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EB-5 Alternatives: E and L Visas

By Melissa N. Salvador HOUSTON: So many have heard about the EB-5 program – invest $1M (or $500K) and you get a Green Card.  At least that’s the short of it.  The E and L visa classifications, on the contrary, are much more affordable options. The E visa is for treaty traders and treaty investors, […]

Liberal immigrations norms make Canada new destination for techies

Liberal immigrations norms make Canada new destination for techies

NEW DELHI: With US tech visas getting more difficult for Indians, Canada is the new destination. For Indian techie entrepreneurs and even venture capitalists, Canada is making it easier to make it their home. Canada’s immigration minister Chris Alexander told TOI in a conversation, “We are telling all brilliant young technology minds, ‘if you can […]

Backlash Stirs in US Against Foreign Worker Visas

Backlash Stirs in US Against Foreign Worker Visas

Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson’s Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn’t last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained […]

H-1B Workers Targeted in Phone Scam from Phony USCIS Agents

H-1B Workers Targeted in Phone Scam from Phony USCIS Agents

By Sunita Sohrabji, India West In a latest scam targeting the Indian American community, temporary foreign workers from India and elsewhere are receiving calls from scammers pretending to be agents of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, who then demand thousands of dollars for alleged discrepancies in their processed visas. Alarmingly, the calls are coming […]

H-4 Dependent Spouses to Have Work Authorization

H-4 Dependent Spouses to Have Work Authorization

By Melissa N. Salvador HOUSTON: Employment authorization is permitted by the spouses of the principal beneficiaries in L-1 and E-1/E-2 nonimmigrant visa status. However, such a benefit has not been accorded to those who are the spouses of H-1B principal beneficiaries. Now the Obama administration is seeking to change that rule albeit solely to a […]

Indian-American appointed to key US treasury department post

Indian-American appointed to key US treasury department post

WASHINGTON: An Indian-American has been appointed to a key post in the US department of treasury. Jawahar Kaliani has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Application Services Delivery (ASD) at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), department of treasury. Taking over the job from tomorrow, Kaliani will lead the […]

US to soon allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America

US to soon allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America

WASHINGTON: Aimed at attracting the world’s best and brightest, the US will soon come out with a series of policy initiatives and changes in the existing rules including allowing the spouses of H-1B visas to work in America. In a statement, the White House said that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish […]

Be Prepared for the 2015 H-1B Quota

Sophia Asare & Rahul Reddy, Attorneys at Law. HOUSTON: The H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Cap season will begin on April 1, 2014.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for FY 2014 within the first week of the filing period, and we expect FY 2015 to be no […]

Rep. Sheila J. Lee Fasting for Immigration Reform

Rep. Sheila J. Lee Fasting for Immigration Reform

HOUSTON: Honorable Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee conducted a press conference for Comprehensive Immigration Reform at Catholic Charities downtown, Houston. Several community leaders and immigration activists were present at the occasion including Rahman Moton, President of (MACC) and the leaders of others organizations. “I am Fasting for Immigration Reforms”, these were sentiments expressed by Congresswoman Sheila […]

Scammers Pretending to be IRS Agents Targeting Indian Immigrants.

By Rahul Reddy & Sophia Asare HOUSTON: A pervasive telephone scam is targeting immigrants, particularly Indian nationals, across the country. Victims are contacted by phone and email and told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.  The scammers are often able to […]

International Student to Temporary Worker Dealing With the Transition

By Emily Neumann HOUSTON: International students in the United States on F-1 visas often transition to an H-1B visa following graduation. A period of training called Optional Practical Training (OPT) available for up to 29 months after completion of the degree aids the student in obtaining real-world experience and helps with the timing of the […]

Community Leaders Meet to Discuss the Broken Immigration System

HOUSTON: Diverse group of community leaders met with District 22 Congress Member Pete Olson at his Sugar Land office to discuss fixing our broken immigration system. Carlos Duarte, State Director of Mi Familia Vota. Mustafaa Carrol, Executive Director Council on American Islamic Relations. Deborah Chen, Board Member of OCA- Greater Houston, Rahman Moton, President Myanmar […]

Visas for Investors, the path of good choices.

Visas for Investors, the path of good choices.

By Margarita E. Hernández he most important issue when dealing with applicants or beneficiaries of the different visas is the intention. If your intention is Nonimmigrant, the answer is E-2 for Treaty Investors and its Employees. If your intention is to Immigrate to the United States, the answer is EB-5 v for Regional Centers and […]

Immigration Reform, A Reality in 2013 or it’s still a Dream?

By Margarita Hernandez Houston: Last week, the Former President of the United States, George W. Bush during a Ceremony of Naturalization declared that “…the system is broken…” and urged the House to reach a “positive resolution”. Same day, President Obama released a report highlighting the economic benefits from passing reforms. The report said that the […]

Choosing the right path for Physicians

Choosing the right path for Physicians

By Margarita E. Hernández Choosing the right visa for Physicians is not an easy task. It requires a deep evaluation of professional, family, and personal goals. J-1 Physicians Physicians often come to the United States as J-1 exchange visitors to receive graduate medical education. However, after the completion of the program, Physicians have restrictions on […]

Maintaining Your Status

By Margarita E. Hernandez HOUSTON: Most of the time, people misunderstand the difference between obtaining a visa and maintaining status. It does not matter if you are a Nonimmigrant or Immigrant, you must maintain your status. If you are a Legal Permanente Resident you may lose your Residence by committing an act that makes you […]

Undocumented Immigrants to Receive Legal Status, Work and Travel Authorization

Undocumented Immigrants to Receive Legal Status, Work and Travel Authorization

By Rahul Reddy & Liz Mary Cleveland HOUSTON: In completing the Senate Judiciary Committee markup process last week, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration form bill cleared a substantial hurdle on its path to becoming law.  This bill, S. 744 The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, offers meaningful benefits to undocumented immigrants in the […]

Immigration is a driving force in American economy, Obama says

Immigration is a driving force in American economy, Obama says

WASHINGTON: Immigration is a driving force in American economy, President Barack Obamasaid as he called on the Congress to pass the immigration reform bill which would provide pathway to citizenship to millions of undocumented workers from countries like India. “Immigration isn’t just part of our national character, it is a driving force in our economythat creates jobs and prosperity […]

Immigration Reform Bill Passes Judiciary, On to Full Senate

Immigration Reform Bill Passes Judiciary, On to Full Senate

By Sunita Sohrabji, India west United States: On a vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee May 21 approved a far-reaching comprehensive immigration reform bill, which critics say favors a business agenda at the expense of family re-unification. The committee spent three weeks marking up the original proposal, created by a bi-partisan group of […]

Get Started: Why Delaying the Immigration Process Can Cost You

By Emily Neumann “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”  ~Benjamin Disraeli  HOUSTON: Sometimes in Immigration, timing is everything. But if you are not prepared when the time is right, you could miss a once-in-a-career opportunity. July 1, 2007 is a perfect example. […]