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Do I Need an Artist Visa to Attend an Artist Residency or a Fellowship?

Art residencies allow you to combine your passion for art with your desire to travel. But, exactly, what are art residencies? They are, in essence, designated locations around the world that provide time and place to live that is apart from the typical distractions. It’s a location where you may foster your creative process and learn new methods to work. However, residencies are about visiting new locations to do work; they’re also about viewing things through new eyes.

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What is F-1/H-1B Cap-Gap Extension?

The cap-gap extensions are given when students have pending or approved cap-subject H-1B petitions to remain in F-1 status during the cap-gap period. This would fill the gap, if any, between a student expired F-1 status and the beginning of H-1B status. 

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240-Day Extension Rule for O-1, P-3, H-1B, and L1 Visa

A 240-day extension rule is a process by which the employees are authorized to continue work for their employers in the US for up to 240 days while USCIS processes their renewal or extension petition, or until USCIS decides on your petition. Current regulations provide 240 days of continued work authorization to various nonimmigrant visa holders on timely filing of the petition by the employer. This rule applies to employment-based nonimmigrant visa holders. This article deals with eligibility and other details related to the 240-day extension rule for nonimmigrants. 

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Different Visa Options Available for Managers and Executives

Companies must build strong worldwide identities in this age of globalization. Businesses that want to expand outside their territorial boundaries must establish international bases and staff them with skilled, experienced administrators and executives. Visas are offered in the US for some qualified managers and executives to either make an intra-company move from their home base to a US-based office or allow new businesses to establish their business affiliations in the country. In this article, we will look at different visa options available for managers and executives, i.e., EB-1 visas, L-1 visas, and E visas. 

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PERM: Complete Guide to EB-2 Visa and PERM Process

EB-2 or the Employment-Based second preference visa is granted in case the applicant holds an advanced or equivalent degree or a foreign national with exceptional ability and where the employers are willing to sponsor the applicant. There are three categories to be eligible for an EB-2 visa, namely, holder of an advanced degree (EB-2A), a person with an exceptional ability (EB-2B), or a person with a national interest waiver (EB-2C). If you are applying for the first two categories, a PERM process will be required. However, an exception is made in the PERM requirement if you are applying in the third category. In this article, we will see EB-2 visa and PERM requirements. 

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NIW: Complete Guide to the EB-2/NIW

The Employment-Based second preference immigrant visa or the EB-2 immigrant visa is categorized into three types, namely, holder of an advanced degree (EB-2A), a person with the exceptional ability (EB-2B), or a person with a national interest waiver (EB-2C). The NIW or National Interest Waiver or EB-2C type of immigrant visa is a type of visa where foreign national requests for the waiver of the requirement such as the offer of employment and labor certification in the process of employment-based immigration. The jobs that qualify for this category are not defined by statute but are usually granted to applicants whose employment would greatly benefit the US. This is because the immigration of such foreign nationals would significantly contribute to the US’s national interest and the economy.

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Immigration Insights

COVID 19 Travel Related Ban

Because of COVID 19, there is a travel ban put by the US government to prevent the spread of the new virus in the United States. The ban is specific to certain countries experiencing a surge in their daily coronavirus cases or who have a very high infectious rate and can spread the virus in the United States. Therefore, to curb this situation, there are rules laid down by the US government which curtail travel from these countries. In this article, we will see some latest news update regarding the COVID 19 Travel Related Ban in the US. 

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How to Transfer a Us Immigration Case to Another Embassy

As a petitioner, you may want to choose to transfer your immigration case to another US embassy or consulate. There can be many reasons you want to make such a decision, such as pending case backlogs at a specific embassy, or maybe you believe that some other embassy would decide on your matter more expeditiously.

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COVID: What is National Interest Exception (NIE) and How to Seek It for Travel to the USA

The COVID 19 has impacted the immigration system of the US to a more considerable extent. To protect the people in America, the US authorities have placed travel bans from certain parts of the world, restricting people from traveling to the US to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. You might be wondering what if I have some emergency to travel to the US. Is there any way out to get an exemption from these bans? The answer is YES! The authorities have also placed some exceptions, such as NIE, to allow people to travel to the US. This article will look at a detailed guide to the NIE and some of its latest updates. 

