Jewish Journal

  • Registration for green card lottery starts Oct 4th

    By Cedric M. Shen

    September 1, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    In 1995, the Immigration and Nationality Act established an annual visa lottery program known as the DV-1 Lottery, which offers 50,000 visas for people from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. To qualify, applicants must: 1) have a high school education (or its... read on

  • B-2 visitor visa for co-habitating partners of non-immigrant visas

    By Cedric M. Shen

    August 26, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    On August 17, 2011, the USCIS issued a policy memorandum allowing a “household member” of a principal non-immigrant to extend or to change status to a visitor/B-2 visa.

    “In some circumstances, elderly parents, cohabitating nonimmigrant partners, and other household members of... read on

  • The red-headed step-child gets a green card

    By Cedric M. Shen

    August 22, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    I’ve previously written about family-based green cards and immediate relatives.  Namely, a US citizen parent may sponsor a non-citizen child under the age of 21 for a green card.  But what about step children?  With divorce and re-marriages becoming more and more common, it’s only... read on

  • At What Point Does a B-1 Visa Border on H-1B Activities?

    By Cedric M. Shen

    August 9, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    As discussed in previous posts, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain an appropriate visa. The most common visa for visitors is the B visa. This applies to people entering the United States temporarily for business (B-1), or for... read on

  • H-1B visa - an unconventional option for foreign entrepreneurs

    By Cedric M. Shen

    August 3, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Foreign investors and entrepreneurs have had limited options when starting a new business in the United States.  For the most part, the E-2 treaty trader visa and the EB-5 investor green card were the only two options.  Both of these require an entrepreneur to invest a substantial... read on

  • Should I still move to the United States in this economy?

    By Cedric M. Shen

    August 1, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    The Great Recession started three years ago in 2008 and it’s apparent that the United States still hasn’t fully recovered.  The troubles that began on Wall Street with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the hubbub of sub-prime mortgages, soon manifested itself in a housing collapse... read on

  • Denials of visitor visas to the United States

    By Cedric M. Shen

    July 25, 2011 | 9:38 am

    It’s summertime and that means tens of thousands of people from all over the world are flying into the United States for vacation.  Whether it be Disneyland in Southern California, the Statue of Liberty in New York, or the beaches of Miami, make no mistake - it’s tourist season. ... read on

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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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