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O-1 Visa for Independent Contractors

O-1 Visa for Independent Contractors

One of the major misconceptions about the O-1 visa is that its application process must be an arrangement between an employer and an employee. Though the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) often use the term “employer” when referring to work visa sponsors, in the case of O-1, you don’t have to be an employee to obtain the visa. As an independent contractor, your O-1 visa application can be sponsored by an agent.

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O-1 Visa for PhD Holders

O-1 Visa for Ph.D. Holders

The O-1 visa category is designed for individuals with extraordinary achievements in science, arts, education, business, or athletics. It is typically referred to as a highly prestigious nonimmigrant visa because of its numerous advantages which are not available in other nonimmigrant categories. However, because of this, the O-1 is a highly competitive visa that requires more exclusive qualifications. Having extraordinary achievements means you possess skills, qualifications, and experience that are not ordinarily encountered in your field.

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O-1 Visa for Engineers

O-1 Visa for Engineers

The O-1 category is one of the most prestigious employment-based nonimmigrant visas because of its numerous benefits, which include a long period of stay for principal beneficiaries and their families as well as the opportunity to obtain a green card. Many visa applicants and petitioners typically don’t consider the O-1 because of its seemingly exclusive requirements. For skilled foreign engineers, however, meeting the criteria may not be as difficult as it is for other applicants, especially if you work with an experienced O-1 visa immigration attorney.

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USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee

USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee

The USCIS has just recently increased the fee that is required when a petitioner submits an I-907 request for premium processing. While this is the second time that the fee has been increased this year, it seems as though this is the last time they will increase it for the time being. Keep reading to find out how much it has increased and why.

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H-1B vs H-2B Visa

H-1B vs H-2B Visa

The H-1B and H-2B visa classifications have been among the most popular nonimmigrant work visas for foreign nationals who desire to live and work in the United States. Each of these two visa types has unique benefits as well as specific application requirements that an applicant must meet. Learning about their criteria, differences, and similarities will help you make the right choice and make the most of your stay in the United States.

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December 2019 Visa Bulletin

December 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 December 2019 visa bulletin.

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O-1 Visa for Physician Fellowships

O-1 Visa for Physician Fellowships

The O-1 visa is a nonimmigrant classification designed for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability or achievements in their careers. It is divided into two categories, the O-1A and the O-1B. The O-1A is for professionals in the sciences, business, education, or athletics while the O-1B is for those in the motion picture or television industry.

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USCIS Welcomes New Citizens for Constitution and Citizenship Day

USCIS welcomes new citizens

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced on Friday, September 13th, 2019 that it would celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day by welcoming nearly 34,300 new U.S. citizens. The naturalization celebration, taking place between the 13th and 23rd September, included 316 ceremonies across different states in the nation. Each year, 650,000 to 750,000 new citizens are welcomed by the USCIS. That is approximately 2,000 new citizens per day. In 2018, a total of 756,000 people were naturalized by USCIS, which was a five-year high in new citizens.

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