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Transitioning from a Student Visa to H1B Visa

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Apr 02, 2024 @ 12:58 PM

The journey from an international student to a working professional in the United States embodies the aspirations and hard work of countless individuals from around the globe. The F-1 student visa program serves as a gateway for ambitious students to immerse themselves in the educational excellence of U.S. institutions.

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Updated Immigration Rules Lead to More Visa Approvals for STEM Workers

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Mar 06, 2024 @ 11:44 AM

Immigration policies in the United States are going through a positive shift, particularly for foreign workers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) sectors. Recent data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicates a notable increase in visa and green card approvals for STEM professionals. This encouraging development is largely attributed to revised eligibility criteria for two key visa categories: the O-1 visa and the EB-2 visa with a national interest waiver.

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Uniting Borders: The Path to a Marriage-Based Green Card in the U.S.

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Feb 01, 2024 @ 11:04 AM

 Marriage connects not just two individuals but often bridges the gap between different countries. In the United States, marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident opens the door for the foreign spouse to apply for a marriage-based green card. This process allows the foreign spouse to live and work in the U.S. permanently, creating a foundation for families to start their new lives together.

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10 Tips to know about the March 2024 H-1B Registration Process

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Wed, Jan 31, 2024 @ 9:47 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 30, 2024, that: 


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H-1B Cap Season is Here for Fiscal Year 2025. Are You Ready?

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Sat, Jan 20, 2024 @ 6:39 PM

It is H-1B Cap Season again for Fiscal Year 2025. Like in prior years, there will be a two-step process – the registration step and then, if the registration is selected in the H-1B cap lottery, the petition step. 

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The Road to Permanent Residency for Religious Workers: Navigating Religious Visas and Green Card Backlog

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Thu, Jan 04, 2024 @ 1:33 PM

Religious visas, particularly the R-1 visa, serve a vital role in enabling religious workers from around the globe to engage in ministerial activities within the United States. These visas are designed for those involved in duties like teaching, preaching, or supervising religious activities.

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Preparing for Massive Delays for EB2 & EB3 Visas

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Wed, Dec 13, 2023 @ 11:44 AM

Every year, the U.S. puts a cap on the number of visa applications that will be reviewed and accepted. Due to the popularity of certain visa categories, applicants experience nerve-wracking delays, and their future life in the U.S. is unclear. The backlog for EB-2 and EB-3 visas stands as a significant challenge for aspirants looking to cement their future on American soil. The U.S. economy has many job opportunities, attracting a skilled workforce worldwide. Conversely, an aging workforce necessitates replenishment by foreign talent. These factors create a high demand for EB-2 and EB-3 visas, as they can provide permanent residency to professionals and skilled and unskilled workers.

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Love Knows No Boundaries: Immigration & The K-1 Visa

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Tue, Nov 07, 2023 @ 1:33 PM

The path to establishing roots and building a career in the United States often feels labyrinthine, more so when you're transplanting your entire existence from foreign shores. If you're a U.S. resident poised to welcome your fiancé(e) from abroad or a non-U.S. native engaged to an American, the K-1 Fiancé Visa could be your bridge to a reunion. With clear information, you can make informed decisions about your immigration journey, delve into eligibility stipulations, and chart the application trajectory.

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H-1B Candidates may not have to travel abroad to get an H-1B Stamp

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Oct 24, 2023 @ 6:46 PM

On October 17, 2023, the US Department of State (DOS) sent a Federal Register Notice to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review, proposing that certain H1-B candidates will not have to travel overseas to renew their visas. Sending a notice to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is a preliminary step before publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register.

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Frustrated with USCIS delays? Why is my case taking so long?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Oct 20, 2023 @ 10:00 AM

Immigration is usually a time-sensitive issue, and in most cases, delays in the adjudication of your petition/application could potentially lead to loss of employment, restriction on foreign travel, or outright stress, which may impact an immigrant’s personal life.

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