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How to bring a future spouse into the country

New York residents who are planning on marrying a foreign national may be able to legally bring them to the United States. This is done by filing Form I-129F and obtaining the K-1 nonimmigrant visa. To qualify for this visa, an individual must plan on marrying the partner within 90 days, and the marriage must be seen as a legitimate attempt by two people to start a life together.

Understanding L-1 visas

The United States has a number of visa categories available for foreign nationals who want to work in the United States temporarily.

Immigration requirements for family members

It is not uncommon for people in New York to have questions about immigration eligibility categories. Many who are already citizens or permanent residents have family members who need sponsors, and people who are seeking permanent residency may have family members who are able to sponsor them. In order to sponsor a relative's immigration into the country, a person must first be a permanent resident or a citizen and be able to support the relative at 125 percent of the poverty line.

US employers face additional restrictions in H-1B visa process

U.S. employers looking to utilize the H-1B visa in order to employ foreign professionals in specialty occupations have faced a highly unpredictable and ever changing adjudication process. The current administration ordered a full review of the H-1B visa program, which is the largest temporary employment visa program in the United States. This review has led to changes with respect to the adjudication process and how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) handles applications.

Type H most common temporary work visa category

For foreign nationals residing in New York, there are essentially two types of visas -- those that permit the holder to work in the US and those that do not. Temporary work visas allow a foreign national to work for a limited period of time. In some cases, the worker will pursue and secure the visa on his or her own. In other circumstances, the worker's employer will petition for the visa on that person's behalf.

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