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A New F Visa Rule Begins August 2018

  By Dena Wurman, MPA, JD May 25, 2018 The US Immigration service is tightening the rule on F, J and M non-immigrant students who remain in the US after completing their studies, without any legal immigration status.  This new rule will become effective on August 9, 2018. The change will automatically take effect for  …

Tricky twists and turns in immigration law

To overcome the tricky twist and turns in immigration law,  here are some points to consider: 1) Is the visa you are applying for the right one under the circumstances? In one case a well-meaning mother applied for a B visa for her foreign born daughter.  The daughter wanted to visit her American  boyfriend.  When …

Cryptocurrency, Tax and Non-Immigrant Employment

The sale or exchange of convertible virtual currency, or the use of convertible virtual currency to pay for goods or services in a real-world economy transaction, has tax consequences that may result in a tax liability. The development of new forms of income (cryptocurrency) raises questions about how a non-immigrant employee should report and categorize …

Immigrants traveling

Immigrants traveling to the US have had a hard time during the past year.  Even US  permanent residents with green cards are experiencing difficulty returning to the US.  Especially those with criminal records seeking to be readmitted.  Non-citizens considering travel abroad should exercise caution. Think before making any long trip, before seeking new immigration benefits, …

H-4 Visa Holders May Lose Work Permit

There are indications that the Trump administration is preparing to issue regulations rescinding the ability of H-4 spouses to get work permits.  H-4 visas are given to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, highly-skilled foreign workers, the majority of whom are from India. Until 2015, H-4 visa holders – who often had skill levels comparable …