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When a person’s goals change during a U.S. visit

There are many different goals people who come to the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa may have for their visit. Sometimes, these goals might change over time. For example, a person who came to the U.S. for tourism might, over the course of their visit, decide they would like to study or work in the United States. When a nonimmigrant visa holder wishes to change what their visit to the U.S. is aimed towards, it can be important for them to understand if the change would raise any immigration issues.

One of the pieces of information it can be important for such a person to have is whether the nonimmigrant status they currently have covers the new goal they wish to pursue. Each nonimmigrant visa has specific rules regarding what sorts of purposes it allows a person to pursue in America. Immigration attorneys can provide nonimmigrant visa holders with explanations on what types of activities their visa authorizes them, and does not authorize them, to pursue.

Can L-1 visa workers bring their spouse with them to the U.S.?

L-1 visas allow a foreign national to come to work in the U.S. as part of an intercompany transfer at the company they work for. They are a type of nonimmigrant (temporary) work visa. Among the things individuals who are coming to America, such as here in Louisiana, to work under an L-1 visa may wonder is whether their spouse would be able to join them.

There is a route for spouses of L-1 visas holders to gain admission to the United States. There is a special immigration status, L-2 status, such spouses can qualify for. This is a nonimmigrant status for eligible family members of L-1 workers. In addition to spouses, unmarried children under 21 of L-1 workers can also be eligible for this status.

Trends in naturalization

Some immigrants here in the U.S. eventually decide to take the big step of seeking out U.S. citizenship. If they meet the qualification requirements, a green card holder can pursue U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process.

Individuals who successfully go through this process have all different sorts of characteristics, circumstances and backgrounds. However, there are some general demographic trends when it comes to naturalization. Federal immigration statistics from fiscal year 2015 shed some light on these trends. Among the things this data indicates are that, when it came to individuals who were naturalized as U.S. citizens in that fiscal year:

New interpreter policy implemented for USCIS interviews

Interviews with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are a part of many different immigration matters. Such interviews have a lot of different policies and rules that apply to them. What rules and policies are likely to be particularly important ones when it comes to an upcoming interview for a person seeking immigration benefits depends on the specifics of their situation.

For example, if they plan to have an interpreter at their interview, important issues related a new USCIS interview policy could come up.

When can immigration petitions be expedited?

It can take a lot of time for a U.S. immigration matter to be resolved. When a foreign national files a petition for a visa, green card or other immigration benefit here in the U.S., there are many steps that can be involved in the consideration of the petition. These steps can have various wait periods, processing time and delays associated with them.

Now, some individuals might have an immigration matter where time is very much of the essence. In such a situation, delays could cause all sorts of problems. So, when a foreign national has a time-sensitive immigration matter, one thing they may wonder is if there is any way to have their petition expedited.

Chinese investors moving away from the EB-5 program?

The EB-5 program is one of the paths to U.S. permanent residency available to foreign investors. This green card program has proven popular among certain types of investors, including investors from China. It is estimated that Chinese citizens make up around 90 percent of EB-5 applicants.

However, it appears that the program’s popularity among Chinese investors may be slipping. There are various things that have led to some such investors viewing the program negatively, including:

Cuban citizens have the top refusal rate for U.S. B visas

One of the more common visas here in the U.S. are B visas. These visas cover temporary stays in the U.S. by business and tourist visitors. There are a range of different tourist or business goals a foreign national seeking a B visa may have. Sometimes, complicated issues or situations arise in connection to B visas that could impact such an individual's chances of being able to achieve their goals.

One is if the foreign national has their request for a B visa denied in connection to a finding by immigration officials that the person didn't meet the eligibility requirements for such a visa. Among these requirements is the "nonimmigrant intent" requirement.

Which country are most H-1B visa holders from?

When a person from another country is looking to work, on a temporary basis, in the U.S., one thing that can matter significantly for them is what nonimmigrant visa they might be able to qualify for. If the person is looking to work in a specialty occupation, one visa they may have eligibility for is the H-1B visa.

The rules related to eligibility and the application process for this type of specialty worker visa are quite complex. So, whatever country they are from, when a person is looking into the possibility of working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa, they may want to get in touch with an attorney skilled in U.S. employment immigration law for guidance.

What U.S. jobs/industries have high levels of immigrant workers?

Immigrants make big contributions in many places here in the U.S., including the workplace. According to estimates, a little over 17 percent of the American workforce consisted of immigrants in 2014. Immigrant workers are present in all kinds of industries and hold all kinds of jobs here in America. However, certain jobs/industries have a higher share of immigrant workers than others.

A recent Pew Research analysis looked at what industries and jobs have particularly high levels of immigrant workers (both those in the country on a legal status and those who are undocumented) here in the United States. The analysis used 2014 workforce estimates in making its determinations.

Report points to children of immigrants as a major source of science talent in the U.S.

What immigration status a person has here in the U.S. can have many impacts. This includes impacts on what immigration options are available for their family. So, how a person from a foreign country addresses U.S. immigration matters that arise for them could not only have long-term ramifications for them, but for their family as well. Immigration lawyers can provide immigrants with guidance on family-related concerns they have in regards to immigration matters.

Immigrants make many major positive contributions to the United States. And the country cannot only be positively impacted by the efforts and accomplishments of the immigrants themselves, but also those of their family, such as those of their children. For example, a recent report points to many of the U.S. high school students who show a great deal of promise in the field of science being children of immigrants.