How Do I Work in the US as an Artist, Athlete, or Entertainer?

Individuals with unique skills as an artist, athlete, or entertainer may qualify for short-term O, P, or H visas to the United States. Read on to learn about the different visa options available to persons of unique talents who wish to further their professional goals in the U.S. Anyone with specific questions about visas for… Read more »

Update on DAPA/DACA: Litigation Stalled in Appeals Court

Implementation of President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration remains on the back burner as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans hears arguments over the legality of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). Created through executive action by Mr. Obama in November 2014, DACA… Read more »

What is the National Interest Waiver Green Card?

The “National Interest Waiver” or “NIW” is a rather underutlized approach to obtaining legal permanent residence in the United States.  It is available to foreign nationals working in the US in various fields such as business, education, the arts, and sciences whose employment within the United States is in the “national interest” of the country… Read more »

Moving Work Locations – When Does It Affect An H-1B Petition?

In Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC, decided April 9, 2015, USCIS’ Administrative Appeals Office held that, in addition to employers certifying a new Labor Condition Application (LCA) when an H-1B worker changes worksite locations, the US employer must now file an amended H-1B petition before placing an H-1B worker in the new worksite location. While… Read more »

Colorado DMV Cleared to Increase Number of Undocumented Driver’s Licenses Appointments

In April 2015, the Colorado legislature’s Joint Budget Committee finally reached a key compromise on increased funding requests for driver’s licenses for the undocumented in Colorado. Earlier in the year, the legislature in a surprise move de-funded the driver’s license program for the undocumented license law, known as SB-251. Licenses began to be issued August… Read more »

What Happens When my H-1B 6-year Period Expires? 

The coveted H-1B visa is actually capped to a total of 6 years. It is issued in a three-year increment so technically you can renew it for another three-year period. This is yet another frustrating problem with the H-1B visa in addition to getting one of the 85,000 visas per year.  Over 175,000 applicants applied… Read more »

US Economy Demands an Expansion of the H-1B Visa

In order to attract and retain the best and the brightest young people from other countries and employ them here in the United States, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issues the H-1B visa. Those that qualify for this visa must have “specialized knowledge” which usually equates to a baccalaureate degree. The degree must directly… Read more »

Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration – What is Next and How do I Prepare?

Since the announcement by President Obama on November 20, 2014 of his Executive Action on Immigration, a few updates are warranted as we head into the holidays and new year with hopeful expectations on how these new initiatives will be rolled out. First, BEWARE of attorneys or attorney-like individuals who can promise to do something… Read more »

Details on Deferred Action Programs Announced by President Obama

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced several executive action remedies for many immigration problems facing the United States and our broken immigration system. According to the White House, the “Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.”… Read more »