Sometimes it's hard to leave the place you have come to love. So many people come to Los Angeles and find it’s easy to overstay their visa. There doesn’t seem to be many consequences.... until they try to get a visa or green card. Then, reality hits. Once you have overstayed your visa, it’s almost impossible to fix your status inside the United States.
L-1 and E-2 visas are two of the most common and utilized options for foreign nationals to set up new businesses in the U.S. Both of them are temporary nonimmigrant work visas that allow the visa holders to live and work in the U.S. Our office has helped many foreign executives, businessmen, and investors to make their decision as to which one better fits their unique circumstances and needs. See our L-1 page for a great chart on L-1’s vs. E-2.s See our E-2 page for a great video and process document for E-2s.
USCIS conducts most interviews of immigrants seeking to change their immigration status. Our office has done hundreds of these interviews.Here are our top 3 tips to passing your interview
LGBTQ persons afraid to return to their country because it would be dangerous to be open about LGBTQ identity or because of past trauma, may have a strong claim for asylum in the United States.
“I filed my visa application with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) over a year ago, but despite repeated inquiries, I haven't received a decision! What do I do?”
Many immigrants have heard about the path to a green card through a u nonimmigrant status. A u nonimmigrant status is available to victims of certain qualifying crimes, who suffered mental and physical harm due to this crime, and who were helpful in assisting law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of that crime.
Due to the current humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela, many Venezuelans are living in fear and fleeing to escape danger. At least 3 million refugees have fled the country, and it is predicted that in the near future it could be more than 8 million.”1 Civilians impacted by crisis may be eligible for humanitarian protection in the United States. Indeed, many are already in the process of seeking asylum. More than 70,000 Venezuelans have sought asylum in the past four years.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
Any person within the United States has the right to apply for asylum. This right is enshrined both in our law and international law.
The provisional waiver is a way in which to ask for “forgiveness” from the government if you are inadmissible. Inadmissibility can be caused by many things, such as criminal history or derogatory immigration history. The most common inadmissibility grounds involve illegal entries and illegal presence in the United States. If you have been in the United States without status for six months, you can be subject to a three year bar. If you have been present in the United States without status for more than one year, you are subject to a ten year bar. This means that if you apply for a green card, you would be required to spend three or ten years out of the country before you can come back and have a green card.