The Immigration Show (Backup)

Expert immigration attorney Jon Velie explores the latest immigration issues that are in the news with broadcaster Dave Kelso.

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How to File Derivative Status (“Follow to Join”)

A principal beneficiary admitted to the United States as a principal refugee, or granted asylum status in the United States in the last two years, can petition for children to receive refugee or asylee status by filing Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, on their behalf.   This status is known as “derivative” refugee or asylee status

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Navigating the PERM Labor Certification Process

The PERM application or labor certification process takes skill to successfully navigate. For an employer to fill a job with foreign talent permanently, they have to prove that no other U.S. workers have the minimum qualifications or are willing to take the position. Both the EB-2 and EB-3 visas/green cards require U.S. employers to go

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I-9 Audits are Crucial for Immigration Compliance

In 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a joint memo offering guidance to employers when conducting internal Form I-9 audits.  The DOJ and DHS guidance provides employers with the scope and purpose of I-9 audits, considerations before conducting internal audits, and ways to correct errors, omissions, or

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How to Comply with H-1B Third Party Site Visits

How to Comply with H-1B Third-Party Site Inspections

Third-party worksites are experiencing more unannounced site visits, likely because of the ITServe case prohibiting adjudicators from inquiring into details of third-party placements. The Covid pandemic also played a role, as Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers could not do visits and now have an expanded budget.  Another contributing factor is the Department of

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Developing a Business Immigration Plan

How a company approaches business immigration is a determining factor in whether or not they can fill vital roles. A strategic approach to business immigration proves immensely beneficial when hiring foreign nationals to fill specialty occupations.  It’s no secret that getting a U.S. visa has become more complex. Thus, having a solid visa strategy is

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What to Expect in 2021 H-1B Cap Season from the Biden Administration The Biden Administration issued a memo on January 20th immediately freezing “midnight regulations” that the Trump administration issued but had not yet taken effect within 60 days of the election and withdrawing all pending rules that had not yet been published in the Federal Register. The regulations implemented by the Trump Administration were: Changing the H-1B

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OnlineVisas Named In Top 75 Immigration Blogs

OnlineVisas Immigration News blog made the cut for Feedspot’s Top 75 Immigration Blogs. The list includes high profile immigration advocacy groups, professors and law groups. The topics range from global issues to solving national and individual immigration problems. Feedspot’s Top 75 Immigration Blogs are a great starting point for valuable information and diverse perspective about

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Cutting Through the H-1B Bureaucratic Red Tape

Since Indian “techies” are the primary recipients of H-1B visas, IT companies are being disproportionally affected by the ongoing changes to the H-1B filing process.  listen to the episode below. To understand a broad spectrum of issues associated with visa denials, OnlineVisas teamed up with a prominent association of tech companies, ITServe Alliance, to collect

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America And Her Not So Invisible Wall

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. In an interview with NPR, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli paraphrased Emma

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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?   Listen to the Immigration Show episode on this topic with audio with attorney Jon Velie & broadcaster Dave Kelso Or watch the episode video.   The First Lady

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