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DOS Alert: China EB-5 “Unavailable” for Remainder of FY2014

According to the U.S. Department of State, effective Saturday, August 23, 2014, the China Employment Fifth (EB-5) preference category has become "Unavailable" for the remainder of the fiscal year 2014. This action is...more

8/29/2014 - China Department of State EB-5 Immigrants Visas

What’s Going On With Consular Delays? (Part 2)

As we previously reported, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has been experiencing technical problems with its passport and visa system causing delays. The Department reports that it has made significant...more

8/7/2014 - Delays Department of State Passports Visas

What’s Going On With Consular Delays? (Part 1)

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its passport and visa system. Consular services are operational, but currently issuing documents at a reduced capacity....more

7/31/2014 - Delays Department of State Passports Visas

New Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have added four countries to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The...more

1/23/2014 - Department of State DHS H-2A H-2B Immigrants Visas

Non-Immigrant Visa Interview Waiver Program Now Permanent

In January 2012, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) introduced a pilot program waiving visa interviews for certain types of visa applicants. The DOS has announced that the visa interview waiver program is now permanent. ...more

1/23/2014 - Department of State Non-Immigrant Visas Visas Waivers

Department of State Transitions to DS-160 for K Visa Applications

In line with its recent trend of shifting towards electronic forms processing, the Department of State has transitioned to making the DS-160 mandatory for all K Visa applicants. In September, 2013, the Department of State...more

10/18/2013 - Department of State K-Visas Visas

Change in Policy Regarding False Claims to U.S. Citizenship by Minors

According to correspondence by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to Senator Harry Reid, the U.S. Government has modified its position, with respect to minors, on the...more

9/26/2013 - Citizenship Department of State DHS False Statements Minors

October 2013 Visa Bulletin Shows Little Progression

The October, 2013, Visa Bulletin recently released by the Department of State (DOS) showed visa numbers had made little progress. The Bulletin comes as a sharp contrast to the September numbers, which had progressed...more

9/18/2013 - Delays Department of State Visas

Visa Bulletin Progresses Dramatically

Good news came with the Department of State’s (DOS) recent release of the September 2013 Visa Bulletin. The cut-off dates for visas in the employment-based visa categories have progressed dramatically since last month....more

8/19/2013 - Deadlines Department of State EB-3 Immigrants Visa Bulletins Visas

Incorrectly Filed I-601As Are Being Rejected

Since March 4, 2013, USCIS has been accepting applications for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers (“Form I-601A”). Many of these applications have been rejected, however, because customers did not provide proof that the...more

5/2/2013 - Department of State I-601A Immigrants USCIS Visas

Sequester to Affect Consular Services

Although the exact impact cannot be predicted, it appears all but certain that sequestration will result in diminished consular services, including visa adjudications. ...more

3/6/2013 - Department of State Sequestration Spending Cuts Visas

New SEVIS Release will Address Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Overstays

A new version of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is scheduled to release this spring. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a faction of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),...more

2/7/2013 - Department of State DHS ICE SEVIS SEVP Students Visas Visitors

New Immigrant Visa Fee Imposed

Effective February 1, 2013, individuals applying for immigrant visas through a U.S. Consulate abroad will be required to pay an immigrant visa fee of $165. This fee is in addition to the Department of State’s application...more

2/7/2013 - Department of State USCIS USCIS Immigrant Fee Visas

DOS Announces Mexico-US Business Facilitation Program

The Business Facilitation Program (BFP) is designed to facilitate business travel for employees of participating companies. Qualifying firms will have access to expedited visa processing for employees traveling to the U.S. on...more

1/22/2013 - Business Facilitation Program Business Visas Department of State Visas

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