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Updated Evidence Guidelines for O-1B Visa Applicants
Mario A. Godoy

An O-1B nonimmigrant visa is for foreign nationals who have extraordinary abilities or achievements in the arts, motion picture, or television industr...

New Premium Processing Procedures for Certain F-1 Students Who Need OPT or STEM OPT Extensions
Mario A. Godoy

More good news for F-1 OPT and STEM OPT international students! U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced expanding premium proc...

USCIS Interview Waivers for Marriage Based Visa
Mario A. Godoy

USCIS has recently started waiving interviews for certain marriage-based visa applications. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has requ...

New Guidelines for F-1 Visa Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship
Mario A. Godoy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is clarifying policy guidance on the period of time that F-1 visa students are authorized to work un...

Top 13 Immigration Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Paperwork: Free Guide
Mario A. Godoy

Immigration applications can be complicated and confusing. A lot of paperwork must be filled out when coming to the United States temporarily or perma...

Bona Fide Marriage Interview Checklist: Free Guide
Mario A. Godoy

What Is A Bona Fide Marriage? A bona fide marriage shows USCIS that your marriage is legitimate and was entered in for the correct reasons – and...

DHS Releases All H-2B Visas Due To Ongoing Labor Shortages
Mario A. Godoy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue more than 130,000 H-2B visas for seasonal workers allowed by law this year. DHS announced on Octo...

#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...

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