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The Dream Act 2021 – (Dreamers Dream)

Imagine Dreamers Dream (Dream Act)! You came to a country as a child and had been living there for many years. You did your schooling from there, and this is the only country you possibly know. After so many years, you find out that you are not a registered citizen of that country and are an illegal citizen residing in that country. What on God’s earth would go through you?

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A Closer Look at the Dream and Promise Act of 2021

There is a lot of talk about changes in immigration policy. Some lawmakers have continued to push the issue that involves the fates of millions of Dreamers caught in a kind of immigration limbo and uncertainty. For a few years now, the issue has been quite the political football, tossed around by several administrations and keeping Dreamers on the edge of their seats. We posted a few weeks ago about the Dream and Promise Act of 2021, so we thought we would take a closer look at this proposal and what it might offer the millions of young people waiting for a stable answer.

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Sethimaz Events

September 25, 2020
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Please join Sethi and Mazaheri’s first Immigration Webinar with our law firm’s legal partners, Reza Mazaheri and Sanjay Sethi, to learn more about family-based immigration in the era of Trump and COVID-19.
Posted on September 10, 2020
As we continue to adapt to the coronavirus outbreak, we want to assure you that our firm is fully operational and handling all of our clients’ immigration matters expeditiously.
Posted on April 2, 2020
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Join us on March 22nd, 2018, at NYU School of Law for a screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary film, When God Sleeps, and an evening of discussion addressing the world’s current…
Posted on March 7, 2018

News Room

U.S. Border Authorities Failed to Prepare for Influx of Haitian Migrants Despite Weeks of Warnings
Source: theintercept.com
Posted on October 1, 2021

BY THE TIME word spread that up to 15,000 mostly Haitian migrants had been detained under the international bridge in Del Rio, the small Texas border town had become occupied territory. A helicopter hovered over the Rio Grande, state troopers swarmed everywhere and were stationed every half-mile along the surrounding roads. A tent city of military and law enforcement personnel had sprouted up on city-owned land on the south side of the border wall, near the makeshift camp where Haitians slept. Inside the camp, in the dirt and the heat, pregnant women went into labor.

Four years ago, Republicans and Democrats linked arms with residents from both sides of the border to form a human chain across the bridge in a show of “unity,” yet in recent weeks Del Rio has become a theater for a dramatic show of violence and force, as mounted Border Patrol agents charged at Haitian migrants while twirling their reins like whips. Some 2,300 law enforcement officers, said Mayor Bruno Lozano, had been dispatched to Val Verde County, home to roughly 49,000 residents.

New Enforcement Priorities Show Some Improvement, Maintain Old Framework
Source: immigrationimpact.com
Posted on October 1, 2021

On September 30, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued the long-awaited new set of enforcement priorities, entitled “Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Laws”. The guidelines, which will go into effect on November 29, 2021, will replace the February 18 interim enforcement priorities memo issued to U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as Initial interim guidelines issued on January 20, 2021.

U.S. DHS plans to issue new memo ending Trump-era immigration policy
Source: reuters.com
Posted on September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it intends to issue a new memo in the coming weeks ending the “remain in Mexico” immigration program.

The department issued a memo in June ending the program implemented by former President Donald Trump, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), but a Texas-based federal judge ruled MPP must be restarted.

The U.S. Supreme Court in August rejected an effort by President Joe Biden’s administration to block the Texas-based judge’s ruling.

Greyhound Agrees to Pay $2.2 Million Over Immigration Sweeps on Buses
Source: nytimes.com
Posted on September 29, 2021

The settlement will provide restitution to passengers who were detained, arrested or deported after immigration agents conducted warrantless searches on buses, Washington State’s attorney general said.

Greyhound Lines will pay $2.2 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by Washington State that accused it of allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to conduct warrantless immigration sweeps on its buses, state officials said this week.

Washington State’s attorney general said the settlement would be used to provide restitution to passengers who were detained, arrested or deported after immigration agents boarded their buses at the Spokane Intermodal Center, and for partial reimbursement of his office’s litigation costs.

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