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What to Know About the L-1 Blanket Visa

There are plenty of options for foreign workers to temporarily work in the U.S. One type that is geared towards larger companies with more than U.S.$25 million in gross annual sales is the Blanket L-1 visa.  There are two classes of Blanket L-1 visas: the L-1A is suited for executive or managerial workers; the L-1B visa is suited for non-managerial or executive workers who have specialized knowledge.  There are two ways...

Overview and Considerations Related to the E-2 Visa

If you are willing to put up a substantial amount of capital to invest in an enterprise that will employ U.S. workers, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) might be interested in extending an E-2 visa to you, your spouse, and some key employees. However, many potential E-2 visa applicants are hesitant to apply because they have misconceptions about how much they actually have to invest in a U.S. business. This is but one...

New H-1B Rules Further Restrict the Program

In the recent past, the demand for the 85,000 H-1B visa slots the U.S. government issues each year has exceeded the supply. The nonimmigrant visa, which is reserved for U.S. non-citizens to fill positions for “specialty occupations,” is set to become more difficult to obtain after federal agencies issued new rules for the H-1B category in early October.  Who is the H-1B Visa Geared Toward? Broadly speaking, the...

June 22nd, 2020 Trump Proclamation Suspending Entry of Work Visa Holders and Immigrants

President Trump signed a new Presidential Proclamation on June 22, 2020 barring the entry of certain work visa holders from entering the United States. The Proclamation is effective at midnight EDT June 24, 2020, and will continue through December 31, 2020. The Proclamation suspends issuance of visas for individuals seeking entry to the U.S. using an H-1B, H-2B, J-1 (intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair or...

April 22, 2020 Trump Proclamation Limiting Immigration

President Trump signed a new Presidential Proclamation today barring the entry of certain non-citizens seeking to obtain immigrant visas.  The Proclamation is effective as of midnight EDT April 23, 2020. The Proclamation only applies to individuals applying for immigrant visas that are outside the U.S. as of midnight April 23, 2020 EDT.  The entry of such individuals into the U.S. is suspended until June 22, 2020 as...

DUI

An Arrest for Drunk Driving Leads to Automatic Visa Revocation

If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, commonly known as “DUI” during the holidays, you are likely experiencing an on-going unpleasant and expensive hangover working with a criminal defense attorney to resolve the problem.  Unfortunately, if you are a U.S. visa holder, you will also need to work with an immigration attorney because an arrest for drunk driving now leads to an automatic visa...

New Valvo Law Website Launch!

We’re pleased to announce our new Valvo Law website has launched. We worked with LA-based creative agency, Executionists, to conceive of a new, modern, responsive design that describes our professional services and provides valuable resources to our international clientele. Since the majority of our clients are Japanese, we will soon implement the ability for users to view the website in Japanese by clicking the language...

Major Change in USCIS Policy

On October 23, 2017, the USCIS announced a major change in its policy pertaining to the review of all applications to extend nonimmigrant status. This policy change will have a dramatic and negative impact on the processing of all applications to extend nonimmigrant status. We anticipate an exponential increase in issuances of USCIS Request for Additional Evidence (RFE) and, in much greater frequency, denials of what are...