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Sponsoring Your Spouse When You Have a Criminal Record

The Shapiro Law Group

Whether a U.S. citizen with a criminal record can sponsor a spouse for a green card or not depends on the type of crime involved and the USCIS agent reviewing the case. There are crimes that won’t create a problem but there are also those that make it impossible to be approved. Read the rest of this entry »


Delays, Denials for Nurse Visas Are on the Rise: Patients Pay the Price

The Shapiro Law Group

There is an uptick in H-1B visa delays and denials, and healthcare organizations point out that this is disruptive to patient care. Between the third and fourth quarter of 2017, the number of H-1B denials for foreign-born job applicants rose by 41 percent, new data revealed. Read the rest of this entry »


L1 Visa System Becomes More Difficult: Canadian Execs Are Collateral Damage

The Shapiro Law Group

Obtaining an L1 visa is more difficult than it’s ever been and Canadians execs are serving as collateral damage. For the next several months, the USCIS is temporarily ending a perk that allowed Canadians to have their visa processed on-the-spot under NAFTA. Canadians have for decades received preferential treatment when it comes to visas. Read the rest of this entry »


USCIS: Redefining Asylum in America

The Shapiro Law Group

USCIS issued a policy memo that provides guidance to asylum officers for establishing a petitioner’s eligibility for asylum or refugee status based on the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Matter of A-B-. To establish eligibility for asylum, an applicant is required to have Read the rest of this entry »


Rescission of H-4 EAD Will Drive Top Talent Away

The Shapiro Law Group

The rescission of H-4 EAD could drive away international talent that bolsters America’s tech, prosperity, innovation, and economic competitiveness. The Trump administration in June 2018 confirmed its intent to remove H-4 dependent spouses from the class of immigrants eligible to seek employment in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »


Fiance Visa: Proving Your Bona Fide Relationship

The Shapiro Law Group

When deciding whether a relationship is bona fide in a fiancé visa application, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expect to be provided with financial documents, photographs, phone records, emails, letters, and proof of continuing correspondence, and more. Read the rest of this entry »


USCIS Policy Change: Don’t Get Denied

The Shapiro Law Group

Under a recent policy change, USCIS may, at the adjudicator’s discretion, immediately deny incomplete and ineligible petitions, requests, and applications submitted for immigration benefits. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in June that Read the rest of this entry »