New Immigration Fees Take Effect Today

Effective today, December 23, 2016, filing fees for numerous requests for immigration benefits before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased.     USCIS has confirmed that any application or petition bearing a postmark of December 22, 2016 or earlier, no matter when it is ultimately received for filing, will be accepted with the old fees.    Read more at ImmigrationInternet.com.   … [Read more...]

Is There a Link Between Immigration and Unemployment?

There is frequently controversy regarding the effects that immigration might have on unemployment rates, especially when a large section of the population is struggling financially. News of corporations seeking H‑1B visas erroneously advances the idea that employers actively recruit foreign workers rather than hire native-born ones. However, there is no link between immigration rates and unemployment patterns. This is due to job market … [Read more...]

Establishing an Employer-Employee Relationship Is Essential for H-1B Visa Purposes

More companies are using the H-1B visa to hire and retain foreign workers. It allows workers to maintain their permanent residence outside the United States while continuing employment here. However, H-1B visas are capped at 65,000 per fiscal year, which makes them very competitive and difficult to secure. One area where an H-1B visa application might fail is in establishing an employer-employee relationship between the worker and the … [Read more...]

ETA Form 9089 and Its Role in the Hiring of Foreign Workers

If you wish to live and work in the United States, one of the easiest ways to make that happen is through employer sponsorship. This starts with ETA Form 9089. Your employer will need to fill this out and submit it before you can secure your work visa. Here is a general overview of how these matters are handled.  What is Form 9089? ETA Form 9089 is the Application for Permanent Employment Certification, which is available … [Read more...]

Employment-Based Immigration Depends on Your Job

If you are looking to immigrate to the United States for employment purposes, some professions are preferred over others. Often called employment-based preferences, these are the positions for which an employment visa is most likely to get approved. Here is an overview of this hierarchy and how it can work for you. Priority workers always come first The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs releases a visa bulletin … [Read more...]

Foreign Entrepreneurs Enjoy Numerous Immigration Options

Foreign entrepreneurs who are considering starting or moving their business within U.S. borders should rest assured that it is not an impossible process. In fact, the U.S. government has created a variety of time-tested pathways that allow foreign entrepreneurs to bring their trade overseas. Whether you are considering permanent or temporary immigration to the United States, it’s important to know the options the government … [Read more...]

Is a Child Entitled to an Attorney in Immigration Court?

With discussion of immigration appearing frequently in the news media, and given the tenor of coverage of related issues, it’s no surprise that disagreement and debate have come to encompass nearly every corner of immigration law in some way or another. But an ongoing case that’s playing out in federal court in Seattle may be poised to take the debate surrounding the rights of children in removal proceedings to the next level. The case … [Read more...]

What Is a Habeas Corpus Petition, and What Role Does It Play in Immigration?

Facing detainment or deportation is a reasonable fear in the immigrant community. Even if people follow all procedures stringently with the assistance of an immigration attorney, administrative errors or unfounded criminal charges could place your legal status in danger. Fortunately, there is a possible remedy under habeas corpus if you or a loved one faces detainment. General purposes of habeas corpus The writ of habeas corpus is … [Read more...]

Understanding the Risks of a Plea Bargain

When you are facing criminal charges, the first instinct is often to conclude the ordeal as soon as possible. Facing the legal system in this adversarial manner is often terrifying, and that is especially true if you are not a citizen. One way these matters conclude quickly is through plea bargains or agreeing to a lesser offense in order to avoid stiffer penalties and drawn-out trials. Unfortunately, this easier way out for citizens often … [Read more...]

Voluntary Departure vs. Deportation

In fiscal year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed 235,413 individuals from the country. Nearly 60 percent of these were convicted criminals. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story of the removal process. Being detained by ICE or picked up by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not automatically result in deportation. Many detainees are eventually released and remain in the country. But of … [Read more...]