Immigration Law Articles

Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide
discussing legal aspects related to Immigration.




Implementation of Parole-in-Place Benefits Parents, Spouses, & Children of Military Members

  August 28, 2014     By Law Office Of Mario Zapata
Any immediate family of active or veteran military member (or reservist) could benefit from Parole-in-Place and become eligible to acquire a green card.

UAE Extradition - Guidelines

  August 28, 2014     By Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy
Where the proposal has already been sent by the requesting party, Interpol will arrest the suspect and produce him to the Public Prosecution within 48 hours of his arrest. After the arrest, investigations are begun, the suspect’s accusation is heard, and a normal trial procedure is started.

UAE Extradition - Procedures

  August 14, 2014     By Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy
Procedures of the UAE to deliver a suspect of Extradition.

UAE Extradition Conditional Requirements

  August 14, 2014     By Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy
Terms and conditions to be applied when delivering a suspect are set out in Article 7 of Law No. 39 these state that:

UAE Extradition - Interpol Notices Defined

  August 14, 2014     By Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy
The head Interpol officer is elected by a two/third majority of the delegate. Each country has their own delegates in its country, the head Interpol officer is based in Lyon, France, he can remain in office for a period of 4 years, and can also be re-elected.

Malta Residence Programme Rules 2014

  August 13, 2014     By CSB Advocates
By virtue of two legal notices published on the 8th of July, the High Net Worth Individuals Rules (HNWI Rules) have now been amended to reflect the Global Residence Programme threshold, both in terms of tax and property value (be it purchase or lease), and a new special tax status is presented.

How Long Can You Stay in the US? Visa Validity vs. Duration of Stay

  August 4, 2014     By Dwyer Law Group
Often times in the U.S. immigration process, individuals who are approved for a visa and receive a visa stamp in their passport believe that is the end of the process and they are now free to enter the U.S. and remain in the country for the period of time indicated on the visa stamp. In reality, there is more to be understood about the purpose of the visa and its validity as well as the restrictions that may be imposed on an individual upon arrival in the U.S.

Business Travel to the U.S. Without a Visa

  July 14, 2014     By Dwyer Law Group
Large multinational companies, small businesses and start-ups alike may be able to derive benefits from the time efficient process of availing eligible individuals to engage in business travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes - June 2014 - Part 2

  June 30, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
Russian Migration Legislation Changes in June 2014.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes - June 2014 - Part 1

  June 30, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
Russian Migration Legislation Changes in June 2014.

Life Cycle of a Family-based Immigrant Petition at the USCIS

  June 27, 2014     By Gill Law Group, PC
Step by step processing of an I-130 petition at the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)

Legal Residence in Costa Rica

  June 9, 2014     By ERP Lawyers & Associates
There are general immigration requirements, which apply to all the different categories established in Costa Rica´s legislation. In this article we'll the types of residences that exist and the requirements to access each one of them.

Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta

  June 9, 2014     By Mamo TCV Advocates
The Maltese Government has introduced the Individual Investor Programme to enable the state to grant citizenship, by way of a certificate of naturalization, to foreign individuals and families who contribute to the economic development of Malta.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes - May 2014

  June 6, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
Changes in Russian Legislation in May 2014.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes - April 2014

  June 6, 2014     By Levine Bridge Law Firm
Changes in Russian Legislation in April 2014.

Why Hire an Immigration Attorney in California

Those individuals, who want to move permanently to any state, require immigrant visas. The process is long and complicated, and if you are interested in getting immigrant visa to live legally in CA, the United States, you definitely need to hire immigration attorney in California.

Tips to Select the Best Immigration Lawyer in California

Keep in mind that it’s not that easy to choose a skilled professional among the great variety of the immigration lawyers in California. If you want to change your residency status in the United States, you should approach the matted correctly and consider the great amount of the paperwork you’ll have to deal with. The right lawyer will ensure that your case can be managed timely and without any inconvenience.

