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  • Article: 3 Things You Need to Know About Trump's Unconstitutional Census Executive Order By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick

    3 Things You Need to Know About Trump's Unconstitutional Census Executive Order by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick President Trump issued an executive order on June 21 that laid out a plan to violate the U.S. Constitution by excluding undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census. An accurate census count is vital to ensuring that each sta...
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  • Article: O-1 Future Engagements By Elektra B. Yao, Esq. 

    Article: O-1 Future Engagements By Elektra B. Yao, Esq. 

    O-1 Future Engagements by Elektra B. Yao, Esq. If an O-1 visa is filed with an agent-petition, the petition needs to present at least 2 future engagements. One of the benefits of an O-1 agent-filing petition is that the future work can be varied. When the O-1 federal regulations were drafted Congress took into account the industry standard for artists and creative professionals. The flexibility that Congress has carved out for artists absolutely allows artists and creative professional...
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  • Article: Three O-1B (Artist Visa) Misconceptions By Elektra B. Yao, Esq. 

    Article: Three O-1B (Artist Visa) Misconceptions By Elektra B. Yao, Esq. 

    Three O-1B (Artist Visa) Misconceptions by Elektra B. Yao, Esq. 1. Award Truth: An award is not the only requirement. Although winning an award is part of the evidentiary criteria, it is not all of the evidentiary criteria. One can qualify for the O-1 without having an award due to the additional evidentiary criteria. Does having the award make the petition stronger? Absolutely, but it is by no means the only way to satisfy the criteria. 2. Quantity vs. Quality of Portfolio Truth: ...
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  • Article: “Self-Sufficiency” (Form I-944) - A Good idea but Bad execution By Prem Kumar

    “Self-Sufficiency” (Form I-944) - A Good idea but Bad execution by Prem Kumar The “final rule” on public charge (February 2020) was meant to tighten criteria for visa or Green Card applications by requiring an applicant to be financially supported by family, friends, or organizations and being self-sufficient. In response to the updated policy, the USCIS introduced form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, with the goal of using a single form to help them assess the
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  • Article: State Department Allowing Schengen Area, Uk And Ireland F-1 And M-1 Students To Enter Despite Ban Under Presidential Proclamations 9993 And 9996; And Other Miscues Interpreting 6/22/20 Proclamation.By Alan Lee, Esq.

    The Trump 6/22/20 Proclamation Suspending the Entry of Nonimmigrant Workers – Who is Affected and How by Alan Lee, Esq. In a startling turnabout on July 16, 2020, the Department of State (DOS) invited F-1 and M-1 students from the Schengen Area of Europe, the UK and Ireland to enter the US under their visas despite bans under Presidential Proclamations 9993 and 9996 specifically barring persons from these countries from entering the US if they were in them within 14 days of entry. [1] . The Department state...
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  • Article: The End of Preferential Treatment of Hong Kong By Paul Szeto 

    Article: The End of Preferential Treatment of Hong Kong By Paul Szeto 

    The End of Preferential Treatment of Hong Kong by Paul Szeto The Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization (Executive Order), signed by President Trump on 07/14/2020, strips away the preferential treatment that Hong Kong has enjoyed since the return of the British crown colony to China in 1997. To the city of about 7.5 million people, the changes will be drastic. Under the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, the United States has continued to treat the city differently from C...
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  • Article: International Taxes and the Immigration Impact of COVID-19 By Patrick J. McCormick, JD and Andrew J. Zeltner, Esq.

    International Taxes and the Immigration Impact of COVID-19 by Patrick J. McCormick, JD and Andrew J. Zeltner, Esq. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closures of U.S. Embassy’s abroad have forced employers to consider new and creative working arrangements. Over the last few months, working remotely has become the “norm” and some employers have allowed key foreign national employees to begin critical assignments abroad, in the hopes that U.S. visa appointment...
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  • Article: Canada Immigration Update: Citizenship By Descent Now Includes Parents Considered Legal At Birth By David H. Nachman, Esq.

    Canada Immigration Update: Citizenship By Descent Now Includes Parents Considered Legal At Birth by David H. Nachman, Esq., Michael Phulwani, Esq. and Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. In recognition of diversity of Canadian families, the Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced a change in the interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act. The new change allows non-biological Canadian parent who are their children’s legal parent at birth to pass down Canadian cit...
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  • Article: Do You Really Need a Lawyer? By Elektra B. Yao, Esq. 

    Article: Do You Really Need a Lawyer? By Elektra B. Yao, Esq. 

    Do You Really Need a Lawyer? by Elektra B. Yao, Esq. So let's talk about the big elephant in the room. Do you really need an immigration lawyer to assist you in receiving or securing a visa or a green card? Common criticisms that people have include: ● Lawyers don’t have time for me; ● Lawyers don’t do any work; ● Lawyers are too expensive. All of these criticisms lead you to believe that your lawyer isn’t invested in your case and most importantly the outcome o...
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  • Article: Small Business Owners and Gangs in El Salvador By Robert Kirkland

    Article: Small Business Owners and Gangs in El Salvador By Robert Kirkland

    Small Business Owners and Gangs in El Salvador by Robert Kirkland As an small business owners in El Salvador are targeted constantly by gangs for protection payments in order to allow their businesses to keep running. Gangs exert influence over neighborhoods by requiring an impuesto de guerra or “war tax” on businesses. Failure of businessmen to pay the gangs has resulted in pilfering of merchandise, destruction of the business, or at worst death to the owner and his family. In particular, gan...
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