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Immigration Law Articles

Articles written by lawyers and expert witnesses worldwide
explaining the different aspects of Immigration.


Permissible Activities While on B2 Status

The B2 nonimmigrant visa classification is if for temporary visitors for pleasure. There are limited activities in which a B2 nonimmigrant may...

Waivers for Fraud or Misrepresentation

Under section 212(a)(6)(C)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), an alien who is found to have procured or to have sought to procured...

Inadmissible Admission

In order to be “admitted” into the United States as the term is defined in section 101(a)(13)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA),...

U Visa Law Enforcement Certification

The U nonimmigrant visa category is for certain victims of particularly serious crimes who cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation...

"Parole In Place" for Family Members of U.S. Military Service Members and Former U.S. Military Service Members

The Attorney General has limited discretionary authority to grant parole to an alien who is in the United States without an immigration status....

Rules for Using a TPS-Related EAD While Holding a Valid Non-Immigrant Status

An alien who is granted temporary protected status (TPS) may obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) along with TPS. Furthermore, he...

Modular Container Systems and the “Totality of the Circumstances" Test

When seeking labor certification for an employment-based immigrant visa, the following relationships will subject the labor certification...

The Selective Service Requirement and Immigration

Male U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and undocumented aliens between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to register for with...

E2 Treaty Investors Visa

The E-2 (E2) Treaty Investors visa is a nonimmigrant visa for certain nationals of countries with which the United States maintains a treaty of...

Reinstatement of Removal

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has discretion to reinstate a prior removal order when an alien reenters the United States illegally...

Expedited Removal

Under certain circumstances, arriving aliens who are found inadmissible at the border may be subject to expedited removal. Expedited removal is...

Recapturing Priority Dates

Under certain circumstances, a child with a pending adjustment of status application to a family preference category who would otherwise “age...

Workers’ Compensation and Immigration Status

  By HG.org
The United States Department of Homeland Security estimates that 11 million workers who were born in other countries lack documented immigration...

Introduction to the EB1B Visa Category for Outstanding Professors and Researchers

The EB1-B (EB1B) category is an employment-based immigrant visa category for outstanding professors and researchers. The underlying statute for...

Using Non-Investment Non-Immigrant Employment Visas as an Investor or Entrepreneur

A brief overview of the special considerations for investors and entrepreneurs who are seeking to use one of these three non-immigrant visa...

Asylum Eligibility Bars

The decision on whether to grant an asylum application is discretionary decision based on the facts of each specific case. However, there are...

Administrative Removal for Aggravated Felonies

An overview of who is subject to administrative removal, the administrative removal procedure, and potential avenues for relief from...

Life Act and Adjustment of Status

Who Was Eligible to Take Advantage of LIFE Act Adjustment of Status? The Original Filing Requirements for LIFE Act Adjustment of Status and...

O Visas

O visas are nonimmigrant employment visas for limited classes of aliens. The O-1A (O1A) visa is for “aliens of extraordinary ability” who are...

Can I Take the Bar Exam If I Am not a Citizen?

  By HG.org
Individuals who want to be lawyers generally must pass a bar exam. This test is perceived as one of the most grueling in the country, requiring...

Stopped by Immigration: You Have Rights

In the United States, all people have rights. It does not matter who you are, what country you are from, or what your status is in the United...

Acquiring Ukrainian Citizenship

To receive Ukrainian citizenship in any grounds you shall appeal to the territorial division of Ukraine LCA on the place of living; submit an...

What E-2 Visa Holders Need to Know About Applying for a Green Card

If you are an E-2 visa holder who has entered the U.S. to supervise or manage your investment in a U.S. venture and decide to make your stay...

Naturalization Would Give Many a Voice in the 2016 Elections

The right to vote is fundamental for United States Citizens. Voting is the way most people contribute to the ongoing national conversation on...

The Current Rhetoric on Immigration Stokes Fear, Ignores Facts

Baseless, anti-immigrant rhetoric may stir certain segments of the voting bloc, but the facts will trump demagoguery. In reality, immigrants are...

