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  • Visa Services Interview: Toni Calliva, Visa Agent London

    1. Please provide a brief summary of your role in the Visa Services process at BIL. My role is to meet the clients at their visa appointments at the London Embassy. I bring all the required paperwork the client will need for their interview and take the client to the front of the appointment queue. […]

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  • Interview with Allison Gilbert, Visa Services Coordinator

    1. What is visa scheduling and why is it important? AG: When applying to work in the United States, it is a two-part processit is not over once U.S. Immigration approves your petition. Most applicants are required to attend a visa interview at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad. 2. What makes the services offered at BIL […]

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  • Marijuana at the Canada/US Border & the Criminal Waiver Process

    Marijuana at the CanadaUnited States Borderand the Criminal Waiver Process By Catherine Dines, Esq. In April 2017, the Canadian federal government introduced legislation with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational marijuana. If passed, the proposed Federal Cannabis Act would create rules for producing, possessing, and selling cannabis across Canada. Under the […]

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  • Derivative US Citizenship at Birth

    By Angela J. Schnell, Esq. The United States is one of the few countries that still offer birthright citizenship to any person born on U.S. soil. Birthright is enshrined in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and was originally intended to give citizenship rights to all slaves born in the U.S. following the Civil War. […]

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  • Qualifying for an H-1B Specialty Occupation

    Qualifying as an H-1B Specialty Occupation By Angela J. Schnell, Esq. Background In April 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order (EO 13788), which aims to stimulate economic growth, promote economic and national security, strengthen the U.S. middle class, and create good jobs for Americans at decent wages. Section 5 […]

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  • Periodic Border Crossers & L-1 Status

    The L-1 nonimmigrant category enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive, manager, or specialized knowledge employee from an affiliated foreign office to one in the U.S. L-1 workers may be admitted to the U.S. for an initial maximum period of up to three years. The total maximum period of stay is capped at seven […]

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  • L-1 Foreign Employment Requirement

    The L-1 category for intracompany transferees is available to individuals who have worked on a full-time basis for at least one year in the three years preceding the petition for a foreign corporation with a parent, subsidiary, branch or affiliate in the U.S. Foreign Employment Requirements Qualifying Capacity The applicant must qualify in a capacity […]

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  • National Interest Waivers

    What is it? Normally, a permanent job offer and an approved labor certification are pre-requisites to file an EB-2 petition. However, a National Interest Waiver (NIW) petition requests that the otherwise required U.S. job offer requirement, and thus the labor certification requirement, be waived for the sake of the national interest of the United States. […]

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  • Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Visas FAQ

    On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that beginning on April 3, 2017 it will suspend premium processing on all H-1B Petitions for up to six months. What is Premium Processing Service? USCIS currently offers a Premium Processing Service that allows payment of a fee to get a guaranteed faster processing […]

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  • EAD Automatic Extensions

    In November of 2016, the Department of Homeland Security released a final rule seeking to improve certain aspects of the employment-based immigration system. This rule went into effect on January 17, 2017. A portion of that rule introduces some relief and changes to the ways Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) are being adjudicated. Previously, the regulations […]

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