Feeling Lucky? It’s Lottery Time!

If you didn’t already know, the immigration diversity green card lottery program is going on, right now!  Unlike the Hunger Games scenario, in the green card lottery you will want to hear your name called because if it is, you and your family could be on the fast track to a green card in the U.S.  The diversity lottery (as it is called in short) is a program put into place by the U.S. government to encourage diversity and give countries with typically low rates of immigration an equal chance to come to the U.S.  Each year 55,000 visas a granted through the lottery.  If you qualify, you should apply!
The requirements are as follows:

11        Must have a high school education or equivalent (two years of work experience in the last five            years in a job that requires at least two year of training or experience).
22     May not have been born in any of the following countries:
a.   Bangladesh
b.      Brazil
c.      Canada
d.      China
e.      Colombia
f.       DR
g.      El Salvador
h.      Haiti
i.       India
j.       Jamaica
k.      Mexico
l.       Nigeria
m.    Pakistan
n.      Peru
o.     Philippines
p.      South Korea
q.      UK
r.       Vietnam

If you think you qualify, you must apply by November 7, 2016.  You can do so by going to the website www.dvlottery.state.gov and following the application instructions.  Please note that if you have been in the U.S. unlawfully or are currently in the U.S. without status, you are not likely eligible.  If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Kuck Immigration Partners at 404-816-8611 to discuss.  If you have not already applied, please do so!  You have nothing to lose.  May the odds be ever in your favor!

What Makes a Person “Inadmissible” to the United States?

There are many ways that a person can be barred from entering the United States.  Whenever a person attempts to enter the country, applies for a visa or adjust his or her immigrant status, or naturalizes, he or she will be evaluated for “admissibility” to the United States.

If Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finds that a person is inadmissible, then he or she cannot enter the country. If that person is in the United States, then he or she may be required to go through removal proceedings.

There are many reasons why a person might be found inadmissible to the United States. Examples include:

·         The person has admitted to committing a crime or has been convicted of a crime;
·         The person abuses or is addicted to drugs;
·         The person does not have the proper vaccinations;
·         The person has a mental or physical disorder that could cause harm to him- or herself or others;
·         The person has a communicable disease such as tuberculosis;
·         The person is a drug trafficker;
·         The person has previously violated US immigration laws;
·         The person participated in Nazi persecution;
·         The person is suspected of terrorist related activities
·         The person is a spy or terrorist; or
·         The person is likely to depend on government assistance.

If you or a family member was found inadmissible to the United States, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Depending on the reason for the inadmissibility, there may be a petition available that would allow you or your family member to immigrate. Call 404-816-8611 to discuss your case with a green card lawyer in Atlanta.

What Crimes Would Prevent a Person from Obtaining a Green Card?

There are several crimes that would make a person ineligible to obtain a green card. Sometimes a conviction is not necessary to find the applicant inadmissible.

Here are a few examples of such crimes:

·         Crime of moral turpitude (theft, assault, bribery, shoplifting, etc);
·         Controlled substance violation (simple drug possession or greater drug related offenses);
·         Being convicted of two crimes for which the applicant served at least five years total in prison;
·         Drug trafficking;
·         Prostitution or the importation of prostitutes;
·         Violations of religious freedom if the applicant served as a government official in a foreign country;
·         Human trafficking;
·         Committing an aggravated felony; or
·         Money laundering.

Options for People Who Were Found Inadmissible to the United States

Just because Customs and Border Protection or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services found you or your loved one inadmissible does not mean that you are without options. For example, if you have a communicable disease that is curable or that was incorrectly diagnosed, then you may be able to overcome your inadmissibility. In some cases, the U.S. government makes a mistake and wrongfully finds a person inadmissible.

If CBP or USCIS found that you or your family member was inadmissible, turn to Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an immigration attorney in Atlanta who will evaluate your case and explain your legal options.

Mr. Kuck is the past National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). Schedule a consultation today by calling 404-816-8611.

