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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Options after missing H-1B Lottery

For many international students and professionals aspiring to work in the United States, the H-1B visa represents a critical gateway. However, the demand for H-1B visas often exceeds the available supply, leading to a competitive lottery system. For those not selected, understanding the history and exploring alternative options is essential to continuing their professional journey…

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How to Schedule an Emergency Advance Parole

Navigating the intricacies of U.S. immigration laws and regulations can be daunting, especially when it comes to traveling outside of the United States for those who are not yet U.S. citizens but are in the process of adjusting their status. One key tool in this process is the Advance Parole document, which allows individuals who…

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EAD Renewal: USCIS Extends Automatic Extension Period

In a significant move aimed at enhancing the work permit process for noncitizens, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a pivotal temporary final rule (TFR) that extends the automatic extension period of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Previously set at up to 180 days, the extension will now potentially reach up to…

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Navigating the Path to an EB-1C Green Card for H-1B Visa Holders from India: A Strategic Guide

In the landscape of U.S. immigration, professionals from India face an arduous journey towards permanent residency, particularly through the EB-2 and EB-3 employment-based green card categories, which are backlogged by decades. However, the EB-1C category emerges as a beacon of hope, offering a comparatively faster route for those in managerial or executive roles. Traditionally associated…

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What Should You Do If Your I-485 Application Is Denied?

Discovering that your I-485 application, also known as the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, has been denied can be a disheartening experience. However, it’s crucial to remember that a denial is not the end of the road. There are multiple steps you can take to address the situation. Here, we explore the…

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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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USCIS Launches myUSCIS Organizational Accounts for H-1B Processing

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken a significant step forward in streamlining the H-1B visa application process. On February 28, 2024, USCIS unveiled new myUSCIS organizational accounts, marking a pivotal advancement in how organizations and their legal representatives prepare for H-1B registrations, petitions, and associated Form I-907 for Premium Processing Services. This…

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FY25 H-1B Electronic Registration

Navigating the complexities of the H-1B visa process can be daunting, especially with the introduction of the electronic registration system in recent years. As we approach the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25), understanding the H-1B cap, the registration process, and the specific requirements becomes crucial for hopeful applicants and their employers. This guide answers frequently asked…

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Filing H-4, E-3D, & TD Extensions

In the complex world of U.S. immigration, staying compliant with visa regulations is paramount for non-citizens working in the country. This is especially true for individuals holding H-1B, E-3, or TN visas and their dependents on H-4, E-3D, or TD visas, respectively. Understanding these visa categories and the importance of maintaining valid dependent status is…

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