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Visa Retrogression: Navigating Immigration Delays

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Sep 01, 2023 @ 8:44 AM

Both immigrant and non-immigrant visas are essential for U.S. immigration, but the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can only process a limited number each year. Visa retrogression arises when the demand for immigrant visas exceeds the supply, which is often a cause for frustration and delays. The backlog created by the tremendous number of visa applications impacts certain visa categories for individuals from specific countries. To understand visa retrogression and how it may impact your visa application, it’s important to explore the contributing factors.

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Opening the Doors to International Opportunities With the L-1 Visa

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Aug 07, 2023 @ 2:23 PM

In today's interconnected world, global business ventures are flourishing like never before. Companies are expanding their operations across borders, seeking new markets and international collaborations. Among the various options available, the L-1 visa stands out as a gateway to international opportunities for both employers and employees alike.

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Parole Options for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jul 11, 2023 @ 11:51 AM

The U.S. Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) announced a process for nationals of certain countries to apply for advanced travel authorization to the U.S. The process allows beneficiaries who otherwise lack valid U.S. entry documents the ability to apply for legal residence in the U.S. Successful applicants may live in the country for up to two years. During that time, beneficiaries may apply for temporary work authorization.

Who Is Eligible to Become a Beneficiary?

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USCIS Expands Employment Authorization for Laid-Off Nonimmigrant Workers in the USA

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Jun 21, 2023 @ 3:22 PM

The recent layoffs in the technology industry have left nonimmigrant employees with limited options to continue working in the US if they do not find alternative employment with an employer willing to sponsor them for a nonimmigrant visa.  This is particularly concerning for H-1B visa holders, who are granted only a 60-day grace period to change or extend their nonimmigrant status following termination. Layoffs disproportionately affect Indian-born H-1B workers subject to the long employment-based green card backlogs, where they face decades-long waits for permanent residency due to per-country limits. Retrogression in the employment-based preferences now affects all countries, but Indian and Chinese citizens are most affected.

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Becoming a Student in the U.S.

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Jun 12, 2023 @ 11:22 AM

Coming to the U.S. to study at an accredited educational institution is an amazing prospect for many international students. It’s an excellent opportunity to practice your language skills, make potential professional connections, and give you a competitive edge when applying to university and graduate programs. If you wish to study in the U.S. you are required to obtain a visa. One of the most common student visas is the F-1 non-immigrant visa. 

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Can a Dual Citizen Change Status Using a Different Passport?

Posted by Karen Pollak on Tue, Jun 06, 2023 @ 3:46 PM

Is it possible for a dual citizen to change their immigration status using a passport issued by a country other than the passport they used when they initially arrived and were admitted to the United States?

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E-2 Non-Immigrant Investor Visa

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, May 01, 2023 @ 3:59 PM

The E-1 and E-2 visas involve a reciprocal agreement between the United States and foreign countries that enables nationals to invest or conduct trade between the two nations. Foreign nationals can obtain an E-1 visa by engaging in trade with the U.S. or an E-2 visa by overseeing investments in the U.S. Both individuals and large multinational corporations can use the E-visa category. This article will provide an overview of the E-2 visa and its requirements.

What is a “Treaty Investor” Visa?

E-2 "Treaty Investor" visas are a type of non-immigrant visa that allows foreign entrepreneurs and investors to enter and work in the United States. A non-immigrant visa does not provide a path to permanent residency or citizenship, and those seeking a green card should do so through a different immigration program. The E-2 visa is only intended for business owners and investors looking to make significant investments in the United States. Once processed, the visa is issued for five years and can be renewed indefinitely as long as the business that has been invested in continues to operate.

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D Magazine Names Karen-Lee Pollak to Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2023 for Tenth Consecutive Year

Posted by PR Team on Sun, Apr 23, 2023 @ 4:47 PM

The firm is pleased to announce that Karen-Lee Pollak has been named for the 10th consecutive year to the list of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas for 2023.  “We are grateful and humbled to be acknowledged by our peers and to be included in this elite list which includes some of the best and brightest attorneys in Dallas, Texas.” Said Pollak PLLC’s Managing Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak.  Our immigration team is passionate about what we do.  We know how critical and life-changing it is to move employees, investors, entrepreneurs and family to the United States in the most cost-effective and timely manner.  We pride ourselves on our excellent client service and this recognition illustrates both our dedication and talent and our firm’s commitment to immigration law.”

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Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Apr 18, 2023 @ 4:44 PM

The Department of State has released the May Visa Bulletin and there are significant delays. These delays will primarily impact workers who have not filed adjustment of status applications. Employers sponsoring foreign nationals should be aware that some cut-off dates for filing immigrant visa applications in certain employment-based (EB) preference categories have recently “retrogressed” or moved backwards in time due to increased demand.

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Key Differences Between the O-1A Visa and the EB-1A Visa for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Apr 11, 2023 @ 10:19 AM

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers several visa categories for those with “extraordinary abilities,” great expertise within their field, or individuals of great distinction. The two primary visa categories are the O-1A visa and the EB-1A visa, which have variable categories that depend on the applicant's eligibility. Although they have similarities, the primary difference is that the O-1A visa is for temporary employment within the U.S., and the EB-1A visa is for permanent residence.

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