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  • How Long Does It Take for a Work Visa to Get Approved?

    Applying for a U.S. work permit can be an extensive and complex process. It’s important to apply for the visa that is best suited for your unique qualifications. Once you find the right employment visa for you and you obtain legal guidance for your application process, you have to wait to see if your visa is approved or denied. Our Dallas immigration lawyers explain how long it takes for a work ...
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  • Which Employment Visa Is Right For Me?

    The U.S. immigration system offers various work visa options for different foreign workers who want to seek employment in the United States. If you are interested in finding employment in the U.S., it’s important to apply for the visa that is best suited for your unique situation. With so many different visa options available, it can be challenging to determine which visa is right for you. That is ...
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  • What Are the Chances of Winning the Green Card Lottery?

    The chances of winning a green card vary depending on the participant’s country. Each world region receives a certain number of green cards. For this reason, it is difficult to determine the chances of winning. In 2017, nearly 19 million people applied for the green card lottery, and only about 55,000 people were granted a visa. According to the Washington Post, fewer than one percent of ...
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  • How Can I Get a Permanent Work Visa in the U.S.?

    Foreign workers can file a petition to be authorized to live and work in the United States permanently. It is important to understand what you need to be eligible and what you need for the application process. Our Dallas immigration lawyers explain everything you need to know about filing a petition to get a permanent work visa in the United States. Who Is Eligible for a Permanent Work Visa? ...
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  • How Can an Immigration Hold be Lifted?

    If you have been convicted of a crime as a noncitizen, you might be in an immigration hold. The Dallas immigration lawyers at Akula & Associates P.C. explain how an immigration hold can be lifted. If you need legal guidance with your immigration case, our team is ready to help you. Give our team a call today at (844) 299-5003 to schedule a virtual consultation. What Is an Immigration Hold? An ...
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  • Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Entry of Immigrants

    The proclamation became effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET), expires in 60 days and may be continued as necessary. Who does it affect? The order suspends the entry of any individual seeking to enter the U.S. as an immigrant (resident) who: ● Is outside the United States on the effective date of the proclamation; ● Does not have a valid immigrant visa on the effective date; and ● ...
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  • Why Is It So Difficult to Get a U.S. Visa?

    If you’re trying to obtain a U.S. visa, or you have already applied for one, but you got denied, you might be wondering why it’s so difficult to obtain a U.S. visa. Immigration authorities ensure that those who are given a visa meet specific requirements. The Dallas immigration lawyers at Akula & Associates P.C. explain what it can be challenging to get a visa in the U.S. Requirements to Get a ...
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  • Questions to Ask Your Immigration Lawyer

    Every immigration process can be overwhelming. You might have countless questions for your immigration attorney, but how do you know if you’re asking the right ones? Having an attorney is a powerful tool during any immigration process because they can guide you and provide you with all the knowledge you need to obtain the best possible results for your case. It’s also important to ask the right ...
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  • How to Renew an Employment Visa

    An employment visa allows immigrants without a green card to find employment opportunities in the United States. If you’ve already obtained your employment visa and you think it’s time to renew it, our team at Akula & Associates P.C. explains how to renew your employment visa. Know Which Permit You Are Renewing There are two different work permits that can be renewed: work visa and employment ...
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  • USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation Following Supreme Court Stay of Nationwide Injunctions

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will implement the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule on February 24, 2020, except in Illinois, where the rule remains enjoined by a federal court as of January 30, 2020. Earlier, on January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court stayed the order of a New York federal court granting a nationwide injunction against the ...
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  • What’s the Best Visa for Students?

    What’s the Best Visa for Students? When searching for a visa, it can be difficult to know where to start. While there are two main categories of visas in the United States, nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, there are dozens of different types of visas within those categories. So how can you know which visa is best for you? The Visa for Exchange Students There is a specific visa for work and study ...
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  • Which Employment Visa is Right for Me?

    The United States provides a plethora of opportunities for foreign nationals around the world who are looking for work. Before foreign nationals may work in the U.S., however, they must obtain some form of employment-based visa . There is a wide range of employment-based visas from which to choose, depending on the foreign national’s unique situation. In our blog, we discuss some of the most ...
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  • What is a K-1 Fiance(e) Visa?

