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Trump’s Travel Ban Does Not Include Fiances

The Shapiro Law Group

Hours before the revised travel ban took effect, the Trump administration reversed its decision and is now allowing foreign fiancés to travel to the United States while the ban is in place. Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries that took effect on June 29, 2017, provided an exemption for those who have a credible claim of a close familial relationship with someone or an entity in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »


Clarifying the Rules for Certain L-1 Visa Petitions

The Shapiro Law Group

The USCIS published an updated rule clarifying the rules for certain intracompany transferee L1 visa petitions. An employer filing an L-1 visa petition for the intracompany transfer of a foreign employee must substantiate that, at the time of filing the petition, the American company and the foreign company are in a relationship that qualifies for L1 visas. The petitioner must show that the two companies are the same employer, for instance, Read the rest of this entry »


Converting Your H-4 Visa

The Shapiro Law Group

H-4 visa holders may consider converting to other status options to access job opportunities in the U.S and avoid getting blocked from working in the jobs they have already secured. Since many H-4 visa holders are as educated and well-qualified as their spouses, many choose to convert to the H-1B visa. Read the rest of this entry »


Trump Tells Salvadorans: Leave the Country or Adjust Your Legal Status

The Shapiro Law Group

The Trump Administration’s announcement in January that special protections for Salvadoran immigrants will soon end is forcing hundreds of thousands of immigrants to either find alternative ways to obtain legal immigration status in the United States or return to a violent homeland that they haven’t known in years. Read the rest of this entry »


Visa Rule Changes Will Have a Drastic Impact on the Nursing Industry

The Shapiro Law Group

Hospitals and other medical facilities continue to experience nursing shortages and qualified foreign nurses are needed now more than ever, but the stricter interpretation of NAFTA by the United States Customs and Border Protection may make it more challenging for nurses from other countries to fill critical positions. Read the rest of this entry »


Nearly 20% of Fiance Visas Come from this Country

The Shapiro Law Group

Nearly one-fifth of all fiance visas that were issued in 2016 went to citizens of the Philippines and about 24 percent of minors brought to the U.S. on K-2 visas were issued to children from this country as well. The total number of fiance visas in the U.S. is higher than it’s ever been, tripling since the late ’90s, as more Americans use the K-1 visa to bring foreign fiances into the country. Read the rest of this entry »


What Is Chain Migration?

The Shapiro Law Group

When United States citizens or lawful permanent residents sponsor their family members to enable them to move to the U.S., this family reunification process is often referred to as chain migration. Although family-based immigration is vital to the integration of immigrants into society, the Trump administration’s new DACA deal aims to prevent chain migration. Read the rest of this entry »