Same Sex Marriage Green Card

Same sex marriage green card applications can now be filed by USA citizens and USA lawful permanent residents for their same sex spouses. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) considers whether you got legally marriage in a same sex marriage state or country where you got married, not where you now live.

Is Same Sex Marriage Green Card Interview Different?

There may be different aspects for the “proof of marriage” evidence that is provided at a marriage green card interview that may make proving that a same sex couple live together a bit more difficult in some gay marriage cases.

Newest Legal and Tax Implications When Purchasing Real Estate in Spain

In real estate transactions in Spain it still happens more often than not that acquired objects or extensions have to be dismantled because renovations or extensions were not properly authorised or the authorisation was not registered with the different agencies involved. Subsequent permits are possible in some cases, but they do require a special process and incur substantial expenses.

Malta Individual Investor Program – Facilitating Citizenship Through Investment in the Republic of Malta

The Republic of Malta allows investors to apply for citizenship, with all of its advantages. Acquiring Maltese citizenship also confers the benefits of European Union citizenship, since Malta has been a member of the European Union since 2004. Maltese citizenship also provides a visa exemption to more than 160 countries around the world, including the U.S.A.

Top 5 Requirements When Requesting Extradition in the UAE

Extradition can be requested by anyone residing in the UAE who has a criminal case against a suspect and the crime was committed in the UAE. Such suspects can be extradited from another country, back to the legal jurisdiction of the UAE.

Russian Migration Legislation Changes

Changes in the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship. A draft law simplifying the procedure for receiving Russian citizenship for those who are Russian native speakers and whose relatives in a direct ascending line lived on the territory of Russia was announced at the end of March.

Whistleblowers Helping the Public By Exposing Fraud

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted to assist the government with discovering financial fraud. A recent SEC whistleblower received a $14 million dollar reward for reporting a real estate scam.

The French Residence Card for an Exceptional Economic Contribution

  By Lexial
Although this residence card can be considered as very selective, it should be one of the first options to be analysed by foreign entrepreneurs who wish to run a business in France and to obtain residency in this country.

Obtaining a Residence Permit in Greece

Greek government instated a procedure to obtain permanent residence permits, which can be renewed every five years, for third-country citizens who own real estate in Greece of minimum value €250.000, adopting a friendlier stance towards those who wish to own real estate property in Greece.

The Greek Real Estate Market for Foreign Investors

Our practical guide to real estate in Greece covers the entire spectrum of legal and tax issues which arise in practice when purchasing, managing, utilizing, developing and reselling property in Greece. It is addressed to both Greek nationals and foreign citizens of other European and non-EU countries who have a practical interest in legal and tax matters in Greece, with the aim of facilitating entrepreneurship and more generally the access of foreigners to the Greek market.

RSA: Amendments to the Immigration Act, No 13 of 2011

On 26 August 2011, the Immigration Amendment Act 13 of 2011 (the Act) was passed. The current Act provides for the issuance of approximately 14 different types of permits which cover all categories of persons residing in the Republic of South Africa on a temporary basis. Additionally, the current permit granting system does not allow for the implementation of the risk-based methodology procedure as prescribed in the Act.

New Regulations on Exit and Entry of Foreigners - China

On July 12, the State Council issued the PRC Administrative Regulation of Entry and Exit of Aliens (the “Administrative Regulation”) which took effect on September 1, 2013. The promulgation of the Administrative Regulation aims to specify the exit and entry rules in the PRC Exit-Entry Administrative Law (the “Exit-Entry Administrative Law”) which came into force on July 1, 2013, and facilitate the management of the exit and entry of foreigners in the practical areas.

Amendments to the Immigration Act, No 13 of 2011

On 26 August 2011, the Immigration Amendment Act 13 of 2011 (the Act) was passed. The current Act provides for the issuance of approximately 14 different types of permits which cover all categories of persons residing in the Republic of South Africa on a temporary basis. Additionally, the current permit granting system does not allow for the implementation of the risk-based methodology procedure as prescribed in the Act.

