US Visas

US companies and employees manipulate visa system

US businesses keen to hire overseas talent, primarily in the technology industry, and employees who want to come to the country to work have discovered methods of manipulating the government system used to send out a specific number of US visas every year. Immigration lawyers claim that they have helped a number of firms to …

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USCIS temporarily suspends H-1B premium processing

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it intends to suspend the premium processing of petitions for H-1B Extension of Stay US visas between May 26th and July 27th 2015, with employers being advised to consult with legal counsel with regard to any impact this temporary suspension may have. The decision to …

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New legislation could impact US E-2 investor immigrants

The lives of foreigners doing business in the United States via the E-2 Treaty Investor visa and attempting to gain permanent residence in the country could be greatly affected by a new bill filed by David Jolly, a Florida congressman. Under existing laws it is not possible for holders of E-2 US visas to gain …

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Tech companies frustrated by speedy H-IB visa scoop

Firms that wish to give temporary US work visas to potential hires from overseas yesterday began submitting their applications to US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The demand for the 85,000 available slots is expected to be very high, given the pace at which these slots have disappeared in recent years. US Citizenship and Immigration Services …

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Officials face questioning over contentious visa program

On Tuesday Congressional Republicans strongly objected to the scathing result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security. The investigation revealed that a senior official appeared to favor applicants with political connections while in charge of an obscure federal program that offers US visas to people who invest a minimum of $500,000 in a …

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Critics slam new immigration bill

A new immigration bill aimed at allowing more overseas tech workers to enter the United States is being slammed by critics as a blatant attack on American workers. The bipartisan bill, which is being sponsored by Representative Orrin Hatch and is currently being considered in Congress, would expand various immigration programs and triple the amount …

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More specialized overseas workers denied US visas

Overseas employees of American companies are finding it much more difficult to get into the United States, a report released yesterday reveals. Around 35% of petitions filed by US companies to bring overseas workers with “specialized knowledge” into the country were denied by US Citizenship and Immigration Services last year, the fourth consecutive rise in …

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Republicans at loggerheads over changes to immigration

A bipartisan Senate bill intended to increase the amount of high-skilled US visas available has run afoul of Representative Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman. Grassley believes that the bill, which was sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch and other big names such as Senator Marco Rubio, only worsens the problem. “It doesn’t close the loopholes …

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