Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. Immigration is one of the hot topics nowadays with Trump’s administration instituting a zero tolerance policy on immigration issues. The anti-immigration approach helped put him in the White House, some allege. Despite Donald Trump’s false belief that the current immigration system has undermined the national interests of the country and thus, merits comprehensive reform, extensive research and literature prove otherwise. U.S. visas such as the J-1 (as a non-immigrant visa), EB-1, EB-2 NIW and EB-5 visas have all been beneficial to the United States. A number of benefits offered by some U.S.
Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. EB-2/NIW: A Golden Path to U.S. Permanent Residency The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides foreign nationals with multiple ways to obtain U.S. permanent residency, one of them being the EB-2/NIW category (employment based green card-second preference for those seeking a national interest waiver). Thanks to the EB-2/NIW category, holders of advanced degrees (Master’s degree or above or Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of experience in the field) or aliens of exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business who benefit the national interests of the United States, can create pathways to U.S.
Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. Finding out that your green card application (either complete Form I-485 or adjustment of status in the United States or apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy abroad) has been denied can be devastating. But, the authorities responsible for this don’t deny applications for silly reasons. More often than not, the denial is based on valid and justifiable factors. Though the decision cannot be reversed easily, knowing what caused the denial might provide some form of closure. So, here are some of the top reasons why green card applications usually get denied. Your health To
Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. The United States is one of the countries in the world that offers citizens of some politically and economically challenged nations temporary refuge in the country, as part of the Temporary Protected Status program of the Immigration Act of 1990. These countries include El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Till now, holders of the TPS visa were eligible for permanent residency and citizenship, based on fulfillment of the eligibility criteria laid out by the USCIS for the TPS applications. One
Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. The United States of America is a powerhouse of opportunities, both personal and professional, and is one of the most coveted countries for expats. People from all over the world move to the U.S. looking for rewarding professional growth opportunities. The stunning physical features, highly developed infrastructure, and welcoming people are reasons enough for people to seek the green card and settle down there. If you are considering getting a U.S. citizenship, be prepared to get a whole new set of privileges, rights, and benefits. But here are a few obvious ones you are likely to
Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. President Donald Trump made his priorities clear during election season, one of them being immigration enforcement. Over the past months, the fixation of conservatives has been on ending ‘chain migration’, a loose umbrella term describing immigration to the United States based on family ties. Building a chain so to speak is by itself challenging, as it can take years for an immigrant with a green card and citizenship to bring his siblings and parents to the country and then facilitate the entry of more immediate family members. Petitioning for and receiving a family-based visa takes time
Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq. As you are aware, on September 24, 2017, Donald Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation imposing restrictions on travelers from eight countries including Iran and barring them from receiving U.S. visas. Unfortunately, the presidential proclamation has been fully implemented since December 08, 2017 per the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing the third version of the travel ban to go into effect. However, this does not completely close the door on receiving a U.S. visa and individuals can still obtain a U.S. visa under certain circumstances. In fact, those willing to enter the United States are able to
Hawaii federal judge enjoined the presidential proclamation (dated September 24, 2017) on Tuesday October 17, 2017, one day before it was to take effect. This reflects the separation of the Judicial branch from the Executive branch, the rule of law in the United States and the equality of individuals before the law.