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Having Your U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder Spouse Petition for You

If your spouse is a US Citizen or Green Card Holder, they can petition for you. There are two ways to petition for you: either through Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing. Adjustment of Status When you are in the U.S., you can pursue adjustment of status. If your spouse is a U.S. citizen, they can file the spouse petition...
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3 Types of O-1A Visa Criteria for Establishing Extraordinary Ability Which Can Be Used as Comparable Evidence for the O-1B Visa in the Arts, Motion Picture, and Entertainment Industry

This article will help you plan in showing how you are overall extraordinary by using 3 of the most underutilized criteria for establishing extraordinary ability. The criteria for O-1A Visas in the sciences, education, business, and athletics is different from the criteria for O-1B Visas in the arts, motion picture, and entertainment. However, comparable evidence can be used for both...
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What are the J-1 Visa Exchange Program Categories?

A J-1 Visa is suitable for those who wish to study or obtain work related experience or training, under a specific exchange visa category.  Before you can apply for a J-1 Visa, you must first be accepted into an exchange visitor program through a designated sponsoring organization in the U.S. You can learn more at the Department of State  website:...
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Petitioning for Your Child

Options as a Green Card holder v. a Citizen  Must be biological child, adopted child, or step child See if they meet the requirements for “child” based on the relationship and age See if marital status has impact on type of petition
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Career moves to Qualify for an O1 Visa

There are several career moves that will give you a head start on qualifying for an O Visa and strengthening your application! Keep in mind that the O Visa: is for individuals exceptional in their career field, so it is imperative that you are able to prove that and truly do excel. By following these moves, it will help build...
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Should you do a change of status or consular processing for a F-1 to J-1 visa?

If you are already in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, you can stay in the U.S. and do a Change of Status application or you can return to your country, or a country that does third-country visa processing, and apply for a visa through the consulate. What option you choose depends on various factors:  -the time you have before...
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The difference between consular processing and adjustment of status

Consular processing: Beneficiary outside USCIS. After USCIS petition approved, Beneficiary applies for a visa to come to the U.S., attends interview, application approves, gets visa stamp in passport, comes to the U.S. If they are the beneficiary of an immigrant visa, they will also get Green Card after arrival in the U.S. Adjustment of Status: Beneficiary is in the U.S....
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O-1 Visa: Starting Now to Build Your Brand

It is never too late or too early to start building your brand and garnering recognition. Do not feel intimidated by the requirements for the O-1 Visa evidence; as you continue working in your career, you will notice that the evidence will accumulate.  O-1 Visa: Social Media Social media can be a powerful tool to utilize, considering the ability it...
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What is the difference between OPT and CPT?

You cannot work while you are here in the U.S. on a student visa unless you are authorized to do so under OPT or CPT. OPT and CPT are both employment authorizations for students on the F-1 Visa. CPT stands for Curricular Practical Training: For undergraduate students; Full-time or part-time; Requires a signed agreement between student and employer; Requires enrollment...
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