Category Archives: US VISA NEWS

New Opportunities on the Horizon for E-2 Treaty Investor Visa Holders

The E-2 Visa Improvement Act of 2015 was introduced to Congress on April 16th and is currently under consideration. The E-1 Treaty Trader visa and E-2 Treaty Investor Visa may only be issued to nationals from countries of which the US maintains a trade treaty. People from all over the world bring their companies to […]

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U.S. Employers not Taking Advantage of TN Visas

Many employers do not utilize the option of the TN Visa so many of the talent is gone to waste, instead hiring using H-1B visas. The TN visa category is available for Canadian and Mexican citizens who will work for a U.S. employer as outlined under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA has […]

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Increase of Vacant IT Jobs Due to Low H-1B Visa Cap

Recently there have been a lot of vacant IT jobs in the US, which has resulted in a major impact on the American IT Industry; recently they have been arguing that the cap on the H-1B visas needs to be increased in order to attract new applicants. The IT industry is forever a growing field […]

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U.S. Companies Say H-1B Hires Are “Critical” to Success

The struggle for anyone submitting an H-1B petition has increased in the past few fiscal years, with the amount of applications being received increasing steadily every year. U.S. companies have been hiring more foreign workers based on their need for more foreign national talent. The consensus for most U.S. companies is that they would hire […]

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U.S. gets 233,000 H-1B Petitions, a New Record

This year has been a the U.S. has received a significant increase to the amount of H-1B petitions submitted for this fiscal year, about 50% more then what was received last year. The government only issues 85,000 H-1B visas a year, and 20,000 are reserved for people who have earned advanced degrees. So if you […]

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U.S. Runs out of Investor Visas again as Chinese Flood Program

Every fiscal year the United States sets a cap as to how many EB-5 immigrant investor visas can be issued; this is the second year in a row that the Chinese have over powered the amount of applications received. Starting May the State Department will no longer be issuing any EB-5 visas to individuals residing […]

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H-4 Rule Affecting Employment

In July 2014, we wrote about the proposal of the Department of Homeland Security to grant work authorization to certain H-4 dependents. On February 24, 2015, USCIS Director León Rodrigues announced that as of May 26, 2015, this work authorization will be granted to those eligible that apply. In order to qualify, the principal H-1B worker […]

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H-1B Frenzy

We are in the midst of the H-1B season. April 1, 2015 is when the applications begin to flood the USCIS with the last day to submit being likely within 2 to 4 days afterwards.  Applications are being prepared earlier than ever and with a cap of 65,000 applicants that are permitted per year, it is important […]

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How long can a Canadian stay in the US?

Hi this is Michael Niren immigration lawyer and founder of VisaPlace.com. We are asked, especially during the winter season, how long cans a Canadian stay in the US. How long can a Canadian visit in the US? Well, there’s a real misconception out there and I want to try to clear it up once and […]

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New Visa Regulations Makes the US a Chinese Tourist Destination

The United States and China entered a reciprocal agreement at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit last year that will extend the length of short term business and tourist stays for the citizens of each country. Qualified applicants from China can now obtain multi-entry B-category nonimmigrant visas that are good for up to ten years. This […]

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