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How to Prepare For The H-1B Visa Application Process

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Feb 01, 2023 @ 9:16 AM

For many H-1B visa applicants, December through February is a race against the clock to make sure all documentation is in order in preparation for the H-1B application window. For 2023, the H-1B electronic application window will open on March 1 and stay open through March 17, 2023. If you are still in the phase of gathering documentation, here are some things to keep in mind for a smooth application process.

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USCIS To Expedite Processing H-4 & L-2 Applications & Work Authorization.

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sun, Jan 22, 2023 @ 10:04 PM

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Premium Processing for F1 Students, NIW and EB1 Multinational Managers

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Jan 12, 2023 @ 7:08 PM

On January 12, 2023, United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) announced that it will add the option of Premium Processing to the following categories of applications:

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Updates on the EB-5 Program

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jan 03, 2023 @ 11:56 AM

Last March, the U.S. Senate implemented a new EB-5 visa policy after reauthorizing the Regional Center program as part of the Omnibus Spending Bill. The EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 revises several important aspects of the program, which is now reauthorized until September 2027.

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Changes to the E2 Non Immigrant Investor Progam

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Dec 17, 2022 @ 1:45 PM

On December 15, 2022, Congress passed the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 (H.R. 7776/NDAA). The NDAA contained two immigration-related provisions that impact E visa eligibility.

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Indian Citizens Can Expect Processing Delays for U.S. Visas

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Mon, Dec 05, 2022 @ 2:40 PM

For months, U.S. visa services were temporarily suspended worldwide due to the pandemic. As restrictions ease, many U.S. embassies and consulates have resumed processing immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications, but if you’re an Indian citizen seeking to travel to the United States, you may be facing longer delays than normal.

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USCIS Extends Green Card Renewal Validity Period

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Nov 10, 2022 @ 12:55 PM

At one time, lawful permanent residents worried about their green cards expiring while they waited for U.S. citizenship. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services addressed this concern when it developed Form I-90, which was specifically intended to replace expired green cards. Once received and approved, Form I-90 provided an extension that rendered the applicant’s card valid for another 12 months.

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What is the Difference Between Permanent Residence and Citizenship?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Oct 07, 2022 @ 9:37 AM

Immigration issues have been dominating the news with increasing frequency, leading to a heightened awareness of the various statuses. While most people understand the difference between a student or tourist visa and an H1B or EB-5, there continues to be some confusion over permanent residency vs. citizenship. While both immigration categories allow you to stay in the U.S. indefinitely, what are the principal differences between them.? In this blog, the team at Pollak, PLLC addresses this question.

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New DACA Rules Could Bring Big Changes for Dreamers

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Wed, Sep 14, 2022 @ 3:44 PM

In August of 2022, new rules were put into place for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These changes seek to codify many of the current guidelines that were in place for the program in the past, but will also make some major reforms that could potentially have a big impact on the DREAMers who make use of the program.

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Leave Of Absences & Work Visas

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Wed, Aug 10, 2022 @ 3:55 PM

H1B visas are nonimmigrant visas that give noncitizens the ability to work in a specific job for up to three years. Employees and employers must understand that a leave of absence could negatively impact an H1B visa. Whenever the worker or employer initially petitions for the visa, specific terms and conditions must be met to maintain your status. For instance, if you apply for a full-time position, you must continue to work full-time. This is commonly referred to as “maintenance of status.” Leaves of absence can disrupt this. 

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