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O-1 Visas for Photographers and Cinematographers

A client of mine, Still Motion Ltd. posted a guest blog I wrote on the best categories of evidence photographers and cinematographers use to obtain their O-1 visas to work in the U.S.  Check out that article by CLICKING HERE or going to the post directly at: http://stillmotionblog.com/2013/07/30/get-a-visa/

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Is lying to an officer at the border enough to make me inadmissible to the United States for life?

The answer to this question is a nuanced YES. Section 212 (a)(6)(C) states: (i) In general.-Any alien who, by fraud or willfully misrepresenting a material fact, seeks to procure (or has sought to procure or has procured) a visa, other documentation, or admission into the United States or other benefit provided under this Act is inadmissible. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

This week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Windsor striking down section 3 of the DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, stating that the act violated equal protection protected under the 5th amendment to the Constitution.  As a result of this decision, gays and lesbians cannot be discriminated against with […]

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US Permanent Residents Living in Canada Beware!

While it may technically be legal and appropriate for a US Permanent Resident living in Canada to file a US non-resident tax return (1040NR), as an immigration lawyer with over a decade of experience helping Canadians maintain their permanent resident status, I can tell you that it won’t be looked favorably on by either US […]

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Can an Alien Spouse of a U.S. Citizen Who Entered the U.S. Legally Adjust Status in the United States?

The short answer to this question is yes.  No matter how long an alien spouse of a U.S. citizen (living in the United States) has been out of status in the United States, he is able to file for permanent resident status in the United States provided that he initially entered the United States legally. […]

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Must Petitioner of Permanent Resident Application Move to the United States with Beneficiary?

A United States citizen may sponsor close family members for immigrant visas while living abroad with the understanding that at the end of the process the petitioner will relocate to the United States along with his/her relatives.  For immediate relatives, the I-130 petition may be filed at a U.S. Consulate close to where the petitioner […]

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Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines (see below) may apply for deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.Individuals who can demonstrate that they meet […]

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Naturalization Requirements: Continuous Residence

Another key requirement for naturalization in the United States is that the applicant be physically present in the U.S. for thirty months within the five year period before applying, OR, in the case of qualified spouses of U.S. citizens, physically present in the U.S. for eighteen months within the three year period before applying.  This […]

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Naturalization Requirements: Physical Presence

Another key requirement for naturalization in the United States is that the applicant be physically present in the U.S. for thirty months within the five year period before applying, OR, in the case of qualified spouses of U.S. citizens, physically present in the U.S. for eighteen months within the three year period before applying.  This […]

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High number of H-1B visa denials to be examined

Washington: A top American Senator, who visited New Delhi earlier this month, today vowed to look into the “disproportionate number” of H-1B visa being denied from India, amid concerns over the increase in certain categories of visa fees. Fresh from his India visit wherein both officials and corporate leaders expressed concern over the increase in […]

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