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H-1B visa season in full swing

By Cedric M. Shen

March 23, 2011 | 10:49 am

As discussed in my previous blog post, the annual H-1B cap quota starts anew on April 1st.  Last year, the cap did not get filled until late January (taking almost 10 months), while in... read on

  • Alert: Diversity Visa Program scam

    By Cedric M. Shen

    March 22, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    From the USCIS:  Many people have contacted USCIS about fraudulent e-mails or letters saying they have been selected in the Diversity Visa program. The scammers pose as the U.S. government in an attempt to get money from people hoping to get a visa. Be very cautious about responding to any suspicious e-mails or letters. The U.S. Department of State runs the Diversity Visa Program and has everything applicants need to know at travel.state.gov.

  • J visa

    By Cedric M. Shen

    March 20, 2011 | 10:56 am

    The J visa originates from the Exchange Visitor Program, “promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges, under the provisions of U.S. law.”  There are several categories of individuals who... read on

  • F visa for students

    By Cedric M. Shen

    March 15, 2011 | 11:35 pm

    There are a few things you should consider when coming to the U.S. to study. If you are coming to the U.S. to look for a school, but have not yet enrolled, you will be admitted on a B-2 (tourist) visa. It is imperative that you state your intention to the customs officer that you are... read on

  • Relief for Japanese citizens in the U.S.

    By Cedric M. Shen

    March 14, 2011 | 8:26 am

    From the USCIS:

    This advisory is for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the earthquakes and tsunami devastation in the Pacific. If you have exceeded or are about to exceed your authorized stay in the U.S. you may be permitted... read on

  • H-1B visas

    By Cedric M. Shen

    March 9, 2011 | 11:03 am

    H-1B visas

    OK, I’m going to jump ahead of the alphabet a little bit just because the H-1B season is in full swing.  This is probably one of the most popular, and most sought after, work visas offered by the United States.  Even people who are unfamiliar with U.S. immigration law... read on

  • A comparison of the EB-5 green card v. E-2 visa

    By Cedric M. Shen

    March 7, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    Many people have been asking me whether they should apply for an E-2 treaty trader visa or an EB-5 green card.  I have previously discussed each one of them in my previous posts.  There are several advantages and disadvantages to each one, which I will outline in this post.  Which... read on

  • EB-5 Green card

    By Cedric M. Shen

    March 4, 2011 | 9:53 am

    Some of you may have heard that you could pay a certain amount of money to get a green card.  Guess what?  It’s true – though it’s not that simple.  The EB-5 investor green card allows foreign nationals to invest $500,000.00 to $1 million in an enterprise.  For new investments... read on




Cedric M. Shen is a Los Angeles-based immigration attorney experienced in helping foreign nationals enter the United States. His law practice focuses on employment-based green...

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