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Immigration Options for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs

Northeastern University’s announced opening of The Roux Institute in Portland has sent shockwaves of excitement through Maine’s tech industries – and for good reason. Northeastern’s cooperative education model leverages corporate partnerships to design curriculum that responds to business needs – helping ensure students have the practical and technical skills to thrive in the global marketplace… [Read More]

Understanding Priority Dates: How Quotas Impact EB-1 and NIW Petition Timelines

Traditionally, EB-1 and NIW green card preference categories have been an expeditious way for employers to sponsor foreign employees with extraordinary ability for permanent resident status, and for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability to self-petition for a green card. But as immigration policy has fluctuated under President Trump’s administration, so have the timelines of these… [Read More]

Understanding the Evidence: Why Letters of Support are Important Components of Extraordinary Ability Petitions

Compiling the evidence is an integral part of the petition process for EB-1 and National Interest Waiver (NIW) petitions. Gathering letters of support from professionals in your field can help illustrate your “extraordinary ability” and/or provide detailed information about your achievements in your area of expertise. While obtaining letters of support is important, finding the… [Read More]

Visa Applications to Include Social Media Information

The U.S. State Department added fields to all U.S. visa applications that will require applicants to disclose information regarding social media accounts used in the past five years, as well as telephone numbers, email address, international travel and deportation status. The new policy, effective May 31st, asks applicants to include their profile handles on popular… [Read More]

Employment Resources for Physicians, Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

As business immigration attorneys for healthcare institutions, we help human resource leaders and in-house counsel hire foreign physicians, nurses, and critical professional staff. While we do not provide job placement services, we have compiled a list of online resources that can help foreign medical graduates, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in their search for employment…. [Read More]

What You Need to Know: Extraordinary Ability and NIW Petitions

Extraordinary ability petitions and National Interest Waivers allow the most highly skilled foreign nationals the chance to obtain a green card without sponsorship. In this article, we hope to help you understand basics of the EB-1 “Extraordinary Ability” category and the National Interest Waiver. Contact us directly if you have questions about whether you are… [Read More]

The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected — What Type of Evidence Should You Include in Your Extraordinary Ability Petition?

One of the most important components of an extraordinary ability petition is showing evidence to support your case – in other words – what makes YOU so extraordinary? If you are considering an extraordinary ability petition, you will need to be prepared to show that you are the best of the best, a person of… [Read More]

EB Visa Availability Update

Retrogression of visa category priority dates impact EB petition applications According to recent information that the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) gained from the U.S. Department of State, the EB-1 Worldwide category is likely to remain retrogressed through December 2018. When visa categories are retrogressed, applicants can still file I-140 petitions; however once the I-140… [Read More]

Green Card and Visa Solutions for Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

What do Sergey Brin (co-founder, Google), Liz Claiborne (founder, company namesake), Andrew Grove (co-founder, Intel), Jerry Yang (co-founder, Yahoo!), and Elon Musk (CEO, Tesla) have in common? They are all entrepreneurs who immigrated to the United States and helped to revolutionize the industries where they made their mark. Attracting remarkably talented people to the United… [Read More]

Extraordinary Ability, Pizza, and America’s First Lady

The month of March brought news stories that had many people unfamiliar with business immigration asking, “What is extraordinary ability, anyway?” “Extraordinary ability” is a term used for temporary O visas and EB-1  petitions for permanent residence. Broadly, these processes are used to bring the best and brightest to the United States – and sometimes… [Read More]