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What is Adustment of Status?

If you meet the requirements for a green card and you were inspected and paroled or admitted into the United States, and remain in lawful status, then you may be able to change your immigration status from parolee or nonimmigrant (temporary) to immigrant (permanent).

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, most immigrants who successfully petition for adjustment of status become eligible though a petition filed by their employer or a family member. However, becoming a permanent resident of the United States is never a straightforward process. You must meet strict requirements and submit extensive documentation to prove your eligibility.

If you would like to adjust your U.S. immigration status, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an immigration lawyer in Atlanta who will help you gather the necessary documentation and avoid mistakes when petitioning for a green card. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation.

Read on to learn about three steps involved in adjusting an individual’s immigration status in the United States:

1. Find out Whether You Are Eligible for an Adjustment of Status

As previously mentioned, most immigrants become eligible for an adjustment of status though a petition filed by their employer or a family member. However, it is also possible to become a permanent resident by first obtaining asylum or refugee status, or by fulfilling other special provisions.

2. File the Appropriate Petition Form

When you know which immigrant category applies to your case, it’s time to file the appropriate petition form. Most individuals need to have the petition filed on their behalf.

Family-Based Adjustment of Status: If you have a relative who is a permanent resident or U.S. citizen, then he or she can file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on your behalf.

Employment-Based Adjustment of Status: In most cases, getting an adjustment of status through an employer requires that the employer files Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker. However, if an entrepreneur intends to invest a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business venture, then he or she may file Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur.

Humanitarian Programs: Humanitarian programs generally do not require a petition; however, the individual may have to fulfill additional requirements before adjusting his or her status.

Special Classes of Immigrants: Sometimes immigrants can file Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), and Special Immigrant. They may also have this form filed on their behalf.

Depending on which category you adjust under, it may be possible to file your petition at the same time that you file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. A visa must be available in order for you to file Form I-485.

3. Apply to Adjust Status or Register Permanent Residency

Mistakes are common when filing Form I-485. Sometimes applicants forget to provide the necessary evidence or documentation. This could lead to a delay or denial of your application.  And many people apply who may NOT be eligible for adjust status.  That is why it is so important to speak to an immigration lawyer like Kuck Immigration Partners about your eligibility before filing.

Other Steps Required to Adjust Your Immigration Status

Although these three steps are critical for adjusting your immigration status, the process does not end when you submit Form I-485. You will also need to go to your appointment at the Application Support Center, and you may have to go to an interview at a USCIS office. After you have submitted all paperwork, completed the necessary interviews and security checks, and fulfilled all other requirements, USCIS will make a decision on your case. You will receive a notification of the decision in writing.

If you would like to adjust your immigration status in the United States, turn to Kuck Immigration Partners. An immigration lawyer in Atlanta will help you avoid mistakes during the application process. Call 404-816-8611 to schedule a consultation.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements of the H-1B Visa?

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in occupations that require practical or theoretical application of highly specialized knowledge.

As outlined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are strict requirements that must be met to acquire an H-1B visa:

1.       There must be an employer-employee relationship between the employer and the foreign national;
2.       The position must qualify as a specialty occupation;
3.       The specialty occupation must relate to the foreign national’s field of study;
4.       The employer must pay the employee a fair wage; and
5.       Unless numerical limits do not apply, an H-1B visa must be available when the petition is filed.

If you own a business and intend to hire an employee through the H-1B visa program, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck is an employment visa attorney in Atlanta who will explain the eligibility requirements and ease the paperwork and reporting required by you and the foreign national. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation.

Let’s take a closer look at the eligibility requirements of the H-1B visa:

1. Employer-Employee Relationship

In most situations, establishing an employer-employee relationship requires that the U.S. employer can pay, hire, supervise, fire and control the employment of the H-1B worker. In certain cases, the majority or sole owner of the petitioning organization or company can establish the employee-employer relationship if the petitioning entity has the right to control the beneficiary’s employment.

