Last week, the Department of State (“DOS”) introduced new questions to the DS-160 and DS-260 visa application forms. All applicants for US visas are now asked to provide details about their social media accounts, including what accounts they’ve held in the last five years and the name used for each account. In the past, this enhanced screening information was only required for applicants identified for extra scrutiny — primarily people who had traveled to areas with a high degree of terrorist activity. [Read more…]
We are excited to welcome Lorenz Wolffers to the Corstange Law Group as Of Counsel. [Read more…]
When considering an H-1B visa application, USCIS will verify not only that the job itself is a “specialty occupation,” but also that the H-1B applicant is actually qualified. An applicant can prove she qualifies with a US degree in the relevant field (or foreign degree determined to be equivalent), or a license to practice in the state where she has a job offer.
While a degree or licence is certainly the easiest way to show qualification, every year applicants without either are granted H-1B visas because they have been able to document that their knowledge of the speciality occupation is equivalent to that normally obtained in a degree program. There are several ways to do this [Read more…]
On Friday, November 15, 2013, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) formalized a little-known policy that paves the way for undocumented family members of US servicemembers to regularize their immigration status. The new rule allows USCIS to grant “parole” to undocumented spouses, children, and parents of servicemembers who are serving or have served on active duty, or who are or have been members of the selected reserve of the ready reserve. Although parole alone is a temporary status that does not lead to a green card, a parolee is not considered to be in the country illegally, and in some cases may even apply for work authorization. [Read more…]