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H-1B Travel While Your I-485 Is Pending

Traveling on an H-1B Visa

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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Obtaining Citizenship Via Marriage

Obtaining Citizenship Through Marriage

As a foreign national, there are two steps to achieving U.S. citizenship through marriage. You must first become a lawful permanent resident, otherwise known as a green card holder. Once that is achieved, you can then apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen. If you are already in the United States as a green card holder, then you’re halfway there. This article gives you a complete guide on how to obtain United States citizenship as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. 

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EB-1 vs. EB-2

EB1 vs EB2

U.S. Immigration benefits may be obtained through the employment-based immigration category (EB). The employment-based immigrant category is divided into subcategories to include the EB-1 and the EB-2 preference categories. Each category requires the applicant to submit specific documents pertaining to his/her qualifications, in relation to the requirements set out by the preference category.

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H-1B Amendment for Location Change

H-1B amendment for location change

One of the hallmarks of the H-1B visa is the fact that it holds a few advantages over other nonimmigrant visa classifications. A chief advantage is its portability. Being able to change employers, work full or part time, and even work for multiple different employers simultaneously is a main reason why the H-1B is so competitive. However, you may not realize that you need an H-1B amendment for location change, even if it is with the same employer.  Continue reading

Visa Stamping Suspended Until December 2020

Visa Stamping Suspended Until December 2020

On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation that will temporarily suspend the stamping process for certain immigration types, which include the H-1B, H-2B, L-1, J-1, and other related work visas. The order, which became effective June 24, will remain in force through the end of the year and is currently set to end on December 31, 2020. However, it may be continued if need be. According to the proclamation, this ban became necessary as part of the country’s initiative towards the economic recovery process and to check the high unemployment rate caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Top E-2 Visa Requirements for Investors: Do You Qualify?

E-2 Visa Requirements for Investors

When deciding to file a petition for an E-2 work visa, it’s important to be aware of the key E-2 visa requirements for investors and individual guidelines. USCIS defines an E-2 investment as “the investor’s placing of capital, including funds and other assets, at risk in the commercial sense with the objective of generating a profit. Your investment may be to establish a new business venture, or purchase a pre-existing business.”

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EB-2 to EB-1 Porting | How to Upgrade, Priority Dates, Eligibility

EB-2 to EB-1 Porting

After all of the work, fees, and filing that was done to get an I-140 approved for the second preference level, you still need to wait for the priority date to be current. For some people, the EB-2 green card waiting time could be several years. Because the EB-1 waiting times are often much shorter, one thing that many of these prospective green card holders consider is EB-2 to EB-1 porting. But porting is not as simple as it sounds, it essentially involves starting again from scratch while retaining the priority date. Keep reading to find out what the process is.

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