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H-2B Visas: New Selection Procedure After iCert Server Crash

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H-2B Visas: New Selection Procedure After iCert Server Crash

The H-2B visa program allows United States employers to hire foreign workers for nonagricultural services on a temporary basis. The H-2B visa program is an important resource for both employers as well as foreign workers. In order to qualify for it, the petitioning employer must show that: There aren’t enough U.S. workers who are able Read More

USCIS Announces Updates to Civics Test

In order to become a citizen of the United States, foreign nationals have to go through the process of naturalization. During the standard interview, applicants are given what’s called a civics test. The civics test is an oral examination focusing on U.S. history and government. During the test, applicants are asked 10 out of a Read More

Government Shutdown and its Major Impact on Your Immigration Case

Why Did the Government Shutdown? Congress and the U.S. President cannot agree on a budget bill. The Senate passed a bill that did not include funding for the President’s border wall. President Trump insists he will not sign a budget bill unless it includes $5 billion to fund a border wall. The government shutdown is Read More

DHS Proposes Change to “Public Charge” Rule

On October 10, 2018, the Trump administration published its proposed changes to the public charge rule in order to ensure that those admitted as immigrants and temporary visa holders are more likely to be self-sufficient, and not a public charge (someone who is likely to be primarily dependent on the government for survival).  The proposed Read More

Do Non-Citizens Have to Pay Taxes?

In short, yes. Even though they may not be citizens, nonresidents (foreign nationals, or those who have not passed the green card test or the substantial presence test) and residents alike must file tax returns if they have been engaged in trade or business in the United States during the year. Tax Differences for Citizens, Read More

What Does It Mean to Be a “Sanctuary City”?

In 2015, more than 200 state and local jurisdictions, known as “sanctuary cities,” chose to not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In 2017, an executive order signed by President Trump stated that sanctuary jurisdictions will not be eligible for federal grants. Since then, certain federal courts have blocked or restrained that order, and Read More

Too Much Demand, Not Enough H-2B Visas

Congress created the H-2B visa program in 1990 in order to help non-farm businesses acquire seasonal workers. As acceptance of the program grew, so did the competition for visas. In 2014, most H-2B workers came from Mexico, being hired primarily by employers in Texas. Each year, there are 66,000 visas available for businesses  half (33,000) Read More

What is Refugee Status and Who Qualifies?

Since 1975, over 3 million refugees from around the world have made their home in the United States, thanks to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. A refugee is defined as an individual who flees his/her home country for fear of violence or persecution due to race, religion, political opinions, or affiliation in a particular social Read More

A Quick Guide to Naturalization in the U.S.

Naturalization is the process by which the United States government grants citizenship to foreign citizens or nationals, who must first fulfill requirements outlined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Naturalization allows you full access to all of the rights given to U.S. citizens. Note: The information below is not intended to be a complete Read More

A Guide to Student Visas: F and M Visas

F-1 visas allow international students to study full-time and live in the United States.  A full-time course of study is 12 credit hours or more of coursework per semester in an undergraduate program, but the definition of “full-time” for graduate programs is a combination of credit hours with research time and will vary. F-1 visas Read More

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