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September 2015 Archives

Eligible immigrants face obstacles to citizenship

Immigrants in California who have green cards may want to become naturalized citizens but might face a number of obstacles. One of those is financial. With the naturalization fee set at $680 with no refund if the application is denied and no cap for families, many immigrants may opt for the less expensive and complicated green card renewal instead.

Employing foreign workers

Employers in California may benefit from understanding more about some of the major issues human resource departments deal with when transferring employees from overseas. Anyone interested in hiring employees from another country needs to ensure that human resources is in compliance with immigration laws while identifying, recruiting and hiring the talent. The main factors worth consideration include the foreign worker's education, previous experience, occupation, criminal history and previous immigration history.

Siblings of U.S. citizens may qualify for permanent residency

There are many people in California who have family members living in other parts of the world. A person who has U.S. citizenship through birth or naturalization may petition for their non-citizen siblings to live permanently in the United States. To petition for a sibling, the petitioner must be at least 21 years old and be able to show proof of U.S. citizenship.

O-1 visas for pioneers in the tech industry

Technology companies in California may be able to use O-1 visas to recruit foreign-born employees with new ideas and inventions. Historically, foreign nationals living in the United States have instigated a lot of innovation in the tech industry. If an employer is aware of a foreign-born person with incredible skills, it might want to consider petitioning for an O-1 visa.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber