Monitoring practical developments in immigration law practice, theVISAGeek™ provides timely and insightful immigration law guideposts

TheVISAGeek™ is a publication of the immigration law firm of Lipson & Pretorius LLP. With over 50 years combined experience, we focus on immigration law for Entrepreneurs, Start-ups, Investors, Business and Research professionals as well as Artists and Entertainers worldwide.


J-1 Waiver Strategy Tip

J-1 Waiver of 2 year home residence requirement:  Government funding traps I just got off the phone with a Canadian academic, John. He had spent a year at a major U.S. university doing part of his post-doc on a J-1 visa. On his last entry into the U.S. John gave the CBP officer his DS-2019,… Read more »

Revised Form I-9: April 3, 2009

Questions and Answers: Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Effective All employers are required to use the revised Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification and re-verification effective April 3, 2009. Introduction U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that effective April 3, 2009, all U.S. employers are required to use the revised Form… Read more »

International Adoption Alert!

The Hague Adoption Convention went into effect for the U.S. INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION INSTRUCTIONS Post-Hague Adoption Convention Implementation What is the New Hague Adoption Convention? The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international treaty that provides important new safeguards to protect the welfare of… Read more »

New Social Security Administration “No-Match” Regulation

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: New Social Security Administration “No-Match” Regulation becomes effective September 14, 2007 On August 15, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final ICE “No-Match” regulation, “Safe Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter.” This final rule will become effective on September 14, 2007. The basic rule regarding employment of… Read more »

Biometrics tip

This posting is in the form of an e-mail to Ann Lipson from a client after a biometrics appointment. Ann, I though that you might be curious about what happened at my visit to get my biometrics — which went smoothly, by the way. It took about one hour, though why so long, I’m not… Read more »

Overhaul of employment-based immigration

Major overhaul of employment-based immigration to go into effect at end of this month! Attention Employers: On March 28, 2005, a new system of rules known as PERM will go into effect for obtaining certification by the Department of Labor. Such certification is normally required as the first step in the permanent residence application process… Read more »

Anti-Immigrant Provisions in bill passed by House of Representatives

Numerous Anti-Immigrant Provisions in bill passed by house on October 8, 2004. On October 8, 2004, the House debated and voted on H.R. 10 as well as a number of immigration-related amendments to the bill. Unfortunately, the bill passed by a large margin (282-134) and contains a number of extremely troubling provisions, including: a broad… Read more »

The “Visa Animals” Security Clearances

Security Clearances for Visa Processing at Consulates Abroad Changes in Visa Application Procedures On August 1, 2003 the United States Consular Posts made dramatic changes to Visa Application procedures. In the past, applicants were originally allowed to send their information by mail or through a courier (or travel) service, and then received their passport with… Read more »