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-2 waivers for J-2 dependents who are no longer dependents

J-2 dependent spouses and children of J-1 visa holders with the two-year home residence requirement are also charged with independently satisfying that requirement. So even if the J-1 visa holder returns home for two years, the J-2 spouse and children must accompany the J-1 to satisfy their own two year requirement. But not in all… Read more »

STEM Visa Bill Could Expand Opportunities for Selected U.S. Graduates

Attention Professionals: Do YOU have at least a Master’s Degree in a Science, Mathematics, Technology or Engineering (STEM) field from a U.S. University? If this applies to you, there may be a new law on the horizon.  This past week, New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) introduced a new bill before the Senate calling for… Read more »

Diversity Lottery 2014 Instructions Are Now Available

50,000 visas will be available by lottery for immigrants from selected “low immigration rate” countries The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted based on United States law. The law provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” with visas made available to… Read more »

PERM Print Ads: Failure to Include Travel Requirement Risks a DOL Denial

DOL ruling adds additional hurdles for print ads re. travel requirements A new case has just come down from the Department of Labor Appeals office which makes clear that print ads must include the travel requirements of a job opening. This decision is a result of a bizarre interpretation of a federal regulation. This regulation… Read more »

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Has Finally Arrived!

Obama Administration finds a way to offer some relief to young immigrants via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA. The good news this summer is that finally President Obama has found a way around the political impasse with Congress to give some relief to young people who were brought to the U.S. unlawfully by… Read more »

L-1B Restrictive Interpretation Escalating at USCIS/DOS

L-1B “specialized knowledge” – we are seeing concerted government effort to restrict the number of visas issued. We have been noticing a trend within USCIS and the State Department to restrict the number of L-1B visas by narrowly applying key terms that appear in the statutory, regulatory and policy materials that address and define the… Read more »

Immigration Silence Hurts the U.S. Economy

New York City Mayor Bloomberg is right on track! Read his entire article published in the Bloomberg News on August 13, 2012 for a spot on devastating assessment of the current immigration mess with rational, sane, and economically sensible suggestions for much needed comprehensive immigration reform based on talent, achievement, jobs, and job creation.

Diversity Lottery Deadline Approaching

The Diversity Visa Lottery Program for 2014 will open on 10/2/2012 Online registration begins for the DV-2014 Program on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at noon Eastern Daylight Time and concludes on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at noon Eastern Daylight Time. Instructions for the DV 2014 have not yet been released by the Department of State,… Read more »

Administrative Processing delays – Be Prepared!

Administrative processing delays are frequent and occur when you might least expect them Administrative processing is another name for a Security Advisory Opinion or Washington Special Clearance. It is a process the United States Department of State and the diplomatic missions of the United States use in deciding to grant or deny a United States… Read more »

Financial Bar Raised for UK Family Migrants

UK Border Agency raises income requirements for non-European Economic Area “family migration route” applicants On June 11, 2012, the UK Government announced changes to the Immigration Rules for non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK on the family migration route. These rules will have the effect of making it… Read more »