Family-Sponsored Immigration: Spouses and Fiancés of United States Citizens

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Families and Young People, Immigration Matters, Visas | 0 comments

United States citizens who marry abroad often assume that their new spouse may enter the U.S. immediately following the marriage. This is generally not true. Rather, there is usually await of several months for the required green card processing to conclude, since the new spouse will need to enter the United States as a permanent resident. Whether abroad or in the United States, the U.S. citizen must file a visa petition for the new spouse. If the couple has married in the U.S., the visa petition should be filed with the foreign spouse’s application for permanent residency. If the couple has married abroad, the visa petition is filed, by itself, in the...

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Visa Processing in Japan: Changes in Processing Non-Immigrant Visas in Tokyo, Osaka and Naha

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Immigration Matters, Visas | 0 comments

STEP 1: DO YOU NEED A VISA? In my first position as an immigration attorney, I was taught that a visa is simply an “invitation” to knock at the door of the country issuing the visa. Anyone entering a country other than the one of which he or she is a citizen requires such an “invitation,” or they must be legally exempt from needing a visa. However, visas are not the only type of invitation to enter another country: some persons, including citizens of Japan, may use “ESTA,” the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, to enter the United States as visitors – in lieu of a visa. ESTA, formerly known as the Visa Waiver Pilot Program,...

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H-2Bs: An Economic Necessity for Some

Posted by on Sep 1, 2009 in Immigration Matters, Visas | 0 comments

Resorts, landscapers and roofers are the types of Colorado businesses dependent upon seasonal foreign workers. The problem, these days, is that visas for these workers are extremely limited. Only a few of the employers who initiate the lengthy and expensive legal process of bringing these foreign workers to the United States are approved, and able, to hire the foreign workers they need because, by the time the workers are ready to come to the U.S., no more visas are available. The fixed number of 66,000 H-2B visas available annually is grossly inadequate to satisfy the needs of seasonal employers in the United States. But not all Americans perceive the cap on H-2B visas...

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H-1B: An Ally, Not An Enemy

Posted by on Jun 1, 2009 in Immigration Matters, Visas | 0 comments

What is an “H-1B”? The newest Hummer model? Maybe code for a cataclysmic event, like Y2K? A new, virulent virus? The H-1B I know is none of these but, rather, a visa allowing certain well-educated foreign nationals to work in the United States. Those who know, generally, what an H-1B is are likely to be unaware of the labyrinth of regulations the must be navigated in order to get, and keep, an H-1B. The H-1B visa is commonly requested by employers for prospective employees with bachelor’s degrees. The prospective employee must intend to work in the field in which he earned his degree; so, for example, someone with a degree in computer science would not be...

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