Tag: Business Immigration

Attorney Spotlight: Hiba Anver of EIG

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By Shail Sturm and Ryan Mernin Despite pandemic shocks, business immigration continues to be a strong route for the world's talent to enter the United States. Shail and Ryan caught up with Hiba M. Anver at Erickson Immigration Group to provide clarity on current trends and obstacles facing foreign nationals seeking entry to the United States on the H-1B visa. This entry in our Attorney Spotlight series continues our focus on emerging challenges and changes in the business immigration world. Park Evaluations: What visas do your firm typically handle and what trends have ...

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The National Interest Waiver: How to Prove a Beneficiary is Beneficial

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The National Interest Waiver: How to Prove a Beneficiary is Beneficial

  By Maddie Carlson  What is a National Interest Waiver and how can you get one? As one might expect from the name alone, having an offer of employment is typically required for individuals seeking an EB-2 employment-based, second preference visa. But in certain cases, a candidate may want to waive the employment requirement and labor certification portion of the EB-2 petition process. This commonly occurs when an applicant displays expertise in their industry and is seeking work that would benefit the United States. In these cases, the candidate may qualify for a National Interest Waiver (NIW) that would remove the need for a pre-established employment offer. However, pursuing a National Interest Waiver does add to the petitioner’s burden of proof. In addition ...

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Reopening Continues: Impact on H-1B Visa Petitions

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By Ben Chappelow With Mark Rogers  Special thanks to Susanne Heubel, Special Counsel with Duane Morris, for contributing to this post. Be sure to follow Park Evaluations on LinkedIn for future updates. Introduction As vaccination rates increase and COVID-19 restrictions ease, companies will be looking to safely reopen offices. Reopening continues to present challenges as business leaders, especially in spaces served by foreign nationals immigrating the United States on a non-immigrant work visa, work hard to keep up with the latest guidance to ensure safe and effective workplaces. Leading IT services companies are transitioning to a hybrid model, where select employees will come into the office on designated workdays. Industry watchers believe this return-to-work model of work will have a comparative advantage ...

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EB-5 Visas Still Not Being Processed: Why This is Problematic

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By: Annika Minton The United States EB-5 visa was created in 1990 to provide a method for foreign investors (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) to obtain a U.S. visa by investing capital with the goal of financing a business that will employ at least 10 American workers.[1] The US government allocates 10,000 of these visas per year. This particular program has not been renewed since June 2021, when a federal judge struck down the 2019 EB-5 “modernization” regulation, the goal of which was to increase the investment threshold from $500,000 to $900,000 in targeted employment areas (a rural area or an area with high unemployment). This has left many people wondering what the future looks like ...

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Visa Extensions Granted for L-2 and H-4 Holders

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By: Annika Minton Spouses of L-1 and H-1B visa holders recently  got some good news. A US court decision is granting L-2 and H-4 visa holders an extension of their work authorization, lengthening the amount of time spouses can remain in the United States on work visas. L-2 visa holders will receive a 180-day auto extension of their work authorization (or an I-94 expiration date, whichever is shorter); and all H-4 visa holders will get extensions of their H-4 employment authorization document (EAD) until the expiration of their I-94s, or 180 days from the expiration of the prior EAD, whichever comes first. L-2 visa holders will get the extension automatically without applying for it, but H-4 visa holders are still required ...

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Blanket L-1 Visas and How Companies can Benefit

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By: Hannah Rae Welbourn When a multinational company sends an employee to a subsidiary in the United States, candidates will need to be granted L-1 status through USCIS. But what if they need to send more than one employee at a time? That’s where the L-1 Blanket visa comes in. While a regular L-1 visa is granted on an individual basis, Blanket status grants multiple employees from the same company the ability to transfer to the states to work at a U.S. branch. The criteria for employees (managerial capacity for L-1A and specialized knowledge for L-1B) remains the same, but the process of obtaining this kind of L-1 status is expedited, sometimes up ...

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TN Visas 101: What They Are and How Park Evaluations Can Help

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By Madison McKenzie   What is a TN visa?   The TN visa is a special classification issued under the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 2020. Under this classification, citizens of Mexico or Canada can fill certain specialty occupations—listed under the approved list of USMCA professions—in the United States for an initial period of three years.     What eligibility requirements must be met to file a TN visa?   As outlined by USCIS, an applicant is eligible for a TN visa if they meet the following criteria:   The applicant must be a citizen of Mexico or Canada. The applicant must have a pre-arranged job offer in the United States. The proffered position in the United States must qualify as ...

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What a Premium Position Letter From Park Evaluation Can Do For Your H1B Petition

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By Patrick Boody   While the positional analyses Park Evaluations and our team of professors, together, provide are well-equipped to make the argument that a job offered by a client organization is a specialty occupation as defined by USCIS, the premium position evaluation, alternatively, can further this argument to a degree of thoroughness and detail otherwise unattainable in our standard service. Before talking about what our premium letters entail, let us define again USCIS’s concept of specialty occupation. Accordingly, USCIS considers a position to be a specialty occupation if it requires a) a bachelor’s degree, its foreign equivalent or a degree higher than a bachelor’s; b) the degree the position requires is comparable to ...

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H-1B CAP Season Preview: An Interview with Head Evaluator Howard Borenstein

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By: Joseph Catrone As attorneys and businesses are preparing for the upcoming, annual  H-1B lottery and CAP season, they are also bracing themselves for the months of fast-paced, high-volume environments, knowing there's little room for error, delay, or discrepancy in the process of requesting academic credential evaluations. Fortunately, the team at Park Evaluations is deeply committed and fully equipped to aid in these crucial steps of the H-1B filing process—an attitude reflected first and foremost through the dedication of our head credential evaluator, Howard Borenstein. We asked Howard to share his expertise on academic evaluations, as well as the many insights gained from nearly 20 years in the industry. What can people expect from Park’s Credential Reports and services? HB: Certainly, ...

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Latest USCIS Announcements Suggest Leniency

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By: Rachel Horner USCIS has recently made several announcements that suggest the possibility of more relaxed H-1B policies in the future, contrary to the organization’s attempts at restrictions under the previous presidential administration.   Extension Eligibility First, it was announced that USCIS will be extending their flexibilities originally posted on March 30, 2020. These conditions have been renewed several times since, meaning that USCIS will potentially continue to uphold these measures for as long as COVID-19 is a pressing issue.   The initial decision made by USCIS was to grant a 60-day extension for applicants responding to agency requests. This ...

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