2. Position Qualifies as Specialty Occupation

In order for the position to qualify as a specialty occupation, one of the following criteria must be met:

·         The position normally requires a bachelor’s degree or higher degree, or its equivalent;
·         The requirement of the degree is common within the industry, or the position is so unique or complex that only a person with at least a bachelor’s degree in the specific area could fill the position;
·         The employer usually requires employees in that position to have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent; or
·         The duties are so complex and specialized that the necessary knowledge is usually associated with obtaining a bachelor’s degree or higher.

3. Occupation Relates to Foreign National’s Field of Study

You can prove this requirement by submitting:

·         A comprehensive explanation of the service or product of the company, or the duties of the position, or the nature of the role and how the degree complements the role;
·         Expert opinions about how the degree complements the role;
·         Online resources that describe degrees normally related to the position; or
·         Evidence to prove that similar companies require similar degrees for similar occupations.

4.  Employer Pays a Fair Wage

The employer must pay the employee the actual wage or prevailing wage for the occupation – whichever is higher.

5. Unless Numerical Limits Do Not Apply, H-1B Visa Is Available When Petition Filed

Each fiscal year, there is a numerical cap of 65,000 H-1B visas. However, your petition may be exempt from the cap if it is one of the first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of a person with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. There is a lottery every April for those applying for both types of H-1B visas.   However,  if the beneficiary is employed at or petitioned for a higher education institution, or its related or affiliated nonprofit entities, a government research organization, or a nonprofit organization, then the petition is not subject to the numerical cap.

If you have questions about the H-1B visa, contact an Atlanta immigration lawyer from Kuck Immigration Partners. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule an initial consultation.

ACTUALIZACIÓN de la ampliación del programa de exención provisional – Quien NO es elegible.

Tras la nueva actualización del recién ampliado programa de exención provisional que entró en vigor el 29 de agosto de 2016, es importante aclarar que es y quien no es elegible para solicitar esta exención.

En concreto, un individuo con una orden final de expulsión ahora puede solicitar una exención 212 de la orden de expulsión en los Estados Unidos, y con la aprobación, puede continuar con la solicitud de exención provisional.

Pero, no es así de simple. Existen ciertas restricciones dentro de esta disposición. Tenga en cuenta que hay una diferencia significativa entre la salida voluntaria y dictar una orden de expulsión. Si a un individuo se le dictó una orden de alejamiento por un juez de inmigración, será elegible para la exención 212. Si, por lo contrario, aceptan la salida voluntaria, pero no pueden retirarse, esto se convierte en una orden final de expulsión, esa persona NO será elegible para presentar una exención 212 ni provisional.

Además, sobre el tema de las ordenes de exención en ausencia - si una persona está sujeta a una orden de exención en ausencia, significa que no estaban en la corte cuando se les ordenó retirarla porque no recibió el aviso, o decidieron no ir, ellos tampoco serán elegibles para una exención 212 y una exención provisional si iniciaron el proceso al 1 de abril de 1997. Esto significa que cualquier persona que tenga una orden de exención en ausencia basado en ser colocado en las actualizaciones antes del 1 de abril de 1997, seguirá siendo elegible para la opción 212 y exención provisional, aun cuando la orden de expulsión se produjo después del 1 de abril de 1997.

Cada uno de estos puntos son muy complicados y la base para su elegibilidad puede variar de un caso a otro, por lo que siempre es importante hablar con un abogado de inmigración sobre su elegibilidad antes de continuar con este proceso.

Póngase en contacto con Daniela M. Claffey al 404.949.8151, o por correo electrónico a Dclaffey@immigration.net para cualquier pregunta.

UPDATE to the Expanded Provisional Waiver Program – Who is NOT Eligible!

As an update to the newly expanded provisional waiver program that went into effect on August 29, 2016, it is important to clarify who is and is not eligible to file for this waiver.

