Visas

Brazilians who intend to travel through Mexico’s international airports must have a Mexican visa

From October 22, 2023, Brazilian citizens and other nationalities who intend to travel in transit through Mexico’s international airports must have a Mexican visa to be allowed to board any flight to Mexico. Foreigners traveling to Mexican territory carrying one of the following documents will not need a Mexican visa: a) People holding a passport […]

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How to immigrate to the United States without needing a job offer

Louanni RibeiroVictor Braga The vast majority of applications for permanent residence in the United States, the famous Green Cards, are conditioned on the existence of a person or a company that offers employment to the permanent residence applicant. This means that professionals who intend to reside in the United States generally need a family or

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Dependent spouses of individuals transferred with L1 work visas receive automatic work authorization granted by the CBP upon their entry to the United States

Victor BragaLouanni Ribeiro After the pandemic, the American immigration system found itself in a scenario of significant delays in the adjudication and issuance of work authorizations for spouses holding L2 status (dependents of beneficiaries of the L1 work visa). In this regard, in March 2022, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took a significant

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Explaining Visa Retrogression and How it is Currently Affecting EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) Processing

Employment-based visa processing is comprised of two general phases: (1) the merit-based phase where the petitioning employer (if applicable), foreign national, and proposed employment endeavor is analyzed for qualification based on the statutory criteria for applicable employment-based visa criteria; and (2) the consular processing (outside U.S.)/adjustment of status (inside U.S.) phase where beneficiaries apply for

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Getting a visa to the US will become more expensive starting June 1, 2023!

The US State Department will increase some non-immigrant visa application (NIV) processing fees as early as May 30, 2023. Background The U.S. Department of State (DOS) is the agency responsible for services provided to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals outside U.S. territory through Embassies and Consulates, such as visa stamping applications in applicants’ passports. The

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Portugal must join the repression of the ‘golden visa’

Portugal should become the second European Union (EU) country to scrap the “golden visa” for wealthy non-Europeans, joining Ireland in the controversial scheme that helped attract foreign investment. With this, foreigners seeking immigration for investment will seek other options. Portugal’s Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, pointed out that the government will stop issuing new “golden visas”

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Obtaining a Green Card for individuals with Exceptional Abilities (EB-2 NIW) and Multinational Managers/Executives will be much faster starting on January 30, 2023

With the goal of reducing the high volume of green card cases pending adjudication, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (an agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for analyzing and approving visa applications within the U.S.) published on January 12, 2023 the expansion of the Premium Processing Services to two categories that previously

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L Visa for a New Office – The importance of the US office’s size and location

By: Fabiana Guerra, Chris Costa and Louanni Ribeiro The L visa is an employment visa whose purpose is to allow the transfer of employees (specialist professionals, managers and executives) from a foreign company (for example Brazilian) to its affiliate in the USA, including when this affiliate was established less than a year ago or is

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