We are pleased to announce that Jenny Zhan will join Scott Legal P.C. as a full-time legal research analyst in our New York office [...]
USCIS Changes Policy of Deference to Prior Determinations For Nonimmigrant Petitions – Change in the Way USCIS will Adjudicate Petitions
On October 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will revise its policy regarding prior determinations for nonimmigrant [...]
On September 1, 2017, The Department of State updated the Foreign Affairs Manual (the “FAM”) to modify the guidance on the term “misrepresentation” for [...]
Temporary Protected Status was created by Congress in the Immigration Act of 1990 to provide a temporary legal status to nationals of certain countries [...]
What is the difference between Extraordinary and Exceptional ability? Which green card category is right for me?
Employment-Based immigration is divided into categories based on 5 preferences: First Preference EB-1, Second Preference EB-2, Third Preference EB-3, Fourth Preference EB-4 and Fifth [...]
On Tuesday, October 17, Judge Derrick K. Watson, a Federal judge in Hawaii, issued an injunction against the enforcement of large portions of President [...]
In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven economy, being first to successfully implement an innovative new software or technology is crucial for the aspiring entrepreneur. Indeed, some [...]
Due to a Technical Issue, 2019 Diversity Visa Entrants who Submitted Entries Between October 3 and October 10 Must Resubmit
The Department of State made an announcement today, October 16 that due to a technical issue the DV-2019 entry period that commenced on October [...]
Scott Legal, P.c. had another E-2 visa approval at the U.S. Consulate in Paris. The visa was approved for 5 years. The applicant purchased [...]
Obtaining a green card through an investment is possible if you have $500,000 to invest in a project or business that will create 10 [...]
An individual is “inspected and admitted” when they present themselves to a Customs and Border Patrol Officer at a port of entry (a U.S. [...]
As of October 3, 2017 the U.S. government began accepting Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery) applications for 2019, which is the year successful [...]
On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced it would suspend nonimmigrant visa services indefinitely. The suspension comes after a Turkish staff [...]
On September 18, 2017, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced that it would be ending its designation of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for [...]
Many green card applicants who otherwise would have had an opportunity to obtain a green card in the U.S., through a family-based or employment-based [...]
New I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Permits Foreign Nationals to Apply for Social Security Numbers Simultaneously
October 2, 2017 USCIS released an updated I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (EAD) featuring a new section which allows foreign nationals already in the [...]
What is the benefit to filing a Withdrawal for an Application for Admission to the U.S.? When does it come up?
Any foreign nationals who travels to the U.S. on a visa and applies for admission at a designated port of entry may be told [...]
On September 27, 2017 USCIS stated that it plans to resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions on or before October 3, 2017. There [...]
Who do the visa sanctions recently announced by the Department of State affect? Why can’t nationals of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone be issued tourist visas?
The Department of State recently announced that it will stop issuing B tourist visas to nationals of the following countries: Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and [...]
President Trump Issues an Executive Order Indefinitely Barring Most Travel to the U.S. For Citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea with increased scrutiny for Iraq and Venezuela.
On Sunday September 25, 2017, as President Trump’s Executive Order barring travel from seven countries was set to expire, he issued a Presidential Proclamation [...]
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services recently released information that may help individuals impacted by the recent natural disasters in the U.S., including Hurricane [...]
Will I lose My TN Visa if NAFTA is Cancelled? What will Happen to My TN Visa? How will NAFTA Cancellation Impact my TN Visa? Should I Renew my TN Visa Now?
During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Candidate Trump regularly voiced his plan to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). (See the TN Visa [...]
Positive News in Otherwise Dark Times: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Pending Petitions Subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Cap
With the sun setting fast on Fiscal Year 2017 at the end of this month, USCIS announced on Monday, September 18 that Premium Processing [...]
Trump Administration Ends Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) Program – What will the Cancellation of DACA Mean? DACA Cancelled, What Next?
On September 5, 2017, The Trump Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) program (To learn more about the [...]
What are My Chances of Getting an E-2 Visa? What is the E-2 Visa Approval Rate? What are my chances of E-2 Visa approval?
An E-2 investor visa is an excellent option for certain foreign nationals who seek to start and develop a business in the United States. [...]
New In-Person Interview Requirement for Applicants Applying for a Green Card – What is the New Green Card Interview Requirement?
The Trump administration has imposed a new in-person interview requirement that will lengthen the amount of time it takes to get a green card. [...]
What is a P-3 visa? The P-3 visa is meant for individual artists or entertainment groups who are coming to the United States to [...]
E-2 Visa Requirements Video – An E-2 Visa can Be Used to Buy or Start a Business in the U.S. – The six E-2 visa requirements.
If you would like to live and work in the U.S. and have some money to invest, an E-2 visa might be exactly what [...]
Shopping for a Business to Obtain an E-2 visa? Three Key Factors to Keep in Mind When Buying a Business. What makes a good E-2 business for purchase?
For potential investors seeking to come to the United States on an E-2 visa, buying an ongoing concern may be the best option. Buying [...]
I want to apply for an E-2 Investor visa. Can I bring over an employee right away? What is the process for getting the E-2 investor and E-2 employee visas at the same time?
An E-2 Investor Visa is a great visa for entrepreneurs who are nationals of treaty countries, have money to invest and want to start a [...]
H1B portability and travelling while an H-1B transfer petition is pending – Can I travel while my H-1B Petition is Pending?
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 created the H nonimmigrant classification, which includes several visa classifications for temporary workers and trainees. The H1B [...]
What to Expect at an E-2 Visa Interview. Types of E-2 Visa Interview Questions. E-2 Visa Interview Lines of Questioning Explained.
Although the manner in which consulates conduct the E-2 interview may differ somewhat depending on the region, the volume of E-2 applications, and internal [...]