Green Card Marriage Interview: What Does the Government Ask?

For international couples, the first test of their relationship might not be doing the dishes or taking out the trash. It is likely that the first hurdle to a happy future is actually permanent residency approval by the United States government for a spousal Green Card. A spousal or marriage Green Card is necessary for…

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Is It Becoming More Difficult to Obtain a U.S. Entertainment Visa?

As the New York Times reported back in 2012, the U.S. system for obtaining an entertainment visa has long aggravated foreign performers. As the 2012 article indicated, the frustration with the requirements and approvals of an entertainment visa extends to all types of performers and foreign nationals. A flamenco dancer, orchestra, and rock theatre troupe…

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Making the Switch from Student to Worker as a U.S. Visa Holder

Many foreign students come to the U.S. just for the opportunity to study. A vast number of these students decide to return to their home country after graduation, where their education in the U.S. and command of the English language can add credence to their degree. Alternatively, some students want to remain in the U.S.…

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ICE Hits a Record High for Worker Enforcement Actions in U.S.

If you want proof that the government’s mentality and approach to immigration have shifted in the past 18 months, look no further than a recent report on actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. The National Law Review reported that between January 2018 and the first week of August, ICE served a record 5,200…

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Complexities of Seeking Refugee Status in the United States

Through the first half of 2018, the United States is on track to accept the fewest number of refugees in 40 years. This statistic represents both a recent change in the public’s attitude toward refugees and changes to actual policies. Both are driving down the number of refugees arriving in the United States, even as…

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Reality TV to Real-Life: How to Become 90 Day Fiancé

Few things make better television than new romantic relationships. This is part of the thinking behind the TLC network’s reality/documentary show 90 Day Fiancé. The show follows several couples that have applied for or received a K-1 visa in the United States. This particular visa scheme allows an engaged couple to spend 90 days living…

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What Are the Ramifications Now That Trump’s Travel Ban Stands?

It’s only mid-July, yet this summer already feels like a series of immigration policy changes. We’ve seen the Trump Administration ramp up its stance on zero tolerance for illegal immigration, make announcements on asylum policies and changes to the asylum system, and even take the drastic step to separate minor children from their parents or…

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Feds vs. California: What Will Happen to California’s Sanctuary Laws?

The battle between the federal government and the State of California began early on in 2018. What began as a verbal spat regarding the federal government’s immigration policies and California’s support for sanctuary cities, quickly escalated in March 2018. It was back in March that the federal government sued California over its sanctuary laws, claiming…

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