New Visa Reciprocity for Mexican Nationals
The United States Department of State (DOS) periodically reviews the nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements between the United States and other counties in order to make any appropriate changes based on the treatment U.S. nationals by the foreign country. In their most recent review, the DOS updated the reciprocity schedule and increased the length of time for certain visas categories for Mexican nationals, particularly the E and L-1. Applicants requesting E and L-1 visas will now have the option to petition for a longer visa validity period – up to 48 months – as detailed below: This update is highly beneficial [...]
Employees: Crucial Requirement for the L-1A Visa
The United States is an attractive and lucrative market for foreign companies looking to expand their operations and global reach. An executive or manager is thus frequently transferred to the U.S. in order to establish the foreign company’s footprint in our market, which is usually accomplished through the organization of a domestic entity. Enter the L-1A visa, which allows for the transfer of executives and managers. Of course, you would not be an executive or manager if you did not direct or manage anyone, so among a multitude of requirements for the L-1A visa, I find the issue of hiring [...]
Buy American, Hire American: Impact to your Nonimmigrant Visa Petition
On April 18, 2017 President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. The goal of BAHA is to strengthen the U.S. economy by protecting the interests, wages, and employment of U.S. workers through rigorous enforcement and administration of immigration laws. If you are considering applying for a nonimmigrant visa, it is important to know exactly what BAHA is, how it impacts your L, E, H, or O visa petition, and ways you can position your petition for a more favorable adjudication post-BAHA. What is the Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) Presidential Executive Order? Section [...]
AILA Annual Conference 2019
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) celebrated its 2019 AILA Annual Conference this past June in Orlando, Florida, at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort. Thousands of immigration attorneys from across the country and globe were in attendance for this four day event, as well as officials and liaisons from the Department of State, USCIS, and EOIR, among many others. The AILA Annual Conference was chock-full of informative panels helmed by some of our industry's brightest immigration minds, all discussing their relevant practice areas under the conference's central premise: strategies and solutions under the current immigration climate. Your truly attended a [...]
Maray Santin, Esq.
Maray Santin is a partner with Iacone Law and concentrates her practice on business immigration law. She helps individuals, entrepreneurs, and companies realize their business immigration goals through creative and innovative counseling, with a special focus on Latin American and Spanish clientele.