American Travel Visa for a Significant Other

American Travel Visa for a Significant Other Many Americans would like to bring their significant others to the U.S. for a short term trip for business or tourism. If you and your spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend or fiance/fiancee are not ready to apply for a K-1 Fiance Visa or permanent residency but simply wish to travel to

How to Avoid Notario Fraud

How to Avoid Notario Fraud Introduction In Part One of my series on How to Avoid Immigration Fraud, I advised prospective consumers of immigration services to obtain qualified counsel. I provided an overview of the education, training and certification standards that are in place to assure the competency of American immigration lawyers. I explained how

K-1 Fiancee Visa Policy, Process and Requirements

Step by step guidance on the K-1 Fiancee Visa process as provided by USCIS is below. Additional information on the K-1 Fiance Visa process is available from the Department of State.  Contact the Immigration Law Office of L. Ford Banister, II for a thorough case review and guidance through the K-1 Fiancee Visa process.  

Trump’s Student Visa Policy

Last week, I began writing this article on what Trump’s Student Visa Policy might be. As I was writing, reports came in that the president-elect had broken with decades of precedent by having a direct conversation with the Taiwanese leader, Tsai Ing-wen. I stopped writing and determined to wait until there appeared to be a

U.S. Student Visa Policy, Requirements and Process

U.S. Student Visa Policy, Requirements and Process Introduction According to comprehensive data from USCIS, as of July 2016, American schools hosted 1.11 Million foreign students. These students come from diverse countries around the world with China, India and South Korea being the most common countries of origin for foreign students. 72% of international students receive

Lawyer for American Expats in China

The Immigration Law Office of L. Ford Banister, II is dedicated to and focused on the practice of U.S. immigration law. I help people obtain visas to the U.S. for tourism, business, medical treatment, childbirth, marriage and permanent residency through investment. Operating from contact points in New York and in Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland,

Trump’s Immigration Proposals, Part One

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on November 8th shocked and surprised many Americans and people around the world. During his campaign, Mr. Trump promised his supporters that he would make drastic changes to U.S. immigration policy. The United States has a system of limited and divided government.

How to Get a China Police Clearance

We are pleased to assist anyone in need of a China police clearance. A China police clearance is commonly referred to as a certificate of no criminal conviction (CNCC) or 无犯罪记录证明书. Who Can Get a China Police Clearance? A China police clearance is only available to foreigners who held a residence permit during their stay

American Childbirth Visa Policy, Process and Requirements

Overview Though actual numbers are difficult to determine, it is a well know fact that thousands of couples and single women from around the world travel to the U.S. to give birth each year. “Birth tourists,” as they are often termed, most often come from China, Taiwan, Russia and Mexico with smaller numbers arriving each

How to Avoid Immigration Fraud, Part 2: The Honest Visa

In Part One of our series on How to Avoid Immigration Fraud, American Travel Visa Lawyer Ford Banister advised applicants to avoid unqualified “visa agencies” and others who pose as legal counselors and explained how American Travel Visa applicants can identify and verify a bona fide American Travel Visa Lawyer to guide them through the

American Medical Visa Process, Requirements and Service

Overview “Medical tourism,” traveling abroad for medical treatment, is a vibrant and growing industry. According to a 2014 article on the news website Caixin citing a survey conducted by the Stanford Research Institute, the worldwide medical tourism market doubled between 2006 and 2013 to an estimated value of US $438.6 billion. This represents 14 percent of worldwide

How to Avoid Immigration Fraud

How to Avoid Immigration Fraud Immigration is a complicated area of law, the intricacies of which often overwhelm visa applicants. Scams abound with fraudsters preying on innocent victims who sometimes lose large amounts of money and suffer negative immigration consequences that may include a permanent bar on travel to the United States as well as detention