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Navigating the ins and outs of the U.S. can be intimidating. Here are some articles to help you decode the system.
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.
Perhaps you are a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who needs to do two-year research in America. Or maybe you’re a renowned film director, and you need to shoot on location for your movie. In either case, you’ll need an O-1 visa.This article talks about everything you need to know about the O-1 visa category.
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. This article explains the process of getting a green card with an O-1 visa.
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.
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.
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, including what an amendment is, when one might be needed and how to apply for an amendment.
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, including what it is, who can file this form and how to apply for advance parole.
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.
Nonimmigrants 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. Here, we provide an overview of Form I-485, including what it entails, the eligibility requirements and how to complete the application.
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 United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), what are your next steps?
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.
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 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 H-1B visa is a good fit for foreign nationals in the early to mid-stages of their careers who hope to expand their experience by working in the U.S. The O-1 visa, on the other hand, is generally suited for people who have already advanced in their profession. This guide covers both types of visas in detail.
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 explain key advantages and disadvantages of the O-2 visa and the critical skills and experience you will need to demonstrate to accompany an O-1 visa holder working in the arts or athletics.
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.
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.
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, its key features, application requirements, as well as information on how you can apply for a Green Card as an L-1A visa holder.
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.
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.
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 eligibility requirements within.
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.
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. Check this post to find out more information about the application process for I-551 stamps.
In some cases, an F-1 student may need more time to complete their coursework before the completion date noted on item 5 on Form I-20. In this guide, we explain how to request an extended I-20 before your current I-20 expires by filing Form I-539 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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 to obtain an immigrant visa so they can reside in the U.S. on a permanent visa must complete and file Form DS-230.
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.
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 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.
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. In this guide, we explain L-1 eligibility requirements and possible alternatives if you do not qualify.
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.
Don’t let this USCIS rule derail your marriage-based green card application
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.
How to request proof of employment for visa or green card applications
Start-to-finish guide to 'concurrent filing' — the fast track to a spousal green card when both spouses live in the U.S.
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.? In this guide, you’ll find the answers to these questions and more.
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.
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
This guide is intended to help you decide which path will help you change your F-1 visa to a Green Card.
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.
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.
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 so that you can start your new life in the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Obtaining an H-1B visa can allow international students to live and work in the U.S. for a longer period following graduation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
We explain the form 221(g) in further detail, including typical reasons for refusal, processing times, and delays in the case.
There are seven different types of Form I797, and each type communicates the details of a petition once it is received by the USCIS.
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.
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.
The J-1 visa is a common choice for those opting to participate in programs that promote cultural exchange, especially in the medical field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filing a Form G-28 enables you to appoint a legal professional who can act on your behalf to help accelerate your immigration process.
Filing a Form G-1145 allows you to request updates from the USCIS via text message and/or email.
When USCIS needs more information in order to proceed any further on your application, the agency may send you a Request for Evidence (RFE).
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.
The U.S. State Department established OFCs to speed up visa application processing times.
By going online, you can easily find information about your asylum case from scheduled interviews and appointments to decision updates.
Many foreign nationals confuse the terms “citizen” and “U.S. permanent resident.” Both terms 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.
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.
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.
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.
Some J-1 visa holders may be interested in working during their stay, but each J-1 program has specific rules and guidelines on work authorization .
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. Upon your request for this review, the State Department will issue a decision about whether you must return to your home country for two years.
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 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, in certain cases, J1 holders may be able to waive that requirement.
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.
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.
9 million permanent residents are eligible to naturalize as U.S. citizen. Are you one of them?
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.
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've never heard of a Social Security card, don't worry—we'll walk you through why and how you should get one.
If you want to ensure that your path to a life in America is going smoothly, keeping track of your U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) case status is important. Read how to check your status below.