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05Apr2017

Green Card Application Through Labor Certification – “PERM”

  • By Adv. Dotan Cohen
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There are three steps for obtaining permanent resident or “Green Card” status under the Program Electronic Review Management (“PERM”) system. This application process requires an employer to conduct recruitment for the foreign national’s position and show that there are not any qualified or available U.S. workers for the position.   These three steps are as
23Mar2017

Stateless Palestinians in the United States

  • By Adv. Dotan Cohen
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Palestinians in the US either temporarily or as immigrants may face several unique challenges.   These challenges often stem from the problem of “statelessness”. Statelessness is defined by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) as “having no nationality.” The USCIS definition of nationality requires that one be a national of a “country.” Since the US
14Mar2017

How to Apply for an E-2 Investor Visa Using Real Property

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The E-2 Visa was created to encourage foreign investments in the US by allowing businesspeople from treaty countries to develop businesses in the US through investment.   Prior to applying for an E-2 investor visa, the formal requirements should be complied with, such as registering the business, opening a corporate bank account, leasing an office
13Mar2017

Required Documents in Israel for an E-2 Visa Submission

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The US maintains a treaty with various countries that grants E-2 visas to foreign investors and entrepreneurs. These visas are granted to promote economic development in the US by encouraging the investment in and the development of businesses. The E-2 visa allows investors who are citizens of treaty countries to make investments and expand their
13Mar2017

Investment as a Path to Permanent US Status

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The United States has created several different types of work visas and Green Cards. Some statuses are for temporary workers while others are for permanent workers, and some statuses require certain skills or occupations while others requirement financial investment. The EB-5 Green Card and the E-2 visa are examples of statuses that require financial investment.
13Mar2017

What constitutes an investment for an E-2 visa

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This article will explore what makes an investment acceptable for the purposes of the E-2 visa. General Qualifications of a Treaty Investor Requirements to be able to qualify for an E-2 visa: Be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation Have invested, or be in
12Mar2017

US Customs and Immigration Authority (USCIS) announced the termination of the expedited procedure in handling work visas H-1B, starting on April 3, 2017

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Message The USCIS announced last weekend that starting April 3, 2017, it will not allow premium processing for H-1B Work Visa applications for the next 6 months. The official announcement of the immigration authority can be found here.   Is the decision a part of the Trump Administrations’ policy? Despite various reports that are trying
17Jan2017

An Introduction to the E-2 “Treaty Investor” Visa

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There are several different types of work visas that allow people to work in the United States. There are visas for those who have extraordinary talent or are employed in a specific field. Some work visas are for temporary workers and some are for permanent workers. Those who are interested in investing in a business
17Jan2017

An Introduction to the E-1 “Treaty Trader” Visa

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People wishing to work in the United States have several kinds of work visas that they can apply for, depending on their situation. There are visas for temporary workers and visas for permanent workers, and visas for specific professions such as agriculture workers and artists. Those who work for a company engaged in international trade
18Dec2016

Basic Background Information concerning Security Checks

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Since September 11th, numerous measures designed at enhancing security and simplifying visa processing at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad have been employed, in order to identify and eliminate weaknesses of the visa processing system. Various government agencies have conferred in an extensive review of visa issuing procedures, resulting in mandatory visa interviews and increased security
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