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Understanding permanent employment-based immigration

If you are looking to move to California or another part of the United States for work, you may be able to do so by securing an employment-based visa. There are multiple types of employment-based visas, and the kind that might be most appropriate for you will likely depend factors such as your industry and your level of expertise within it. At the Law Office of Tasoff and Tasoff, we understand what goes into securing a work visa, and we have helped many clients navigate the process of coming to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.

What is a J-1 visa?

If you are a typical California resident, you probably have never heard of the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program. The Department of State explains that this program and its visa allows over 300,000 foreign visitors from 200 countries and territories to experience American society each year by working and/or studying in this country.

Is the USCIS intentionally holding up EB-5 investor visas?

An alternative energy investment firm has just filed suit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The investment firm brokers investments for international investors who would like to provide capital for U.S. projects in exchange for EB-5 immigrant visas. The broker claims that the agency has failed to provide key project approvals that underpin the investors' visa plans.

National Venture Capital Ass'n sues Trump over entrepreneur rule

The National Venture Capital Association and several tech startups filed suit against the Trump administration this week, claiming that its end to the international entrepreneur rule was handled improperly. The rule, which was created under the Obama administration, was meant to allow international entrepreneurs who were not themselves investors to remain in the United States while they built their businesses. It was set to go into effect this July.

What criteria must you meet for a second-preference EB-2 visa?

If you are looking to move to the United States for professional reasons, you may be exploring your options and trying to determine what type of visa might fit your needs. As important as deciding what type of visa might fit your needs is determining whether you are likely to meet the criteria for that visa, and one type of employment-based visa commonly sought by professionals like you is the second-preference EB-2 visa.

USCIS delaying H-1B applications for low-wage computer programmers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been challenging H-1B applications for some computer programmers and related professionals whose employers set their official wage level at 1. The agency appears concerned that some H-1B applicants are filling positions that don't require a bachelor's degree as the H-1B program requires.

How business immigration can benefit your company

Immigration needs do not apply only to families who want to reunite with each other. They are also relevant to businesses, from big corporations to small startups. Immigration can have a positive impact on the success of a company in the increasingly competitive world of business.

Trump ends international entrepreneur rule, tech sector jolted

The tech industry took a blow this week as the Trump Administration shelved a highly anticipated rule that would have allowed entrepreneurs from abroad to start their companies in the U.S. without having to provide substantial capital from their own pockets. Instead, they would be allowed to work on their startups in the U.S. for a limited period if they could prove they had a certain amount in investment capital from other sources.

3 common visa needs for universities

One of the best traits of universities in California is the wide range of diversity they contain. You can find students and professors of all races, religions and nationalities. This diversity in all areas of these institutions of higher learning provides even more opportunities for learning and strengthening global ties.

There's no US visa for startup entrepreneurs, but there's a workaround

Paulo M. graduated from MIT with a doctoral degree in 2014. Shortly afterward, he founded a startup company that helps streamline communication at life science and pharmaceutical companies. Paulo's company may take off or it may not, like any new startup. The chances are good for an MIT grad, though -- even if he is not an American citizen.

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