Category: Immigration



I-944: What is it and How it affects Green Card Filings

Effective October 15, 2019, USCIS will require a more enhanced way to screen the financial stability of the Petitioner and of the Beneficiary of a Green Card, Adjustment of Status Filing. This change arises from the August 14, 2019 publication of the Final Rule on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility. USCIS will release and mandatorily […]

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H-1B for Teachers: Are there any downsides to hiring K-12 International Teachers on the J-1 visas?

What is a school’s ultimate goal in hiring a teacher? The School wishes to find the most qualified teacher to educate their student body. The higher-skilled the teacher, the better the education is taught and the better student scores would become. It does not matter if the teacher was educated in the United States or […]

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Adding H-1B to your Workforce: What you need to know

U.S. Employers always stress with staffing issues. Oftentimes, when Employers begin the recruitment process, they realize many of the qualified candidates that they are interested in hiring are foreign nationals who need the sponsorship of H-1Bs. But what is H-1B? What should employers do or are required to do in order to hire these foreign […]

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H-1B for Teachers: Can schools or school districts provide H-1B visas for International K-12 Teachers?

A common visa for many Public School Teachers is the J-1 Visa. The J-1 Program brings many highly qualified and highly educated teachers to the United States, from all corners of the world (e.g., Philippines, Jamaica, Colombia). Apart from the teacher’s extensive knowledge, a school and a school district see value in the teacher’s international […]

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DMV said I was not a US Citizen. What should I do?

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DMVs across the country are telling some people that they are not us citizens, and the DMV may be right. Many people believe their parents regarding where they were born. From the immigrant family perspective, you normally have a foreign passport that is used to visit family abroad. Since IDs are in your hand, with […]

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No Objection Statement (NOS): Philippine J-1 Holder Waiver Breakdown

The No Objection Statement (NOS) Process for Philippine J-1 Holders is a lengthy process and can be confusing to most. A J-1 Exchange Visitor is a special type of visa that may have special conditions placed on the US Visa. The Special Condition is commonly called: (1) the two (2) year home residency requirement, or […]

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Notary Public Accreditation for the Washington D.C. Philippine Embassy

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Fickey Martinez Law Firm has many clients who are Philippine Citizens. Some of our kindest clients are Filipinos who would frequently bring our office staff Lumpia and Pancit. When our office learned in 2019 that the Philippine Embassy could accredit an NC Notary Public to assist in the Authentication, Acknowledgement, or Red Ribboning Process, we […]

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