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Articles Tagged: Visa

¡Bienvenidos a Colombia! (Welcome to Colombia!)

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By: Maureen Johnson* As many BOILA clients know, I recently moved to Colombia, South America, in order to study Spanish. As an immigration attorney in the U.S., I have a great deal of experience with the U.S. immigration system. Moving abroad has given me the opportunity to gain insight into another country’s immigration processes and […]

H-1B Petitions Should be Filed by April 1 for FY2014

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The window for filing H-1B petitions for FY2014 will likely end quickly this year as increased demand and availability of the H-1B visa has left many employers in recent years scrambling. The filing date for FY2014 opens Aprils 1, 2013, and if demand is as high as last year’s (which reached capacity after only two […]

US Army MAVNI Program Allows Non-Immigrants to Get Citizenship Quickly

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By: John Nicholas Mandalakas* Despite the difficulties that civilian business face in securing visas for much needed foreign employees with special skills (STEM or otherwise), military outfits are having no problems. This is due to a program called MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest), which allows for foreign nationals holding virtually any US […]

Effectiveness of DACA Blocked By Fears

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By: Helena Coric* Over two months have passed since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program emerged this summer. Now, the time has come to evaluate its progress and effectiveness. The adjudication process has begun as judges review evidence presented by the parties involved. USCIS has reported that 4,600 cases have been approved of […]

Important Immigration Programs Extended

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By:  John Nicholas Mandalakas* The EB – 5 Regional Center , E-Verify Program, Special Nonminister Religious Worker, and Conrad state 30 J-1 Visa programs were approved for a three year extension late on Friday, September28. The EB – 5 Regional Center program allows immigrants who invest 500,000 -1,000,000 in ‘regional centers’ which provide at least […]

State Department Visa Bulletin for March 2011

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On February 11, the State Department released the March 2011 Visa Bulletin. The Worldwide Employment-Based (EB) preference categories remain current for EB-1, EB-2, EB-4 and EB-5. In the Worldwide EB-3 category (professionals and skilled workers), the dates advance by three months.  For Mexico EB-3, the dates move forward by six months.  However, for persons born […]

Regression for Employment Preference Petitions or Visas

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Department of State that issues Visa numbers have good news for family-based classifications but the news is bad for employment-based classifications. In recent years the demand for visa numbers in family based categories has declined.  AILA-DC met with Charles Oppenheimer who works for the State Department Visa Control and Reporting Division responsible for producing the […]