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U Visa Petitions Dropped By 20 Percent in 2019—Activists Believe the Trump Administration is Largely to Blame

Also sometimes referred to as a ‘crime victim visa’, a U visa provides much needed immigration relief to certain crime victims who cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors. The U visa helps to make our communities safer, as it creates a process that allows undocumented immigrants to work with law enforcement without fear of being…

Four Things You Need to Know About O-1 Entertainment Visa Applications

Through an O-visa, individuals with extraordinary abilities or achievements may be eligible to get authorization to live and work in the United States. Indeed, O-1 visas are the primary employment immigration option used by people in the entertainment industry. As explained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are two types of O-1 visas:…

Investigative Report: H-1B Visa Denials Rates are Skyrocketing Under the Trump Administration

On December 2nd, 2019, Mother Jones published an investigative report on the legal barriers that the Trump Administration has put into place to make it more difficult for qualified applicants to obtain H-1B visas. While the steps that the administration is taking behind the scenes are somewhat unclear, the effects are not: H-1B visa applications…

New York Times: America’s Undocumented Immigrants are Not Who You Think

On December 1st, 2019, The New York Times published an illuminating story on America’s undocumented immigrants. Once again, the report shows that our country’s undocumented immigrants are much more diverse and complex than most people think. Sadly, these misperceptions are sometimes used by politicians to trigger anti-immigrant sentiment.  Public opinion polling shows that most people…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…