Crewmember (D) and Transit (C-1) Visas

Crewmember (D) Visas Crewmember (D) visas are nonimmigrant visas for workers aboard international airlines or commercial sea vessels in the United States. Crewmember (D) visas are for individuals who provide services required for normal operation and intend to depart the United States on the same vessel (or any other vessel) within 29 days. Traveling to …

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What is DACA?

On June 15, 2012, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration announced a new immigration policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This policy allows certain people who came to this country as children to request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to …

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Overview of F-1 Student Status

F-1 VISAS International students who plan to attend an academic program or English language program at a U.S. college or university may do so by obtaining an F-1 Visa. To maintain their status, F-1 students must take a full course of study each term. Students on F-1 Visas may remain in the U.S. for up …

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PERM Labor Certification

PERM Labor Certification is the process in which foreign nationals, in preference categories EB-2 and EB-3, can obtain an employment-based immigrant visa (Green Card). Before an employer can petition on behalf of a foreign worker, the employer must first obtain an approved Labor Certification from the Department of Labor (DOL). Labor Certification is submitted by …

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Making a False Claim to U.S. Citizenship

There are four ways to become a US citizen: citizenship by birth in the U.S., citizenship through derivation, citizenship through acquisition, and citizenship through naturalization. Most of the times, people become U.S. citizens through the process of naturalization, which requires them to file a form N-400. After reviewing the form N-400, the United States Citizenship …

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Sexual Orientation as a Social Group

Introduction Since the early 1990’s, LGBTQ has been recognized as a legitimate social group eligible for asylum protection under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Therefore, in the face of persecution, an applicant may qualify for asylum or refugee status, provided they are able to establish that the persecution suffered or feared was or will be …

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Public Charge Final Rule

UPDATE: As of February 24, 2020, the public charge rule has been implemented nationwide after the Supreme Court stayed the limited state-wide injunction in Illinois against the Department of Homeland Security.  At the same time, the Department of State also began implementing its amended public charge rule, and visa applicants from abroad should prepare Form …

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