New York Lawyer's Legal Updates

Can You File A PERM Petition By Yourself?

30 May 2020

Author: Alena Shautsova PERM petition or form 9089 is a petition by a US employer filed with the Department of Labor in order to sponsor a non-citizen employee for permanent work in the United States. Even though it is an employer who is supposed to file the petition, due to high technicalities of the process, most employers hire an attorney to ha ...

Religious Work Visas: Tips And Criteria For R-1 Temporary Religious Visas

22 April 2020

Author: US Religious Work Visa Lawyer Alena Shautsova The United States is a country that prides itself on protecting certain inalienable rights regardless of a person’s demographics. One of the human rights the US protects fiercely and refers to sometimes as liberty, is the freedom of religion. Many religious people call my office inquiring about ...

President Trump H1B Executive Order

19 April 2017

Author: New York Employment lawyer Alena Shautsova On April 18,l 2017 President Trump issued yet another Immigration Executive Order, this time concerning work immigration visas, and particular H1B program. An H1B employment visa allows professionals with relevant experience and/or high education to come and work in the United States. A US emplo ...

Automatic Extensions Of EAD For EB-1, EB-2, And EB-3 Immigrant Workers And Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

03 February 2017

Author: Work Visa attorney Alena Shautsova On January 17, 2017, a new regulation establishing validity of work authorizations for beneficiaries of certain work visa and employment based petitions became effective. All relevant EAD applications that were pending on January 17, 2017 and those filed on or after January 17, 2017 now will be subject to ...

VAWA And Work Authorization

12 December 2016

Author: VAWA attorney Alena Shautsova VAWA or Violence Against Woman Act was adopted to help and protect victims of violence and covers not only women, but also battered and abused men, parents and children. There are various groups eligible for VAWA benefits, but this article will focus on one important aspect of the VAWA process: an employment a ...

Immigration Options For Fashion Models

27 June 2016

Author: New York Immigration Lawyer Alena Shautsova The Immigration laws of the United States do not provide for special work visas for fashion models. It means that workers in this category have to compete for limited employment visa slots with all others seeking employment in the US. With visa categories named from A to Z, and no clear legal ...

Differences And Similarities Between L-1 Visa And H-1B Visa

21 June 2016

Author: New York Employment Immigration Attorney Alena Shautsova There are limited employment visa options for those who would like to work in the US. Among the most popular ones are H1B, L1, O and P visas, as well as E and TN. Like an H-1B Visa holder, the L-1 visa holder may seek to procure lawful permanent resident status without fear of jeopa ...

TN Work Visa’s For Canadian And Mexican Citizens

06 June 2016

Author: New York Employment Immigration attorney Alena Shautsova A TN visa is a work visa available for citizens of Canada and/or Mexico. The visa is much easier to receive than other work visas and in fact, may be applied for at the border. The traditional, in-conuslate application can be submitted as well, and sometimes is preferred. The proces ...

H1B Lottery: To Play Or Not To Play

09 April 2016

Author: Work visas lawyer Alena Shautsova On April 7, 2016 USCIS announced that the cap for H1B petitions for the next fiscal year has been reached. It means that no new petitions subject to cap would be accepted. USCIS also announced that it received more petitions that the allocated quota and all received petitions subject to cap will be partici ...

240 Day Rule For Work Visas

05 March 2016

Author: New York visa attorney Alena Shautsova One is authorized to work in the United States if his status permits him to do so (for example, an Asylee does not need a work authorization to accept employment or to be self-employed), or if he has an approved I-765 application (for example, L2 visa/status holders). A person whose status is pending ...

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