Immigration Guides

Applying for a Visa Abroad: U.S. Embassies and Consulates
Where and how to get the right to spend a limited amount of time in the United States.
Applying for a Visa in the U.S.: The Immigration Authorities
After getting the go-ahead from USCIS, it's time to apply for your green card.
Before You Immigrate
Whether you plan to come to the United States for a short visit or a permanent stay, your first step is to apply for a visa.
Coming to Work in the United States: The U.S. Department of Labor
Employers who want U.S. residency for foreign workers must get a labor certification.
E2 Visas for Self Employed Chefs, Restaurant Owners, Entrepreneurs and Hotel Executives
One industry that has seen a rise of available jobs is the hospitality industry in the US, primarily hotels and Restaurants. Although many Hospitality workers wait months or even years for permission to live and work in the US legally, a small but growing number have found a legal path that is relatively simple and fast: come with LOTS OF MONEY to buy a businesses here.
The H3 Visa - The Perfect Alternative Visa
The H-3 visa category permits the admission of foreign nationals to receive training in the United States for up to two years.
Hospitality and Immigration Law - Visas for Chefs, Cooks, and Other Workers
Immigration, legal or otherwise, has a huge impact on the Hospitality industry. In order to succeed in the current market, HR professional and other industry leaders need to understand and keep up with current immigration developments.
How to Increase the Pool of Qualified Candidates? - Consider Hiring Foreign Workers
Whether you are an HR professional for a large corporation or a small employer here in town, the task of finding a qualified loyal employee to assist your company to grow continues to be a challenge.
How to Keep Your Green Card After You Get It
Follow these rules and you won't lose your status as a permanent resident of the U.S.
Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the U.S. Economy - No Need for Bailout!
Foreign investment in the United States has been enshrined in U.S. immigration statutes and regulations for more than 50 years, beginning with the enactment of the treaty investor provisions.
Learn the Language of the Immigration Bureaucracy
A glossary of terms you're likely to encounter during your immigration experience.
The Marriage Based Green Card Interview - A Quick Guide My TN Visa was Denied at the Border - Tips for Re-Applying
Many applications denied at the port of entry suffer in varying degrees from one or more of three common problems.
Nonimmigrant Visas
Nonimmigrant visas, such as tourist and student visas, permit you to enter the U.S. for a short time.
Obtaining Proof of U.S. Citizenship
If you have a right to U.S. citizenship, what's next?
Rehabilitating a TN Visa Denial (or What Can You Do Now That Your TN Visa has Been Denied?) Sponsoring a Family Member for a Green Card
Whether you can bring other family members to the U.S. depends on how the family member is related.
Sponsoring a Fiance or Spouse for a Green Card
Planning your immigration strategy is as important as planning your wedding.
U.S. Citizenship by Birth or Through Parents
You may already be a U.S. citizen and not know it.
What is a C Visa?
The C visa category is reserved for aliens who are passing through the US on their way to another country. To obtain a C visa, the person must demonstrate that they will be in “immediate and continuous transit through the US.”
What to Expect at the Border
Entering the U.S. may not be easy, even when you have a valid visa in hand. Here are some tips to smooth your passage.
When the U.S. Can Keep You Out
Learn why you may be denied entry to the United States and how to avoid being turned away.
When Visa or Green Card Holders Must Pay U.S. Taxes
If the U.S. government considers you a tax resident, you must file a U.S. tax return. Here's how to determine your status.
Who Is Eligible to Apply for U.S. Citizenship?
Find out who is eligible for U.S. citizenship and how to apply.
Who Qualifies for a Green Card
Categories of people who can apply for a green card, to make their home in the U.S.
Winning a Green Card Through the Visa Lottery
You may be eligible for one of the 50,000 green card lottery slots available each year.
Immigration Guide for Actors and Members of the Entertainment Industry
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