Monthly Archives: December 2012

Immigration Services, US Visa, E-2, H1b, Employment Visa

My Experience with Marriage Green Card Application Process

My Experience Regarding Marriage Green Card Process I have handled a fair share of marriage green card applications, and I have found that the USCIS adjudicating system is grossly inapt to determine whether a marriage is bona fide.  Marriage is an inherently personal decision, and spouses from different cultures may choose to live their marriage […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, Immigration, Lawyer, Attorney, Legal Advice

Immigration Custom & Enforcement (ICE)’s New Memo on the Subject of National Detainee Policy

Immigration Custom & Enforcement (ICE) has issued a new memorandum on the subject of national detainee policy. National detainee policy is the directive that allows local law enforcement to put an immigration hold on subjects who are suspected to have no immigration status. This new memo from ICE for detainers in the Federal, State, Local […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, E-2, H1b, Employment Visa

Choosing Between Processing E-2 Visa Status in the US or Abroad

Today, I received a question from another immigration lawyer friend of mine and I thought I would share it. Basically, a Texas based IT company has recently been acquired by a Taiwanese company, and to train the newly acquired staff, the Taiwanese parent company prepares to send a few technicians over on E-2 visa as […]

New fee for United States Immigrant Visa

US Citizenship and Immigration Services will start to collect a new fee of $165 for applicants who are applying for immigrant visa to the United States on February 2013. This additional fee was announced last year on September 20, 2010. This new fee will go towards paying the cost of processing the immigrant visas in […]

Lawsuit Uncovers USCIS’ Double Standards in H-1B Program

For the past several years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) H-1B visa review and processing procedures have caused confusion and concern among U.S. businesses that turn to highly-skilled temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations to operate successfully. In newly-uncovered documents, it appears that instead of supporting small businesses that attempt to hire highly-skilled foreign […]

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Uniting American Families Act Wins Support From Two Republicans

WASHINGTON — Two Republican House members signed a bill on Friday that would allow same-sex couples equal rights as heterosexual ones for immigration purposes, making the legislation bipartisan — although with only small levels of GOP support — in both chambers. Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and […]

Big Firms Join Quest for Same-Sex Couple Immigration Reform

Companies like Pfizer and Goldman Sachs have gotten behind a new bill that would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor their same-sex partners for citizenship, Uniting American Families Act (UAFA). FORTUNE — When Gordon Stewart met his partner Renato over a decade ago, he never imagined he’d have to leave his country of birth for his relationship. […]

Gay and Immigrant Rights Groups Join Forces on Marriage Issue

In a letter on Monday to the White House, more than 50 gay rights and immigrant advocacy groups asked President Obama to put a hold on immigration cases involving Americans seeking legal residency visas for foreign-born spouses of the same sex, until the Supreme Court issues a significant ruling on gay marriage next year. The […]

Immigration Reform Should Address Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the sole Republican co-sponsor of a bill to give binational same-sex couples equal rights to petition for immigrant visas, said Tuesday that she remains committed to getting the legislation passed, either on its own or as part of comprehensive immigration reform. Collins told HuffPost that her first preference would […]

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America is a Start-Up Nation of Immigrants

AOL co-founder Steve Case brought an important message to the National Strategy Session on Immigration in Washington, D.C. this week: America is a start-up nation. Over the last 200 years, America has built the most dynamic economy in the world through the hard work and innovation of its entrepreneurs. Just like a start-up, America owes […]