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Resisting Trump’s call to eliminate “green card lottery” 11.01.2017

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on Resisting Trump’s call to eliminate “green card lottery” 11.01.2017

On the heels of the recent, shocking attack by a radical Uzbek Muslim in New York City, President Trump is calling for an end to the diversity visa immigrant lottery, and for strengthening of a merit-based U.S. immigration law system. We grieve for the victims, as we ponder solutions to extremist violence, Muslim-inspired and otherwise.  As we search for solace and for answers, let us be careful not to assign blame too quickly.

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New ICE Enforcement Rules … and Options

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on New ICE Enforcement Rules … and Options

MEMORANDUM

Reference: New enforcement policies by ICE

Date: July 10, 2017

The Trump administration has introduced extreme changes in domestic immigration enforcement priorities. We have heard from many of our clients who have voiced concerns, especially from those clients who have appointments with ICE. Should you go to your appointment? What will happen if you don’t?

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A New Test for “National Interest Waiver” Cases (Dec. 2016)

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on A New Test for “National Interest Waiver” Cases (Dec. 2016)

he “National Interest Waiver” is a test for foreign nationals who are applying for permanent residence based on their work in their field of expertise, to determine if they may be approved for permanent residence on their own, without a job offer from a U.S. employer.

To qualify, the applicant, called a “self-petitioner,” must either be a “member of the professions holding an advanced degree” or an “alien of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business.” These are the baseline requirements for the “EB-2” category for permanent residence.

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The American Gateway for Entrepreneurs

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on The American Gateway for Entrepreneurs

The American Gateway for Entrepreneurs

Introduction: I counsel entrepreneurs and investors as part of my immigration law practice, and I derive great satisfaction from finding creative, cost-effective solutions for my clients, whenever possible. In this post I will review a few potentialUS visa options.

US immigration law offers several alternatives to individuals and their families who wish to relocate to America.

* Permanent residence – “EB-5” program: For investors with deep pockets($500,000 to $1 million), the EB-5 employment-creation visa for permanent residence offers a two-step program.

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In Search of ‘the Good Life’

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on In Search of ‘the Good Life’

In Search of ‘the Good Life’

“What is at stake is … how one should live one’s life.” – Plato

“Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure … or a quest for power … but a quest for meaning.” – Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, from the foreword to Man’s Search for Meaning by Dr. Viktor L. Frankl

“[T]rue happiness is something deeper than lucking into a beautiful state of affairs. It’s the dignity of mastering the blessed gift of the mind. It’s tranquility. It’s an ability to bear up under the most difficult circumstances. It’s the deeply satisfying sense of doing what we’re supposed to be doing.” – Scott Samuelson, The Deepest Human LIfe

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Reading the Tea Leaves … November and Beyond

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reading the Tea Leaves … November and Beyond

Reading the Tea Leaves … November and Beyond

The candidacy of Mr. Donald Trump, while hugely entertaining (or disturbing, depending on one’s point of view), is not likely to lead to the White House. While Mr. Trump, as Ms. Palin before him, is undeniably charismatic, and offers appealingly simplistic answers to the world’s most complex issues, he will simply not be able to amass the broad base he needs for election to the presidency.

Assuming Mrs. Hillary Clinton is elected to the presidency, I believe that she (and husband Bill) will push for meaningful reform of the immigration laws of this country

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When an “Umbrella” Is a Visa … Is an Umbrella

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on When an “Umbrella” Is a Visa … Is an Umbrella

When an “Umbrella” Is a Visa … Is an Umbrella

“Come again? Umbrella, visa … and just how does that work?”

Stop. Think creatively for a moment. Pull yourself away from the gravitational pull of the linear, the written, the logical “real world.”

Listen: We are all at our best when we let our imaginations stretch their legs, run a little wild. Switching over to right-brain mode, observing, allowing the mind to wander, and letting those “Aha!” moments just happen.

Speaking personally (and professionally), I’ve learned that I thrive when I am in the creative side, the imaginative side, of practicing immigration law

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How Is an Immigration Waiver like a “Monopoly” Card?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Is an Immigration Waiver like a “Monopoly” Card?

How Is an Immigration Waiver like a “Monopoly” Card?

So your first question must be: “What is an ‘immigration waiver’?”

Let me answer, in terms of what an immigration waiver does. A waiver sets aside a legal obstacle to getting a visa, or to being allowed (“admitted”) into the United States, or to becoming a permanent resident (i.e., a “green card” holder).

What kinds of “legal obstacles” are we talking about?

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the statute that forms the basis for the US immigration laws, lays down the ground rules for immigration benefits

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Why Is a Green Card Like an Apple?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Is a Green Card Like an Apple?

Why Is a Green Card Like an Apple?

I’ll start by defining what I mean by “green card.” It is the popular reference to US permanent residence, which is evidenced by a plastic card issued by the Department of Homeland Security. Many years ago the “green card” was printed on green paper, and the name stuck.

So, what is permanent residence? Think of it as one step below US citizenship. Anyone born in the United States is automatically a US citizen, thanks to the Fourteenth Amendment. Everyone else (nearly) has to become a permanent resident in order to “naturalize” to US citizenship.

Is permanent residence a big deal? You bet it is.

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FAQ #1 On DIY For Visas To The USA

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on FAQ #1 On DIY For Visas To The USA

FAQ #1 On DIY For Visas To The USA

Q: What does “DIY” mean?

A: “Do It Yourself.”

Q: What does “DIY” mean, in the context of this visas4rightbrainers blog?

A: Think of it as, “How can I get a visa to run my own business in the United States?”

Q: Is it easy, to get a visa to run my own business?

A: No. U.S. immigration law does not favor self-employment

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