USCIS Releases Statement Regarding the Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

In the past week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have released a list of countries from which foreign nationals may participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in 2020. Essentially, all the countries that were designated as eligible in 2019 will remain designated for 2020.

That being said, if you are from a country that is not currently listed, you should not give up hope. USCIS has the power to add any country it deems eligible at any time. That being said, USCIS can also deny eligibility to current eligible countries at any time as well.

Essentially, the H-2A and H-2B programs serve the purpose of allowing employers in the United States to apply for certain foreign nations to work temporarily in certain agricultural or nonagricultural jobs within the U.S. Though generally, only individuals from countries deemed eligible may be admitted, there are certain circumstances where USCIS will approve H-2A and H-2B petitions from countries currently deemed ineligible if it can be proven that it is in the best interest of the United States to do so. If you are someone who believes you are eligible for the H-2A and H-2B programs, you must read on and reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorney to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B programs?

Some, but not all, of the countries eligible for the visa programs include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Moldova, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and more.

Are there any exceptions?

There are certain exceptions for various countries. For example, the Dominican Republic, Moldova, and Paraguay are eligible for the H-2A program, however, they may not participate in the H-2B program. Additionally, you should note that the recent notice from USCIS does not affect individuals currently in the U.S. unless they are applying to extend their status. These countries’ designations will remain valid until January 18, 2021. If you think you qualify, you must not wait–our firm is ready to assist you today.

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USCIS Announces Implementation of Electronic H-1B Registration Process

As of January 9, 2020, USCIS is implementing a new H-1B registration process for the fiscal year 2021. With the new law in place, all H-1B cap-subject petitioners who are looking to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap petition now must first register electronically with USCIS. Each H-1B submission requires a $10 fee per applicant. If you submit a duplicate registration, you may face legal consequences, or, at the very least, have your application denied. Please continue reading to learn more about the change and how the H-1B program functions.

  • Prospective petitioners with selected registrations can now file an FY 2021 cap-subject petition exclusively for the alien identified in the registration and within the filing period provided on the notice of eligibility
  • The H-1B registration final rule states that if USCIS receives more than a certain number of registrations, they will select the number of registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations after the initial registration period closes at random. USCIS will then notify all registrants with selected registrations by March 31, 2020.

What is the purpose of the H-1B program?

The H-1B program is for nonimmigrants who are looking to work in the United States. That being said, H-1B visas are usually only for those who are employed in a “specialty occupation.” There are various types of such occupations, such as education, biotechnology, architecture, medicine, engineering, and more. If you are granted an H-1B visa, you will be able to work in the U.S. for up to three years, and, in certain cases, when your visa expires, you may apply for a three-year extension.

That being said, it is worth noting that if you are fired from your job, or even if you quit, you will most likely have to leave the country, as your visa will have expired. If you think you qualify for an H-1B visa, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys. We have helped countless individuals through the immigration process, and we are ready to do the same for you. All you have to do is ask.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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USCIS Now Accepting Green Card Applications Under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

Recently, USCIS began accepting applications from certain Liberian nationals to adjust their status to lawful permanent residents. This comes after the December 20, 2019 passing of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness.

However, to qualify for permanent residence, among other things, individuals must have been physically present in the U.S. from November 20, 2014, to the date they file for adjustment of status. These individuals will have until December 20, 2020, to submit their applications. Additionally, it is worth noting that these immigrants must be otherwise admissible to the United States, and there are certain standard grounds of inadmissibility for other immigrants that will not apply to these Liberians. They are as follows:

  • Public Charge (INA 212(a)(4))
  • Aliens Present Without Admission or Parole (INA 212(a)(6)(A))
  • Documentation Requirements (INA 212(a)(7)(A))
  • Labor Certification Requirements (INA 212(a)(5))

That being said, there are still certain grounds that would render these immigrants inadmissible, including being convicted of an aggravated felony, being convicted of two or more crimes involving “moral turpitude,” or having been ordered, incited, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person simply because of their religion, race, ethnicity, or any other prejudice reason.

