Posted on April 27th, 2011
Earlier this month, an Orange County couple and their daughter were arrested after they were caught arranging fake marriages for more than 20 people seeking K-3 marriage visas and green cards. The family ran a fake immigration services company called MPEagle Consultants in Cerritos and charged up to $60,000 per marriage in the scheme.
Immigrations officers became aware of the scheme after noticing the family had listed the same U.S. citizens as spouses and the same witnesses on around 21 green card applications. The family is said to have bribed homeless and low-income citizens with $2,000 to enter into the fake marriages. However, most of these people were never actually paid by the family.
If you or someone you know is looking to obtain a marriage visa, you will need the help of an experienced immigration attorney. Contact the Orange County marriage visa lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about the visa application process.
Posted on April 19th, 2011
According to figures from the Department of Homeland Security, Armenians are one of the fasted growing groups of people to become naturalized in Southern California. A spokeswoman for the department said that Armenia is often in the top ten countries of origin of people becoming naturalized in ceremonies in Los Angeles.
In March, over 4,000 people were naturalized in Los Angeles and Southern California. The most common countries of origin among people being naturalized were Armenia, Mexico, China, the Philippines, Iran, and El Salvador. From 2000 to 2004, the Department of Homeland Security shows an average of 1,600 Armenians becoming naturalized a year. This average increased to 4,000 between 2005 and 2009.
If you or someone you know wants to learn more about becoming naturalized, contact the Orange County naturalization lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C. at 949-540-6704 and set up an appointment to meet with us today.
Posted on April 13th, 2011
An H-1B temporary worker visa is a “non-immigrant” visa that professionals can obtain to fill “specialty occupation” positions if approved by a qualified employer. A “specialty occupation” is defined as requiring the theoretical and practical use of highly specialized skills or knowledge and requiring a bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or a higher degree.
In addition to several specific requirements, in order to qualify for a H-1B temporary worker visa, prospective employees must have obtained a bachelor’s degree, higher degree, or foreign degree that is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. in the specialty. Qualified employers include businesses with a bona fide job offer and the ability to pay the position’s wages.
Contact the Orange County H-1B temporary worker visa lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 if you or someone you know has questions about qualifying as a temporary worker in the United States.
Posted on April 5th, 2011
According to the Department of Homeland Security, over 1 million new green cards were distributed to foreigners during the 2010 fiscal year. 54 percent of the 1,042,625 green cards were given to foreigners already living in the United States.
Also, almost two-thirds of the green card recipients were given the green cards due to family relations to a legal resident or citizen of the United States. Obtainment of a green card allows an individual legal permanent residency.
13 percent of last year’s green card recipients were from Mexico, 7 percent were from India, and another 7 percent were from China.
To discuss obtaining a green card with an experienced immigration attorney, contact the Orange County green card lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 today.