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Immigration Status NOT Visa Status

Immigration Status NOT Visa Status

Avoid using the term ‘visa status’ when ‘immigration status’ is meant. People who are required to do so make application for a “visa stamp” from the US Department of State at a US Consulate or Embassy OUTSIDE of the USA. This visa stamp is like a movie theatre ticket. It’s required to get in, but […]

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Investor Visa Options

Investor Visa Options

“To invest or not to invest,” that is the question. While I cannot tell you whether to invest or not, I can guide you through the labyrinth of U.S. investment visa options. Investor Option #1: E-2 Treaty Investor Visa To qualify for E-2 Treaty Investor Visa, you must be a national of a country with […]

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Retaining Priority Dates for Employment-Based Immigration Cases

Retaining Priority Dates for Employment-Based Immigration Cases

According to the applicable rules and guidelines, an individual can retain the priority date from an approved I-140 petition for EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3 for a subsequently approved EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3 petition as long as the previously approved I-140 was not revoked for fraud or misrepresentation. For example, a foreign national will be able […]

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Marrying a US Citizen When You’re Out of Status

Marrying a US Citizen When You’re Out of Status

“What’s love got to do with it?” you might ask. Apparently, love has a lot to do with whether or not an alien will receive immigration benefits. Let’s walk through a possible scenario as an example. Ana, a 35 year old single lady from South Korea came to the U.S. for a three-month vacation. After […]

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Nonimmigrant Visa

Nonimmigrant Visa

The United States offers many nonimmigrant visa options. In fact, most foreign nationals can qualify for three or more nonimmigrant visa options. However, the type of visa you initially choose may have a direct impact on your ability to subsequently immigrate to the United States. All people who enter the United States on nonimmigrant visas […]

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