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How Can I Maintain my Permanent Resident Status While Living Abroad?

United States Permanent Resident (PR) Status requires the holder of such status to have her “permanent” or primary residence in the United States.  Therefore, if a PR is considering leaving the United States to take up residence in another country for at...

US Permanent Residents Living in Canada Beware!

While it may technically be legal and appropriate for a US Permanent Resident living in Canada to file a US non-resident tax return (1040NR), as an immigration lawyer with over a decade of experience helping Canadians maintain their permanent resident status, I can...

Comparing the L-1 and E-2 visas (Part 1)

If someone qualifies for either an L-1A or E-2 visa, why would he choose one over the other?  Assume an individual owns a company abroad and is planning to open a branch, affiliate, or subsidiary of the foreign company in the United States.  In determining...

Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines (see below) may apply for deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then...

R-1 Religious Worker Visa — Site Visit Requirement

The November 26, 2008 final regulations governing Religious Worker visas require (among other things) that the sponsoring organization be subject to a site inspection before a petition can be approved, where the petitioner has never been subject to a site visit...

O-1 Visas for Photographers and Cinematographers

A client of mine, Still Motion Ltd. posted a guest blog I wrote on the best categories of evidence photographers and cinematographers use to obtain their O-1 visas to work in the U.S.  Check out that article by CLICKING HERE or going to the post...

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Rights of Gay and Lesbian Couples

This week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Windsor striking down section 3 of the DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, stating that the act violated equal protection protected under the 5th amendment to the Constitution.  As a result of...

Immigration Innovation Act of 2013

A bipartisan group of four U.S. senators has released a draft immigration reform bill.  The bill would dramatically increase the number of H-1B visas available each year, allow for foreign students to have dual intent, and exempt certain categories of persons from the...

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