Specifically, an individual with a final order of removal may now file a 212 waiver of the removal order in the United States, and upon approval, move forward with the provisional waiver application. 

But, it’s not that simple.  There are certain restrictions within this provision as well.  Keep in mind there is a significant difference between voluntary departure and an order of removal.  If an individual is issued an order of removal by the Immigration Judge, they will be eligible for the 212 waiver.  If on the other hand, they accept Voluntary Departure, but fail to depart such that it turns into a final order of removal, that person will NOT be eligible to file a 212 and provisional waiver. 

Further, on the topic of in absentia orders of removal – if a person is subject to an order of removal in absentia, meaning they were not in court when they were ordered removed either because they didn’t receive notice, or they chose not to go, they also will NOT be eligible to file a 212 and provisional waiver if they were put into proceedings after April 1, 1997.  That means anyone who has an in absentia order of removal based on being placed into proceedings before April 1, 1997, will remain eligible for the 212 and provisional waiver option, even if the removal order occurred after April 1, 1997.    

Each of these points are very complicated and the basis for eligibility can vary from case to case, so always important to speak with an immigration attorney regarding your eligibility before moving forward with this process. 

Please contact Danielle M. Claffey at 404.949.8151, or by email at dclaffey@immigration.net with any questions.

Una razón del por qué la presidencia de Trump podría destruir la inmigración en América.

Mucho se ha dicho acerca de las declaraciones del candidato Trump acerca de los inmigrantes, los "mexicanos", y "la pared." Muchas personas, especialmente los inmigrantes recientes y aquellos que saben de ellos, han tenido una reacción visceral sobre esas declaraciones y consideran a Trump "anti-inmigrante" no apto para dirigir una nación de inmigrantes. Pero tengo que decirle, que estas declaraciones nativistas no son la razón por la que una Presidencia de Trump destruiría la inmigración en América. Hay otra razón; la causa primordial de la marcha de Trump hacia una América amurallada, aislada del resto del trabajo, centrada en sí mismos, y limitante en la integración y el crecimiento—Es el senador Jeff Sessions.

Correcto. El senador Jeff Sessions, el primer senador en saltar a bordo del expreso Trump. Pregúntese, por qué el puesto de senador de los EEUU, con tanto que perder, llega a ser acogedor,en tan corto tiempo para un candidato en las primarias. La respuesta es simple. Trump habló de la conversación que el senador Sessions se sobre entiende. La política del perro silbato del nativismo, limitada población, y la separación de clases. Trump ha dicho en repetidas ocasiones, ya que el senador Sessions se unió a su campaña, que Sessions sería un buen secretario de seguridad para nuestra patria, y que también serviría como su asesor principal en asuntos exteriores y de seguridad nacional. Este hecho, debería preocupar profundamente a cualquier persona que entienda el fondo y las creencias de senador Sessions.

Empecemos por lo sencillo. Entonces, al procurador Jeff Sessions(por Alabama) se le negó la Judicatura del Tribunal del Distrito Federal por el Senado de los Estados Unidos en 1986, ya que se le acusó de hacer numerosos comentarios raciales y tomar acciones basadas en la raza contra miembros de su propia oficina. Es posible que desee ver el video de Kennedy SenatorTed reclamándole a Jeff Sessions, por sus acciones y su completa incapacidad para responder a estas acusaciones. Por lo tanto, sabemos esto-  Se ha comprobado que Seassions ha cometido actos manifiestos de racismo en el pasado.

 Posteriormente, Sessions fue elegido como Fiscal General en Alabama durante dos años y luego ganó una elección para el éxito como senador demócrata HowellHeflinin en 1996. En su página Web el senador Sessions dice mucho acerca de su postura sobre el tema de inmigración, y si llegara a ser Secretario de Seguridad Nacional de Trump,.se verían cambios masivos en la forma en que nuestras leyes y reglamentaciones actuales operan en lo que se refiere a los inmigrantes legalesEstos cambios no solo serían  un aumento más en la aplicación, sino cambios profundos y preocupantes en una limitada inmigración legal.

