18 Sep 2017

Spending Bill Extends Several Immigration Programs until 08.Dec.2017

As expected, President Trump signed a bill into law on Friday, September 8, 2017, to fund the federal government through December 8, 2017. The bill includes numerous other provisions, including emergency disaster relief funding, as well as the extension of the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5)...

19 Dec 2016

Spending Bill Includes Extension of Several Immigration Programs

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, President Obama signed into law a continuing resolution designed to fund the federal government through April 28, 2017. Included in the spending bill were various immigration provisions, including an extension of the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) regional center program, the...

04 May 2016

Adoption of AAO Decision Clarifies Eligibility of Specialists for Physician NIWs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has adopted a decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) addressing the requirements for medical specialists seeking a physician-specific national interest waiver (NIW). This solidifies a long-standing practice by the USCIS, which allows all physicians, both primary care...

11 Apr 2016

I was enrolled in a J-1 clinical program, but I have not yet completed my 2-year home residency requirement. I am on F-1. Can I apply for change of status to a new J-1 clinical program?

Answer As a general rule, people who are subject to the 2-year HRR cannot change status from within the United States. But, they may be eligible to obtain certain visas from outside the U.S. to allow for a status change through consular processing. (11.Apr.2016)In frequent sessions...

05 Oct 2015

Is there any temporary work visa available for Nurses?

Answer There is not a nurse-specific nonimmigrant category. This is a long-standing problem. Some (but certainly not all) RNs qualify for H1B status. They must have bachelor's degrees and work in the limited types of nursing jobs that require the 4-year degree as a minimum requirement....