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Immigration Medical Exam: The Complete Guide

Immigration Medical ExamDifferent people follow different steps to become lawful permanent residents (green card holders). You may file for an adjustment of status from within the U.S. or you can apply for an immigrant visa at an embassy or consulate. There are other ways you may also be able to immigrate as well. Regardless of your path, you must take an immigration medical exam. Learn everything you need to know about the exam here.

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February 2019 Visa Bulletin

February 2019 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 February 2019 visa bulletin.

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Transfer F-1 Status to H-1B Without OPT or Graduation

F-1 to H-1B transfer without OPT

The F-1 visa is a student category visa, allowing holders to come to the United States as full-time students. But many students want to transition to working in the U.S. after their studies, and the H-1B visa is one of the most popular work visas available. The question is: can you transfer to an H-1B visa from an F-1 status without going through optional practical training (OPT) or graduating?
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E-1 vs E-2 Visa

E-1 vs E-2 visa

There are a number of ways foreign nationals can enter the United States. One of these is by using a temporary non-immigrant visa. E-1 and E-2 visas are called “temporary worker” visas. E-type visas have specific application and requirement criteria. Learn about the different benefits of E-1 vs E-2 visas by reading below.

E-1 and E-2 category visas are made for the citizens of treaty countries. These are countries that have a treaty of commerce, navigation, or trade with the United States. Both visas require you to adhere to a set of requirements. Upon fulfilling them, you will be able to receive your two-year E-class visa.

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U.S. Citizenship Denial – Top Reasons

U.S. Citizenship Denial

Were you denied US citizenship? Becoming a United States citizen is the culmination of a long journey for many. It is a day of happiness and of dreams fulfilled. This is precisely why you should be very careful to ensure that you have checked all the boxes. Be meticulous because it will pay off in the long run when you finally file your N-400 Application for Naturalization. You can be denied US citizenship if you do not do so. Here we’ll show you how to do just that.

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RFE vs NOID

RFE vs NOID

Immigration law can be a difficult terrain to navigate. Between filing forms, paying fees, submitting evidence, and appearing for interviews, it can be easy to find yourself tangled in a difficult immigration case. The best way to avoid this is to have an immigration attorney handle your case, but what if you’ve already received an RFE or a NOID? What should you do next? What is the difference? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about these two common USCIS actions and how you can handle them.

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Obtaining Citizenship Via Marriage

Citizenship Through MarriageDifferent countries offer different pathways to citizenship. For the US, citizenship via marriage to a US citizen is especially common. Marrying a US citizen, however, does not guarantee you citizenship. The path and timelines to citizenship via marriage can also take a long time. Getting married to a US citizen simply helps in obtaining a green card and is the first step of your journey to full citizenship.
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H4 Visa EAD FAQs | Common H4 EAD Questions Answered

H4 EAD FAQ

On May 26, 2015, the USCIS began accepting applications for H-4 dependent spouses to obtain employment authorization. This long-awaited change is a relief for the thousands of H-4 holders who will be eligible for the benefits of employment. We’ve received many questions regarding qualifications, documentation required, processing procedures and the EAD lawsuit. Below is our H-4 EAD FAQ series based on information released by USCIS.

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Green Card Exit Tax

Green Card Exit Tax

Not everyone who has or gains citizenship or lawful permanent resident status in the United States wants to keep it. People have been leaving the U.S. on a permanent basis since its inception and the numbers are only rising. There are many reasons why you might chose to leave be it because of family, politics, or just wanting to return home for good. This makes you an expatriate. While this sounds derogatory, it is completely normal and common. However, for some of the wealthier expatriates, the Internal Revenue Service may hit you with a hefty tax before you leave called the green card exit tax.

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H-1B Processing Time 2020 | Delays, Extension, Premium Processing

H-1B Processing Time 2020

Each year, more and more people are vying to obtain the most popular U.S. work visa, the H-1B. Needless to say, most people who are interested in this visa want to know everything that is involved with the process, including the H-1B processing time for the 2020 Fiscal Year. Read on to find out how long you have to wait from the moment your petition is filed to the day you can start working in the U.S. Continue reading