Immigration News

6 Things You Should Know about Religious Asylum in the United States

Recent world news has put religious persecution in the spotlight. From the Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt to stories of Syrian Christians being commanded to “convert or die,” we see people around the globe facing serious consequences due to their religious commitments—often at the hands of their own governments. Unfortunately, these hi… Read More
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Appellate Court Tackles Second Trump Travel Ban

On May 15th, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will be hearing argument for and against Trump’s second executive order restricting travel from certain countries.  Donald Trump’s first attempt at an executive order banning travel from six predominately Muslim countries created chaos at airports across the U.S. and in several other countries… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Halting Sanctuary City Executive Order

Earlier this week, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s bid to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” The judge ruled that federal funding could not be withheld because a city “chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves.” This ruling leaves the Trump administration zer… Read More
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Trump's “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order and the H-1B Visa

On April 18, President Trump signed an executive order with the stated purpose of stimulating the U.S. economy. One section of the executive order is dedicated to the reform of the H-1B visa program, which currently allows 85,000 highly skilled foreign workers each year to accept temporary employment within the United States. It comes as no surpris… Read More
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Categories: Work Visas

Priya Alagiri Speaks to New York Times About Trump’s Immigration Policies

Priya Alagiri recently spoke to the New York Times about how President Trump’s immigration policies may affect technology companies. Silicon Valley employers, in particular, question the potential impact on the H-1B visa program, which allows established companies and start-ups, alike, to employ highly skilled international talent. Read the f… Read More
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Categories: Media

Missed out on H-1B … Consider L-1 Visa

The H1B visa has long been the visa of choice for U.S. companies seeking to hire a foreign national.  It is one of the most common and sought after visas to work in the U.S.  However, when the H1B cap has been met, what other options do U.S. employers have to hire professional foreign nationals? For international companies, one feasible alternat… Read More
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Categories: Work Visas

Understanding the Top 4 Employment Visas

View our quick PowerPoint overview of the four main U.S. employment visas: the B-1 visa, the H-1B visa, the L-1 visa, and the E-2 visa. Read More
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3 Ways to Startup a Company as an Immigrant Entrepreneur

I often get asked for advice as to how can a foreign national or foreign citizen startup a company in the U.S.  The following are 3 visa options for immigrant entrepreneurs: 1.  The L-1 visa This is is a temporary, non-immigrant, intra-company transfer visa that permits the starting up of a business in the U.S.  To be eligible for this visa, amo… Read More
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DOMA Overturned: U.S. Citizens Can Now Sponsor Same Sex Spouses for Green Cards

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned as unconstitutional the government’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which means that now same sex married couples can receive the same Federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. In terms of immigration, this decision means that a U.S. citizen can now sponsor his or her same sex spouse for a gre… Read More
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5 Things You Can Not Do on a B-1 Visitor Visa

A B-1 visa, commonly known as a business visitor visa, allows a foreign national the opportunity to visit the U.S. for business purposes.  B-1 visa holders are permitted to enter the U.S. to engage in a wide range of business activities, including negotiating contracts, developing business relationships, participating in a conference or seminar, e… Read More
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