E2 Visa for Entrepreneurs

You don’t have to be an American citizen or have residency here to start a business in the U.S. Your main ticket to business success in the U.S....

Hybrid Visa is Alternative to H1B Visa

Last year, the 65,000 slots for H-1B visas were filled within the first five days of the lottery process. The USCIS anticipates that this year...

What You Should Know When Seeking to Become a Thai National

Practical points to consider when contemplating applying for Thai citizenship.

5 Common Misconceptions About the EB5 Immigrant Investor Program

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was established by Congress in 1990 to encourage foreign investment in the U.S. Over the past 26 years, the...

Bulgarian Investment Immigration Program

Bulgarian Investment Immigration Program: the investment opportunities and the related benefits, fast-track options for acquiring Bulgarian...

Immigration Law: Residence and Work Permits for Foreigners in Turkey

It is significant for the foreigners to comply with the immigration laws while residing and working in Turkey. Below are the general principles...

The Consequences of a DUI on Citizenship

  By HG.org
If a legal permanent resident wants to apply for naturalization, his or her conviction of a DUI may impact this decision. However, there are...

Preparing for the H1B Visa Cap Season

The H-1B visa program is for foreign workers serving at a professional level in specialty occupations. There are 65,000 H1B spots set aside in...

Permanent Residency Permits in Cyprus for Non-European Union Nationals

There has been a recent increase in the interest of third country nationals obtaining immigration permits in the Republic of Cyprus, as Cyprus...

Obtaining Cyprus Citizenship by Investment in Cyprus

The government of Cyprus has now implemented a new immigration initiative aimed at facilitating non- EU migrant entrepreneurs and investors who,...

Employment-Based Immigration

Approximately 140,000 immigrant visas are available each fiscal year for aliens (and their spouses and children) who seek to immigrate based on...

Marriage and Immigration

Obtaining a green card through a marriage is sometimes referred to as the “fast track” to lawful permanent residence.

The Truth about Refugees: They Undergo Rigorous Vetting Process and States Cannot Reject Them

The simple truth of the matter is this: Refugees are the most thoroughly vetted class of immigrants in the U.S., and state governors have no...

ICE Raids in Charlotte: What You Need to Know

Reports of these ICE raids have spread fear throughout immigrant communities. In light of these fears, it is important for immigrants, their...

Cyprus Citizenship by Investment

Cyprus offers several attractive Immigration programs which are popular with non-EU markets such as China, Russia and the Middle East. One of...

Belgium Lags Behind in Implementing the Single Permit Directive

The EU Commission has recently announced that to date Belgium has failed to transpose the Single Permit Directive (Directive 2011/98/EU) into...

Employment Immigration Visa Options for Florida Businesses

Last year, the H-1B filing period lasted only five business days due to the high demand for H-1B visas. In 2015, there are 65,000 H-1B spots set...

6 Circumstances Where You Need a Florida Immigration Attorney

Those wishing to enter the U.S. as a legal immigrant or facing deportation often find the U.S. immigration process to be complicated, confusing...

Canadian Business Ownership and LMIA Exempt Work Permits

  By Sterling
Options for obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or LMIA exempt work permit.

Canadian Startup Visa v UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur

  By Sterling
Canada and UK are frequently cited as being among the most desirable countries where an entrepreneur would want to start a business.

Extradition of Criminals in the UAE

International judicial cooperation is one of the most important aspects of cooperation between countries for crime fighting. There is exigent...

How to Avoid Everyday Immigration Mistakes Employers Make

Florida employers seeking to hire foreign nationals have several options for doing so through a variety of work visa options from the U.S....

Choosing the Right Canadian Immigration Consultant.

  By Sterling
The Canadian immigration process is complex and daunting. Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories. Each Province and Territory has its own...

Conjugal Partner Visa in Canada

  By Sterling
Unlike the United Kingdom, Canada does not have a fiance visa immigration category. Canada immigration is limited to the spouse visa category...

Business Immigration in Belgium and in France: New Rules in a Tense Situation, Full of Opportunities

  By Lexial
Recent events in Paris and Brussels raised legitimate concerns on the side of applicants to business and professional immigration, particularly...

