Immigration Law Articles

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

What is an L1B Visa?

The L1 visa category is a nonimmigrant work visa category for intracompany transferees. It allows a U.S. employer to petition for certain...
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L-1 Visa for Entrepreneurs

You may be eligible for an L-1 visa for “intracompany transferees” if you are an executive, manager, or a worker with specialized knowledge who...

4 Benefits of Using an Immigrant Investor Regional Center

The United States is deemed by the world to be the land of opportunities for both job seekers and investors alike. There are more jobs and...

Immigration Hardship

In order to procure certain waivers or other forms of immigration relief, an alien may be required to establish that a qualifying relative would...

Non-payment of a Fine Can Lead to the Prohibition of the Entrance to Armenia

If a foreigner commits an offense by a vehicle not registered in the area of RA. Have you committed an offense by a vehicle not registered in...

H1B Process

The H1B visa is for nonimmigrant workers in specialty occupations who have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Thinking of Immigrating to Florida? A Treaty Investor Visa Could Be Your Ticket

Have you ever heard of a Treaty Investor Visa? Have you considered hiring the services of a Florida Business Lawyer in hopes to expand a...

What Is I-129 Form?

The Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, is a form that is used for multiple purposes regarding nonimmigrant workers: petitioning for...

Change of Non-Immigrant Status from B1/B2 (Visitor) to F1/M1 (Student)

Persons in the United States on B1 (temporary visitor for business) or B2 (temporary visitor for pleasure) status are limited in the activities...

How to Fight Misrepresentation in Immigration Case?

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

How Long Does I-601 Visa Take to Process?

In order to obtain a nonimmigrant or immigrant visa, an alien must be admissible to the United States. If an alien is inadmissible, he or she...

What is a Waiver of Inadmissibility to the U.S.?

Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) contains various grounds of alien “inadmissibility.”

What is a Waiver in U.S. Immigration Law?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) require immigration fees for the processing of certain forms and services. These...

Are You a Resident U.S. Citizen in the Eyes of the IRS? You May Think No. The IRS May Think Yes.

Sometimes taxpayers are unsure of how to interpret the word “residency” when preparing their income taxes.

H1B Visa Cap Exemption

Under section 214(g)(1)(A)(vii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), only 65,000 H1B visas may be allocated each fiscal year. This is...

Thailand Board of Investment– International Headquarters and International Trading Centres

Thailand’s reputation is that of a business-friendly country and together with foreign investment has made it a leading centre of trade in...

New Fee Hits Certain L-1 Visa Petitioners

Applicants for certain categories of the L-1 visa are now required to pay an additional fee of US$4,500, thanks to the Consolidated...

What is International Adoption?

International adoption laws and procedures are complicated. It is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney who has...

EB-6 Start Up Visa Proposal in Turkey

Under U.S. immigration law, temporary visas are considered to be ill-suited for entrepreneurs. Startups have been shown to be responsible for...

Canada Investor Immigration Program

Canada offers an “investor immigration program” for business entrepreneurs, self-employed person and investors coming from outside Canada who...

Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver in the U.S.

The provisional unlawful presence waiver was originally created in regulations in 2013. A new provisional unlawful presence waiver final rule...

Immigration Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction

  By HG.org
Individuals who are not United States citizens risk being removed from the country if they are convicted of certain crimes. A conviction for a...

America's 20-Year Immigration Crack Down: The Effects of IIRIRA

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996,...

How to Apply for Asylum and Withholding of Removal

Asylum, statutory withholding of removal, and withholding of removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) are three distinct forms of...

Provisional Waiver Open to More Applicants Easing Path to Legalization for Undocumented Immigrants

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published new regulations expanding the “provisional waiver.” Under the new...

DUI and Consequences on Inadmissibility and Deportation

  By HG.org
When a person who is not a citizen is convicted of DUI, this conviction can have a serious effect on his or her ability to be admitted to the...

DUI Consequences and Immigration

  By HG.org
Individuals who are not citizens of the United States must undergo extensive background checks before they are admitted, while they are applying...

Filling Out Form I-589 Application for Asylum in the United States

In order to file for asylum and/or withholding of removal, an applicant must file the Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of...

Latvia: Residence Permit in Exchange for Business Investment

The Republic of Latvia maintains Investor Residence Programme, where one of the options to obtain a residence permit is investing into a...

How to Apply for Latvian Citizenship through Ancestry

According to the Latvian Citizenship Law there are several categories for a person with Latvian ancestry to obtain dual citizenship with Latvia....

About the J-1 Visa Program for Exchange Visitors

The J-1 visa program enables foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to study, teach, conduct research or receive training for up to several...

Denaturalization in the United States

Denaturalization is the process by which a U.S. citizen loses his or her citizenship.

Ukraine: Legal Regulation of the Labor Migration

There are internal and external labor migrations. Internal migration is implemented within a country, while foreign migrant workers involve...

What Is Withholding of Removal Status?

Withholding of removal is a form of relief from removal that prevents an alien against whom a final order of removal has been entered from being...

Obtaining Bulgarian Citizenship through Investment in Bulgaria: The Fast Track Legal Option

Obtaining Bulgarian Citizenship through Investment - the “Law for the Foreigners in Bulgaria” and the “Law for the Bulgarian Citizenship”. What...

How Can I Immigrate to the United States through an EB-5 Investment Visa?

Many people believe that the only way to get access to residency in the United States is by getting a “green card”, but that is not so. For...

Should We Expect Immigration of Turkish Citizens, and will Ukraine be Interesting for this Purpose?

Where could Turks immigrate? It is unlikely that many Turks will immigrate to Muslim countries, because the level of freedom there does not...

Getting a Permit for Permanent Residence in Ukraine by a Foreigner Based on Investment

The most plausible reason of getting an immigration permit is making investments to the Ukraine economy by a foreigner, that is a convertible...

Myanmar Opening to the World

In November 2015, Myanmar had held a successful national election, which was a significant milestone towards a transparent and stable government.

Denial of Entry into the Philippines Must Not Be Arbitrary

While the immigration officers have the prerogative to decline entry of foreigners, they must do so without arbitrariness, that is, the ground...

Property Purchase: Investments in Italian houses

Chinese attracted by investments in Italian houses: In the last few years Chinese people have been attracted by investments in Italian houses....

USCIS Issues Draft Policy Memorandum on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visas

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a draft policy memorandum on L-1B adjudications, calling for...

California Startup Seeking to Hire Foreign Employee on H-1B Visa

  By Kaass Law
Whether you are a foreign citizen willing to work in the US or an US employer that wants to hire a foreign employee, below are a number of...

According to European Commission and Deloitte, Belgium is a Heaven for Business and Tax Immigration

  By Lexial
There is a Belgian paradox insofar as, every year, Belgium is ranked by OECD among the highest taxed countries, based on the ratio of the tax...

LGBT Immigration in the United States

The United States was once hostile toward LGBT immigration. However, laws and immigration policies of the United States have changed to make it...

Immigration Law in Romania, Seeking an Immigration Lawyer for Obtaining Romanian Citizenship

Immigration law provides the right of foreign to apply for Romanian citizenship. With the help of an immigration attorney specialized in...

Overview of LGBTI Asylum

Under current U.S. immigration law, LGBTI aliens may seek asylum in the United States.

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.

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...

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.

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...


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