GREEK RESIDENCE PERMIT VIA PROPERTY PURCHASE

Greece has started a new immigration program in hopes that it will boost its suffering due to the economic crisis real estate market by encouraging investments.

Intellectual Property in Albania

Protection of intellectual property rights in Albania. Trademark in Albania.

Schengen Visa Decisions of the German Embassy Can be Fully Controlled by the Berlin Administrative Court

A German embassy can only reject to issue a "Schengen-Visa" if this is expressly regulated in the EU Visa Code. The national authorities have a wide discretion to determine if there are rejection reasons for the visa applicant, but it is not an exclusive discretion which cannot be controlled by the administrative court.

What Laws Affect Mail Order Brides?

  By HG.org
As the Internet makes the world a smaller and smaller place, unusual new ways of meeting people have become increasingly popular. While personal ads placed in the newspaper used to be a somewhat embarrassing way of meeting someone, the explosion of the Internet made online dating sites almost the norm for arranging romantic encounters. Similarly, the Internet has also opened the doors to international romance in the form of “mail order bride” services. But what laws affect mail order brides?

Deportation Law in Turkey

This article aims to explain the rules deportation which applies on the foreigners who are subjected to deportation procedure. In this article, there are many reference to the provisions of law regulating deportation called Law on Foreigners and International Protection which is recently entered into force.

E-2 Visa: Consular Processing or Change of Status?

There are 2 different ways to apply for the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, below are the pros and cons of each choice.

Is It Lawful for a U.S. Citizen to Hold Dual Citizenship?

This article explains whether U.S. law allows dual citizenship with other countries, the difference between dual citizenship at birth and by naturalization, and how U.S. Citizens can claim their right of Italian Citizenship under the jus sanguinis principle.

Parole in Place for Immediate Relatives of Members of U.S. Armed Forces

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a new policy on November 15, 2013, that will allow immigrants in the United States illegally who are close relatives of active military troops and veterans to stay and move toward becoming permanent residents.

Malta Citizenship Scheme Presented

The Maltese Prime Minister has presented the Individual Investor Program (IIP), a scheme that will grant Maltese citizenship against investment by high net worth individuals (HNWI).

Thai Business Visa Application

If you would like to work in Thailand, you would have to be aware about the immigration policies concerning work visas and work permit to avoid getting yourself in a pickle situation where Thai Immigration police detain or order your deportation.

Cyprus Introduces Investor Scheme Leading to Cyprus Citizenship

The government of Cyprus has now implemented a new immigration initiative aimed at facilitating (non EEA) migrant entrepreneurs and investors who, in return for obtaining Cyprus citizenship, are prepared to invest in Cyprus. The new scheme has been established pursuant to amendments to the Cyprus Civil Registry and Migration Law.

Application for Turkish Citizenship

This article aims at explaining procedure of application to Turkish Citizenship. It has touched on required document and method of examination regarding citizenship application.

Getting Turkish Citizenship through Marriage

This article explains obtaining Turkish Nationality through marriage. It focused on acquisition of Turkish citizenship passing through by spouses. Accordingly in this articles, it is aimed at explaining the conditions of getting Turkish citizenship under Turkish Nationality Law.

Understanding American Extradition Laws

  By HG.org
Extradition refers to the transfer of an accused criminal by one state or nation to another. The recent Snowden case has brought this issue to the forefront again, as the American government has expressed its desire to regain jurisdiction over Edward Snowden for leaking top-secret information about American intelligence gathering efforts.

Important Factors Affecting Immigration

  By HG.org
U.S. immigration law is very complex, and can be very confusing. In order to understand the process, you need to understand the factors related to the law and policies of immigration.

Coming to the Republic of Uzbekistan: Visas and Work Permit for Foreign Citizens and Stateless Persons

Before coming to the Republic of Uzbekistan for any purposes, foreign citizens and stateless persons should obtain a relevant visa following the established procedure.

