Jon Velie, Author at OnlineVisas

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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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USCIS: H-1B Cap Season Starts April 1, Early Applications to Be Rejected, Premium Processing Prioritizes I-129s Filing Change of Status

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new two-phased procedure for premium processing of H-1B applications to prioritize FY 2020 cap-subject petitions. Phase one will

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Highly Skilled Foreign Workers Experience More Visa Denials and Delays

The Trump administration is deliberately focusing the national immigration debate around the southern border while quietly denying more applications and petitions from people seeking to enter the country

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What You Need to Know to Qualify for an O-1 Visa

The O-1 visa is a non-immigrant U.S. visa for people who demonstrate extraordinary ability in their field, such as arts, sport, business, education, or research. The O-1 visa is usually issued for

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H-1B Visa Lottery 2019-2020: Things to Know

Knowing which documents to submit for an H-1B visa petition is important. Equally important, however, is understanding how each document should be presented and how the petition will be evaluated.  The

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How Growing Backlogs Help Build an “Invisible Wall” Against Legal Immigration

In just one year, the backlog of applications submitted to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has doubled. The slowing processing times continue to cause undue anxiety and hinder

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What to Expect in U.S. Immigration in 2019

As tensions surrounding U.S. immigration system, the border wall and its funding mount, here is a look at what we can expect in 2019. Further restrictions to the H-1B visa program To date, the

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Beyond H-1B: Other Paths to Entering the U.S. Workforce

With the unpredictable yet consistent changes to the H-1B visa process, many employers and H-1B visa holders are looking for alternative visa types to enter the U.S. workforce. Here are some alternatives

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DHS Final Rule Postpones Pre-registration and Reorders H-1B Selection Process

On January 30th, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule for the Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of CapSubject Aliens.

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