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Trump Extends Ban on Cert…

Trump Extends Ban on Certain Green Cards/Visas (June 22, 2020 Proclamation)

By Susan E. Hill On June 22, 2020 President Trump extended his previous ban (April 22, 2020) and also added in certain temporary visas. The ban is effective immediately until December 31, 2020, for the following categories: Green cards Only applies t… Read More
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O Visas and EB-1 Green Ca…

O Visas and EB-1 Green Cards for Extraordinary Ability—You Might Qualify!

By Susan E. Hill We handle many O visas and green cards for Extraordinary Ability people, and quite often people don’t believe they qualify until they talk to us. “Extraordinary ability” is a generic category which covers most occupations and f… Read More
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How To Avoid Trouble When…

How To Avoid Trouble When Using Your ESTA or B-1/B-2 Visa

By Susan E. Hill Here are common mistakes people make when using their ESTA/ visitor visa. Some get away with it, but if you’re caught the consequences are severe, and you could be barred from the United States. Remember, it only takes one officer… Read More
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Categories: Tips and Strategy, Visas
Marijuana  Use—Even Leg…

Marijuana Use—Even Legally – Can Cause Immigration Problems

By Susan E. Hill In this age of growing acceptance for marijuana use, be aware that the U.S. federal government does not share the tolerance. Marijuana use can devastate an immigration case, even if it was used lawfully under another country’s laws… Read More
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Trends for O-1 “Extraor…

Trends for O-1 “Extraordinary Ability/Achievement” Visas in 2018

August 29, 2018 The year 2018 shows that USCIS is taking a tougher stance on O-1 visas. Cases at the Administrative Appeals Office demonstrate certain trends, along with Hill & Piibe’s experience on its own cases. The USCIS website lists O-1 vi… Read More
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Marrying a U.S. Citizen:…

Marrying a U.S. Citizen: Fiancé Visa (K-1/K-3) or Apply for Green Card?

When marrying a U.S. citizen, the question usually arises during the wedding plans: Should we get a fiancé visa or apply for a green card instead? The answer depends on your timeline and your goals. But for those who have flexibility, right now it s… Read More
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Drunk Driving (DUI) Has a Wide Effect in Immigration Laws

DUI’s are bad. And immigration law has little tolerance for them. The level of danger depends on the severity of the DUI conviction, the number of DUI convictions, and the immigrant’s status in the U.S. (documented or undocumented). DUI’s can b… Read More
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How Easy Is It To Get A "Work Visa?"

The answer is: “not very.” The immigration system is designed to protect American workers, and U.S. employers are expected to hire Americans first. Foreign workers need specific work permission, and we frequently hear people refer to the term “… Read More
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March 6th New Immigration Developments: A New Travel Ban, and H-1B Visa Processing Changes

New Travel Ban for 90 Days Targets Six Predominantly Muslim Countries Today President Trump revoked the earlier ban of January 2017 and signed a new travel ban against six predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen (… Read More
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Categories: Immigration News, Visas

For Equestrians: How Trump's New Immigration Policies Can Immediately Affect Your Business

Given that many businesses in the equestrian industry employ foreign-born talent and labor to care for, train and compete their horses, there are questions about how President-Elect Trump’s immigration policies will affect these U.S. businesses. Si… Read More
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