06 Aug 2012

AAO on Culturally Unique Standard for P-3 Petitions

The United States provides many performance and teaching opportunities for musicians and other entertainers. The P-3 category is appropriate for artists and entertainers seeking to enter the U.S. for purposes related to culturally unique performances or presentations. The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) recently handed down...

16 Mar 2012

Entrepreneurs in Residence: February 22, 2012 Summit

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched its Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) initiative through an information summit on February 22, 2012. The EIR initiative is an important component of President Barack Obama's efforts to facilitate immigration benefits for foreign national entrepreneurs who will help to create...

20 Feb 2012

Overview of the A Visa: Diplomatic Visa Status

In order for the United States to participate in foreign commerce, treaties and diplomatic relations, foreign government representatives and their entourages must be able to enter the United States for official business. Diplomats are not subject to the same stringent requirements as other persons seeking...

23 Sep 2011

USCIS Failure to Send Original Approval Notices to Attorneys

On September 19, 2011, the Murthy Law Firm began receiving "courtesy copies" of case approval notices (Form I-797C) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), rather than the "original" approval notices (I-797A or I-797B). This is at variance with long standing procedures, and was...