WOMAN SENTENCE IN MARRIAGE/VISA-FRAUD SCAM

April 29, 2019
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The US Attorney’s office has announced that a woman has been sentenced in a case involving marriage and visa fraud. Marena Mushero, of Maine, allegedly offered to marry a foreign national in need of a visa in exchange for money.
Prosecutors claimed that Mushero accepted cash and wire transfers from a foreign resident living and working in the US prior to their wedding, so that the foreign national could obtain a “green card”. This attempt to circumvent the US’s immigration policies was eventually discovered, and Mushero has been convicted and sentenced to 5 years of probation as a result.
Schemes around visa fraud in the US can be unfortunately common, with many visa-for-profit rings being busted regularly by federal investigators. It is important for potential immigrants to follow US laws and policies, or face fines, imprisonment, and deportation. If you are considering living and working in the US, it is important to obtain qualified legal counsel to ensure that you are legally protected throughout the immigration process.
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婚姻签证诈骗要坐牢了!?
美国检察官办公室宣布,一名女子因涉嫌婚姻和签证欺诈而被判刑。据称,缅因州的Marena Mushero与需要签证的外籍人士结婚以获取金钱利益。
检察官声称,Mushero在婚礼前接受了在美国生活和工作的外籍人士的现金与电汇,以帮助该人获得绿卡。执法部门最终发现了这种利用移民政策的企图,因此Mushero被判处了五年缓刑。
美国的签证欺诈现象非常常见,联邦调查人员常常会对以通过非法手段帮助外籍人士办理签证从而获取利润进行打击,对于想要移民的人来说,遵守美国的法律法规。如果您正在考虑在美国生活和工作,请务必向有经验的律师寻求帮助,以确保您的权益在整个移民过程中受到保护。

ISRAELI NATIONS ELIGIBLE FOR SPECIAL VISAS

April 22, 2019
The USCIS recently announced that Israeli nationals will now be eligible for the coveted E-2 visa. The E-2 visas allow nationals from certain treaty countries to be eligible to remain in the United States if they are investing significant capital into US businesses. The visa can also potentially apply to certain employees of such investors, as well as extend to the spouses and children of E-2 visa holders. Israeli nationals already legally in the United States can petition to change to an E-2 visa starting on May 1st.
These changes will hopefully lead to increased economic cooperation between the United States and Israel, as well as an increase in capital to US businesses. It also opens a new avenue for more consistent immigration to the United States from Israel in comparison to other visa options, such as the H-1B visa, which is subject to a lottery system and has been recently criticized for its historic rate of denials.
For Israeli nationals who are interested in applying for an E-2 visa, the best course of action would be to work with qualified legal counsel specializing in immigration law. The US immigration process is complicated, and minor administrative mistakes can lead to denials. It is best to protect yourself with trusted immigration attorneys.
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以色列公民将有资格获得E-2签证

移民局最近宣布,以色列国民从5月1日起将有资格获得E-2签证!E-2签证允许来自特定条约国家的公民如果向美国企业投入资金,换取留美机会。同时适用于E-2签证持有人的配偶和子女。已经合法留美的以色列公民可以在5月1日起递交E-2签证申请。
这些变化有望促进美国和以色列之间经济合作的增加,以及增加美国企业的资本。与其他签证相比,它还为以色列公民开辟了一条通往移民美国的新途径,例如H-1B签证,该签证受制于抽签系统,而且最近屡屡受到批评。
对于有兴趣申请E-2签证的以色列公民,最好的策略是与专门从事移民法的合格法律顾问合作。美国移民程序很复杂,轻微的错误可能导致申请被拒绝,要走好准备无误的每一步才是关键。
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H-1B VISAS CONTINUE BEING DENIED AT RECORD RATES