    A K-1 visa is a type of immigrant visa for which United States citizens may sponsor a fiance(e) who lives abroad. Learn how to sponsor your fiance(e) for this type of visa. Eligibility Requirements for a K-1 Visa According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you may sponsor your fiance(e) who lives abroad if you meet the following requirements : You are a U.S. ...
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  • Understanding Family Preference Categories

    United States citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may sponsor certain relatives for family-based visas . Depending on the sponsor’s relationship to the sponsee, they may receive priority access for a family-based visa. Learn about family preference categories to stay informed on the family-based immigration process. Family-Based Immigration United States immigration law allows U.S. ...
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  • Who Can I Sponsor for a Family-Based Visa?

    United States citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may sponsor certain relatives who live abroad for a family-based visa. This temporary visa provides the first step for many immigrants seeking full U.S. citizenship down the line. Learn which relatives you may sponsor for a family-based visa and how to do so. Types of Family-Based Visas U.S. immigration law separates family-based visas ...
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  • Family-Based Visas 101

    Family-based visas are many immigrants’ first step on their path to full United States citizenship. Current U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) may sponsor certain relatives to receive a green card or a family-based visa based on their family relationship. Learn more about family-based immigration and how to sponsor a relative who lives abroad for a green card or a family-based ...
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  • What’s the Difference Between Naturalization and Citizenship?

    United States citizenship grants certain unalienable rights to citizens of this country. You can achieve citizenship in multiple ways: being born in the U.S. or certain American territories, having parents who were citizens at the time of your birth if you were born abroad, and applying for naturalization. A citizenship certificate is given to someone who acquires citizenship through their US ...
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  • Which Visa Do I Need?

    Any foreign national seeking to immigrate to the United States generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident and have an approved petition before obtaining an immigrant visa. Get the facts on this process and the various types of immigrant visas to find the best solution for your needs. Family-Based Visas Family-based visas allow U.S. citizens or lawful permanent ...
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  • Green Card 101

    A permanent resident card, also known as a green card, allows foreign nationals to live and work in the United States permanently. Get the facts on how to qualify and apply for a green card. Green Card Eligibility Those who wish to apply for a green card must meet certain eligibility criteria. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website for more details on each of the following ...
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  • Understanding U.S. Immigration Law

    There are several ways to immigrate to the United States to establish permanent residency and, ultimately, gain citizenship. Get the facts on how to qualify and apply for certain types of immigrant visas, sponsor loved ones to enter the country, and more. Types of U.S. Immigration Foreign nationals who want to live or work permanently in the United States must obtain an immigrant visa. There are ...
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  • USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

    On April 11th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) utilized a computer generated random selection method to determine which H-1B petitions would be used to meet the mandated cap, and the U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year 2019. USCIS recieved a total of 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 2nd. On April 6th, the USCIS announced that it had ...
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  • What Is An Adjustment of Status?

    Applying for lawful permanent residency outside the United States through “consular processing” can be a daunting process. This process bounces back and forth between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) and may take a year or more to navigate successful entry into the U.S. after waiting patiently for years to have a visa available. However, consular ...
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  • What Is Executive Order 13788?

    Executive order (EO) 13788 is also called the “Buy American, Hire American” EO. It was issued on April 18, 2017, in order to give direction to government agency to tighten enforcement of existing rules so that American workers and products would be favored over all others. This EO has impacted how many visas for skilled foreign workers are reviewed and also directs the federal government to ...
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  • 3 Tips to Prepare for an ICE Visit at your residence - Know Your Rights!

    The current administration has proven it plans to deport millions of people with the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Even this week we saw a massive enforcement raid of 7-Eleven stores aimed at not only illegal workers, but also management who ICE believes has turned a blind eye to improper hiring practices. Here are 3 tips to prepare you for a knock at the ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Temporary Visas

    Plan on coming to the United States? If so, you’ll need a visa unless you are from Canada or are entering under the Visa Waiver Program for less than 90 days. Whatever your temporary purpose in the U.S. might be, there are many visas available and one that probably suits your purpose. If you plan on coming temporarily for short-term business, vacation, or any other purpose, the good news is you ...
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