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December 2018 Visa Bulletin

December 2018 Visa Bulletin

One of the biggest parts of getting a green card in the U.S. is waiting for your priority date to be current. For those that have invested the time, effort, and money into an immigrant visa, questions arise such as “How long will it take for my date to be current?” and “Can I speed this process up?”. To help answer these questions, this post will provide regular monthly updates on the most recent visa bulletin, an analysis of the date movements, and what predictions are made about the coming months. This month, we’ll go over the December 2018 visa bulletin.

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O-1 Visa Agent

O-1 Visa Agents

The O-1 is a special nonimmigrant visa for those foreign nationals that can be classified as extraordinary. Part of the extraordinary nature of this visa is that you can have an O-1 visa agent represent you, provided some criteria are met. This post will help you better understand the rules surrounding an O-1 visa agent whether you are a beneficiary looking to hire an agent or someone who wants to become an agent themselves.

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J-1 vs F-1 Visa

J-1 vs F-1 Visa

Studying in the U.S. can be a great benefit to those who wish to learn and gain degrees and certifications from institutions that are only located within our borders. There are two main ways for a foreign resident to study in the U.S. through standalone visas: the J-1 and the F-1. However, deciding between the two can be difficult without some background information and it often takes an expert to make the wisest decision. Find out what the advantages and disadvantages are of each visa as well as how you can determine the best visa for your particular immigration situation.

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Citizenship for Children

Citizenship for Kids

Becoming a citizen of the United States is the final step of the immigration journey. This status provides many benefits, including bringing children into the U.S. as citizens and gaining citizenship for those kids that were already in the U.S. as legal permanent residents. Find out what you need to know when it comes to naturalizing children and getting citizenship for kids.

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Green Card Denial

Green Card Denial

When pursuing a green card in the U.S., there is a lot on the line. You have invested time, effort, and money into your immigration path that cannot be replaced if lost. That’s why getting a green card denial can be so devastating. For those that are in the midst of a denial or are looking to avoid one entirely, this post is for you. Take a look at some of the most common reasons for a green card denial and what you can do if you’ve already received that fateful letter.

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O-1 Visa Under Trump

O-1 Visa Under Trump

It seems like every aspect of the nonimmigrant visa world is under fire these days. From talks of increasing the requirements to random inspections of workplaces to making it more difficult to renew a visa, many people who are looking to work in the U.S. under a temporary visa have growing concerns about the future of immigration. While there seems to be a newfound emphasis on admitting highly-skilled workers, that doesn’t mean it’s making it any easier. Let’s take a look at the O-1 visa and how increased pressure on other nonimmigrant visas is making things more difficult.

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EB-5 Cost

EB-5 Cost

Visas and green cards represent significant investments made on the part of the beneficiary. However, the EB-5 green card is even more of an investment. Understandably, if you are interesting in pursuing this visa, you may want to know all of the details about the process, including how much the green card will cost you. Here, we’ll go over the EB-5 cost and what you can expect from a financial perspective.

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How EB-1C Abuse Works

EB-1C Abuse

The EB-1C green card is among the most prestigious immigrant visas available. It offers great advantages and perks, which are helpful to qualified workers who wish to live and work in the U.S. However, many believe that changes need to be made to the policies surrounding this green card in order to avoid EB-1C abuse. Find out how EB-1C filing is being abused and where what can be done to fix it.

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H1B Travel while I-485 is Pending

Traveling On an H-1B

Many H-1B visa holders who have filed I-485 applications are finding difficulty identifying the proper procedure of reentry into the United States after traveling abroad. However there are two possibilities that can occur depending on the specific visa status. The foreign national has the option to either reenter the country through Advance Parole (AP) or a valid H-1B visa stamp. However, there are major differences between the two.

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Changes to Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors

Unlawful Status

Accruing unlawful presence in the U.S. is never a good thing in the world of immigration law. As soon as your departure date on your I-94 expires or you are no longer maintaining your visa status, you begin accruing unlawful presence time, which can result in severe penalties that may make it much more difficult to re-enter the U.S. in the future. For those who are students or exchange visitors, falling out of status can be a more difficult thing to avoid. That’s why the USCIS has made some changes through a memorandum to help those who may have accumulated unlawful presence in the U.S. under these visas.

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