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February 2020 Visa Bulletin

February 2020 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 2020 visa bulletin.

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J-1 Visa Taxes

J-1 Visa Taxes

The United States tax system is a broad, murky, and deep topic. The most important thing is for every eligible taxpayer to have a basic knowledge of what is expected of them based on the category they belong to. As a J-1 visa holder, if you earn wages in the United States, it is expected of you by law that you contribute a certain percentage of your earnings to the Social Security and Medicare programs. However, your tax payment arrangement will be dependent on whether you are a “resident” or “non-resident” alien.

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USCIS Fee Schedule Change

USCIS Fee Schedule Change

On Friday, November 8th, 2019, the Department of State (DHS) released a statement that there would be an adjustment to the immigration processing fees to meet their operational needs. This notice of proposed rulemaking has been published in the Federal Register. According to the agency, fees collected and deposited into the Immigration Examination Fee Account are used to fund nearly 96% of the budget for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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Can I Work For Multiple Employers on an O-1 Visa?

Can I Work For Multiple Employers on an O-1 Visa_

The opportunity to work for multiple employers is one of the most advantageous perks of the O-1 visa. While many people are aware of this, only a few understand how it really works. How exactly can an O-1 visa holder work for more than one employer? This article gives you an in-depth breakdown of the process from the visa application down to the terms and conditions guiding O-1 employment in the U.S.

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O-1 Visa RFE

O-1 Visa RFE

It has now become an increasingly common trend for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for documentation supporting the O-1 extraordinary ability criteria. No matter how eligible you may be, failure to provide a strong argument as a response to your O-1 visa RFE may result in denial.

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USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements

USCIS Updates Fee Waiver Requirements

On Friday, October 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that there would be a change to its process of determining applicants’ eligibility for a waiver for immigration fees. According to the release, the new rule, which will become effective on December 2, 2019, will require more than the means-tested benefit criteria previously used to prove eligibility for a waiver.

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O-1 Visa Work Restrictions

O-1 Visa Work Restrictions

While working on an O-1 visa can be more flexible compared to most other nonimmigrant visas, there are some work restrictions and limitations attached to it. If you are about to apply for the O-1 visa, it is crucial to understand these restrictions to help you make the most of your status.

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