Desde el sitio web del senador Sessions deja claro que quiere reducir la inmigración legal en los Estados Unidos:

El senador Sessions está comprometido con la reforma de inmigración que sirva al interés nacional –no los intereses especiales - que frena el flujo de inmigración sin precedentes que está minando los salarios y las perspectivas de empleo de las personas que viven y trabajan aquí hoy”.

La razón que da es la misma razón de derecho de todo el movimiento anti- inmigración; para "proteger al trabajador Estado Unidense”

Pero, no hay evidencia  que la reducción de la inmigración legal protegería o crearía más empleos para los nativos. De hecho, los números confirman simplemente lo contrario, que la inmigración legal; incluso crea más empleos para los trabajadores estadounidenses.

Sessions  se opone claramente al programa  DACA y DAPA del presidente Obama:
 “Sessions también ha sido un líder oponente de las amnistías ejecutivas inconstitucionalesdel presidente Obama, que da puestos de trabajo y beneficios a los trabajadores ilegales a expensas de la lucha de las familias."
Al llamarlos "amnistías ejecutivas" (sea lo que signifique)  trata de denigrar el proceso por el cual Obama está creando las prioridades de deportación a luz de los propios fracasos de Sessions para asignar fondos suficientes y cumplir con la promesa de los $400 billonesde dólares de Trump (y el intento de Obama) para deportar a todos los indocumentados.

El senador Sessions ha patrocinado repetidamente la legislación que  limita los derechos de todos los inmigrantes para impugnar su expulsión, y ha pedido a ambas administraciones republicanas y demócratas  " hacer cumplir " la ley de inmigración, a pesar de no patrocinar los proyectos de ley en 20 años para aumentar la financiación.

Sessions también recibe una A + de anti- población, grupos nativistas NumbersEE.UU. en sus calificaciones sobre la reducción de la inmigración legal a los Estados Unidos.

Con esta comprensión exacta que las creencias del senador Sessions están en el contexto de la inmigración legal, imagínalo junto a sus subordinados implementando estas políticas como secretario de Seguridad Nacional. Y, también tiene que saber cómo Trump respondió a las preguntas de Jeff Sessions sobre la inmigración legal, en el destacado sitio web Numbers USA.:

Pregunta 4: Una súper mayoría de los votantes republicanos dicen que la inmigración es demasiada alta. Cada año, en piloto automático, dejamos a un millón de inmigrantes con Green Card, 700.000 trabajadores extranjeros, medio millón de estudiantes extranjeros, y 100.000 refugiados y asilados. Por los precedentes históricos se debería reducir el récord de inmigración, en lugar de continuar creciendo más allá de todo precedente histórico. ¿Va a apoyar la legislación para reducir las cifras de inmigración, y se opone a la legislación que aumentaría el número?
 RESPUESTA: Voy a apoyar la legislación para reducir los números, sin oponerme a la legislación para aumentar los números. He presentado un plan detallado para lograr este objetivo en mi sitio web. Mis reformas sugeridas incluyen un requisito para dar todos los puestos de trabajo abiertos primero a los estadounidenses  - en lugar de importar sustitutos extranjeros.
 Así que, ahí lo tienen. El senador Sessions es la razón por la cual una Presidencia de Trump destruiría la inmigración paraAmerica. Si eso no es suficiente para ti, tal vez se puede imaginar, la siguiente es una breve lista de lo que sin duda puede suceder con la reducción administrativa de la inmigración legal de los EE.UU., si Jeff Sessions fuera el responsable de seguridad nacional:
 • El final de la Libertad Condicional en lugar de permitir a los familiares de los militares de Estados Unidos ajustar su estatus;
• El final de la DAPA y DACA, y la recreación del status de indocumentado para esos grupos;
• El final de la libertad condicional anticipada como una admisión legal para fines de ajuste;
• El límite de EB-5 por el uso de las revisiones a los procesos y reglamentos que dificultan EB-5 en Centros Regionales, si no imposible operar;
• El aumento de escrutinio no regulado de H-1B, L-1 y E-2 para aplicaciones de negocios internacionales y los que buscan expandirse en los EE.UU.;
• Restringir la interpretación de presencia legal y la expansión de lo que constituye la presencia ilegal para fines de ajuste y proceso consular;
• La expansión de la lectura restrictiva de la ley para los inmigrantes individualescon extraordinaria y excepcional habilidad e interés nacional;
• El límite de ayuda para los menores de edad en el marco del programa de Inmigración Juvenil Especial; y
• Un número creciente de RFE y negaciones de solicitudes de visa de inmigrantes EB-2 y EB-3 en el contexto de la educación y  requisitos de experiencia y capacidad de pago de salarios por un cambio continúo de la interpretación de la legislación vigente.

