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The O-1A Visa: What does “Critical Employment” Mean, and How Do You Qualify?

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The caliber of the positions you've held throughout your career and the success of the companies you've worked for can strengthen your O-1 petition.

How To Meet the Judging Criteria for the O-1 Visa

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Judging hackathons, peer-reviewing articles, and sitting on a panel at a competition are just a few ways you can meet the O-1 judging criterion.

O-1A Criteria for Startup Founders

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There are eight criteria for the O-1A visa. The good news? You only have to meet a minimum of three criteria to qualify for the O-1A.

EB-2 Exceptional Ability Criteria Explained

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Even if you don't have an Advanced Degree, you can still qualify for the EB-2 by proving that you have "Exceptional Ability."

Qualifying For The O-1 Visa

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The O-1 visa may seem out of reach, but thousands of startup founders and key talent qualify without even knowing it. This article walks you through the O-1 criteria and how to qualify.

Visa Waiver Program FAQs

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The Visa Waiver Program and ESTA takes far less planning than applying for a visa, but is it the right fit for you? Let’s dive into the details to find … Continued

B-1 FAQs

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You’re an insanely busy startup founder, not a work visa master. If you’re struggling to understand your work visa options, don’t spend another second worrying about it—we have you covered! In this post, we cover the most common questions about the B-1 visitor visa.

L-1A FAQ

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L-1A is a nonimmigrant classification that allows a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the U.S. or to establish a new office in the U.S.

L-1B FAQ

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L-1B is a nonimmigrant classification that allows a U.S. employer to transfer an employee with specialized knowledge from a foreign office to an office in the U.S. It can also be used to send a specialized knowledge employee to set up a new office in the U.S.

How To Set Up a U.S. Work Visa Program for Your Remote Employees

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Establishing  an immigration program for your company can feel like a daunting process. In this article, we'll walk through the process and benefits.

Adjustment of Status

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Many of our clients working in the U.S. are interested in pursuing green cards. There are many ways to transition from nonimmigrant status to permanent residency while in the U.S., but they all involve something called the “adjustment of status.”

O-1A FAQs

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You’re an insanely busy startup founder, not a work visa master. If you’re struggling to understand your work visa options, don’t spend another second worrying about it–we have you covered!

Founder Spotlight:
Vicki Guan | Co-Founder of Evri

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We recently got to spend some time talking with Vicki Guan, co-founder of Evri. She’s one of our innovative and inspiring customers who has drawn on her life experiences as she’s created a market-altering product. Even in the midst of so many unforeseen impacts of COVID-19, Vicki and her team are working tirelessly to adapt to our changing world.

Legalpad Staff Attorney Tips On Drafting The Best O-1 Petition

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For the O-1 visa petition, there are several things to keep in mind when drafting a petition. Here are some tips from our staff attorney team.

Hitting The Accelerator

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If you're an entrepreneur in the tech space -- or any space really -- you’ve probably at least heard of, or considered going through an accelerator. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of taking that step.

Paths For Students After Graduation

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If your graduation is coming up, or you just want to be prepared for when the time comes, you’re probably thinking about how you’ll transfer from your F-1 visa when you enter the workforce. Here are some options.

Change of Status Approval Checklist (Non-Canadian Citizens)

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A “change of status” approval means is that your status will automatically change. See the checklist in this article for next steps.

Visas During COVID-19

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Answers to frequently asked questions from our office hours about COVID-19’s impact to USCIS processing and international travel. Updated as of September 15, 2020.

Premium Processing Explained

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Premium processing is a service offered by the USCIS that expedites your petition response for a fee. This article walks you through premium processing, as well as recent changes to the process.

TN FAQ

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TN is a nonimmigrant classification created under the the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) granted to qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary U.S. entry to engage in business activities.

Change of Status Approval Checklist (Canadian Citizens)

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A “change of status” approval means your status will automatically change. There's no further action required to activate the status. Please follow the checklist below for next steps.

O-1 Status: Extension, Amendment, and Change of Employer

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After you’ve been granted classification as an O-1 “Alien of Extraordinary Ability”, here are four things to keep in mind to maintain your O-1 status.

How To Get A U.S. Green Card

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A detailed guide to obtaining an employment-based green card from start to finish.

The EB-1 vs EB-2 Explained

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The key differences between the EB-1 and EB-2 and how to get on you on the path to obtaining a U.S. green card.

What is “Original Contribution” for the O-1A?

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The O-1A is a U.S. work-authorized status for people with extraordinary ability in sciences, education, business, or athletics.

Six Things to Consider When Starting Your Visa Petition

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We asked six of our experts what would be the one thing they wish our clients knew before starting this process. Here’s who they are, and what they said.

EB-1C: Multinational Manager or Executive

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The EB-1C is an immigrant petition that puts you on the path to getting a green card. To be eligible for an EB-1C, you must have been employed by a company for at least one year in a manager or executive role.

EB-1B: Outstanding Professor and Researcher

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The EB-1B is an immigrant petition that puts you on the path to getting a green card. To be eligible for an EB-1B, you must demonstrate international recognition for your outstanding achievements in a particular academic field.

EB-1A: Alien of Extraordinary Ability

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The EB-1A is an immigrant petition that puts you on the path to getting a green card. To be eligible for an EB-1A, you must demonstrate that you have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.

F-1 Student FAQ – Fall 2020

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Whether your university is fully remote, or you’re taking classes on campus, or a mix of both, the good news is that if you were on a valid F-1 as of March 9, 2020, you’re unaffected by the recent government orders.

The Visa Interview: Helpful Tips

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Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)

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A Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) is USCIS’ way of letting you know that they don’t expect your application to be approved.

Documents Checklist for H-1B Sponsors

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An H-1B petition includes an approved Labor Condition Application, immigration forms, supporting documents about the sponsoring company, and supporting documents about the candidate.

Ace the B-1 Visa Interview

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One of the requirements for the B-1 Temporary Business Visitor visa is an interview with a consular officer at the US embassy or consulate of your residence country. This interview helps the … Continued

H-1B FAQs for Startups

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You’re an insanely busy startup founder, not a work visa master. If you’re struggling to understand your work visa options, don’t spend another second worrying about it—we have you covered!