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Japanese immigrants missing out on EB-5 benefits

With a solid economy and low crime rate, Japan is a wonderful place to live. It is no surprise that its citizens generally stay instead of migrating to other countries. However, certain factors may cause someone from Japan to look for better opportunities in other parts of the world. The United States is a popular destination for those leaving Japan. In fact, about 426,000 Japanese citizens live in the U.S., including many in Indiana communities. Unfortunately, many of those who travel from Japan to the U.S. are unaware of one valuable option for achieving lawful permanent resident status....

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Worried about legal problems as an immigrant entrepreneur?

Perhaps, one of your ultimate goals in life is to become a small business owner in Indiana. If your country of origin is not the United States, you are likely to encounter numerous challenges as you bring your dream to fruition. It is a goal that many immigrants have successfully achieved, and there's no reason you shouldn't be one of them. It pays to thoroughly research the business process as well as U.S. immigration law before taking any formal steps toward launching a business in Indiana. If you know other small business owners, they may be able to provide encouragement and support to...

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President Trump Signs Continuing Resolution Funding Government Through Nov. 21

Last week, President Trump signed H.R. 4378 a short-term continuing resolution (CR) funding the government through November 21, 2019. The CR prevents a government shutdown and also ensures that the EB-5 Regional Center Programs authorization is extended. This short-term extension is welcome news in advance of the EB-5 Programs pending sunset date of September 30. 

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Does your extraordinary ability qualify you for an EB-1 visa?

If it has been your goal to come to the U.S., you may have begun your quest years ago by obtaining special skills or education that would qualify you for an employment visa. Employment visas allow you to live and work in the U.S. for a certain period of time, enjoying many of the benefits of permanent residency. The U.S. government offers a limited number of employment visas, and since the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services divides these into several categories, you would be wise to learn all you can about the process and the eligibility requirements. EB-1 visas have the...

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Russian chess grandmaster having trouble getting visa to US

If you have had to apply for a U.S. employment-based visa, you know that the process can take a long time. Your application must have all the proper documents and forms to guarantee approval. And immigration officials will take time to go over all the forms to make sure you qualify. But for Russian chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, the process is taking longer than usual. He has waited since March for visa approval to teach at a chess summer camp in the U.S. Now with fall approaching, he still waits for approval. Karpov’s visa application still in process Karpov applied for a visa in...

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Hiring foreign nationals to fulfill your business needs

As an employer in Indianapolis, you know what your company needs to thrive and flourish. When it comes to hiring, sometimes seeking foreign nationals from your industry is the best route to fulfilling your business goals. Navigating the current immigration environment in the United States may feel like an obstacle, but there are still productive, reasonable ways to do the hiring you need. The current administration’s policies on immigration continue to foster a confusing and often fluctuating atmosphere, but legal experts can help employers and their potential hires overcome the...

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U.S work visa types: foreign students and business professionals

There are many reasons why immigrants from other countries immigrate to the U.S. Those reasons almost always tie to having a better life for themselves and their loved ones. Everyone wants to be successful and have opportunities that will assist them in reaching their goals. Getting to the next level in your career might mean making some sacrifices, which could mean moving to another country. Immigrants with an employment-based focus are typically students, highly educated individuals with college degrees or established business professionals. While the path leading up to immigration might...

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The current state of U.S. immigration policy

Keeping up with U.S. immigration policy can be difficult, and it can cause stress for anyone seeking employment in the country. You may have heard different news stories or rumors, and they may or may not be relevant for an employment-based immigrant. The Pew Research Center put together a list of key facts about current immigration policy and proposed changes. Here are the relevant points for those seeking employment-based visas:     Recommending a points-based plan: The Trump administration proposed a points-based system for green card applicants, granting cards to immigrants who...

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Federal judge blocks implementation of policy on asylum-seekers

Many people in Indiana and across the country have raised serious concerns about the Trump administration's policies in regard to immigration, especially their effects on asylum seekers at the U.S. southern border. One federal judge has blocked the implementation of a widely publicized policy that sought to force hopeful immigrants to return to Mexico to await processing of their asylum claims in U.S. courts. The federal judge ruled that the Department of Homeland Security exceeded its authority under federal immigration law in issuing the order for the policy. The 11 plaintiffs who had...

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Supreme Court agrees to hear immigration case

Identity theft is a serious and growing problem in Indiana and around the country, but the efforts some states have taken to tackle it have been criticized by civil rights advocates and the courts. In 2017, a Kansas court voided the convictions of three undocumented immigrants because prosecutors used information from federal forms. The court ruled that the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 prevents states from pursuing criminal cases based on information found on certain federal immigration documents. Kansas is one of a coalition of 11 states that are challenging...

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