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What is an EB1 Visa? Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

There are several subsets of “EB” visas also known as employment-based green cards, or permanent residency –– each of which are unique and distinct from each other. And telling them apart is essential to securing the right one for your situation. So let’s get straight to the point on EB1 visas. EB1 is a visa classification within the “employment-based” (EB) visa family. And unsurprisingly, the “1” denotes first preference. As such, EB1 visas are green cards or permanent residency reserved for foreign individuals who are being transferred from a foreign company to a branch in the United States, or aliens who have demonstrated extraordinary skill in their given field outside or within the U.S., and wish to obtain permanent residency. Under the EB1 category there is no filing of a labor certification or showing that there is no U.S. workers available to fill the position. 

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FATCA Tax Reporting for US. Residents with Foreign Bank Accounts

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 5:48 PM

Today I asked my colleague and friend International Tax Attorney Richard Rubin to explain in an article the new FATCA tax reporting rules that goes into effect on June 30, 2015.  FATCA impact US citizens, Green Card holders and other US tax resident individuals who have accounts with non-US banks or financial institutions.

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Predictions for Visas-Further visa Retrogression for India?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 10:52 AM

As we anxiously await the April 2013 visa bulletin, I thought it would be interesting to repost AILA predictions regarding visa availability.  Take particular note of possible further visa retrogression for EB2 from India.  Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12012349 (posted Feb. 22, 2013)” 

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The March 2013 Visa Bulletin is here

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 12:28 PM

The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers in March. The employment-based second preference cut-off date for China has advanced to February 15, 2008 and the cut-off date for India remains at September 1, 2004.

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Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

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Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 6:48 AM

The February 2013 Visa Bulletin does not provide predictions for cutoff date movement later in the year.  Let’s hope that the highly anticipated Immigration Reform which President Obama says must happen this year---will bring current the wait times for visas in both the employment and family based categories.   

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What is an EB-1 Visa?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 7:00 AM

Immigration attorney Karen-Lee Pollak explains how to bring an employee to work in the United States with an EB-1 visa.

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USCIS Publishes New Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Nov 02, 2012 @ 4:01 PM

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VISA BULLETIN PREDICTIONS ON PRIORITY DATES 2012-2013

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Sep 06, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

On Thursday, August 30, 2012, Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, and Mike Nowlan, Chair of the AILA Business Committee, discussed the Visa Bulletin, visa demand in the employment preference categories, and predictions for FY2012 and FY2013 with Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office. These are only discussions of what could happen and are not assurances or guarantees by the Visa Office, as changes in visa usage result in changes in the Visa Bulletin.

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Streamlining the EB-2 and EB-1 Visa Process.

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 @ 3:53 PM
 

USCIS has partnered with business experts to improve the way it approaches the employment-based and high-skilled visa categories used by immigrant entrepreneurs. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas kicked-off this innovative program, called the Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative in February. The EIR initiative consists of a tactical team comprised of outside experts working alongside USCIS employees. For 90 days this collaborative team, comprised of both USCIS employees and entrepreneurs from the private sector, will identify opportunities where USCIS can streamline pathways for foreign entrepreneurs.  We welcome this significant effort to streamline visas for employment-based and high-skilled visa categories.   You can read more on this initiative at http://blog.uscis.gov/

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