Currently, the immigration process is a major concern in the United States. Federal immigration laws are designed to address issues and establish consistency and order in the process. However the fact is, these immigration laws are difficult to understand and navigate without the aid of an experienced immigration attorney. You may want to know these…Details
If you are an immigrant in the state of Massachusetts and have any sort of problem with your visa, application for asylum, or residency, you may find yourself on the docket of the Boston Immigration Court at the JFK Federal Building on Sudbury Street. It’s important you understand how this court works and how you…Details
Thank you, Maryland and Hawaii, for striking down President Trump’s unconstitutional executive order once again. New ban = Same bias. Read this NYT article for more information. 2 Federal Judges Rule Against Trump’s Latest Travel Ban By Alexander Burns | New York Times A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking…Details
If you are an immigrant in Massachusetts, you are in good company. Immigrant Asians and Latinos make up more than 15% of the population of the state. The businesses they have founded contribute more than $9 billion to the state’s economy and employ over 65,000 people. More than half of the immigrant population of the…Details
I’ve had the privilege of helping Syrians remain legally in the US since 2011, the start of the Syrian civil war. The majority of my clients are doctors, not terrorists. They are contributing enormously to our country through scientific research and medical advances that benefit us all. It breaks their hearts that they can no…Details
There are many types of work visas in the United States. Most people who plan to visit or work in the country need a visa, unless they are Canadian citizens, and even they will need a visa if they plan on moving to the country for good. A Massachusetts attorney knowledgeable about visas can help. There are several things you need to know about work visas in the United States, if you are planning on staying in or working in the country temporarily, including:
- The government issues temporary visas for those employed in Massachusetts, or another part of the United States for a certain, specified period of time. The visas are issued to people temporarily living in the country.
- A prospective employer has to file a petition for a visa for someone from another country who might work for his or her country with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Only a person receiving a visa may work for an employer. There are a number of specific visa categories available for qualifying individuals, including:
Temporary Protected Status or TPS is term in Immigration Law pertaining to a special status given to nationals of certain countries that are residing in the United States. TPS status is designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security and is based on the conditions of a country. Generally, when conditions of a certain country prevent nationals…Details
President Obama issued an executive order on November 20, 2014 that will positively impact the lives of many hardworking undocumented immigrants in our country. While this is only a first step, it is certainly a step in the right direction for our valuable immigrant community. Black, Vitelli & Pennock, LLC is extremely excited and encouraged…Details
When considering how to get US citizenship, an individual must understand the processes involved and how to best approach the situation to receive the desired results. The benefits of becoming a citizen of the U.S. are numerous. For instance, a person can enjoy the right to vote, have the right to run for public office, join the U.S. military, and receive the right to travel and live abroad without losing citizenship status. While at first the process may seem overwhelming, to many the benefits outweigh the possible pitfalls involved in applying for citizenship.
Am I Eligible to Apply?
The first step is to determine whether or not you are eligible for citizenship. The conditions to which you must comply are as follows:
- You must have permanently resided in the U.S.
- You must have lived in the U.S for 5 years consecutively in lawful permanent resident status, or for 3 years if you obtained your residency through marriage to a US Citizen (additional exceptions apply to those who have served in the military on active duty as non-citizens).
- You must prove that you are a person of good moral character (you are not a criminal and uphold the standards or moral character held by the U.S.).
- You must prove you know English and have an understanding of American history and politics. This knowledge will be assessed upon successful completion of USCIS exam at a scheduled interview.
The goal of the “Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program” is to allow more high-skilled international students to stay in Massachusetts upon graduation if they are growing or starting a business.
H-1B Visas Needed
Currently, international students’ visas expire when they graduate. In order to stay in the U.S. they must find an employer willing to sponsor their H-1B visa application. However, there are only a limited number of H-1B visas available each year and the application process is challenging for emerging entrepreneurs. Gov. Patrick asserts the U.S., and specifically Massachusetts, is losing valuable talent when these students are educated here then go to other countries to launch their businesses.