Who Can Represent Me With a Canadian Immigration Application?

  By Sterling
There are hundreds of unauthorized agencies offering Canadian Immigration Services in the United Kingdom, India, China and elsewhere. Many of...

Why You Should Hire a Canadian Immigration Lawyer

  By Sterling
Many clients feel confident enough to prepare their own applications after reading through the Canadian immigration rules online or by having a...

British Columbia’s New Entrepreneur Immigration Program

  By Sterling
A recent change to Canadian immigration law took place in the province of British Columbia (BC) with the creation of the Entrepreneur...

Comprehending the Legal Principles of Brazilian Labor Law

  By M F Ejchel
When a foreign worker provides services in Brazil the laws governing the contract are the laws of the country of origin or the laws of Brazil?...

The Attractiveness of Ukraine as a Country for Obtaining a Residence Permit

Ukraine can be considered as an attractive country for foreigners wishing to immigrate to Europe. Let’s consider the benefits of migration to...

DUIs and Deportation

Many issues come up when someone is faced with a DUI but when you are not a permanent citizen, one of the biggest fears is deportation.

Political Asylum in Italy

People seeking asylum are those who have suffered political persecution or fear, based on reasonable grounds, to undergo an individual...

Polygamous Marriage and Family Visa in Italy

In the last decade Italy has increased by more than 35% the number of spouses or children arrived in our Country that use the institution of...

Fast Track Bulgarian Citizenship

The amendments in the Bulgarian legislation in the past few years paved an easier and smoother path to the Bulgarian citizenship goal by...

The Increasing Role of Marriage Contracts in Marriages with Ukrainians

The number of signed marriage contracts is constantly increasing in Ukraine, what is more, it is growing in the segment of international couples...

Retention of I-140 Priority Date for a Subsequent Employment-Based Petition

A beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition for the first, second or third preference category may retain the priority date of the approved...

Work Permit in Egypt

The process of acquiring a work permit in Egypt can be complicated, but most foreigners must have secured a job long before arriving to Egypt...

Naturalisation in Cyprus (EU) by Investment

Cyprus, being an attractive investment and holding jurisdiction, affords a non-Cypriot investor the opportunity apply for the acquisition of...

Naturalisation of Foreign Investors in Cyprus

Cyprus has implemented recently a scheme for naturalization of international investors in Cyprus by exception. A non-Cypriot citizen who meets...

June 2015 Visa Bulletin: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The June 2015 Visa Bulletin contains a bit of good news for persons in certain employment-based (EB) categories. However, for others, like...

EB-3 Category: Faster Waiting Times

Fantastic news for those in the EB-3 category.

EADS for H-4 Spouses

On May 26, the USCIS will begin accepting applications for form I-765 Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) submitted by certain H-4 spouses...

H-1B lottery odds are less than 50%, apply for an EB Green Card now

In 2014, when over 172,000 petitions were filed for 85,000 visas, immigration lawyers had the following advice for the H-1B lottery losers.

DACA Renewals - Plus DACA to Green Card

On June 5, the DHS Secretary announced the process for persons who have received work permits (EADs) under the Deferred Action for Childhood...

Military Expands Program which Expedites US Citizenship

Recently, the Defense Department greatly expanded a program which allows certain persons holding temporary visas to bypass the green card...

Should I Plead Guilty?

  By HG.org
When individuals are facing a conviction of a criminal charge, they usually are told by their attorney that they have two choices. They can...

I-Squared Bill: More H-1B Visas and Green Cards

On January 13, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015.

Employment for Authorization for H-4 Spouses

On May 12, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed regulation which would, for the first time, permit certain H-4...

H-1B Lotteries Are Over, America's Got Enough Talent?

H-1B lotteries to choose professional employees? Is this the best we can do?

Obama's New Immigration Policy

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his long-awaited changes to our broken immigration system. None of the changes will take place...

Obama Could Double the Number of Green Cards

In response to Congress’ failure to fix our broken immigration system, President Obama has promised to take action regarding immigration before...