Lastly, you should note that if you receive your Green Card, your family members may also apply for a Green Card under the LRIF if they meet the following standards:

  • They are either the spouse of the Green Card holder, the unmarried child of one, or are the unmarried son or daughter over 21 years old of a Liberian national who meets these requirements
  • You are otherwise eligible for an immigrant visa
  • You file before December 20, 2020
  • You are admissible to the United States

If you are someone who qualifies for a Green Card under the LRIF, please do not hesitate to reach out to our compassionate, knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration firm to learn more about the legal process going forward.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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The Benefits and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship

If you are an immigrant, you are most likely waiting for the day when you become an official United States citizen. Citizenship provides immigrants with the opportunities they need to live a happy, safe, and successful life. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys to learn more about naturalization and how U.S. citizenship can benefit you:

How do I know if I qualify for naturalization?

To qualify for naturalization, you must meet several qualifications. They are as follows:

  • You must prove you are committed to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
  • You must be able to communicate, via reading, writing, and speaking basic English.
  • You must have a satisfactory understanding of the United States government and history.
  • You must take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
  • You must be at least 18 years old, and a permanent resident for at least 5 years.
  • You will have to prove continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years before the date of filing Form N-400.
  • Prove that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years before filing Form N-400.
  • You must have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply.
  • You must demonstrate that you are a person of good moral character.

What are some of the benefits and responsibilities of becoming a United States citizen?

When you are granted citizenship in the United States, you are given various rights and responsibilities. Rights are freedoms you can now enjoy as a United States citizen, while responsibilities are commitments you will make to our country to ensure it operates to its highest potential. Some of these rights and responsibilities are as follows:

  • The right to vote: Generally, only U.S. citizens are allowed the right to vote in our elections.
  • Travel with a U.S. passport
  • Bring family members to the United States
  • Obtain citizenship for children who are younger than 18 years old
  • Apply for federal jobs, as most of these jobs will require citizenship
  • Become an elected official. This is one of the highest honors and responsibilities a person can have, and it can only be obtained through U.S. citizenship.
  • Keep your residency. Once you are a citizen, you cannot be removed.
  • Qualify for certain federal grants and scholarships
  • Obtain government benefits
  • Serve on a jury. Jury service is one of the quintessential aspects of citizenship, and by serving, you help uphold the democratic process that our country so highly values.

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How do I Help a Relative Become a Citizen?

If you are a United States citizen who is looking to help a relative become a lawful permanent resident, you’ve come to the right place. Our firm has been helping individuals do so for years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Where does the Form I-130 get filed?

Where you currently live plays a dramatic part is determining how exactly you will file your Form I-130. If you are someone who is currently living in the United States as a United States citizen, you will file your form either at the Phoenix, Chicago, or Dallas Lockbox. However, on the other hand, if you are a United States citizen, live outside of the United States, and are filing for an unmarried child under the age of 21, or for one of your parents, you will do so at the USCIS international office in the country where you are currently living.

If you are a United States citizen who is living outside of the U.S. and in a country where there is not USCIS international lockbox, then you will have to file at the Dallas lockbox. The Form requires you provide the nature of your relationship with the immigrant, your mailing address, marital status, and more. Additionally, the Form required you submit the beneficiary’s full name, physical address, date of birth, and marital information.

What does it cost to file?

It will cost $535 to file, so you must ensure you do so correctly. You will have to pay this fee either via personal check, money order, cashier’s check, or by credit card via Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.

What information do I need to file a Form I-130?

It is crucial you submit all necessary information when filing, which is why you must retain the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney to ensure you are doing so correctly. Some of the information you will need to submit includes evidence of your U.S. citizenship, U.S. national status, or lawful permanent residence, a copy of your child’s birth certificate (or your marriage certificate), a copy of your birth certificate, and more.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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