New Amendments to Foreign Work Permit Procedure in Ukraine

On July 5, 2013, the Cabinet of Ministers’ Resolution No. 437 regarding “Issuance, Prolongation of the Validity Term and Annulment of Permissions for the Use of Labor of Foreigners and Stateless Persons”, dated May 27, 2013 (the “Resolution”), came into force. The Resolution establishes the new list of documents required for obtaining work permits for foreign individuals hired for labor in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Government Simplifies List of Documents Required for Temporary Residency

Once again, the Ukrainian government has introduced amendments to the Ukrainian immigration rules. This time, the amendments are designed to decrease the volume of documents required for foreign work permits and temporary residency permits.

Permanent Residency Option for Applicants under Specific Labor Programs - Panama

Any applicant hired by a company within the 10% of the Panamanian payroll or 15% (Technicians) will be entitled to opt for a permanent residency status as long as the process is completed.

Another Successful I-601 Waiver of Grounds Of Inadmissibility Under My Belt

Under section 212(i)(1) of the INA, the Attorney General may waive the misrepresentation committed by Edgar provided he can establish to the satisfaction of the Attorney General that Amanda, his U.S. citizen mother, will suffer extreme hardship if Edgar is not allowed to immigrate to the United States. The application for waiver is filed through Form I-601.

Immigration: How Do I Extend My Visitor's Visa Beyond Six Months?

Millions of foreign nationals enter the U.S. to visit family and friends every year. If you are visiting and want to legally extend your stay here in the U.S. beyond the time permitted on your I-94 card, this article gives tips to help you maintain your status in the U.S.

The White House Stands Its Ground on Road to Citizenship

At the beginning of this past May, President Barack Obama publicly announced that he would look for a compromise in order to get a comprehensive immigration bill signed before the year is over. He also had stated that he will not compromise on his insistence that any immigration legislation must contain a path to citizenship for immigrants without their documents.

UK Spouse Visa: Explanatory Comment on Financial Requirements

UK Spouse visa rules changed dramatically in July 2012. A new set of financial requirements for the British sponsor are a challenge to immigration officers, let alone practitioners and lay clients. The author explains how the new financial requirements work.

Illinois Passes New Law Allowing Temporary Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Yesterday, Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 957 into law, a bill that would allow approximately 250,000 undocumented immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses (TVDL's).

The New Law on Belgian Nationality

  By Lexial
The law of 4 December 2012 “modifying the Code of Belgian Nationality in order to make the acquisition of the Belgian nationality neutral from the point of view of immigration” was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 14 December 2012. It entered into force on 1st January 2013.

Learn More about the EB-5 Visa

When you are thinking of applying for an EB-5 visa, you would first need to learn about the different aspects of a particular visa.

Legal Help for Making Application for Post Conviction Relief

Those who have criminal conviction record need to opt for conviction relief. This is a legal procedure which requires assistance of competent lawyer.

How to stay in Thailand Long-Term with Thai Marriage Visa

Being a foreigner, you are required to obtain visa to stay in Thailand. If you are legally married to a Thai national,you can apply for the Thai marriage visa

Hungary provides €250,000 fast track into Europe

Law firm VJT & Partners in Budapest highlights the importance of the new ‘Hungarian investment immigration’ law adopted by the Hungarian Parliament.

Final Rule on Processing I-601 Hardship Waiver Will Take Effect on March 4, 2013.

The waiver for unlawful presence may be granted only if the noncitizen is the spouse, son or daughter of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. If the waiver is being sought for a noncitizen fiancé(e), the U.S. citizen fiancé(e) also may be a qualifying relative. It should be noted that children of the noncitizen are not qualifying relatives for purposes of this waiver.

Political Asylum or Refugee Status – Who Can Be Eligible

If you are looking for refugee status or political asylum in the US, you would need to learn more about these options.

Do You Know About the EB-5 Investment Visa Program

If you want to enter into the United States, you would need to learn about different aspects of this visa program.

Frequent Travel Abroad and Abandonment of Legal Permanent Resident Status

A returning legal resident returning from an absence of less than a year who presents his Green Card at the port of entry is not assured that he will be readmitted to the United States. While an Green Card satisfies the requirement of presenting a valid entry document, its presentation is not evidence that he is "returning from a temporary visit abroad." For this reason, it is possible that a returning resident might be denied entry if deemed to have abandoned his legal residence status.

