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Foreign Physicians and the H-1B Visa

January 12, 2023
Individuals who qualify as skilled in “specialty occupations” may work in the US under an H-1B visa. The role of a physician falls into this category, as do other jobs that require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Physicians who wish to pursue this avenue for their next career path easily meet the “specialty occupation” component, but there are other criteria USCIS requires. This article will discuss everything you need to know as a foreign physician hoping to practice medicine, participate in medical residencies or fellowships, and care for patients in the United States.

H-1B Dependent Children and Their Schooling

January 3, 2023
The H-1B work visa is highly sought after because of its many benefits, including the ability for the holder to bring their spouse and dependent children to the US. Children are considered dependent if they are under 21 and still unmarried. Upon entering the US, school-aged dependents have the right to attend school, but this varies depending on their category of visa status. This guide provides an overview of dependent children's rules under this category.

H-1B Alternatives: What Happens When You're Not Selected in This Year's Lottery

January 3, 2023
The H-1B visa is a popular document coveted by millions of foreign workers yearly. Because it’s so sought after, the requirements to qualify are stringent, with only the most highly qualified specialty workers able to meet them. But even if you have a sponsoring US employer and meet the bar for the requirements, you still have to go through the random lottery system to begin petitioning for an H-1B visa. What happens if you aren’t one of the limited number chosen by USCIS’s lottery this year? Well, you don’t have to give up on your goal of entering the US for employment yet. Here, we’ll review your options for H-1B visa alternatives.

H-1B Info for Physicians

September 21, 2022
Doctors are in demand around the world, so your career has unlimited borders — as long as you have a visa. If your next professional goal is to work in the United States, an H-1B visa might be your next step. Here, we’ll explain what this visa does, how you become eligible for it, and what your other options are.

USCIS Processing Time Updates for April 2022

April 11, 2022
The biggest backlog that persist for applicants filing with the USCIS are mainly in the I-485, adjustment of status category.

Status of Consular Processing Operations in Haiti and Cuba

April 8, 2022
The U.S. Embassy in Havana has resumed some very limited services for visa applicants while consular processing in Haiti now includes both immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments.

How to Know if your Visa or Green Card Interview will be Waived

February 7, 2022
Below is a brief update for both immigrants and non-immigrants on how to possibly know if your non-immigrant visa interview, or adjustment of status interview, might be waived.

How to Know your Tax Rate as a U.S. Immigrant

February 1, 2022
Most green card holders will have to pay U.S. federal taxes each year as they will easily pass the Substantial Presence Test. Some LPRs will have decreased tax rates based on tax treaties, but will still need to file a Form 1040 with the IRS.

Non-Immigrant Visa Fees to Increase in 2022

January 5, 2022
The State Department is looking to increase NIV application fees in several categories in 2022. The Department has calculated fee increases based on their own Cost of Service Model (CoSM).

What is the New F-1 Change of Status Policy?

December 21, 2021
The USCIS has changed one of their non-immigrant filing procedures to help international students remain in the U.S. while they “bridge the gap” from their existing status to a student one.
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