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April 2015 Archives

Considerations for dual citizenship

Immigrants who are living in Pennsylvania and who would like to become naturalized American citizens while retaining citizenship in their home countries should carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of dual citizenship. One of those disadvantages is the possibility of double taxation. The United States taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, but it does have tax treaties with some countries that provide some relief from this issue.

2016 applications for H-1B visas at record high

The government has issued a record number of H-1B visas for fiscal year 2016, according to figures released recently. The number of work permits that will be granted to foreign employees in the areas of science, engineering and computer programming will total 233,000. Pennsylvania businesses that rely on talent from around the world to work in highly technical fields will benefit from the increased number of visas available for foreign workers.

P-2 visa available to foreign performers

Artists and entertainers from foreign countries may be eligible to live and work temporarily in Pennsylvania if they meet the requirements of the P-2 visa. The classification applies to individuals entering the United States temporarily for the purpose of performing, either individually or as a member of a group, as part of an exchange program between a United States organization and one in a foreign country.

The requirements to obtain a foreign media visa

Foreign media representatives could qualify for I visas to work in Pennsylvania or other U.S. states. Individuals who generally qualify for these nonimmigrant visas are reporters, editors, film crew members and similar members of the media. However, they must meet certain eligibility requirements.