Asylum in the United States: Application, Court, and Asylum Benefits

A person who is fearing persecution in his/her country may request the Unites States government to provide protection by submitting an application form I-589 and supporting documents. The person must be physically present in the United States to do so. If a person is asking for protection outside the United States, the person is called a refugee.

Investment Requirements for the EB-5 Visa

If you are trying to obtain an EB-5 visa, you would have to invest a sum of money. There may be other requirements too that you need to lean about

What Should You Learn About the United States Asylum Laws

If you are facing persecution in your homeland because of some reason, you may seek asylum in the United States. In order to apply for asylum, you would need to learn more about the process.

China’s New Exit-Entry Administration Law

On June 30th, 2012, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee of People’s Republic of China issued the new Exit-Entry Administration Law (hereinafter referred to as the “New Law”) which is applicable to exit-entry of both Chinese nationals and foreign nationals and shall come into effect on July 1st, 2013.

Americans Require a Will While Living Abroad. Case of Thailand

Advancement of modern technology allow people to migrate effortlessly across borders in increasing numbers in this century. People live and work outside their home country, and some adapt to their adopted homes by having their families abroad. Expatriates have a unique myriad of concerns about their assets in their adopted country in the event of death. The inevitable question is: Do I need a will while I am living abroad?

Immigration Evolution in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government began to strictly regulate the stay of foreigners, especially those hired by local companies, back in 2009. Prior to that date, many foreigners simply ignored the local registration and customs rules with impunity. However, the Ukrainian "immigration revolution" began with the government's strict application of the rules for applying for and receiving temporary residency status in Ukraine.

Hungary to Offer Investment-based Permanent Residency for €250,000

A major development in Hungarian immigration policy affecting ’investor residency’ is anticipated imminently. On 27th October, 2012 the ruling party of Hungary submitted a Bill to Parliament, which would offer permanent Hungarian residency under preferential conditions for non-EU national investors willing to buy at least €250,000 of government bonds. The Bill is currently under consideration and is expected to become law very soon.

How Does a Felony Affect Your Immigration Status

If you are facing deportation for being convicted of a felony, you would need to contact a lawyer immediately. If you are in the United States on a green card or a visa, the worst thing you can do is commit a felony. Committing felony may get you deported out of the country. The immigration officials may even downgrade your status on the basis of felony or non-felony conviction.

Is There a Difference between a Visa and a Green Card

You must learn about the differences between a green card and a visa before you apply for any of the two. A lot of people seem to believe that a visa and a green card refer to the same thing. However, a visa and a green card are indeed different from each other. Each has its own purpose and eligibility requirements.

Doing Business in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Legal Series

Introduction - The concerns of our clients are always paramount and it is for this reason we have embarked upon the “Doing Business in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago” Series of Legal Article - During this series our Attorneys will be giving you a brief insight into the areas of law which from our professional experience, touches and concerns businesses and individuals wishing to establish themselves within our borders.

Legal Requirements for Child Adoption and Legal Guardianship in Uganda

Adoption is a legal process whereby a person permanently assumes the parental rights and responsibilities for a child from his or her biological parents. Legal guardianship is a legal process whereby a person is appointed by court to take care of a child. The guardian has the parental rights and responsibilities but such rights and responsibilities the guardian has over the child are not permanent.

Severe Delays in Processing Sponsor Licence Applications by the UKBA Holding Back Growth - UK

Businesses in the UK who are looking to sponsor individuals under the Tier 2 & 5 categories are facing excessive delays in getting their Sponsor Licence applications approved. Hudson McKenzie’s Business immigration team represents businesses from all sectors of the UK economy and we have reached out to our clients to gauge the repercussions of these delays. Undoubtedly, it is a unanimous vote that severe delays on part of the UKBA are currently holding back growth in the UK economy.

