Volunteering on a Non-Immigrant Status: Key Points to Know

Navigating the complexities of U.S. immigration laws can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding what activities are permissible under a non-immigrant status. One common question we receive at Sharma Law Offices, LLC, is whether individuals on non-immigrant visas like B-1, B-2, H-4, F-2, J-2, etc., which do not allow work authorization, can engage…

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Immigration document requirements for non-US citizens in the U.S

In the United States, immigration laws mandate that all non-U.S. citizens carry proof of their legal status. This requirement, rooted in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), emphasizes the importance of having immediate access to documentation that verifies one’s right to be in the U.S. Whether you are a visitor, a student, or a permanent…

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Automatic Visa Revalidation in case of Change of Status

The concept of automatic visa revalidation is a vital tool for nonimmigrants in the United States, allowing for the ease of travel and flexibility in maintaining legal status. Particularly, individuals who have changed their visa status while residing in the U.S. may find themselves in a unique position when considering short trips to Canada, Mexico,…

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Top Mistakes in B-1/B-2 Visa to Marriage Based Green Card

Navigating the process of obtaining green card in the United States from a B-1/B-2 visitor visa through marriage can be a complex and challenging journey. It’s fraught with potential missteps that can significantly impact the outcome of your application. This blog post highlights the top 10 mistakes to avoid in this delicate process, ensuring a…

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USCIS Fee Increase Expected Soon

The landscape of immigration fees is changing. In early 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is set to implement a significant increase in its filing fees, a development that has been looming on the horizon for some time. This move follows the agency’s previously announced proposal, which we discussed in detail in our…

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Challenges with the New US Visa Scheduling System

In the past few weeks, several posts worldwide—including those in India, Australia, South Korea, and Japan—have switched from the US Traveldocs system to a new platform for appointment scheduling: US Visa Scheduling. As visa applicants navigate this change, a myriad of issues have arisen. We had previously reported about this in our blog Visa Appointment…

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Citizens of Israel Can Now Travel to the U.S. Visa-Free

Today marks a significant milestone in U.S.-Israel relations as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces visa-free travel for eligible Israeli citizens and nationals. Beginning October 19, 2023, Israeli citizens will be able to use the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to apply for permission through U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Israel Joins…

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USCIS Introduces New Self-Service Tool for Change of Address

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken another leap towards digital transformation by unveiling the Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool. This user-friendly platform promises improved convenience for USCIS customers who have ongoing applications, petitions, or requests and need to keep their address details updated. What is the E-COA Tool? E-COA stands out…

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B in Lieu of H: Who can Benefit from it

In the multifaceted world of U.S. immigration, navigating visa categories and their unique requirements can be a daunting task. Among the various options, the concept of a B visa in lieu of an H-1B visa has emerged as a popular alternative. But what exactly does this entail, and who can benefit from it? In this…

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Common B-1/B-2 Visa Myths

The B-1/B-2 visitor visa is one of the most common types of visas issued by the U.S. government. However, there are many myths surrounding the B-1/B-2 visa application process. In the previous blog we had discussed Travel Visa Denial: Common Reasons & How to Avoid them. In this blog, we will debunk some of the most…

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