US Government Resources and Websites

The following resources include a range of links, information and forms for both United States and Global Immigration requirements:

  1. “U.S. Department of Labor” (links to http://www.dol.gov)
    • “Occupational Outlook Handbook” (links to http://www.bls.gov/ooh/)
  2. “U.S. Department of State” (links to http://www.state.gov)
  3. “U.S. Customs and Immigration Services” (links to http://www.uscis.gov)
  4. “U.S. Department of Justice” (links to https://www.justice.gov)
  5. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection” (http://www.cbp.gov)

Mindset Moments

  • 23-Jan-2017

    Will Divorce Affect My Immigration Status?

    Are you currently in the United States on a visa that was granted to you based on your spouse’s application or citizenship? If so, your immigration status may be affected in the event that you should ever divorce or separate from your spouse. ...
  • 10-Jan-2017

    Can I Receive a Waiver for Immigration Fraud and Misrepresentation?

    If you are applying for an immigration visa, employment visa, visitor visa, or other type of visa authorizing your travel to the United States, your application may be denied if you are found inadmissible for various reasons. Depending on the ...
  • 19-Dec-2016

    Consequences of Failing to Renew a Green Card

    Those who earn Permanent Residency within the United States will be issued a green card – formally known as an I-551 card – that they must carry with them at all times. The average green card will have a duration of only 10 years; a few ...
  • 16-Dec-2016

    Chicago Tech Leaders Worried Immigration Reform Will Hurt Industry

    Industry leaders in the technology sector have expressed concerns over how the Trump administration’s proposed changes to immigration law could affect their own companies and the American economy over all. While some of these tech leaders were ...
  • 21-Nov-2016

    Do H-1 Visa Holders Get Deported If They Get Fired?

    People who hold an H-1B employment visa are permitted to enter and stay within the United States on the grounds that they will perform highly specialized work at their place of occupation. But what happens if a company needs to downsize, or the ...
  • 16-Nov-2016

    U.S. Employers Will Need to Renew or Gain New H-1B Petitions Soon

    Does your business employ any specialists that require your sponsorship to stay within the country? If so, they might need to renew their H-1B visas on April 1 st, 2017, the first day the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) ...
  • 7-Nov-2016

    U.S. Immigrant Population Hits Record High

    According to a new survey of the immigrant population in the United States, American immigration has reached an all-time high in recent years, with immigrants comprising 13.3 percent of U.S. residents in 2014. This marks the highest annual percentage ...
  • 31-Oct-2016

    7 Tips to Help with Your U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Interview

    Increased immigration, security concerns, economic factors, and other influences in recent years have all led to a considerable change in the way U.S. non-immigrant visas are granted, particularly regarding their categories, preferences, and quotas. ...
  • 15-Sep-2016

    Interesting Immigration Facts You Might Not Know

    No matter your viewpoint, immigration is a hot topic in America, especially in recent years. It is also an ever-present issue all around the world. People in general are concerned with their borders, who is crossing them, and why. But not many people ...
  • 8-Sep-2016

    Naturalization Eligibility Requirements Clarified by USCIS

    Over the past couple years, more and more lawful permanent residents are deciding to gain naturalization here in the United States. Despite this encouraging rise, the process of naturalization hasn’t gotten any easier. In fact, understanding ...
  • 19-Aug-2016

    Immigration-Related Violations More Heavily Penalized

    The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) used its administrative powers to implement higher monetary, civil, and criminal penalties to be used against employers who violated the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). The final ruling ...
  • 16-Aug-2016

    What is the H-1B & L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016?

    A bipartisan bill known as the H-1B & L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016 has recently been introduced to Congress and it is already turning heads and sparking debate. The purpose of the bill is to prevent firms from hiring additional H-1B visa employees ...
  • 30-Jul-2016

    US Colleges Using Legal Loophole to Help Students Get Visas

    A number of U.S. colleges are using a legal ambiguity to help international entrepreneurs stay in America after graduating by hiring them upon graduation. While most foreign students would be required to compete for one of the United States’ ...
  • 27-Jul-2016

    Despite Rate Hikes, India Receives Majority of H-1B Visas

    Despite a hike in fees, India continues to receive a considerable share of the United States government’s H-1B visas. According to US Ambassador to India Richard Verma, who was present at the recent “The Future is Now: From COP21 to ...
  • 10-Mar-2016

    OPT STEM 24 Month Extension - Effective May 10, 2016

    On March 10, 2016 a final rule was published in the Federal Register which amends the regulations on some F-1 nonimmigrant students’ participation in optional practical training (OPT) who have received degrees in science, technology, ...
  • 7-Mar-2016

    Known Employer Pilot - USCIS Streamlines Certain Petitions

    The Known Employer Pilot On March 3, 2015 a one year Known Employer pilot program was launched in an effort to test a program to streamline certain petitions. The Known Employer pilot includes the participation of nine employers and focuses on ...
  • 5-Feb-2016

    H-1B FY 2017 CAP - Planning for Filing of Fresh Petitions

    The USCIS will start accepting H-1B petitions towards the FY 2017 Cap on April 1, 2016. The lead time required to plan and prepare new cases in time for the filing deadline makes it imperative that employers begin the planning process as soon as ...
  • 5-Feb-2016

    Lottery Expected Again this Year

    The USCIS will start accepting H-1B petitions towards the FY 2017 Cap on April 1, 2016. The lead time required to plan and prepare new cases in time for the filing deadline makes it imperative that employers begin the planning process as soon as ...
  • 12-Jan-2016

    New Fees for H-1B and L-1 Visas Effective 12/18/2015

    USCIS Guidance Clarifies Effective Date The USCIS has just issued guidance that the effective date for the enactment of Public Law 114-113 that imposes new fees for H-1B and L-1 filings will be effective on December 18, 2015. Those cases that have ...
  • 11-Jan-2016

    New Fees for H-1B and L-1 Visas

    As has been widely reported in the media, the Omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 18, 2015 contained a surprise for companies who are dependent on high-skilled foreign workers. The new law imposes significant ...
  • 11-Jan-2016

    H-1B FY 2017 CAP - Planning for Filing of Fresh Petitions

    The USCIS will start accepting H-1B petitions towards the FY 2017 Cap on April 1, 2016. The lead time required to plan and prepare new cases in time for the filing deadline makes it imperative that employers begin the planning process as soon as ...
  • 11-Jan-2016

    New Fees for H-1B and L-1 Visas

    As has been widely reported in the media the Omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 18, 2015 contained a surprise for some companies who are dependent on high-skilled foreign workers. The new law imposes ...
  • 11-Jan-2016

    H-1B FY 2017 CAP - Planning for Filing of Fresh Petitions

    The USCIS will start accepting H-1B petitions towards the FY 2017 Cap on April 1, 2016. The lead time required to plan and prepare new cases in time for the filing deadline makes it imperative that employers begin the planning process as soon as ...
  • 18-Nov-2015

    H-1B Visa Petition Filing Date Fast Approaching

    The FY 2015 H-1B Visa Filing Date is fast approaching. As the primary method for non-immigrant skilled workers to obtain a U.S. work authorization, H-1B visas are in high demand. The USCIS will begin receiving applications April 1, 2016. 65,000 ...
  • 15-Sep-2015

    Final version of the L-1B memorandum

    On August 17, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a final version of the L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum, which became effective on August 31, 2015. The final publication of the L-1B Adjudications Policy ...