Immigration Issues – Where do Obama and Romney Stand

We hope that both Candidates continue supporting the DREAMers, and higher-skilled immigrants (L1A,H1B,O1). The results of this year’s election can change the White House’s approach on immigration. The Presidential elections are less than one month away and both candidates are in a full-throttle attempt to persuade more people to vote for him rather than his opponent.

Corporate Immigration - a Q&A Guide for Mozambique

This Q&A provides an analysis in key areas of law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners and clients in respect of Corporate Immigration in Mozambique. This article is reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Corporate Immigration 2013, (published in August 2012; contributing editor: Julia Onslow-Cole of PwC Legal).

A Bad Marriage is Not the Same as a Sham Marriage

Marriage to a U.S. citizen is the most common way of getting a legal permanent resident status in the United States especially when the alien has been out of status in the country. Fraud statistics show that between 1998-2007 more than 2 million people have reported marriage as a means to gain residency within the United States.

New Decision of the Appellate Court Regarding Advance Parole

An alien who applied for adjustment of status to become a legal permanent resident of the United States should apply for advance parole in case he/she needs to leave the country while the adjustment of status is pending. Previously, an alien who leaves the United States after incurring at least one year of unlawful presence will not be allowed to re-enter the country even if he/she is in possession of an advance parole document. This new decision issued by the BIA changed that rule.

How Do You Fight Deportation in the United States Immigration Court

It is important for you to contact a lawyer if you are at a risk of getting deported or removed from the United States. After the Department of Homeland Security was established, the number of foreigners being deported out of the United States has increased exponentially. Fighting deportation in the immigration court has also become quite difficult after the changes made in the immigration law.

Some of the Common Questions about EB-5 Visa

If you are looking to enter into the United States, you will have to obtain a visa. There are different categories of visas that you may look into while considering which visa to choose. Gaining residency in the United States may be extremely difficult. The US immigration laws are quite complex and immigrants are also chosen carefully. If you are looking to enter into the US, you will need to apply for a visa. There are different categories of visas that you can apply for.

Family Reunification of German Spouses in Visa Cases

The German system of family reunification in visa cases is very strict. The spouses should be prepared carefully by their attorney before they apply for a visa to Germany. In the following I explain the relevant fact pattern of German visa cases.

Cyprus - Simplified Procedure for Granting Residence Permit to Third Country Nationals

The Ministry of Interior has announced a new & simplified procedure of granting Immigration Permits to third country nationals who wish to invest in the Republic of Cyprus (under Reg.6(2)). This new procedure is an accelerated one with a more favourable outcome and result for most of the applicants. The period of examination of such applications would not exceed 2-3 months.

Romney, GOP Woo Latino Voters

Are Latino leaders, Spanish-language campaigns enough to win? The GOP convention has come and gone, with plenty of emotionally riveting speeches, expected criticism of the current administration, and an over-arching theme of patriotism. More than half a dozen convention speakers highlighted their immigrant background, including Craig Romney.

Germany Judgement of the Federal Administrative Court on Sept 4th 2012 - BVerwG 10 C 12.12

Limitation of language requirement for familiy reunification with Germans. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig has decided that the statutory requirement to demonstrate knowledge of German in case of a family reunification with the foreign spouse to a German citizen is only valid restricted.

EU Blue Card for Highly Skilled Specialists

Germany implements EU Directive “Blue Card” for high skilled employees (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:155:0017:0029:en:PDF ) on August 1st 2012. The immigration of foreign skilled nationals has the purpose to enable immigration of highly qualified employed foreigners from countries outside of the European Union (EU).

Documents That are Required to File Political Asylum

Foreign nationals afraid of being prosecuted in their home country can seek political asylum and stay in the US. However, before applying for political asylum they must consult with skilled immigration lawyer and understand the requirements perfectly. People entering or located in the United States who are afraid of being prosecuted from their home countries are eligible to apply for political asylum.

Acquire Permanent Residency in the US through EB-5 Visa

US immigration laws provide investors a unique opportunity to invest in US economy and gain permanent residency in the country. Those willing to invest in US economy for permanent residency can consult with an immigration lawyer. The lawyer can help to fill up application and select regional center to invest.

