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  • How Do I Sponsor an Employee for a U.S. Permanent Resident Status?

    If you are an employer who wants to sponsor a foreign national to become a permanent resident for a permanent job offer, you and the employee will need to go through various steps. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain what you will need to do as an employer to help the worker become a permanent resident in the U.S. If you need legal guidance sponsoring a foreign worker for a visa, contact our ...
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  • Proposed H-EAD Rescission Rule Withdrawn

    On January 25, 2021, the Trump-era proposed regulation, “ Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the classes of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization ” was withdrawn. It is important to note that litigation remains pending in federal court challenging the DHS final rule promulgated in February 2015 that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B ...
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  • J-1 Visa Waiver Applications

    To bypass the law that allows J-1 holders to be physically present for two years in their home country, a J-1 visa waiver is required. How do I know if I am subject to the two years of home-country physical presence requirement? If your J-1 exchange visitor program meets any of the following requirements, you are subject to the two-year home-country physical requirement: Government-Sponsored ...
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  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals? As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of persons that pose a danger to national security or a risk to public security, DHS will exercise prosecutorial discretion as necessary to ensure that enforcement resources are not wasted on low-priority cases, such as individuals who came to the ...
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  • What Are the Visa Preference Categories for Permanent Workers?

    If you have the right combination of skills, education, and experience, you could be eligible to live and work in the United States permanently. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has five set employment-based immigration visa preferences. The more qualifications and experience you have, the more likely you will qualify for a permanent visa. Our Dallas immigration attorneys have ...
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  • Judge Orders Government To Fully Reinstate DACA Program

    Late Friday afternoon, a federal district judge ordered the Trump administration to fully reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the order, Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn instructed the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The judge also ordered ...
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  • Do I Need an Employment Immigration Attorney?

    When applying for a green card or an immigrant visa in the United States, you don’t need to obtain attorney's services. However, having an experienced attorney on your side can significantly impact the outcome of your visa application. Below we have put together some cases in which having an immigration attorney is beneficial. You're Unable to Figure Out Your Options As a skilled worker, you may ...
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  • Can I Get a U.S. Work Visa Without Sponsorship?

    If you are a foreign national who wants to work in the United States, you might be wondering if you can get a U.S. work visa without having to secure a job. However, many U.S. visas require you to have a job offer secured if you want to work in the United States. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain if it is possible to get a work visa without sponsorship from an employer. How to Get a U.S. ...
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  • Can I Still File an Adjustment of Status During COVID-19?

    Thousands of U.S. visa holders apply for an adjustment of status every year to obtain their green card and become permanent residents. However, the spread of COVID-19 has significantly impacted the U.S. immigration system. If you are a visa holder who is currently present in the United States, you might be wondering if you can still apply for an adjustment of status amidst the current health ...
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  • Common Immigration Questions Asked During COVID-19

    With so many immigration changes occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of people have been affected in and out of the United States. Our team at Akula & Associates P.C. has been getting many questions about the recent changes and their impact on immigration status and visa applications. Our Dallas immigration attorneys have put together answers to the most commonly asked questions ...
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  • H-1B Visa Application Process [Infographic]

    Filing a U.S. visa application can be complex and overwhelming. For such reasons, our team at Akula & Associates P.C. has put together an infographic that illustrates the basic steps to apply for an H-1B visa. If you need help applying for an employment visa, our Dallas immigration attorneys are here to help you. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about how we can guide you through ...
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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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