Linking Your Company to the U.S. – Overview of the L-visas

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis For foreign companies that either have or are seeking to establish a parent company, a branch, a subsidiary, or an affiliate in the U.S.; and want to send a foreign employee who is either an executive, a manager, or an employee with specialized… Read More

June 27th, 2017 – The First International Day of Micro-, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Today, June 27th, 2017, is the first International Day of Micro-, Small, and Medium-Seized Enterprises as designated by the UN General Assembly on April 6th, 2017 through UN resolution A/RES/71/279.  In celebrating this day, I dedicate this article to the entrepreneurs of… Read More

“Oh What Talent You Have!” U.S. O-visas Options for Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities or Achievement

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Do you possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics? Do you have a demonstrated record of achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements? If you fall into… Read More

Foreign Entrepreneurs Seeking EB-5 Visas Must Now Provide Substantially More Information To Be Considered for Visa Classification

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis As of June 9th, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new edition of the I-526 Immigrant Petition for foreign entrepreneurs seeking the EB-5 visa. This article discusses the new edition of form I-526 and the information that… Read More

U.S. Entrepreneurs Take Notice: Proposed European Privacy Regulation Will Include Over-the-Top Communication Services and Marketing Activities

By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Do you use internet marketing in your business activities? Does your business offer Over-the-Top communication services? Is your client base European or residing in the EU? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should be aware of… Read More

“E is for Entrepreneur…but also for E-visas”

With increasing controversy surrounding H1-B visas in the U.S. and its impact on foreign workers and opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs, many other visa options have been overlooked, which could provide foreign entrepreneurs with opportunities to establish or expand their business operations to the U.S. One such group of visa options are the E-visas. Foreign entrepreneurs who… Read More

Doing Business in New York As a Foreign Entrepreneur-Part 1

This article was first published on March 27th, 2017.  Opportunities for Foreign Entrepreneurs in New York There are many opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs to do business in New York. For reasons ranging from competing with Silicon Valley to seeking solutions to the provision of public services, New York Governments, at both the state and local… Read More

New “National Interest Waiver” Framework Could Increase the Eligibility of Self-Employed Foreign Entrepreneurs to Obtain U.S. Permanent Residency

This blog post was first published on January 12, 2017.  Last month’s decision in the Matter of Dhanasar (26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016)) by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has vacated the old framework of adjudicating national interest waivers for EB-2 visa petitioners and adopted… Read More