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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Memphis Immigration Attorneys
Our Memphis immigration attorneys & lawyers can help you or your company secure a work visa for business-related matters, such as advising you on obtaining a short-term visa for business trip or a work visa that will allow an employee or executive work within the United States or abroad for an extended period of time.
Some of the types of visas that the Memphis immigration attorneys on UpCounsel have helped clients obtain include: H-1B visas, which is for temporary employment in specialty occupations, O-1 visas, where an individual possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, L-1, which is for employees of an international company with offices in both the United States and abroad, E-2 visa, which is for investors, along with several other popular work visas.
Whether you or your company requires advice on obtaining a work visa for an executive, employee, or foreign national in regards to U.S. immigration or matters abroad such as: visitor visas, employee work visas, legal permanent residence (green cards), investor visas, and citizenship - our immigration attorneys can help you throughout the entire process.
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What Is Immigration Law?
Immigration law defines a person's citizenship and residency status, which binds them with rights and obligations. It also manages how a non-resident of the U.S. may gain residency, citizenship, or visitation rights. Deportation is also a part of immigration law.
United States immigration is governed by four ideals:
- To unify families that have been dispersed.
- To bring foreign nationals who have skills to contribute to the U.S. economy.
- To protect refugees and people at risk.
- To increase diversity.
How Is the Immigration Process Carried Out?
According to the U.S. Constitution, Congress is given the power to manage and oversee immigration concerns. Specific laws that Congress relies on are located, with some exceptions, in Title 8 of the U.S. Code. Therefore, stipulations regarding immigration are managed by the federal government. State governme
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All foreign citizens must be authorized to work legally in the United States by first obtaining a visa. The government issues several types of worker’s visas, each with its own set of requirements. This is a guide to U.S. worker's visas to help you better understand the different types of U.S. work visas.
What kind of worker are you?
A temporary worker is a non-immigrant who wishes to work in the U.S. for a specific purpose and for a temporary period of time. These workers, once admitted to the U.S., are restricted to the activity for which his or her visa was iss
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What Is an H-1B Visa Status?
An H-1B visa allows a foreign national to work temporarily in the United States. Once an immigrant attains an H-1B visa, they may hold the H-1B visa status for up to six years. This is then renewable every three years if approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). An employer files a petition for the H-1B visa on the worker's behalf with the U.S. Department of Immigration.
Why Is an H-1B Visa Status Important?
An H-1B visa status is important to keep you in the country to work. Each year, only 85,000 are available. Of these 85,000, 20,000 H-1B visas are available only to workers that hold a master's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. university or college. This limit is referred to as the H-1B cap.
H-1B status is granted for three years and may be renewable for one-year or three-ye
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What is a Permanent Resident Card?
A permanent resident card, also called a green card, allows the holder to work and live in the United States indefinitely. It does have an expiration date, which is 10 years from the date it was issued. But unless the U.S. government revokes the holder's status or the holder abandons the green card, it is valid.
The expiration date is a newer aspect of the permanent resident card and its purpose is to prevent fraud and maintain a more current photograph on the card. It's called a green card because at one time, the card sent to recipients was green.
At this time, the card is yellow in color and has a magnetic barcode that stores information about the cardholder. In 2010, the new version of the card began includi
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What Is a NEXUS Card?
A NEXUS card is a border crossing card permitting expedited travel across the U.S.-Canadian border to low-risk U.S. and Canadian citizens. Based on the bilateral agreement between Canada and the United States, the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency jointly manages the Trusted Traveller program.
Several NEXUS border points exist between the two countries, such as at Canadian airports and marine ports. A NEXUS card can be used as an alternative to a passport, and it can be obtained by any U.S. or Canadian citizen, as long as they are permanent residents of one of the countries and have no criminal records. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, the NEXUS card is an acceptable List B document of identification.
NEXUS Card Restrictions: 2017 Updates
In February 2017, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) confirmed that the U.S. Custo