The Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have announced the planned publication dates for proposed changes to several different visa categories. Here [...]
Should I apply for an O-1 Visa or an H-1B Visa? What are the advantages of an O-1 visa? Is an O-1 visa better than an H-1B visa? Do I Qualify for an O-1 Visa?
An O-1 visas are for people with extraordinary ability in a number of fields (e.g. television, science, business, etc.) To learn more about O-1 [...]
How to Prepare an Expert Opinion Letter for the O-1 Visa? How to Prepare a Recommendation Letter for the O-1 Visa?
As part of your extraordinary ability visa process (O-1, EB-1 and NIW), you must obtain expert opinion letters from key individuals. Considering the importance [...]
I am a U.S. citizen. Which family members can I sponsor for a green card? What are Family Preference Categories? When will the green cards become available?
If you are a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor certain family members for a green card. There are two categories of family members you [...]
I married a U.S. citizen and I want to adjust my status. What do I have to do to get a green card? How long does it take to get a marriage based green card?
If you married a U.S. citizen and plan to apply for your green card, one option is to adjust your status in the United [...]
On November 18, Congress passed a temporary continuing resolution to fund the government through to December 20. This means that the EB-5 regional center [...]
Fees for Form I-907 Premium Processing will increase from the current $1410 to $1440 on December 2. Premium Processing Service means that USCIS will [...]
TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan Extended in Compliance with Court Orders
The Department of Homeland Security will continue to extend Temporary Protected Stats (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan to [...]
As of November 11, 2019, Polish nationals are now eligible to apply for visa-free business or tourist visitor travel to the United States. Poland [...]
The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a fee schedule that would increase the filing fees for most applications. The proposal also seeks to [...]
What is a Recapture petition? Can I recapture time I spent outside the U.S. while on H-1B status? Can I recapture time I spent outside the U.S while on L-1A or L-1B status?
H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. The beneficiary (the foreign worker) must have a [...]
I am studying in the U.S. on F-1 visa. Can I work in the U.S.? What is on-campus and off-campus employment? What is CPT and OPT?
If you are studying in the U.S. as a full-time student at an accredited college or university on an F-1 visa, you may be [...]
Can I Obtain 1 Year or 3 Years When Renewing My O-1 Visa If I Will Continue to Work for the Same Employer in the Same Position? What is an O-1 Visa Extension?
The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for individuals who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have a demonstrated [...]
Scott Legal, P.C. focuses on business immigration cases for employers, investors and entrepreneurs, (E-2, EB-5, H-1B, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, O visas, NIW, PERM and [...]
Employment Based Green Card Approval for Computer Systems Analyst at a Financial Services Consulting Company
We just had an approval for an employment based green card after the PERM and I-140 process. You can find out more about the three [...]
USCIS has announced today that a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers will be implemented once the electronic registration [...]
Kelly LeGrand Weiner to Present at the AILA NY Chapter’s CLE on Compliance Issues for H-1Bs, H-1B1s & E-3s
Kelly LeGrand Weiner, the Managing Attorney of Scott Legal, PC will present at the AILA NY Chapter's CLE on Compliance Issues for H-1Bs, H-1B1 [...]
E-2 Visa approval for a Hair Salon franchise at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto for a National of Finland
We just had an E-2 investor visa approval at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. The applicant was granted the visa for 2 years and [...]
E-2 Visa Approval for a Cleaning Service Business at the U.S. Consulate in London for a National of the U.K.
We just had an E-2 investor visa approval at the U.S. Consulate in London for a national of the U.K and his family. The [...]
What is ESTA? What is the Visa Waiver Program? Can I Set up my E-2 visa while on ESTA? Can I work at my E-2 Visa while on ESTA? Can I set up my E-2 business while on ESTA?
The Visa Waiver Program or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is a program that allows citizens from certain countries (38 countries) to apply [...]
The E-2 Investor visa is available for nationals of certain treaty countries who want to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the [...]
Starting on November 3, 2019, immigrant visa applicants at U.S. Consulates abroad must prove either that they will acquire approved health insurance within thirty [...]
What is L-1 visa? What is blanket L petition? Can my company file blanket L petition? What are the advantages of filing blanket L petition?
An L-1 visa is a great option when a foreign company wants to transfer an employee working for abroad to a U.S. office. These [...]
PIMS (Petition Information Management Service) is an electronic system that provides U.S. consular posts with notification of non-immigrant visa petition approvals. It is the [...]
I have a Conditional Green Card based on a Marriage to a U.S. citizen. What do I need to do to remove the conditions from my Green Card? What if I am no longer with my spouse?
If you obtained your green card based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen and you have been married to the U.S. citizen for [...]
Will filing an immigrant petition impact my E-2 renewal? Is an E-2 visa a dual intent visa? Can I Renew my E-2 visa if I file an I-140 petition?
An E-2 visa is not a dual intent visa but it is about as close to a dual intent visa as you can get. [...]
Which non-immigrant visa categories allow my spouse to work in the U.S.? How and when can my spouse apply for the work authorization? Can my spouse work for any employer?
If you are currently in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, your spouse may be able to work in the U.S. This article will [...]
The State Department published new public charge rules that will take effect on October 15. These new rules largely mirror the Department of Statement’s [...]
Today, a New York District judge issued a preliminary injection against the new “public charge” rules, preventing it from coming into effect on October [...]