Jon Velie, Author at OnlineVisas

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How Melania Trump became a U.S. Citizen

Would Melania be able to enter the country under a new merit-based immigration system and how exactly would she meet the criteria for the EB1 visa? The First Lady Melania Trump is an immigrant to

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U.S. House of Representatives Clears Three Major Immigration Bills

The House Judiciary Committee cleared three critical bills that went seemingly unnoticed as tension in Washington D.C. mounts. The DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) and

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H-4 EAD Work Ban Expected This Month

The highly contested H-4 EAD work ban affecting the spouses of H-1B visa holders is set to be published this month. An estimated 100,000 immigrants will no longer be authorized to work in the United

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Ken Cuccinelli: A Disaster for USCIS and Immigration Law in the U.S.?

To ensure the President cannot appoint anyone he likes, the Director of USCIS has to be confirmed by the Senate. However, Trump could forgo a formal Senate process and have Ken Cuccinelli fill other

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The Truth About Kushner’s Immigration Plan

Donald Trump signed off on White House Advisor Jared Kushner’s immigration plan and turned it over to Senate Republicans. The specifics of the immigration plan are supposed to be unveiled any day,

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H-1B Season Recap

As H-1B visa receipts trickle in, here is a recap of the 2019 filing season. An uptick in H-1B visa applications for FY 2020 For the first time in two years, USCIS received just over 200,000 H-1B

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U.S. Employers Seeking Seasonal Workers Granted Temporary Relief

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have released 30,000 additional H-2B visas for the second half of FY 2019. The extra permits are available only to American

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A Complete Guide to the L1 Visa

The L1 visa is an intra-company transfer work visa that allows a U.S. company to transfer executives, managers and specialized employees from one of its offices abroad into the United

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Updated legislation for the Regional Center Program

Updated legislation for the Regional Center Program that focuses on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program could be released this month. The EB-5 program is a permanent program written into law in 1990.

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District Judge Halts the Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers back to Mexico While They Wait for Their Cases to be Heard

On Monday, April 8, 2019, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco blocked the recent policy of returning to Mexico the Central-American asylum seekers awaiting adjudication of their requests

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