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South American and Latin American Treaty Trader and Treaty Investor Countries

Posted on Feb 03, 2016

In sunny South Florida, there are many opportunities for entrepreneurial foreign nationals to secure a valid immigration status that is connected to their business enterprise. One of the primary ways that business owners can obtain a valid U.S. Immigration status is through the E-1/E-2 visa program for Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors. While the E-1/E-2…

Employment Authorization and Work Permits – Part 2

Posted on Feb 03, 2016

Another question that is closely related to “How do I get a Work Permit?” is “Is there any kind of work or activities that I can engage in to earn money without a work permit?” In other words, what really constitutes unauthorized employment in the United States? The answer to this question is very important…

Employment Authorization and Work Permits

Posted on Jan 25, 2016

As a South Florida Immigration Lawyer, one of the top questions that prospective clients ask me is: “How can I get a work permit?” This question is probably second only to: “How can I get a green card?” Understandably, the answer to this question is very important to many foreign nationals, as work permits (officially…

Dual Nationals and Matter of Ognibene

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Over the 20 plus years that I have been an Immigration Lawyer, I have noticed an increase in the number of foreign nationals that are dual nationals and have Passports from more than one country. At the simplest level, it presents the question of which Passport will be used upon entry to the U.S. For…

Separated but not Divorced. Navigating the Jointly filed I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

Posted on May 08, 2015

UPDATE: Note that I have updated and supplemented this blog with a Part II HERE and a Part III HERE. On occasion, when it comes time for a conditional permanent resident to file the I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (based upon a marriage to a U.S. citizen), the marriage has broken down and…

Sealing and Expunging Criminal History Records for Immigrants

Posted on Feb 02, 2015

As a South Florida Immigration Lawyer, immigrants sometimes ask me whether sealing or expunging records relating to a criminal offense will help their immigration case. Generally, the answer is “No.” In Florida, qualified criminal defendants may petition the court to seal or expunge certain offenses. The process is generally done in order to limit public…

Nonimmigrants in the United States applying for Visas in Canada or Mexico

Posted on Jan 21, 2015

Nonimmigrants (temporary visa holders) in the U.S. often consider the possibility of traveling to Canada or Mexico to apply for Visas. This is known as “Third Country National” processing. A Third Country National (or “TCN”) is a term that describes a nonimmigrant who applies for a visa in a country that is not his or…

H-1B Visa Information for the 2016 Filing Season

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

In preparation for the upcoming filing season for H-1B visa petitions for the next Fiscal Year, we are providing the following information and Checklist so that you will have an understanding of important deadlines, documents, and fees that relate to the filing of petitions to obtain H-1B status for non-immigrant workers. The H-1B “Cap” Under…

Special Green Cards for Foreign Diplomats and Employees of International Organizations

Posted on Dec 03, 2014

Foreign Diplomats Section 13 of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows non-immigrants who entered the United States under diplomatic status to obtain a green card (permanent residence). You may be eligible to receive a green card under Section 13 if you can establish that: You entered the United States as an A-1, A-2, G-1, or…

President Obama Announces New Immigration Policy

Posted on Nov 24, 2014

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced changes that he would make to U.S. immigration policy that could help an estimated 4 million undocumented immigrants. In short, the new Immigration Policy may extend benefits to immigrants who: 1. Have a son or daughter who is a U.S citizen or permanent resident (green card); 2. Have…

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