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USCIS Publishes First-Ever Proposed Fee Waiver Form

Posted by Michael Pollak on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 @ 10:53 PM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed for the first time a standardized fee waiver form in an effort to provide relief for financially disadvantaged individuals seeking immigration benefits.  USCIS has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the proposed form – Form I-912, Request for Individual Fee Waiver.

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H-1B Visa Count (July 16, 2010)

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 @ 12:59 PM

Here is the latest H-1B cap count released (July 16, 2010).  More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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EB-5 Visa Creates Jobs in Vermont

Posted by Karen Pollak on Thu, Jul 08, 2010 @ 3:03 PM

In the midst of an economic downturn, Americans are looking for long-term strategic solutions to our unemployment woes.  One solution is to leverage our immigration system to attract investors to come to the United States and create jobs in exchange for a coveted green card.  

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H-1B Cap Count (July 2, 2010)

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Jul 07, 2010 @ 5:41 PM

Here is the latest H-1B cap count released (July 2, 2010).  More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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H-1B Cap Count (June 11, 2010)

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 @ 10:07 AM

Here is the latest H-1B cap count released (June 11, 2010).  More information can be found at the USCIS H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Cap Season Page.

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Immigration Fees To Increase | USCIS Seeking Public Comment

Posted by Karen Pollak on Sun, Jun 13, 2010 @ 2:48 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking public comment on a proposed federal rule that would adjust fees for immigration benefit applications and petitions. The proposal would increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent but would not increase the fee for the naturalization application.

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Inside the Minds: Employing International Workers, 2010 ed

Posted by Michael Pollak on Fri, May 28, 2010 @ 10:20 AM

The official release date for Inside the Minds: Employing International Workers, 2010 ed is now June 2010. The book will will be available in bookstores nationwide.

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How Do I Come Live & Work in the United States?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Feb 08, 2010 @ 8:49 PM

Immigration attorney Karen Pollak explains on a basic level how foreign nationals can come live and work in the United States.

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Immigration 101: E-2 or Investment Visa

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 @ 2:14 PM

The E-2 or Investment visa is available for investors in a new or existing U.S. business. The investor must play an active role in the development and direction of the business. As with the E-1 visa, the E-2 investor must show that a "substantial" investment or funds are available and committed to the investment. Again, the "substantial" requirement is determined on a case by case basis. Investment in a manufacturing plant would require a higher dollar investment than investment in a consulting business, which may simply require a computer, facsimile and a telephone.

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Immigration 101: E-1 or Treaty-Trader Visa

Posted by Michael Pollak on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 @ 2:04 PM

An E-1 or Treaty-Trader visa is for individuals involved in the exchange, purchase or sale of goods, services or merchandise. Services include but are not limited to technology architecture, engineering consulting or accounting services. The trade must principally be between the United States and the treaty country. That is, more than 50 percent of the total volume of international trade must be between the U.S. and the treaty country. Also, the amount of trade must be sufficient to ensure a continuous flow
of international trade between the U.S. and the treaty country.

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