Continuous Residence for Foreigners in Bulgaria

In accordance with the Bulgarian legislation the term “foreigner” includes every individual who is not a Bulgarian or an EU, EEA or a Swiss...

How Can an EU Citizen Reside in Bulgaria?

Following the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union (“EU”) every national of an EU Member State (i.e. every EU citizen) can freely enter...

Labour Migration to Austria for Highly Qualified Individuals ('Red-White-Red Card scheme')

A well accepted and successful labour immigration scheme is the Austrian Red-White-Red-card, a national equivalent to the EU Blue Card. The...

The Legal and Tax Considerations for Chinese HNWIs Investing in Australia Property Market

The Chinese real estate boom in Australia will only be accelerating. It is predicted that an additional $70 billion demand for real estate from...

Going from Student Visa to Green Card

  By HG.org
When a student decides to come to America to pursue an education, he or she often does so with the thought of remaining here to pursue a dream....

Is It Legal to Visit America to Have a Baby in Order to Create Citizenship?

  By HG.org
Once known pejoratively as “anchor babies,” the children of foreign nationals born on American soil have traditionally had a right to automatic...

When Can a Family Member's Nationality Grant Someone Else American Citizenship

  By HG.org
It is quite common for people to want to help their relatives gain US citizenship. But, is it just as easy as marrying someone and they...

Engagement of Foreign Workers: Work Permits and Visas in Kazakhstan

  By Integrites
Under the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the work of foreign employees in Kazakhstan requires in certain instances a work permit and a work...

Risks for Foreigners when Obtaining Ukrainian Citizenship or Residency Permit

Ukraine is now quite good country to immigrate, especially for Middle East citizens who move to Ukraine to have better work. Also, many students...

Investment Risks in Kazakhstan

Investors from different countries are continuing to establish their offices in Kazakhstan and many companies are willing to do business here....

Acquisition of Turkish Citizenship by Marriage

Acquisition of Turkish citizenship by marriage is regulated in Article 16 of Turkish Citizenship Law and Articles 25-31 of the Regulation on the...

Thailand Business Structures Incorporation

Most businesses are looking to Incorporate a Company in Thailand but do not meet the initial requirements. Below is a list of items to consider...

Residence Permit in Turkey

The regulations formulating the rules on residence permit and the entry of foreigners into Turkey were dated back to mid-twentieth century....

Waiting for Deportation? Do Not Be Afraid

Facing deportation can be scary. If you are facing the possibility of being deported from the United States, you need to contact an experienced...

USCIS Announces Changes to the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that beginning February 17, 2015, it will require those applying to the Cuban...

Immigrating to Cyprus

Non-Cypriot citizens may enlist to obtain the Cypriot citizenship by exception on the basis of the scheme for Major Collective Investments.

How Do I Help My Spouse in Another Country Become a Legal Permanent Resident?

  By HG.org
The United States provides a special visa for a person who is engaged to a United States citizen to come to the United States to get married....

What Happens When a Person is Charged with Illegal Reentry?

Returning to the United States after being deported or removed is a violation of federal law. Alleged offenders could be sentenced to prison...

E-Residency in Estonia

As the world seems to develop faster and faster, a new gadget has been placed to the disposal of the foreigners and non-resident persons in...

L-1 Visa Denial: Three Reasons to Appeal in Federal District Court

When an L-1 Visa is denied by USCIS, you may have the option of skipping an administrative appeal to the AAO, and file a petition for review...

What Factors Affect Prosecutorial Discretion in My Immigration Case?

  By HG.org
Prosecutorial discretion may be exercised in certain immigration cases to permit individuals to remain in the country. On November 20, 2014, Jeh...

What Are the Requirements for Adjustment of Status?

  By HG.org
The Immigration and Nationality Act allows individuals to change their immigration status while they are in the United States. They may have...

Malta IIP – The National Development and Social Fund

The Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme was established by LN 47/2014, in which the Government of the Republic of Malta grants...

What Is the Known Employer Program?

  By HG.org
The Known Employer program is a pilot program that is meant to help make travel between the United States and Canada more efficient for business...


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