that requirement.
The J-1 Advisory Opinion determines whether you will have to return to your home country for two years based on a review of the documents you submit to the U.S. State Department.
A common question we get from J1 holders: "Is it Possible to Transition from a J-1 to a Green Card in the U.S.?" We've done some extensive research into this topic Click here to find out.
The L-1 nonimmigrant visa allows certain foreign nationals to temporarily transfer to the U.S/ branch office, parent, subsidiary or affiliate of a multinational company. We explain L-1 eligibility requirements and alternatives if you don't qualify.
This guide contains an overview of everything you need to know as a J-1 visa holder from eligibility to requirements, costs, employment authorization and more.
In some cases, new opportunities arise while people are present in the US on J-1 status, which may lead them to seek an adjustment of status from a J-1 visa to a dual-intent visa like an H-1B visa.
The O-2 visa is intended for individuals who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance in the United States. In this article, we will review both visa types.
Perhaps you're a Nobel Prize-winning scientist visiting the U.S. for a four-year research project. If you want to stay in the U.S., you may need to apply for an O-1 visa extension.
Are a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who needs to do two-year research in America. Or maybe you’re a renowned film director, filming int the US? In either case, you’ll need an O-1 visa. Here is everything you need to know about the O-1 visa category.
There are different kinds of visas for foreigners who want to work in the United States. But perhaps you're a world-class athlete or a Nobel prize-winning scientist. This article talks about the O-1 visa category and what it takes to obtain one.
In this article, we focus on the costs associated with applying for an O-1 visa, namely: costs associated with the process and the cost of the services of an immigration lawyer.
Transitioning from an O-1 nonimmigrant visa category to the EB-1 Green card visa category is usually for individuals who have extraordinary skills or achievements in their respective fields. Learn more below.
The L-1 visa and H-1B visa are two of the most common work visas in the U.S. These two visa types share a lot of similarities but they aren’t the same. In this guide, you’ll find out more about each visa type and how you can apply.
L-1 visa holders may be granted extensions when their visa is close to expiry for up to two years at the time. In this guide, we explain more about how you can apply for an L-1 visa extension if your time in the U.S. is coming to an end.
If you are the spouse or child of an L-1B or L-1B visa holder, you may be able to travel to the U.S. too. In this guide, we provide a comprehensive review of everything you need to know about the L-2 visa category for L-1 dependents.
The L-1A visa provides foreign nationals the opportunity to transfer to the United States and work in a managerial or executive capacity. In this article, we take an in-depth look into the L-1A nonimmigrant visa.
The L-1B visa is one of two types of visas that fall under the L-1 visa category that are available to foreign nationals interested in working in the United States. We explain some key features, benefits, and restrictions of the L-1B visa in this guide.
Forms DS-260 and DS-261 allow you to apply for permanent residence from any country outside the United States. In this guide, we provide an overview of both forms as you prepare to apply for permanent residency in the U.S.
When you apply for asylum affirmatively, you will receive a Notice to Appear for your interview with an Asylum Office
If you’re a foreign national currently living in the United States on nonimmigrant visa, you’re allowed to stay in the country over the period specified in your visa—but you’ll have to file Form I-539.
You may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status if natural disasters, political turmoil, and other emergencies strike and returning home safely isn't an option.
Current and prospective employers can use Form I-907 to request an expedited response from USCIS within 15 days. Below, we walk you through key facts about Form I-907 including required materials and deadlines so that you can arrive and thrive in the U.S.
Immigrating to the U.S. to live and work has become a particularly challenging journey for individuals and families. Now more than ever, you need to have a long-term strategy and backup plans.
By going online, you can easily find information about your asylum case from scheduled interviews and appointments to decision updates.
The U.S. State Department established OFCs to speed up visa application processing times.
If you have to apply for a visa to visit the U.S., you’re likely to be asked about your travel history, which you can check online.
When USCIS needs more information in order to proceed any further on your application, the agency may send you a Request for Evidence (RFE).
Filing a Form G-1145 allows you to request updates from the USCIS via text message and/or email.
Many people move to the U.S. for a new job, your employer will have to file Form I-129, the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
Differences between Forms I797A, I797B, I797C, I797D, I797E, and I797F
Filing a Form G-28 enables you to appoint a legal professional who can act on your behalf to help accelerate your immigration process.
Premium Processing is a service offered by USCIS for which anyone filing an I-140 (or with an I-140) can pay USCIS extra to guarantee processing within 2 weeks. Here's how it works
We explain the form 221(g) in further detail, including typical reasons for refusal, processing times, and delays in the case.
The terms ”U.S. national” and “U.S. citizen” are often used interchangeably even though the two have very different meanings. All citizens of the United States are considered U.S. nationals—while not all U.S. nationals are citizens of the United States.
This guide is intended to help you decide which path will help you change your F-1 visa to a Green Card.
To complete Form I-864, the petitioner must meet certain requirements. But what does “country of domicile” mean? How does an Affidavit of Support sponsor prove that someone’s country of domicile is the U.S.? You’ll find the answers to these questions here.
USCIS requires adjustment of status applicants to have a medical examination to ensure that they don’t have a health condition that could make them “inadmissible” to the United States.
In the United States, there are several occasions when you are required to provide proof of your legal status. But how can you prove your legal status? Learn more in this article
Foreign nationals seeking permanent residence (also known as a Green Card) through employment must first obtain a labor certification through PERM processing. In this guide, you’ll find the answers to frequently asked questions about PERM.
As a United States citizen, you may occasionally need to provide proof of your citizenship or naturalization. In this guide, we provide detailed information about Form N-565, including when you can use this form and how to complete it.
So, what is Form N-400, and what are the eligibility requirements? How do you complete and file the form? Inside you’ll find the answers to these questions and more.
If you have applied for Permanent Residence and you have not yet received your Green Card, or your Green Card is about to expire and you are in the process of renewing it, you must obtain an I-551 stamp. Learn more about the I-551 stamp here.
Foreign nationals under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may be eligible to apply for advance parole. Doing so requires the use of Form I-512. In this article, we provide you with an overview of Form I-512.
Non-immigrants in the United States on a temporary visa who want to become green card holders need to apply for an Adjustment of Status using Form I-485. Learn more about the I-485 form here!
What is Form I-130? What are the eligibility requirements? How do you complete and file this form? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more.
Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) indicates the length of time that you are permitted to remain in the U.S. and proves that you arrived legally in the country. In this article, we provide an overview and general guidelines on the Form I-94.
Applying for an H-1B visa can take a significant amount of time, from obtaining a specialty occupation to having your petition selected in the H-1B lottery. Now that you’ve been approved by the USCIS, what are your next steps?
Are you a U.S. employer hoping to hire a worker from overseas? As part of the process, you’ll have to complete Form I-140. Below, we explain everything you need to know about the Immigrant Worker Petition.