Articles and Blog Posts Tagged Under "Immigration Law"
Beginnings - the Know NothingsWe're frequently asked if all the furor around immigration over the last few years caught us by surprise. The answer, unfortunately, is no. Opposition to immigrants and legal immigration cycle through American history on an almost regular basis. The United States has always been that country that welcomed immigrants on one hand while pushing them off with the other. The first organized opposition… Read more
Entrepreneur Application to Remove Condition Notices Valid for 18 Months as Proof of StatusThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 11, 2018 that petitioners who file Form I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, will receive a Form I-797 receipt notice that they can present along with their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, to serve as evidence of continued status for 18 months after their conditional Permanent Resident… Read more
Stricter H-1B Visa Rules for Outsourcing BusinessesSince March of 2017, the Trump Administration has issued multiple orders to outsourcing and staffing firms that use H-1B non-immigration visas, the most popular type of employment-based visa sought out by foreign professional workers. The new directives have imposed stricter requirements on such firms. U.S. companies employ outsourcing and staffing firms instead of having to hire workers on an individual… Read more
USCIS Fraud Alert Targeting L-1 Visa CompaniesThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fraud unit, formally known as the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS), is expected to expand the number of site visits for this year. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General has analyzed the USCIS L-1 intracompany transferee program, suggesting ways to reduce fraud and standardize adjudications… Read more
What Does an Immigration Attorney Do?U.S. immigration law is notoriously complex. Even minor errors in a visa application or evidence you provide can lead to a year-long delay, deportation, or denial of a visa. An immigration lawyer can help you understand your rights, interpret the law, develop a strategy, and walk you through the immigration process. An immigration attorney can also represent you in court, although most time is spent… Read more
H-1B Visa Alternatives: What are My Options?Due to the expected high demand, employers should be planning now for a possible rejection of their H-1B petitions. Alternative visa options for affected employees include, but are limited to, the following: for Canadian and Mexican professionals, the TN visa available under the North American Free Trade Agreement; for nationals of Australia, the E-3 visa; for nationals of Chile or Singapore,… Read more
Will my adopted child get a green card and/or US Citizenship?The answer is maybe. A Hague Convention adoptee may qualify for immigration benefits if: (1) the child is habitually a resident in a country that is a party to the Convention, (2) the child is under 16 years of age when the immediate relative petition is filed; (3) the child has either: (a) two living parents who are incapable of providing proper care for the child, or (b) one sole or surviving parent… Read more
What are the reasons for green card denials?Green Card Process When it comes to getting a green card, it is vital to understand the process. Part of the understanding the process includes knowing the top reasons green cards are denied. Knowing why a green card could be denied now can prevent rejection in the future. Not knowing the process can make getting a green card much more difficult and time-consuming. However, a proper understanding… Read more
TN Visa: An IntroductionThe TN Visa is a temporary work visa allowing only Mexican and Canadian nationals to work within the United States. Requirements In order to apply, the applicant must Possess a university degree; Be offered a US-based employment position within the United States, That position must require a university degree, and The position falls within a pre-approved profession list as found within APPENDIX… Read more
The Easy Guide to live and work in the United States (Even if you don’t have American relatives)There are numerous opportunities to live and work in the United States. The question is whether you want to work temporarily (i.e., a non-immigrant visa) or permanently (i.e., an immigrant visa) in the United States. Most guides in the web are complex and redacted with terminology hard to understand. The purpose of this guide is to help anyone interested in live and work on the United States on what… Read more
Luis F. Hess
As the managing partner of the firm, Luis F. Hess is a seasoned attorney with past experiences working in the US Air Force JAG Corps, in-house counsel at Sisters of Mercy Health System, the USDA legal department, and other private law firms...
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