Effect of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) Convictions in the United States on Canada Immigration

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), impaired driving and similar US convictions, have many consequences for an individual, including a possible criminal record in the United States. Those who are not US citizens, also have to be concerned about possible US immigration consequences of their DUI criminal conviction.

Immigrant Business; Immigrant Entrepreneurs

We hear so much about immigration in the context of border controversies that we may forget the vital role that immigrant owned businesses play in our economy. By “immigrant” we do not mean just Mexicans or persons from South American countries, which play a prominent role in states like Arizona, but also Indians, Koreans, Cubans, Chinese and the Vietnamese. A recent program on National Public Radio (aka “NPR”) documented....

US Illegal Immigrants Wise to Look to Canada for Immigration Solutions

US immigration laws, regulations and policies are complex and contradictory. The impact is profound. Many find themselves struggling for years or even decades to normalize their status and obtain permanent residence in the United States. Unfortunately for millions, the struggle ends with nothing more than a deportation order. This causes tremendous stress on families to see their loved ones deported and removed from the United States.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

USCIS says that Dream Act eligible candidates that meet the criteria of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program will not be deported. It is expected that exact guidelines and procedures for this program will be put into place sometime during August, 2012, detailing how eligible candidates can apply for this status of deferred prosecution of removal from the United States. If granted, an individual also may be eligible for work authorization. The program is for those immigrants who:

How Do You Join a Class Action Lawsuit in Canada?

A class action lawsuit is brought collectively by a large number of people who harbor the same legal complaint against the same defendant. Products liability is a common area in which class action lawsuits are commenced. In general, you don’t have to “join” a class action lawsuit to participate.

TN Visa and Spouses and Children

Spouses and children (unmarried children under the age of 21) who are accompanying or following to join NAFTA Professionals (TN visa holders) may receive a TD visa. Applicants must demonstrate a bona fide spousal or parent-child relationship to the principal TN visa holder. Dependents do not have to be citizens of Mexico or Canada. Spouses and children cannot work while in the U.S. They are permitted to study.

TN Visa

TN status is a nonimmigrant classification that enables Canadian and Mexican citizens to work in the United States pursuant to appendix 1603 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The history of the TN is interesting. On December 17, 1992, the Presidents of the United States and Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada entered into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

A Nation Built on Immigrants, A Future Built on Immigration Reform

We expect there to be word forthwith on what needs to be filed for DREAMERS. Stay posted. We expect to advise next week. These actions have finally begun positive action towards immigrants. We hope this builds a momentum that will ultimately lead to more comprehensive reform.

Foreign Investors can Avail US Green Card by EB-5 Visa Program

A foreign investor interested and capable of investing $500,000 in the US that will help to generate employment is eligible for EB-5 visa. Acquiring permanent residency in the US is comparatively simple with tis visa. Only there are few rules and regulations that immigration lawyer can sort out.

The H-1B Visa and the Specialty Occupation Requirement

H-1B visas are typically utilized by U.S. employers seeking to employ a foreign national in a specialty occupation. See www.uscis.gov. Prior to filing the I-129 petition for an H-1B visa, a Labor Condition Application must be applied for with the Department of Labor. The Labor Condition Application requires the U.S. employer to make four essential attestations in order to protect the U.S. labor market.

Are There Any Free Immigration Lawyers in Seattle?

If you are facing difficulties with immigration issues, you likely already know that you need advice from immigration lawyers in Seattle. However, you may be concerned about how you are going to pay for these immigration lawyers in Seattle, especially since you have likely heard that legal fees can be expensive. Naturally, this may lead you to ask whether there are any free immigration lawyers in Seattle.

H-1B Demands Growing for Employers

The H-1B visa program, which enables domestic employers to hire foreign workers in certain specialty occupations (especially in science, technology and highly-skilled fields) has long been popular among employers, but demand for H-1B workers has been particularly strong this year.


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