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US Immigration 2017: Year in Review

By Rachel BarrickJanuary 4, 2018

Visas and Immigration System Over the past year, the Trump administration has called for a reduction in legal immigration to the US, arguing that immigrants “take away American jobs.” To do so, he has put extreme visa vetting initiatives into place, proposed the RAISE Act, and called forth certain visas for reductions. However, with a […]

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Top 10 Immigration Tips for Meghan Markle for Being a Royal

By Ella BergquistDecember 4, 2017

According to the New York Times, Prince Harry’s new fiancée could receive a royal moniker long before she’s a British citizen. Meghan Markle, who is set to become the first American-born member of England’s royal family, can be given a title such as “duchess” without earning citizenship if Queen Elizabeth approves. Should the Queen make […]

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This Week in U.S. Immigration News: June 2, 2017

By Immigration LawyersJune 3, 2017

Each week we collect stories related to U.S. immigration, and we provide a brief summary of each story in our weekly blog edition. Below you will find snapshots of stories that range from Trump’s administration to changes in U.S. immigration laws. We then give you fresh links at the bottom that relate to each story […]

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Trump Considers Pulling Out Of NAFTA, What Does This Mean For Immigration

By Ella BergquistApril 27, 2017

Creating Tension Between America and Its Neighbors The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has considered starting the process to withdraw America from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The NAFTA is an agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States that created a trilateral trade bloc between the countries. The deal removed tariffs […]

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I Overstayed my US Visitor Visa

By Michael NirenJune 2, 2013

Have you overstayed your visa for the United States? This is a very serious situation, but it can happen more often and more easily than you would think. Most United States visas are temporary and have an expiry date, at which point you must leave the United States. Sometimes, circumstances beyond your control may result in […]

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What are the Consequences to Overstaying a United States Visa?

By Michael NirenMay 30, 2013

All visas in the United States have expiry dates, and an overstay is what occurs when you remain in the United States past this date as you are expected to leave the country before that date when the visa is issued. Overstaying a visa can be intentional or accidental. Overstaying a visa in the United […]

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I Overstayed my United States Work Visa

By Michael NirenMay 29, 2013

Have you overstayed your United States work visa? This is a very serious matter, but you are not alone. Many people overstay their United States work visas every year, either intentionally or accidentally. The United States takes these situations very seriously and there is a list of consequences you may face if you do overstay […]

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What Happens when you Overstay a United States visa?

By Michael NirenMay 1, 2013

Many foreign nationals require visas in order to enter the United States, even just for visiting. In most cases, they will also require a permit in order to work there. These visas or permits are all temporary and they have expiry dates. A condition of these visas is that you leave the United States before […]

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US Immigration Overstay Information for You

By Michael NirenApril 7, 2013

Overstaying a United States visa, meaning you have remained in the United States even though your visa has expired, is a very serious matter. However, it happens more often than you’d think – even to Canadians – for a variety of reasons. If you overstay your visa in the United states you could face a number […]

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United States Visa Overstay

By Michael NirenApril 6, 2013

Are you in the United States on a visa and you are worried you may not be able to leave the country before your visa expires? Have you already overstayed your United States work visa? Believe it or not, this happens very often to many foreign nationals including Canadian citizens. While this is a common […]

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United States Immigration Overstay

By Michael NirenApril 1, 2013

Someone who has obtained a visa for the United States but has stayed past the expiration date of that visa is considered to have overstayed their visa. This happens quite often, but it is a very serious matter.  What you need to know if you have overstayed a United States visa is speak with a […]

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Can I Request a Fast Appointment at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy?

By Michael NirenJuly 30, 2019

Many applicants who are required to attend US visa appointments at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy in Canada often ask “well, how soon can I get an appointment?” or “how long do I have to wait?”  These common questions all share a common answer. The current waiting times vary depending on the location of the Consulate/Embassy. In general, […]

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program Introduced to Help Haitians in the US

By Michael NirenFebruary 12, 2010

Temporary Protected Status Program The United States Department of Homeland Security has introduced a Temporary Protected Status, or TPS program to help Haitians living in the United States. No other significant weather event has impacted Haiti more than the tragic January earthquake, which was the reason for the introduction of the program. The government has also […]

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Re-Entry Permits for US Green Card Holders: Maintaining US Permanent Residence Status

By Michael NirenMay 8, 2009

Re-Entry Permits for US Green Card Holders For those that have U.S. Permanent Residency (Green Card Holders) but are planning on leaving the United States for an extended period of time (over a six-month period), one should file for the I-131 Re-Entry permit. Those that have not filed and have been absent from the United […]