Category Archives: Visas

What is the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019?

In July 0f 2019, the United States House of Representatives passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act by a wide margin. Currently, the bill is still making its way through the Senate—though, with 35 co-sponsors, including prominent Democrats such as California Senator Kamala Harris and prominent Republicans such as Utah Senator Mitt Romney, there is …

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Who is Eligible to Get an R-1 Visa (Religious Worker Visa)?

As described by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an R-1 visa is a temporary nonimmigrant visa that is reserved for qualified religious workers. To obtain a religious worker visa, there are very strict eligibility requirements that an applicant must meet. If you are applying for an R-1 visa in Los Angeles and you have …

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Massive Backlog: More Than 250,000 U Visa Applications are Currently Pending

According to reporting from Spectrum 1 News, the U visa backlog now stands at more than 250,000. The U visa—which provides much needed immigration protections to victims of crime who have  cooperated with police and prosecutors—is currently capped at just 10,000 per year. Unfortunately, many people who would otherwise be eligible to obtain a U …

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Five Mistakes that Could Get Your Student Visa Application Denied

The United States is the home to many of the world’s finest colleges and universities. In fact, U.S. News & World Report listed five California-based schools in the top 20 of its 2019 global rankings.  Securing admission to an American school is a significant achievement. Of course, for foreign students, acceptance is only one step …

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What is Visa Retrogression?

Based on regulations set by the United States Congress, many different types of immigration visas are capped. This means that only a limited number of them may be issued each year. As a result, some qualified applicants may find their employment immigration approval has been delayed because of ‘visa retrogression’.  As described by U.S. Citizenship …

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Roma Actor May Miss Oscars After Being Denied U.S. Visa

A Spanish language drama film written and directed by the Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Roma follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family in a working-class district of Mexico City. Groundbreaking because it is a foreign language film that was originally released on Netflix, Roma has received wide praise. The New …

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Update on Immigration Delays: It Takes Twice as Long to Get a Visa Compared to Four Years Ago

In recent years, many immigrants have been forced to endure frustrating delays in the processing of their application. California’s immigration court backlog is the largest in the country, and the federal government shutdown has only added to the chaos and dysfunction. The delays in our system are not limited to immigration courts. Recently, new data …

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Washington Post: ICE Set Up a Fake University in a Sting Operation

Until very recently, the website for the “University of Farmington” looked fairly similar to the website for any other ordinary American college or university. It was filled with leafy pictures, background information, and general details on enrollment procedures and course programs. If you navigate to the website today, you will find a message stating that …

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Reuters: The Trump Administration is Planning on Sending Some Asylum Seekers Back to Mexico

According to reporting from Reuters, the United States government is preparing to unveil a new plan that will send some asylum seekers back to Tijuana, Mexico while their immigration claim is processing. This is a major policy shift by the Trump Administration — and it raises some serious red flags. In this article, our dedicated …

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Understanding the Trump Administration’s Harsh New Policy on Student Visa Violations

In August of 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an updated policy memorandum pertaining to student visa violations. Under this draconian new Administration policy, student visa holders will now be given significantly less leeway when it comes to minor violations of the terms of their visa. In this article, our top-rated Los …

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