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Waiver for J1 visa two year home requirement

If you are on a J-1 visa  you may be subject to the two year home requirement. If you are  before you can get a immigrant visa you have to either complete that requirement or have it waived. You may be able to get what is known as a J-waiver which waives this home requirement.  The two year home rule is also referred to as the foreign residence requirement under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212(e), or just INA s. 212(e).

The J-1 visa is a great way to travel to the United States and learn about daily life in America.  It is a non-immigrant visa and was designed to foster global understanding through cross-cultural exchange.  The program generally involves letting an American organization sponsor a foreign national who then works or studies in the United States for a short term and upon completion of the program then returns home.  A prospective exchange visitor would need to first obtain a form called a DS-2019 from a sponsor in order to apply for the J1 visa. Here is a list of sponsors

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Have you or someone you know been living undocumented in the US for 5 years or more? If so read on …

Last Thursday night President Obama announced that he is issuing an executive action to try in some way help fix the broken immigration system.  It has not yet been implemented by the Immigration Agencies and all the details have not been ironed out yet, so only time will tell what the exact rules will be and how these orders will be carried out.  Please be aware of anyone offering to file applications based on the policies announced last Thursday as these policies have not been implemented yet and USCIS are not accepting applications as of yet.

Immigration Reform: Obama's Executive actionsHowever, what we know so far is that immigration reform will involve prioritizing deportations of people with criminal backgrounds while trying to keep families together as well as create more visas for educated skilled workers.  The policies listed on USCIS’ website (available here), which have not yet been implemented, include:

– expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (also known as DACA) to those who came to this country before 2010 and before they turned 16;

– allowing parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and have been continuously present in the U.S. since 2010 of time to be eligible to request deferred action and apply for work authorization as long as they are not an enforcement priority for removal (see the memorandum outlining who is an enforcement priority here);

– expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and children of lawful

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Where to start when getting your U.S. visa!

It can often be very confusing trying to figure out where to start in the immigration process when applying for your visa for the first time. If you are confused and overwhelmed by the immigration process read on and hopefully with the help of this post and the video below I can help put you on the right path to getting the right visa for you. I know when I emigrated from Ireland many moons ago and went through the immigration process for the first time myself I did not know where to start and what sort of things I needed to be thinking about. That is what prompted me to become an Immigration Attorney and start so I could try and help others through this complex and often laborious process.


One of the first things you want to consider when getting a visa to the United States is what do you want that visa for? If you want to come and live and work in the U.S.

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TPS has been extended for Hondurans and Nicaraguans

Recently USCIS has extended Temporary Protected Status (more commonly referred to as TPS) for eligible individuals from both Honduras and Nicaragua. The re-registration window was opened on October 16, 2014 and is open till December 15, 2014. This means that eligible indiTemporary Protected Status for Hondurasviduals can now get both work authorization and a reprieve from deportation from January 2015 till January 2016.

If you’re sure what that means don’t worry and read on as I provide a general overview of the process below, but I would recommend speaking with an attorney to help you with the process to make sure that you are doing everything correctly so contact us today and let us help you through the process.

Only individuals from certain eligible countries, such as Nicaragua and Honduras, can apply for TPS. For a full list of who is designated and the relevant time periods, which I further comment on below, visit the USCIS website.

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