April 19, 2019
The first quarter of 2019 has continued an alarming trend: H-1B visa being denied at a record rate. Compared to a denial rate of 6% in 2015, the first quarter of 2019 currently has an incredible 32% of petitions being denied. This has been paired with an increase in denials for continuing employment petitions, which has risen to 18%.
Many outsiders are particularly worried because the denials do not appear to be tied to any formal policy changes or legal changes. These denials are further evidence of an administration that is averse to allowing foreign workers into the United States. The Trump Administration, which just celebrated the second anniversary of the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, is being sued by multiple companies who claim they’ve been discriminated against during the visa process.
With many more changes to the visa system being proposed and with the heightened level of scrutiny for applications, it is more important than ever for applications to work with qualified legal counsel to guide them through the visa process.
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H-1B签证拒签率创新高!?

2019年第一季度继续出现令人担忧的趋势:H-1B拒签率达到历年最高!与2015年6%的拒签率相比,2019年第一季度已经有32%的申请被拒绝。H-1B续签的拒绝率也上升至18%。
社界特别担心,这一现象似乎与任何政策变化或法律变化无关。拒签率的上升进一步证明了政府不支持外籍工人进入美国工作。川普政府才刚刚庆祝“买美国货,雇美国人” 两周年,就被多家公司起诉,声称政府在审阅签证过程中歧视科技业公司。
随着对签证制度的诸多改变以及对申请包裹的高度审查,与有经验的法律顾问合作以指导每一步签证要求比以往任何时候都更为重要。
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H-1B DEMANDS STILL HIGH DESPITE DENIALS

April 15, 2019
The demand for H-1B visas is still high despite an alarming number of denials last cycle. The number of requested visas rose from 190k to 201k, an increase of roughly 6 percent. Many of the nation’s largest technology companies, such as Amazon and Google continue to rely heavily on skilled foreign workers to fill their ranks in the US.
The number of highly educated visa holders also continues to rise, with holders of advanced degrees making up a larger percentage of H-1B visas than in previous years. Some of that might be because advanced degree holders are eligible for certain cap exemptions, but it is likely also due to the fierce competition over the highly coveted visa.
The future of the visa program remains in doubt, however, with the current administration making frequent and dramatic changes due to an emphasis on encouraging domestic hiring. With denials rising as well, it is important for anyone considering an H-1B visa, or any US visa, to work with qualified legal professionals to navigate the administrative hurdles.
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拒签数量居高不下,H-1B的需求仍然高涨!

尽管在去年申请中,H-1B的拒签数量高得令人震惊,但今年H-1B签证的需求却依然高涨。申请的数量从去年的19万增加到了今年的20.1万,增幅约为6%。许多美国的大型科技公司,如亚马逊和谷歌,都仍然非常依赖于雇佣有能力的外籍员工来确保他们在美国的地位。
硕士学位以上的申请人数也在不断增加。相比前几年,今年拥有硕士学位的申请者占H-1B签证总额的比例更大了。其原因有可能是因为拥有硕士学位的申请者有抽签资格。
然而这一项签证的前景却仍旧存疑,由于现白宫政府在鼓励本国企业雇佣本地员工,相关政策常常发生重大变化。随着拒签数量的增加,对于任何考虑申请H-1B签证的人来说,与有经验的律师合作显得非常重要。

ATTENTION: H-1B SPOUSAL RULES CHANGING

April 8, 2019
The USCIS announced new regulations on Friday regarding the review process for spouses of H-1B holders. In particular, the new regulations are focused on spouses who are legal minors. The administration said the new regulations are meant to ensure that the visa process is protecting vulnerable populations and not being abused as a human trafficking tactic.
The changes mainly add new review procedures to the spouse of an H-1B holder attempting to immigrate to the US with them using an I-130 petition. It only applies when the spouse is under 16 years of age, OR if they are 16 or 17 years old with more than a 10-year age gap between partners.
The practical implications are that there might be more “request for evidence” requirements for those affected. Given that failure to provide evidence is a common reason for visa rejections, it is important to ensure that these requests are handled timely and appropriately.
For anyone concerned about the visa process, regardless of your marriage status, the best course of action is to work with a qualified legal team to help navigate the shifting rules and regulations.
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号外!H-1B配偶相关的法规正在发生变化!