Esta es solo una lista parcial; muchos lectores pueden imaginar otros cambios del proceso interpretativo de la dirección del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Sessions ambos en el procesamiento de la inmigración legal, y también en las áreas de aplicación y de admisión.
Al final del día, cada uno de nosotros votamos como estadounidenses sobre temas y asuntos que son más importantes para nosotros. Dicho esto. El tema de inmigración es una preocupación primordial que la mayoría de los estadounidenses simplemente no entiende. Es muy fácil comprar el retóriconativista "nosotros vs. Ellos" y la culpa de nuestros problemas y sufrimientos en el "otro". Sin embargo, miraba sin prejuicios, la única conclusión apropiada a la que se puede llegar es que la inmigración legal ha sido la "cosa" que hace grande a Estados Unidos. La inmigración legal en su nivel actual  aún deja a millones de personas en "línea" para entrar en nuestro país. Y, la inmigración legal es el elemento vital para unir a las personas a los EE.UU, que crean puestos de trabajo, familias completas, y estimulan nuestro crecimiento económico. Escuchar a alguien como al senador Sessions, cómplice de un movimiento anti-inmigración thenon-conservadora, es exactamente lo contrario de lo que un verdadero líder en América (y el hijo de un inmigrante) deben hacer. Después de una / presidencia Sessions Trump, mi mayor temor sería una América debilitada, que esta"brillante ciudad sobre la colina" se viera empañada y sofocada por los que tienen miedo del futuro, y los que están protegiendo a un pasado mítico que nunca existió. Piense en eso cuando esté listo para votar.

USCIS Proposes New Rule - International Startups Get Ready!

We welcome today’s announcement by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which released the “International Entrepreneur Rule”. This is a proposal of a new rule which will allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for temporary permission to enter the United States (parole). This proposed rule has significant implications, not only for the thousands of potential entrepreneurs who may not ordinarily consider investing in the United States, particularly if unable to obtain a visa in the first place, but for our economy. USCIS acknowledged the benefits America has enjoyed in today’s proposal. “America’s economy has long benefited from the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, from Main Street to Silicon Valley,” said Director León Rodríguez. “This proposed rule, when finalized, will help our economy grow by expanding immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who meet certain criteria for creating jobs, attracting investment and generating revenue in the U.S.”
The proposed rule would allow entrepreneurs to apply for entry to the United States and an initial stay of up to two years to oversee and grow their startup entity. A request for re-parole (up to 3 additional years) would be considered if the entrepreneur and the startup entity continues to establish a significant public benefit, which can be demonstrated through substantial increases in capital investment, revenue, or job creation. The Department of Homeland Security would review the applications on a case-by-case basis, but generally the eligible entrepreneurs of startup enterprises should have:
1)      Significant (at least 15%) ownership interest in the startup and have an active and central role to its operations;
2)      A recent startup (formed in the U.S. within the past 3 years);
3)      A startup that has demonstrated substantial potential for rapid business grown and job creation. This can be evidenced by the following
a.      Receiving significant investment of capital (at least $345,000) from certain qualified U.S. investors with established records of successful investments;
b.      Receiving significant awards or grants (at least $100,000) from certain federal, state or local government entities; or
c.       Partially satisfying one or both of the above criteria in addition to other reliable and compelling evidence of the startup entity’s substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation.
This would not be the only way an entrepreneur could try and obtain, through their investment in the U.S. economy, an immigration benefit. Some may be familiar with one such program: EB-5 Investor Visa. The Eb-5 visa is discussed in more detail HERE however this proposed rule does not replace the Eb-5 program, which requires an investment of $1 million (in certain cases as low as $500,000) in exchange for lawful permanent residency for the foreign investor and his/her family. Contrasted with the rule proposed today, the EB-5 visa requires a more significant financial investment and the conditions are stringent and particular and will potentially take more time to adjudicate, however significantly the Eb-5 visa offers a benefit that cannot be compared: permanent residency.
This program would be perfect for the startup that is serious about investing in the U.S. and wants the ability to personally oversee their startup but is not yet ready or interested in permanent residency, or at least not right away.

