07 Nov 2012

B-1 in Lieu of H1B

The B-1 visa category is generally for those seeking entry into the United States to engage in temporary, business-related activities that do not involve the performance of day-to-day work duties.  The B-1 in lieu of H1B visa category, however, allows individuals to enter the United...

09 Aug 2012

Overcoming the Presumption of Immigrant Intent

One of the major obstacles an individual encounters when applying for the B-1 or B-2 visitor visa is the presumption of immigrant intent with regard to the proposed trip to the United States. In order to overcome this presumption, it is important that one demonstrate,...

06 Apr 2012

Financial Issues and Naturalization

As a result of the troubled U.S. economy, many individuals have encountered financial hardships. For some, these difficulties have led to foreclosure, bankruptcy, and unpaid debts. This, in turn, has generated questions regarding whether various financial problems might affect one's ability to naturalize to U.S....

09 Jul 2011

PIMS Related Delays in Visa Applications

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) was invited to tour the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). The tour participants were provided with the opportunity to ask questions related to the Petition Information Management Service (PIMS), which is used by U.S. consulates...

18 Feb 2011

“Good Moral Character” for Naturalization: Part 1/2

In a recently-updated article, available on MurthyDotCom, some of the requirements for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen are discussed. [See Basic Eligibility Requirements for Naturalization (updated 19.Nov.2010).] Here we focus in greater detail on the legal requirement of "good moral character" - an important,...

05 Feb 2011

“Good Moral Character” for Naturalization: Part 2/2

Part 1 of this informative article discussed the requirement of "good moral character" as it applies to applications for naturalization for U.S. citizenship. In Part 2, we move here from conduct that mandates a denial of the naturalization application to discretionary issues involving good moral...