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Awaiting an EB-2 visa; can I switch to EB-3?

Question My employer is sponsoring me for a green card in the EB-2 category.

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H-1B Employers: What Wage Must You Pay?

When a U.S. employer considers hiring a foreign-born worker, an inevitable part of the analysis will be how much to pay that person.

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What to Do If an Employee's I-9 Documents Look Suspicious

One of the toughest tightropes for an employer to walk is one they encounter when completing the Form I-9 for new hires. Strict regulations govern com...

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Transitioning From F-1 Student to H-1B Visa Employment

At the end of their studies or practical training, many students find an employer willing to sponsor them as a temporary specialty worker, on an H-1...

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H-1B or TN Visa: Which Should a Canadian or Mexican Choose?

If you are a Mexican or Canadian professional looking to work in the United States, you’re in luck: Thanks to the close ties between the U.S., Mexic...

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When the H-1Bs Run Out: Alternative Visas and Strategies

Say you’ve determined you qualify for a work-authorizing H-1B visa, and you’ve found an employer willing to sponsor you: The next issue you need t...

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Should You Hire a Foreign Au Pair to Care for Your Children?

A unique portion of U.S. immigration law allows young men and women from around the world (ages 18 to 26), who hold at least secondary school degree...

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Part-Time Work and Multiple Employers for H-1B Workers

H-1B nonimmigrant status comes fenced around with so many restrictive requirements, you may be surprised to learn how unrestrictive the rules are when...

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Is Your Workplace Ready for a USCIS Worksite Inspection?

As an employer whose personnel include foreign nationals on temporary (nonimmigrant) visas, you need to be aware that the process isn't over when the ...

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Worker's Rights and Responsibilities With an H-1B Visa

If you are an H-1B worker, you are protected by immigration and employment laws that safeguard your rights as a foreign employee.

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EB-4 Visa for Religious Workers: Who Qualifies?

The fourth preference category of employment-based green cards is an unusual one.

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EB-3 Visa for Professional, Skilled, and Unskilled Workers

The third preference category of U.S. green cards available through employment (there are five total preference categories) is fairly broad, and les...

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EB-2 Visa for Advanced Degree Professionals: Who Qualifies?

One of the more common ways in which skilled foreign workers get employment-based green cards in the U.S.

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How Long an H-1B Worker Can Stay in the United States

The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa. That means it it does not allow its holder to remain in the U.S. permanently, as an immigrant, but instead ex...

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How Employers Can Hire an H-1B Worker Who Is Already in the U.S.

For U.S. companies that need highly skilled or professional (degreed) workers, some of the most likely candidates may be foreign nationals who are in ...

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Employer's Obligations to Workers Who Have H-1B Visas

When employers hire H-1B workers, the employers are agreeing to take on serious obligations.

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Can You Renew Your Nonimmigrant Work Visa?

Nonimmigrant work visas --such as the H-1B, O-1, L-1, and so forth -- are valid for a specific period of time.

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TN Visa Application Procedures for Canadians

The TN visa was created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to ease the path toward a visa for professional-level workers from Canada ...

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TN Visa Application Procedures for Mexicans

The TN visa was created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to ease the path toward a visa for professional-level workers from both Me...

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TN Visa to the U.S. From Mexico or Canada: Who Qualifies?

For Mexican and Canadian citizens who practice certain professional occupations and have a job offer from a U.S. employer, TN status offers a simple...

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Professions That Qualify Canadians or Mexicans for TN Visas

Certain Canadian and Mexican professionals are granted special work privileges under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). If the worker ...

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H-3 Visa to the U.S. as a Temporary Trainee: Who Qualifies?

The H-3 visa is useful for a limited group of people; namely those who have been invited to participate in a training program in the United States. ...

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R Visa to the U.S. as a Religious Worker: Who Qualifies?

R visas are a type of short-term work visas available to people who’ve been offered jobs as religious workers in the United States. (See the Immig...

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P-1, P-2, or P-3 Visa to the U.S.: Who Qualifies?

A short-term U.S. work visa known as the P visa is available to outstanding athletes, athletic teams, and entertainment companies (including circuse...

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An O-2 or O-3 Visa for Support Staff or Family Members of People With O-1 Visas: Who Qualifies?

If you are affiliated with someone who is applying for an O-1 visa to the U.S., either as that person’s support staffperson or family member, you ...

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O-1 Visa to the U.S.: Who Qualifies?

Short-term work visas are available to certain people doing specialized work, including the O visa for outstanding workers in the sciences, arts, ath...

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Employers' Responsibilities When Reviewing Resumes for PERM

Many U.S. employers choose to hire foreign workers to work long-term for the employer’s company -- that is, to sponsor the worker for U.S. lawful pe...

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Filling Out Form I-140 to Sponsor an Immigrant Worker

In order to sponsor a foreign worker for a U.S. green card, a U.S. employer must complete the I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (“I-140 peti...

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Common Reasons for Denial of an H-1B Visa

There are several likely reasons for an H-1B visa denial by either United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the U.S. consulate ab...

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E-2 Visa for Treaty Investors in the U.S.: Who Qualifies?

The United States has entered into trade treaties with several countries and established the E-2 visa to allow businesspeople from certain countries...

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H-2B Visa for Temporary Nonagricultural Workers: Who Qualifies?

The H-2B visa was created to allow people to come to the U.S. temporarily as nonagricultural workers, to fill positions for which U.S. workers are i...

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How Long It Takes to Get an H-1B Visa Petition Approved

Once your case H-1B case has been filed, the processing of your H-1B visa is in the hands of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) until a...

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L-1, Intracompany Transferee Visa to the U.S.: Who Qualifies?

The L-1, intracompany transferee visa allows managers, executives, and especially knowledgeable employees who work outside the U.S. for a company tha...

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Types of Jobs Most Likely to Qualify for an H-1B Visa

When you read or hear about H-1B visas, there usually is a reference to "high tech" workers.

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H-1B Visa to the U.S.: Who Qualifies?

The H-1B visa category is for noncitizens who will work in the United States in a "specialty occupation," perform services under a Department of Defen...

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