移民局上周五宣布了关于H-1B持有者配偶审查程序的新规定。新规定尤其针对法律上未成年的配偶。政府表示,新规定旨在确保签证程序能够保护弱势群体,而非成为人口贩卖的帮凶。
这些变化主要是为试图通过填写I-130申请表与H-1B持有人一起移民的配偶而言审查程序将更加严格。这些规定适用于配偶未满16岁或配偶已达16岁或17岁,但伴侣之间年龄差距超过10岁的情况。
最直接的影响可能是会产生更多相关的RFE(补件要求)。由于未能提供足够的证据材料是签证拒签的常见原因,及时和妥当的处理这些要求至关重要。
对于关注签证过程的任何人,无论您的婚姻状况如何,与富有经验的法律团队合作,了解不断变化的法律法规,都是您的最好选择。

H-1B CAP REACHED FOR 2020

April 5, 2019
The USCIS has announced that the mandated regular cap on H-1B applications for 2020 has been reached. The H-1B visa is only approved for 65,000 people for the fiscal year, with an additional 20,000 given for an “advanced degree” exemption.
The USCIS will continue to process petitions if they are exempt from the regular cap, as well as those petitions that apply to visa holders asking for extensions, changing their H-1B terms, changing employers, or attempting to gain a second H-1B position in addition to the one they hold already.
For those wondering about their H-1B status or qualifications, it is important to seek legal counsel to determine if you are eligible for a cap exemption or for another work visa.
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2020财年H-1B常规名额已满

移民局最近宣布2020财年H-1B申请的常规名额已满。H-1B签证仅在本财年批准65000个名额,和20000个“高等学历”的补充名额。
移民局将继续处理其他H-1B相关的申请如延期,更换雇主,和第二个H-1B职位申请等。
对于想要知道他们的H-1B申请状态和资格的人,寻求法律帮助对于了解您是否有资格获得免抽签或者其他签证非常重要。

WOMAN SENTENCED IN MARRIAGE/VISA-FRAUD SCAM

April 1, 2019
The US Attorney’s office has announced that a woman has been sentenced in a case involving marriage and visa fraud. Marena Mushero, of Maine, allegedly offered to marry a foreign national in need of a visa in exchange for money.
Prosecutors claimed that Mushero accepted cash and wire transfers from a foreign resident living and working in the US prior to their wedding, so that the foreign national could obtain a “green card”. This attempt to circumvent the US’s immigration policies was eventually discovered, and Mushero has been convicted and sentenced to 5 years of probation as a result.
Schemes around visa fraud in the US can be unfortunately common, with many visa-for-profit rings being busted regularly by federal investigators. It is important for potential immigrants to follow US laws and policies, or face fines, imprisonment, and deportation. If you are considering living and working in the US, it is important to obtain qualified legal counsel to ensure that you are legally protected throughout the immigration process.
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婚姻签证诈骗要坐牢了!?

美国检察官办公室宣布,一名女子因涉嫌婚姻和签证欺诈而被判刑。据称,缅因州的Marena Mushero与需要签证的外籍人士结婚以获取金钱利益。
检察官声称,Mushero在婚礼前接受了在美国生活和工作的外籍人士的现金与电汇,以帮助该人获得绿卡。执法部门最终发现了这种利用移民政策的企图,因此Mushero被判处了五年缓刑。
美国的签证欺诈现象非常常见,联邦调查人员常常会对以通过非法手段帮助外籍人士办理签证从而获取利润进行打击,对于想要移民的人来说,遵守美国的法律法规。如果您正在考虑在美国生活和工作,请务必向有经验的律师寻求帮助,以确保您的权益在整个移民过程中受到保护。