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The U.S. Embassy in Israel is pleased to announce the implementation of the U.S. E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli nationals, beginning May 1. The E-2 visa is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa that can be used to develop, direct, or provide specialized skills to an enterprise in which the owner has invested a substantial amount of capital. With the implementation of this visa, Israeli investors now have the opportunity to invest in the U.S. economy and send qualified employees to the United States. Likewise, U.S. citizens will be eligible to apply for visas to invest in Israel.

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H-1B filing As April 2015 is approaching, we would like to remind our readers to start preparing for H-1B filing. As you may already know, there is a numerical limit on the H-1B visas allotted for each fiscal year. There are 65,000 H-1B visas available with additional 20,000 visas for those with U.S. Master’s degrees. What is important is that visas are not recaptured if H-1B is not approved, thus only 65,000 first filed H-1B petitions will be considered. April 1 is the first day when you can file a cap-subject H-1B petition. If you do not file on April 1, you risk not getting into the cap. Even though the application is in April, the H-1B employee will not be available to start working for the employer until the beginning of the fiscal year, which is October 1, with the limited exceptions described below.

Things to do before the application period begins:

1. Interview and find an employer who is willing to sponsor H-1B visa

This can be a daunting task for foreign nationals but is doable especially if the employer knows what H-1B visa is and what is required from them.

2. Use your own company to sponsor yourself for H-1B visa

If you are planning to open your own company or use another company where you have an ownership interest for H-1B visa.

3. Obtain FEIN verification

If the employer has never filed H-1B petitions, then before the DOL grants its certification of a Labor Condition Application (a pre-requisite for filing H-1B with USCIS), the DOL has to verify the company’s FEIN number.

Thus, the employers should be ready to produce a document verifying the company FEIN.

At least one document from the sample list below that clearly displays the FEIN and the name of the employer can serve as proof of FEIN:

  • Documentation from IRS noting assignment of FEIN or any other correspondence from IRS on IRS letterhead
  • Federal or State tax return (only acceptable with a pre-printed label) or a pre-printed tax coupon
  • Documentation from employer’s financial institution showing employer’s FEIN
  • Business license, or other certifications of business existence that indicate the employer’s FEIN in an official format
  • Secretary of State registration that indicates the employer’s FEIN in an official format
  • Official and/or government documents that indicate the name of the employer and the FEIN in an official format
4. Collect H-1B-related documentation for the H-1B beneficiary

Gather the H-1B-related documents for the beneficiary, such as passport, visa, I-94, EAD, I-20 (if any), DS-2019 (if any), J-1 two year rule waiver (if applicable), copies of all current and prior I-797 Approval Notices, Resume, Degrees and transcripts with translations.

In addition, if the beneficiary’s legal status is dependent on the spouse’s status (e.g. H, L, E), the beneficiary will also need to produce evidence that the spouse has maintained his/her status in the U.S. The beneficiary will need to present the spouse’s I-797 approval notices granting the nonimmigrant status, visa copies, W-2 issued since beginning work in the U.S., and two recent paystubs.

5. Obtain evaluation of the beneficiary’s education/work experience

If the beneficiary has a foreign degree, then before submitting H-1B, the beneficiary needs to obtain evaluation of that foreign degree to determine U.S. equivalency. Only those individuals whose education/work experience has been evaluated to be equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree can apply for H-1B. The immigration lawyer handling the H-1B case will be able to assist with arranging the evaluation of the beneficiary’s foreign education/work experience.

6. Most Importantly: Don’t try to do it yourself or use inexperienced help!

Our office has seen too many clients with previous unsuccessful attempts to file for H-1B when they tried doing it themselves or retained assistance of inexperienced attorneys or immigration consultants. Don’t risk your career and ability to stay in the U.S. by relying on incompetent help!

With fewer than three months left before the application period begins, it is very important to start collecting all the documents needed and choose an experienced immigration attorney that is right for you.

Hurry! Your H-1B has to be ready in March for filing on April 1. We don’t know how long the visas will last, but looking at last year, the visas may run out within the first week, which means that only those petitions that are selected in the lottery will be adjudicated. Don’t wait until the last minute! You don’t want to miss the deadline as in that case you will have to wait until April 2016 in order to apply!

We are accepting new h1b cases now. Our office has a track record of success in H-1B cases for a variety of industries with businesses ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies. We will be happy to assist you with your H-1B needs. Please feel free to contact our office for a consultation.

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What happened in 2004? Among other things, Janet Jackson's breast became exposed during the Super Bowl halftime, Mark Zuckerberg and a group of his friends launched Facebook, Friends, What is arguably one of the most popular shows of the decade aired its final episode and Ronald Regan The ex-president died in L.A. He was 93.

I have learned so much in ten years and not merely as it relates to legal matters - that comes easy and what I went to school for and love doing -but for everything else that is necessary for a successful business.

I love what I do not only because of my interest in the law but primarily because it is a way to effect positive change in people's lives - it is a means to serve others.

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On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of Executive actions that will be implemented by the administrative agencies to optimize the immigration system in the U.S. The President has not given up on advocating for the comprehensive immigration reform and intended for these executive actions to be the beginning of the change in our broken immigration system. The President’s announcement focused on the following key initiatives:

- Strengthen border security and revise removal priorities

A new removal policy will be implemented placing top priority on national security threats, convicted felons, gang members, and illegal entrants apprehended at the border; the second-tier priority on those convicted of significant or multiple misdemeanors and those who are not apprehended at the border, but who entered or reentered this country unlawfully after January 1, 2014; and the third priority on those who are non-criminals but who have failed to abide by a final order of removal issued on or after January 1, 2014.

The Memorandum on removal priorities entitled “ Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” has already been issued and will go into effect on January 5, 2015. Follow our blog for updates on how you can request the agency to exercise prosecutorial discretion in your case if you do not fall in one of the agency’s removal priorities.

- Expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to encompass a broader class of individuals, regardless of age, and those who have been continuously present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010. Under the new program, the DACA relief will last for three years rather than two.

- Grant Deferred Action to Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. DHS will extend eligibility for deferred action to individuals who are not removal priorities under the new policy, have been in the country at least 5 years, have children who on the date of the President’s announcement are U.S. citizens or LPR. Individuals granted Deferred Action will be able to apply for work authorization.

- I-601A Provisional Waiver Expansion. The waiver will be expanded to include spouses and sons and daughters of LPRs and sons and daughters of US citizens. Currently, only spouses and minor children of US citizens are allowed to apply to obtain a provisional waiver. Under the new initiative, the term “extreme hardship” will also be clarified and expanded.

- Business Immigration Changes. Under the initiatives, DHS will identify the conditions under which talented foreign entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers, founders of startups may be paroled into the U.S. if their entry is determined to be in significant public economic benefit. L-1B guidance will be released, the H-4 EAD regulation will be finalized, and the length of time permitted on OPT for STEM graduates will be expanded. PERM system will also be modernized.

- Visa backlog modernization

Under the initiative, the agencies will make the necessary changes to optimize the use of visa numbers available under law and to recapture unused visas. Those who are caught in visa backlogs with approved employment-based petitions will be eligible to file for adjustment of status.

- Parole-in-place will be expanded to spouses, parents, and children of US citizens or LPR who seek to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Follow our blog and website for updates on implementation of each of those initiatives.

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