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E2 Visa to Green Card Process - Your Guide to Permanent Residency

Posted by Matthew Katz on Sep 22, 2016 8:08:00 AM

As an E-2 treaty investor, you may be considering a green card so you can stay in the U.S. for a longer period of time. Fortunately, there are several options for permanent U.S. residency from an E-2 visa. However, there are a few hurdles and loopholes to navigate, and the process can prove a bit bumpy at times. In the information below, we’ll provide an in-depth guide of options for the E-2 visa to green card process that will help you to get started on your pathway to immigration today.

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7 Ways From an F1 (Student Visa) to Green Card

Posted by Matthew Katz on Sep 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you’re a foreign student attending university in the United States on an F1 visa, you may have aspirations to stay here to work. While you could work in the U.S. by obtaining an H1B work visa, that would only allow you to stay for a maximum of six years. If you wish to to stay for a long period of time, a green card is your best option.

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Green Card Through Investment in Real Estate

Posted by Matthew Katz on Sep 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program allows foreign entrepreneurs to become permanent residents of the United States through investment, including real estate investments such as hotels, office towers, and condo complexes. Up to 10,000 visas are allotted each year for qualified foreign investors. It should be noted that while the EB-5 program can be a great way to obtain a green card, there are some roadblocks involved in the process. In this post, we’ll go over the requirements and process of obtaining a green card through investment in real estate.

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The H1B Visa to Green Card Process in 3 Simple Steps

Posted by Matthew Katz on Sep 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With an H1B visa, you’re eligible to work in the U.S. for up to six years—after that, you’ll have to return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of one year before you can reapply for H1B status. But what if you need to stay longer? Luckily, there is another option: H1B visa to green card, also known as “permanent residency.” 

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Going From F1 to H1B Work Visa After Graduation

Posted by Matthew Katz on Aug 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you’re an F1 student approaching graduation and you wish to work in the United States, you may be eligible to do so by petitioning for an H1B visa. In order to change your status from F1 to H1B, you may follow one of two options: apply for an interim OPT phase before H1B, or apply for H1B directly from F1. While both options allow you to work in the U.S., there are some advantages to electing to participate in the OPT program first. Below, we’ll go over those advantages in addition to the requirements of the H1B visa, how to obtain your visa after graduation, as well as the restrictions once you receive your H1B visa.

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A Business Immigration Lawyer’s Story: How An MBA Gave Me New Perspective

Posted by Matthew Katz on Aug 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Last fall I completed coursework at the University of Chicago to receive an MBA from that institution’s Booth School of Business (hereinafter, “Booth”).  The twenty courses together with the myriad suite of leadership training from what—according to many sources—is as the world’s top learning institution, gave me a new perspective on being a business immigration lawyer, among other things.  When I began this program, I was already several years into the practice of law in Chicago and Mexico City, and I had taught high school in Chicago for some years before that.  Thus, having had, by this point in my life, the benefit of so many diverse life experiences as well as a degree in the teaching of history and a Juris Doctor, I entered the program cocksure and content.  Believing that this degree would only add this outlook, what I got instead was a huge dose of humility. 

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Topics: visas

El Servicio de Migración Abre el Perdón Provisional a Nuevas Categorías de Solicitantes

Posted by Matthew Katz on Aug 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Por fin tenemos algo positivo del Servicio de Migracion (USCIS) en este año turbulento.  El dia 29 de Julio se publicó en el Federal Register una regulación modificada donde se permite a lo que se estima ser alrededor de 100,000 demás personas quienes antes no podían beneficiarse del “perdón provisional” que se aprobó en el 2013.  Estos nuevos grupos a partir del 29 de agosto podrán manejar su perdón dentro de EEUU sin salir del país hasta que saben que es un 99% el poder reentrar al país en menos de una semana ya como residente permanente del país. 

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Topics: immigration

Going Beyond EB-5 Investment Opportunities: Other Options and How to Trust Your EB-5 Regional Center

Posted by Matthew Katz on Aug 2, 2016 11:00:00 AM

In the wake of the Jay Peak investigation and lawsuits by the State of Vermont, many investors are beginning to ask the question, “Is EB-5 really worth the risk?”  It’s not that EB-5 investment opportunities should be discarded as an immigration option, but it generally ought to be a last option for many people who are looking for ways to use their capital and professional wherewithal to obtain U.S. residency.  This is not only because it can be difficult to determine whether or not you can actually trust the regional center business you might invest in, but also because you are taking more than half-a-million dollars out of commission for several years that you might otherwise use for a more lucrative investment. 

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Topics: Business Visas, EB-5

Green Card Through Investment: A Roadmap to Residency

Posted by Matthew Katz on Jul 28, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Obtaining a green card through investment isn’t as easy as some might hope, and recent events will only make it more difficult. Earlier this year the news of a Vermont EB-5 project having misappropriated investor funds hit the media circuit. That State’s Department of Professional Regulation and its Attorney General’s office filed its amended complaint on June 15, 2016, which document sets forth a number of allegations, including the program’s managers’ direct misappropriation of investor funds for their personal enrichment.  You can find the complete complaint here if you want to review all the gritty details.

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Topics: Legal Permanent Residency, Business Visas, green card

L1 Visa Process: Two Things That Slow It Down (and Tips For Avoiding These Problems!)

Posted by Matthew Katz on Jul 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

For over a decade, the immigration service has become increasingly selective about which L1 visas it approves, particularly when it comes to the L1B specialized knowledge category, but also for the L1A visa category in certain areas.  An important memoranda was signed by the director of USCIS in 2012 relating to the L1B issue, that your attorney will likely want to consult on this point, called Interpretation of the Term “Specialized Knowledge” in the Adjudication of L-1B Petitions. The content below will go over the L1 visa process as well as tell you how to avoid some common problems along the way.

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Topics: L1 Visa