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Cuba Revisited

On December 17 President Obama announced a plan to normalize relations with Cuba and open a US Embassy in Havana. The President also asked Congress to reconsider the trade embargo with Cuba which has been in place since...more

12/19/2014 - Barack Obama Cuba Embargo Foreign Relations Sanctions

USCIS Issues Outdated & Erroneous Case Status Emails

Lately we have been receiving outdated and/or erroneous USCIS case status emails for pending applications and adjudicated petitions. Some, but not all, emails were followed by an email confirming that the first email was in...more

12/12/2014 - Email Immigration Procedures USCIS

President Obama Announces Immigration Bills: Real Reform or Band-Aid Fixes?

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced a series of executive actions to reform the “broken” immigration system after Congress failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year. These initiatives have...more

12/4/2014 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform STEM USCIS

Details on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Orders

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions dealing with immigration. These initiatives have not been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or applications at this time. Be...more

11/25/2014 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Immigration Reform STEM USCIS

TIPS Extended For Nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua

DHS has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TIPS) for 18 months for Honduras and Nicaragua. The extension is from January 5, 2015 through July 5, 2016. TIPS was first designated for these countries in 1999, and has...more

11/4/2014 - DHS Immigrants Temporary Protected Status Visas

November 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

Although there was a slight forward movement in most categories, the EB-2 for Indian nationals regressed significantly from May 1, 2009 to February 15, 2005....more

10/15/2014 - EB-2 Immigrants India Visas

Test Your Knowledge on OFAC Sanctions

Global sanctions have shot up the scale of high risks to be prioritized by international companies and financial institutions, including real estate, corporate and trust service provider businesses. The battle against...more

10/13/2014 - Banks Financial Institutions Multinationals OFAC Sanctions

Diversity Lottery Opens Today (October 1, 2014)

The 2016 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) opened at noon today October 1, 2014, and will close at noon (EST) on November 3, 2014....more

10/2/2014 - Department of State DIversity Lottery Registration

Duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices

There are reports that USCIS is issuing a second biometrics appointment notice after receiving a prior notice over the past several weeks and appearing for biometrics capture. We understand that the American Immigration...more

9/4/2014 - Biometric Information Immigrants USCIS

Problems With Availability of EB-5 Visas for Chinese Nationals

On August 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the EB-5 visa category for Chinese nationals will be unavailable in the upcoming September 2014 Visa Bulletin because the maximum number of EB-5 visas for...more

8/28/2014 - China Department of State EB-5 Visas

Alert – New Scam Targets Indian H-1b Applicants

Beware of a new scam, experienced by our clients and confirmed to have occurred by the American Immigration Lawyers Association to employees of other Indian companies. Callers, posing as officers of U.S. Citizenship and...more

8/28/2014 - H-1B Immigrants Scams USCIS

Skilled & Educated Immigrants Move to Germany

According to statistics issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Germany was only second to the United States in the number of skilled and educated immigrants it received in 2012....more

8/4/2014 - Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigrants UK

Current Delays in Consular Visa Processing World-Wide

The U.S. State Department’s computer system for processing passport and visa applications crashed this week leading to global delays for travel documents. Although the system is back on line it’s still not operating at full...more

8/1/2014 - Delays Department of State Passports Visas

Approved H-1B Visa Holders Can Start Applying For Passport Visas

Beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with an October 1, 2014 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts. Posts are authorized to accept H visa petitions and issue visas to qualified...more

7/8/2014 - H-1B Hiring & Firing Passports Visas

US Consulates in Canada Suspend Processing 3rd Country Nationals During Summer

U.S. Consulates in Canada are temporarily suspending third country national processing during June, July, and August 2014. ...more

6/6/2014 - Canada Immigrants

Arrival/Departure History Now Available on I-94 Webpage

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a new webpage on May 1 that offers nonimmigrant U.S. visitors access to their I-94 arrival/departure record and their arrival/departure history. ...more

5/5/2014 - Customs and Border Protection FOIA I-94 Cards Release of Information

Differences In Dates in USCIS L Visa Approval & Consulate Passport Visa Stamp

Your passport L-1A visa stamp is good until 2015, but the USCIS approval expires in 2014, which one is correct? The dichotomy in the passport visa stamp and the USCIS approval can be confusing. There is a difference in the...more

4/25/2014 - Immigrants L-Visas Passports USCIS Visas

Fiscal Year 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

On April 1, 2014 USCIS began accepting applications for a competitive grant funding opportunity to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. USCIS will offer up to $10 million in...more

4/16/2014 - Citizenship Immigrants Path To Citizenship USCIS

H-1B Status

USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. ...more

4/14/2014 - H1-B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa USCIS Visa Caps

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

On April 7th USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under...more

4/9/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

H-1B Petitions

USCIS has announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the...more

3/27/2014 - Deadlines H-1B Immigrants Visas

April 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for April 2014 which shows continued forward movement in both family and employment based categories....more

3/11/2014

Do You Need An H-1B Work Visa?

It is that time of the year again, the time to start working on the H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa is probably the most common work visa for someone who has at least a Bachelor’s degree (or a combination of some university...more

2/26/2014 - H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

March 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for March 2014 with little movement in employment-based second and third categories....more

2/14/2014 - Department of State Visa Bulletins Visas

February 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for February 2014. ...more

1/10/2014 - Visa Bulletins

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