The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy memo on July 24, 2017 that provides guidance on the adjudication of Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, for business travelers holding a green card.
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A business visa allows a foreign national to enter the United States in order to conduct business on behalf of their company, such as attending meetings, conferences, or seminars. If you are an employer and you have employees who need to renew their business visas, there are a few things you should know.
The first thing to know is that business visa renewal is generally quicker and easier than applying for a new visa. However, it’s still important to start the process early so that your employees have time to get their renewals before their current visas expire.
The second thing to know is that, as the employer, you will need to provide some documentation to your employees in order for them to renew their visas. This includes a letter from you stating that the employee is still employed by your company and that they will be traveling to the United States on business behalf. You will also need to provide proof of the employee’s salary and position within the company.
Finally, you should be aware of the possibility of delays when renewing business visas. It’s always best to apply for renewals well in advance of when they are actually needed, so that your employees don’t run into any problems when trying to re-enter the United States.
What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is an identification card that proves an individual’s status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States. It allows the holder to reside and work permanently in the country. green card holders are also able to apply for citizenship after five years.
There are two ways to obtain a Green Card – through employment or family sponsorship. Businesses can sponsor foreign nationals for employment-based Green Cards if they can demonstrate that the individual is skilled and there is a shortage of US workers with those skills. There are also a limited number of Green Cards available for each country each year, so it’s important to plan ahead.
If you or your employees need to renew a Green Card, the process is generally the same as applying for a new one. You will need to fill out an application and submit it along with any required documentation. The processing time can vary, so it’s important to start the process well in advance of the expiration date.
If you have any questions about applying for or renewing a Green Card, please contact our office. We would be happy to help you with the process.
Who is eligible for a Green Card?
To be eligible for a Green Card, you must meet one of the following criteria:
-You have been employed in the United States for at least a year by a company that is related to a parent, child or sibling who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
-You have been employed in the United States for at least five years by a company that is related to a grandparent, aunt, uncle or first cousin who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
-You have been employed in the United States for at least three years by a religious organization.
-You have been employed in the United States for at least two years by an organization that promotes cultural exchanges.
How to renew a Green Card?
If you are an employer who needs to renew a Green Card for an employee who is traveling for business, there are a few things you need to know. The first is that the process has changed as of May 2017, and now requires that the employer submit an online form. The second is that there is a new fee for the online form, which is $85. Finally, you will need to provide proof of the employee’s current employment status, as well as their travel itinerary.
What are the benefits of renewing a Green Card?
The benefits of renewing a Green Card include:
-The ability to live and work permanently in the United States
-The ability to travel freely in and out of the United States
-The ability to apply for US citizenship (after meeting certain eligibility requirements)
-The ability to sponsor family members for US permanent residency
What are the requirements for renewing a Green Card?
To renew a Green Card, you must file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The application must be accompanied by the appropriate fee, as well as supporting documentation establishing your identity and eligibility for Green Card renewal.
Generally, you will need to submit the following documentation with your Form I-90:
-Your most recent Green Card
-Two passport-style photographs
-Evidence of continuous residence in the United States
-Evidence of physical presence in the United States
-Evidence of your identity
If you have been outside of the United States for more than one year since your last Green Card was issued, or if you have been convicted of certain crimes, you may not be eligible for Green Card renewal. For more information about eligibility requirements and how to renew your Green Card, please see our Renew a Green Card page or contact USCIS.
How long does it take to renew a Green Card?
It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to renew a Green Card, depending on the individual circumstances. The process usually starts with the employer filing an I-90 form with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once that form is approved, the employee will need to submit an application for a new green Card. The length of time it takes to receive a new Green Card will depend on several factors, including:
– whether the employee is currently in the United States or living abroad
– whether the employee is renewing their Green Card or applying for a new one
– how long it takes for USCIS to process the I-90 form
– how long it takes for USCIS to process the application for a new Green Card
If everything goes smoothly, it is possible to receive a new Green Card within a few weeks. However, if there are any delays or complications, it could take several months.
What are the fees for renewing a Green Card?
Currently, the fee for renewing a Green Card is $455. This fee is subject to change, so it’s important to check the most up-to-date information before you apply. You may also be required to pay an additional $85 biometrics fee.
How can employers help employees renew their Green Cards?
There are a few things that employers can do to help their employees renew their Green Cards. First, they can provide necessary paperwork and documentation. Second, they can help with the payment of fees. And finally, they can offer moral support throughout the process.
If you are an employer with employees who travel internationally for business, it is important to be aware of the requirements for renewing a green card. The process can be complicated, but with the proper planning and preparation, it can be completed successfully.
There are two basic options for renewing a green card:
1. The employee can apply for a new Green card through their employer.
2. The employee can apply for a renewal on their own.
If you choose to help your employee renew their green card through your company, there are a few things you need to do:
1. Gather the necessary documents. This includes the employee’s current green card, passport, birth certificate, and any other documents that may be required by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
2. Submit the petition. You will need to fill out and submit Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. You will also need to pay the filing fee of $545.
3. Schedule an interview. Once your petition has been accepted, the USCIS will contact you to schedule an interview with your employee at a local USCIS office. At the interview, an immigration officer will review your documents and ask questions about your business and your employees’ work status in the United States.
4. Renew the green card. If everything goes well at the interview, the USCIS will approve your petition and issue a new green card to your employee