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Posted April 23, 2015 Articles, Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs looking to apply for E-2 visas always want to know how much money they have to invest to get the visa. Rumors abound that there is a magic minimum to get an E-2 visa.
For better or worse there is no magic minimum investment that guarantees the approval of an E-2 visa. Rather, the officers at the US embassies and consulates apply standards of substantiality and proportionality.
Posted April 21, 2015 Monthly Newsletters
Our April Monthly Newsletter is now available.
This month we cover the following subjects:
- Precedent Decision Requires Employers to File New H-1B Petitions When Employees Change Work Locations
- H-4 EAD Rule Will Be Implemented May 26th
- H-1B Cap Premium Processing Will Begin on April 27th and Conclude May 12th
- Consider H-1B Cap Alternatives Now
Like many immigration attorneys, I too often have the frustrating and disappointing experience of explaining to enthusiastic entrepreneurs that there are no good visa options available to them to pursue a new business in the US. These entrepreneurs are often shocked that given the innovation the American economy is known for that there are no visa options available to them.
I am happy that FWD.us is highlighting this terrible weakness in our immigration laws and is pushing for solutions as part of a compehensive immigration reform effort. FWD.us recently published a compelling brief with new ideas for how to create new visa options for entrepreneurs.
Posted April 16, 2015 Articles, H-1B
For several years we have struggled to advise clients on whether a new H-1B petition needs to be filed when an employee changes work locations. Recently, the USCIS clarified the issue in a precedential decision. It is now clear that companies must file amended H-1B petitions in most situations when employees change work locations.
Posted April 15, 2015 H-1B
USCIS will utilize an April 27th start date for reviewing H-1B cap petitions filed with premium processing. This means that the first round of review for these cases will conclude by May 12th. USCIS had previously announced an H-1B premium processing start date of May 11th. The delayed start date is established so that USCIS has sufficient time to review all of the H-1B cap cases filed with premium processing service.