Is uncertainty surrounding staying in the United States driving away highly educated foreign nationals?

An increasing number of foreign graduates from U.S. universities are electing to return to their home countries or elsewhere after completing their studies. These students have the potential to make great contributions in their relative STEM fields, but many do not want to face the uncertainty of obtaining an H-1B visa.

Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at […]

Third Country Nationals: You Don’t Have to Go Home to Get Your Visa, Maybe

Generally, there is no better place to apply for a nonimmigrant visa than in a foreign national’s home country. Sometimes, however, one wants to avoid traveling to his/her home country for a variety of reasons. In those situations, processing a nonimmigrant visa application in Canada or Mexico is an option. Third Country Nationals, or TCNs, […]

I want a green card

I want a green card. This is the statement I hear most frequently from potential clients. A green card (or lawful U.S. permanent residence) means the ability to live and work permanently in the U.S. It is an important goal for many people who have struggled with the confusion of a temporary visa process and […]

By | July 31st, 2015|Blog, Immigration News|

Sharing Immigration Ideals and Human Capital with our Canadian Friends

Many people in the U.S. take for granted the ability to travel freely to Canada. Those who do are often visitors for a week or less, going up to Montreal for Parisian style site-seeing, traveling to Manitoba to see polar bears in Churchill, or marveling at the beauty of Vancouver’s coast and mountain range. Polar […]

By | January 23rd, 2015|Blog, Employment Visas|

L-1 Denied by USCIS? Don’t give up!

A denial by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for an L-1 visa petition is not the end of the journey for transferring a valuable manager or specialized knowledge employee to the United States. The L-1 visa has been a vital tool for multinational companies seeking to transfer managers and specialized knowledge employees from overseas offices to […]

By | January 7th, 2015|Blog, Employment Visas|

What the President is Doing – Is it Legal?

Of course, the big news in the immigration world right now is President Obama’s various executive actions to change immigration policies. Politicians either strongly support the President’s move, or they just as strongly disapprove of his actions. Those against assert that President Obama has appointed himself “King” or “Emperor” and is failing to carry out […]

By | December 5th, 2014|Blog, U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization|

Card Wars: Got A New Hope?*

*The names in this blog have been changed to protect the innocent and to allow me to gratuitously allude to favorite sci-fi references.

The Conflict:

Foreign nationals are complaining to their U.S. immigration attorneys that they are not receiving either their employment authorization (“EAD”) cards or permanent resident (“green”) cards from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). […]

By | November 19th, 2014|Blog|

To Blanket or Not To Blanket, That Is The (L-1) Question

L-1 nonimmigrant visa status is a great tool for multinational companies seeking to transfer executives, managers, and highly specialized employees from overseas offices to the U.S. The L-1 has come under heavy scrutiny in the past decade with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), leaving many U.S. employers frustrated, and seeking faster, more efficient option […]

By | September 4th, 2014|Blog, Employment Visas|

O Canada! Our home and native land: Visiting Canada Just Isn’t the Same as it Used to Be for U.S. Citizens

A friend of mine grew up in Detroit and she used to go shopping in Canada all of the time. She would just cross the border, shop, and come back to Detroit. No documents, no questions, no problem. But those days are long gone.

In June 2014, the Toronto Sun reported an embarrassing incident where Canadian […]

By | August 28th, 2014|Blog, Travel Tips|

F-1 Student Visas and the Slippery Slope of an H-1B Visa Rejection

Filing an H-1B visa petition this April meant that petitioners had about a 50% chance of being selected. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period this year; there are only a total of 65,000 general category cap slots and 20,000 cap slots for those with U.S. […]

By | August 7th, 2014|Blog, Employment Visas, Student Visas|