The H-2B Program and the Latest Updates | What to Know

When it comes to entering the United States, there are a number of ways to do so. Everyone has a different situation, so it is important to find the way that works best for you. For some, this may be through the H-2B program. Read on to learn more about the program and the latest announcement.

What is the H-2B Program?

H-2A and H-2B visa programs allow United States employers to bring foreigners to the country in order to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs. H-2B refers to the Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers program. This is a highly competitive program for many people because the United States puts a cap on the number of people who are eligible to be employed as an H-2B nonimmigrant worker each year.

What is the Process?

In order to become eligible for this program, an employer must petition for the worker they are hiring. They must prove that the United States does not have enough of their own workers who are able nor willing to do the work. It is important to know that it is only temporary work. For example, it may be seasonal work. Additionally, the petitioning employer has to prove that there will be no negative impact on wages or working conditions of U.S. workers by hiring H-2B workers. Finally, petitioning employers must go through the United States Department of Labor in order to obtain a valid temporary labor certification. This can be a difficult process, so it is best to speak with an experienced immigration attorney.

What did USCIS Announce?

According to uscis.gov, “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have published a joint temporary final rule making available an additional 22,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural guest worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2021 to employers who are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers. Of the supplemental visas, 6,000 are reserved for nationals of the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.”

If you have any questions or concerns about the H-2B program or the latest announcement, feel free to contact our firm today.

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What is a P-Visa? | What to Know

If you are a performer or athlete looking to come to the United States for an event, you may need to obtain a P-Visa. Read on to learn more about the different types and who is eligible.

P-1A and P-1B Visas 

The P-1A visa is specifically available to internationally recognized athletes. This allows them to come to the country temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition at an internationally recognized performance level. Those who wish to obtain this visa must meet certain requirements. The applicant must:

  • Be coming to the country to participate in an individual event, competition, or performance that requires an internationally recognized athlete
  • Be internationally recognized: have a high level of achievement backed up with a skill that is above the ordinary and known in more than one country

A P-1B Visa is available for a member of an internationally recognized entertainment group. This allows them to come to the country temporarily to perform as a member of this group that is internationally recognized for a period of time. An individual who wishes to obtain this visa must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 75% of the members in their group have had a substantial and consistent relationship with the group for at least one year
  • The group must be internationally recognized with a high level of achievement backed up by a skill that is above the ordinary

It is important to note that the reputation of the group will be taken into account.

P-2 and P-3 Visa

A P-2 visa exists for those who are individual performers or part of a group that is planning to perform in a reciprocal exchange program. This allows the individual to perform as an artist or entertainer, whether it may be individually or as part of a group. The requirements to receive this visa are as follows:

  • The individual must be an artist or entertainer under a formal reciprocal exchange agreement between the organization in the United States and the organization in the foreign country
  • The individual must possess skills that are comparable to those of artists and entertainers in the United States that are taking part in the program outside the country

A P-3 visa is for individuals who are artists or entertainers coming to the country to temporarily be a part of a culturally unique program. This is for those coming to perform, teach, or coach. The requirements to receive this visa are as follows:

  • The individual must come to the country individually or as a group for one of the following purposes: developing, interpreting, representing, coaching, or teaching a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance
  • The individual must come to the country to participate in a cultural event to further the understanding of their art form

If you have any questions or concerns about obtaining a P-Visa, contact our firm today. We are here to walk you through the process.

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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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What to Know About Naturalization Ceremonies in Wisconsin

One of the last steps of becoming a citizen involves attending a naturalization ceremony. Read on to learn more about naturalization ceremonies, what they entail, and what you can expect.

Are There Different Types of Naturalization Ceremonies?

There are two types of naturalization ceremonies: the administrative ceremony and the judicial ceremony. Though both ceremonies involve taking the Oath of Allegiance, the Oath is administered differently between the two. In an administrative ceremony, USCIS will administer the Oath, while in the judicial ceremony, the court will administer the Oath. While there is a chance you can have your naturalization ceremony on the same day as your interview, there is also a chance that ceremonies will be unavailable immediately after your interview. If this is the case, USCIS will mail you a notice with the location, date, and time of your naturalization ceremony.

What if I Cannot Attend the Ceremony?

If for some reason, you are unable to attend the scheduled naturalization ceremony, you may return the notice to your local USCIS office, including a letter giving your reasoning for why you cannot attend, as well as request a new date for the ceremony to take place. While this is acceptable once, you should know that if you fail to appear more than once, your application may be denied. However, if there are some sort of outstanding circumstances that require your absence from the ceremony, you should speak with an experienced immigration attorney.

What do I Need to do When I Arrive at the Naturalization Ceremony?

Once you arrive, you will check in with USCIS. Next, you will provide a USCIS officer with the answers you gave to the questionnaire, Form N-455, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony. You will then return your Permanent Resident Card, as you will no longer need it once you take the Oath and receive the Certificate of Naturalization. Upon receiving the Certificate, ensure you check it over for any potential errors.

What Are Some Benefits of U.S. Citizenship?

Those who are granted citizenship now have the power to apply for passports, vote, and update their Social Security records, among other things. Additionally, you may be able to help family members gain citizenship.

If you have any questions regarding naturalization ceremonies in Wisconsin, contact our firm to speak with an experienced attorney.

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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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What are the Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

The process of becoming a United States citizen can be long and difficult. But, once you complete the process, you will experience a number of benefits. Read on to learn more about some of the benefits and responsibilities that come with citizenship.

Do I Qualify For Naturalization?

In order 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.  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.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your immigration status, contact our firm today to discuss.

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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 Has Begun Implementing Its New Interactive Voice Response Telephone System

Recently, USCIS has announced that it will be implementing a new interactive voice response telephone system for all English and Spanish calls to the USCIS Contact Center. The new IVR system is designed to personalize the individual’s experience by allowing them to do the following:

  • Receive links for forms and information by text or email
  • Provide real-time feedback via an optional survey
  • Speak to the system instead of selecting keypad options, something that should help streamline the process for those calling for specific reasons

The new system is not to be implemented all at once; instead, it will be carried out in phases. Therefore, if you call a short time from now, there is a chance that you will not interact with the new IVR system right away. However, the system is expected to go fully operational relatively quickly. Once it is, USCIS Contact Center will become even more efficient, and those calling will have a wider array of services options to choose from. The new move is expected to decrease the amount of time you may spend on the phone while repeating yourself due to your dialect, accent, or background noise on your end. Finally, you should note that despite the change, the Contact Center’s toll-free numbers will remain the same. Hours for live assistance will also remain the same.

For any additional questions about your immigration status, please do not hesitate to give our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys a call today. We are ready to help you through every step of the process ahead.

Contact our experienced Wisconsin firm

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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