What You Should Know About the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017

The Shapiro Law Group

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017, also known as H.R. 392, would remove the per-country cap for employment-based visas and help eliminate the extensive backlog that immigrants from countries like China and India face when trying to obtain permanent residency in the U.S. As a result of the current per-country cap in laws for employment-based green cards, Read the rest of this entry »

There Are Two Paths to Marriage for Immigrants

The Shapiro Law Group

When a U.S. citizen or permanent resident decides to marry a non-citizen immigrant or foreign national, a fiancé visa or marriage-based green card helps ensure that the couple can build a life together as a married couple in the United States. Engaged couples may consider processing timelines, costs, and qualification requirements to help them determine which path to take. Read the rest of this entry »

Three-Step Path to Citizenship Gives Hope to Undocumented Immigrants

The Shapiro Law Group

July 28 saw the introduction of the American Hope Act of 2017. The bill is intended to provide protection from deportation and the opportunity to gain permanent legal status for undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children, also known as Dreamers. Read the rest of this entry »

Phasing In Interviews for Employment-Based Permanent Residence Cases

The Shapiro Law Group

As of October 1, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has officially begun to phase-in interviews for individuals seeking permanent residence in the U.S. in employment-based cases. Interviews are typically required for permanent residence in family-based cases, but interviews have previously been largely waived for employment-based cases. Read the rest of this entry »

US Resumes Premium Processing for H1-B Visas

The Shapiro Law Group

After premium processing of H-1B visas was temporarily suspended because of a large number of applications for work visas, the US is now resuming it.

The H-1B visa is a work visa intended to allow companies in the US to employ foreigners in certain occupations that demand specific expertise. Read the rest of this entry »