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#DYK: 3 Facts About Immigrants in the Military
Mario A. Godoy

May is designated as National Military Appreciation Month to recognize and honor all U.S. service members – including active military members an...

Weren’t Selected in the H-1B Lottery? Consider These Alternatives
Mario A. Godoy

Each year, tens of thousands of applicants are not chosen in the annual H-1B lottery. There are 65,000 visa spots available for applicants with a bach...

35,000 Additional H-2B Visas Available for Temporary Workers
Mario A. Godoy

Due to high demand from American businesses, an additional 35,000 H-2B visas – double the norm – for temporary nonagricultural worker visa...

Watch: How To Apply For A Fiancée Visa
Mario A. Godoy

Are you worried about your fiancée’s immigration visa process? The K-1 nonimmigrant visa is called the fiancé(e) visa. According to statistics rel...

Religious Worker Immigration: Who Is Eligible for an R-1 Visa?
Mario A. Godoy

R-1 visas are non-immigrant, temporary employment based visas for foreign nationals who want come to the United States to be employed as religious wor...

New Guidance On O-1A Visa Requirements
Mario A. Godoy

An O-1 visa allows someone with extraordinary abilities to temporarily enter the United States for work purposes. On January 21, 2022, the Department ...

Expansion of STEM Optional Practical Training
Mario A. Godoy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on January 21, 2022, that 22 new fields of study are now included in the STEM Optional Practical T...

New Program For J-1 STEM International Students
Mario A. Godoy

To help the United States’ economic recovery, the U.S. wants to attract more foreign J-1 STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) ...

Student Visa In-Person Interviews Waived Through 2022
Mario A. Godoy

Due to the backlog of applications created by the pandemic, the U.S. State Department has waived student visa in-person interviews and other non-immig...

How the Optional Practical Training Program Can Help Foreign Students Get A Job
Mario A. Godoy

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program allows noncitizens who are in the United States on an F-1 student visa to work in the U.S. for up to thr...

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