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Approved: E2 Visa for Owner of Norwegian Skincare Company

We are happy to share that we have successfully assisted a Norwegian national with his E-2 visa application. The client acquired an existing company which is a developer, manufacturer, marketer, distributer, and online retailer of organic skincare products. The E2 business The Company offers its skincare products to markets across the globe, including the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. ISUN Skincare’s product line consists of both professional products sold to business-to-business (B2B) clients and retail products for sale ...
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Lay-offs at Twitter – Impact on Immigration Status of Foreign Employees

By Zeenat Phophalia Immigration Attorney, D&A In a move that sent shockwaves, Twitter laid off half of its workforce on Friday, November 4, according to a Reuter’s report.  Hundreds of these employees who are in H-1B, L-1 or O-1 status would be put on a deadline to get another job or leave the country.  As reported by Forbes, an estimated 8% of Twitter’s employees are on an H-1B visa, based on a National Foundation for American Policy analysis of U.S ...
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Technology Visas

Who Actually Qualifies for the L-1 Intracompany Transfer Visa for Managers & Executives?

Immigration Attorney Zeenat Phophalia delves into which staff members are eligible for the L-1A Visa and what constitutes a personnel manager and a function manager. The L-1 visa classification for intracompany transferees comes in two categories: L-1A (managers and executives) and L-1B (special knowledge workers).  The L-1A allows a foreign company to transfer managers and executives to its related U.S. parent, subsidiary, affiliate or branch office.  An L-1A manager is generally someone who supervises and manages professional, managerial or supervisory ...
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Employment-Based Green Card Quotas

US Releases 100,000 New Visa Appointments in India

The US embassy in India has announced that it is releasing 100,000 new appointments for H visa and L visa applicants. The move will go some way towards clearing the backlog caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The US embassy in New Delhi and the five satellite consulates suffered long closures that have caused delays to visa processing. This is a particular problem in a country that tops the list for a number of different US visas categories. Over the past ...
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US Immigration Lawyer

Numerous Recent Visa Approvals for D&A Clients

The clients of our firm have been granted a number of different visa approvals over the past week, with the feeling that the Covid pandemic is increasingly behind us. Here are some examples: E2 Visa for Singapore National Setting Up Advisory Firm in California We are happy to share that we have secured an approval for another E2 Treaty Investor Visa applicant from Singapore. The applicant will operate as an advisory firm in California. The Company will raise money from ...
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US Immigration Lawyer

Celebrating Three New L1 Visa Approvals Last Week

Our firm is celebrating the approval of three L1 visas this past week. The clients are from as far and wide as India and Canada, and the business sectors range from IT to construction. Read more below. The L1 Visa permits the intracompany transfer of qualifying employees from the overseas branch to the US branch of a related company. You can either move staff to an existing office in the US or establish a new one (a New Office L1) ...
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Immigration for Telecoms Professionals

L1A Visa Petition Approval for a Nigerian Telecoms Executive

We are happy to share that have obtained another L1A visa petition approval. This time it is for a Nigerian telecommunications executive. The US company, which is an affiliate of a Nigerian company, offers a range of telecommunication services, including installation and maintenance of telecom equipment related to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), code-division multiple access (CDMA), and WiMAX (wireless broadband communication standards). It will provide custom, comprehensive in-building solutions for wireless networks. It will engineer and install ...
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Client Q & A on Eb-2 Visa

L-1A Visa to EB-1A Visa: Permanent Residency for Research Scientist in “Extraordinary Ability” Category

We are delighted to share that we have secured an approval of an EB-1A petition for a Research Scientist and R&D Leader of Extraordinary Ability from India. The EB-1A Visa is an employment-based Green Card (US Permanent Residency) for people who can demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. Applicants are scored against a list of ten criteria and must meet at least three of them. Read the criteria here. The Petitioner is a R&D Director ...
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Visa for actors and musicians

As Elton John Criticizes Access to Europe for Artists, What are the Rules for USA?

Sir Elton John has criticized the UK government for not doing enough to help musicians wanting to tour Europe in the aftermath of Brexit. John claimed artists were being figuratively (and sometimes literally) "stranded at Dover", the name of the English town that acts as a gateway to Europe. As the issue remains unresolved, we explore the options for artists seeking to work and/or live in the United States. Temporary Access to the US for Artists? The US immigration options ...
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EB-5 Investor Visa Application Price Increase

USCIS đã ban hành một mẫu đơn EB-5 mới dành riêng cho các Đương đơn EB5 theo chương trình Trung tâm Vùng – được gọi là Mẫu I-526E.

Sở Di trú & Nhập tịch Hoa Kỳ (USCIS) hôm nay đã ban hành mẫu đơn xin Thị thực Nhà đầu tư EB-5 mới dành cho các đương đơn đầu tư thuộc Trung tâm Vùng- Đơn xin nhập cư I-526E của Nhà đầu tư Trung tâm Vùng EB5. Trước đây, đương đơn xin Thị thực EB-5 của Trung tâm Vùng và hình thức Trực tiếp đều sử dụng cùng một mẫu Đơn xin nhập cư I-526 đối với Doanh nhân ...
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EB-5 Investor Visa Application Price Increase

USCIS Changes EB-5 Investor Visa Application Form for Regional Center Applicants

USCIS has introduced a new EB-5 application form specifically for EB-5 Regional Center Applicants - henceforth to be known as Form I-526E. The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued a new EB-5 Investor Visa application form for Regional Center applicants - the I-526E Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor. Until now, both Regional Center and Direct EB-5 Visa applicants used the same form I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur. A revised Direct EB-5 application form is expected soon ...
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Approved: E2 Visa following Grenada Citizenship by Investment

Our firm is happy to share that we have obtained another E2 Treaty Investor approval for yet another client. He is a citizen of South Africa who first obtained a Grenada passport to apply for E2. The client came to us seeking assistance in applying for the E2 visa. We would ordinarily encourage him to apply for his E2 visa at the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados. However, considering that the US Embassy in Barbados suspended E-2 visa processing, we ...
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Humanitarian Parole for Afghans

Senators Show Support for New EB-5 Investors

Amid all the excitement of the EB-5 Regional Center Program returning, a key question remains unresolved: that of Regional Center "redesignation". But a group of leading Senators are giving new investors grounds for hope that this will be cleared up soon. The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) argues that the recent legislation means that all Regional Centers must re-apply for authorization and cannot accept new investors until this has been granted. This could cause delays given the administrative burden ...
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US Immigration Lawyer

E2 Visa Approval for Bangladeshi Client in Vitamins & Supplements Business

We closed last week with another E-2 visa approval for another Bangladeshi national. The client is the second Bangladeshi national that we have assisted in obtaining an E-2 visa this year.  We helped the client set up a Limited Liability Company in Texas that will sell vitamins, supplements, and other health-related products, both imported and sourced from local suppliers, online, via its e-commerce store and sales platforms, such as Amazon.com and Walmart.com. Additionally, the Company will operate as a wholesaler ...
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New EB-5 Visa Rules: What is Concurrent Filing in EB-5?

The changes affect EB-5 applicants who are waiting to file their I-485 adjustment of status application. By Blake Harrison, Senior Counsel, Investor Visa Practice On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed long-anticipated EB-5 reform measures into law. One of the most significant changes under the new law is the ability to file Form I-526 and Form I-485 at the same time, which is commonly referred to as "concurrent filing." Before the EB-5 Reform Bill was enacted, EB-5 investors had to ...
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