There will be a 45 day commentary period following the publication in the Federal Register. We will post an update on this blog with more information as it develops and we urge the public to comment in support of the proposed International Entrepreneur Rule when released. We have witnessed our world grow increasingly smaller with advancements in science and technology in the past few decades. Forward-thinking immigration rules such as the one proposed can only position the U.S. for all kinds of growth in an ever-shrinking world.  

New Rule Opens USCIS Provisional Waiver Process to Additional Applicants – Insights from a Atlanta Immigration Attorney

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 29 a final rule to expand the provisional waiver process to individuals who meet the statutory requirements for immigrant visas, and whose family members are lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens.

According to USCIS, the purpose of the provisional waiver process is to encourage family unity. It enhances administrative efficiency and makes it easier for eligible individuals to complete immigration processing while they are abroad and away from their families.

The final rule is an extension of a process that was established in 2013 to encourage family unity. It allowed eligible relatives of U.S. citizens to apply for provisional waivers of the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility, provided that the applicants’ U.S. citizen relatives would suffer extreme hardship if the waiver was denied.

If you would like to speak with an Atlanta deportation lawyer about family-based immigration, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck will evaluate your situation and explain you and your family’s options for immigrating to the United States.

Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on to learn more about the USCIS expansion of the provisional waiver process:

When Does the New Rule Go into Effect?

The final rule was announced on July 29 and goes into effect on Aug. 29, 2016. USCIS announced its intention to update its Policy Manual to explain how it determines “extreme hardship,” as this is an eligibility requirement for the provisional waiver application.

Before the new rule, it was only possible for spouses of U.S. citizens to apply for the provisional waiver before leaving the United States for processing of their immigration visas. The new rule extends eligibility to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver. Many of these individuals would have been denied the provisional waiver according to the original 2013 rule.

In order for the application for the provisional waiver to be successful, the applicant must prove that his or her lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen parents or spouse would face “extreme hardship” if he or she could not return to the United States. Also, the final rule includes modifications to the Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (Form I-601A). The modifications will be enacted with the final rule, and the new form will be available on the USCIS website here on Aug. 29, 2016.

If you intend to apply for the provisional waiver under the new rule, then you should not submit your application until the rule goes into effect on August 29. Otherwise, your application will be denied by USCIS.

If you have questions about family-based immigration, contact Kuck Immigration Partners. Charles Kuck will evaluate your case and explain your legal options. Mr. Kuck is the former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the former President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL).

Our firm has filed and won hundreds of provisional waiver cases over the last 3 years.  We also represent people in the defense of ICE I-9 audits and Department of Labor (DOL) Audits. Call 404-816-8611 today to schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney in Atlanta.