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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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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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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Understanding MRV Fee Receipts Expiration: Australia

Navigating the process of obtaining a visa for the United States can be daunting, especially with the ever-changing guidelines and requirements. For Australian applicants, recent updates regarding the Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fee receipts and appointment scheduling have introduced new considerations. This blog aims to clarify these changes, ensuring that prospective visa applicants are well-informed and…

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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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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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Role of KCC’s Fraud Prevention Unit

The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), integral to the U.S. visa application process, has reportedly begun a new practice that could significantly impact the clarity and transparency of fraud checks and background inquiries. The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee has recently learned that the KCC Fraud Prevention Unit may now…

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USCIS to Increase Premium Processing Fee

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a significant update that impacts many seeking expedited processing of their immigration-related applications. Effective from February 26, 2024, there will be an increase in the filing fee for Form I-907, known as the Request for Premium Processing. This change, influenced by inflation rates and aimed at…

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