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Who is eligible for an Expedite Request, and how can you make one?

In cases of need for urgent action on a pending application or petition submitted to the USICS, you can request an expedition by paying extra through Premium Processing. But in cases where Premium Processing is not possible, you may be eligible for an Expedite Request. The following criteria are needed to make an Expedite Request: 1. Severe financial loss to a company or person, 2. Emergencies and urgent humanitarian reasons, 3. Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the U.S., or 4. Clear USCIS error. Examples that fall within these four categories are […]

How to gain parole in the U.S. by starting a business_International Entreprenur Parole

Following an executive order by President Biden, foreign entrepreneurs are now able to gain authorized stay in the U.S. through International Entreprenur Parole, or IEP. This rule applies to those who begin a business and create jobs. Though commonly known as the foreign entrepreneur visa or the start-up visa, IEP should most accurately be understood not as a visa, but as a grant of parole to allow entrepreneurs to work, and operate a start-up, in the U.S.  Requirements to receive IEP are as follows. First, Entrepreneurs must have started a business venture in the U.S. within five years of applying. […]

The O-1 visa as an alternative for those who are not selected for H1B

Once the selection period for an H-1B visa ends, if you have not received any results, it may be time to consider an alternative route. The O-1 visa is one that may be a possible substitute for H1B hopefuls. Commonly called the “Artist visa,” the O-1 visa is not necessarily limited to a fixed number of fields and can apply to any individual with extraordinary abilities. Any person who can demonstrate they are an individual possessing extraordinary achievements in the arts, athletics or design can apply for an O-1 visa. The visa can also be issued to those who can […]

How to get a green card with record of an I-601, a waiver for grounds of inadmissibility

If you are living in the U.S. without documentation or a visa, in most cases it is not possible to apply for permanent residency. You may be able to receive a green card through a spouse with citizenship or your adult child if you are without status, but if you are applying after having committed immigration violations in the past, then you will need to request a I-601 waiver first.  Unlike the I-601A waiver, which applies to applicants who are in the U.S. unlawfully, the I-601 waiver for grounds of inadmissibility is for those who in the past entered the […]

Filing a writ of mandamus to force action on a delayed green card or citizenship application 

At times, no action is taken by the USCIS on applications for green cards or citizenship for years. In cases in which USCIS provides no answers or updates, it is possible to file a writ of mandamus, a federal lawsuit to force the agency to take action.  To file a writ of mandamus, you must meet four conditions. One, you must have a lawful right to the request. Two, the USCIS must have a clear duty to perform the action ordered. Three, you must not have any other options available. Four, the processing time for your case must be unreasonably […]

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