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Immigration Client Alert: Changes in Visa Fees

Effective as of September 12th, 2014, fee adjustments have been made to some Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas U.S. Department of State (USDOS) has made adjustments to the fees for the following categories...more

Effective September 12, 2014: New Fees for Some Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas

The Department of State (DOS) has revised certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees. DOS has adjusted the visa fees in the following categories...more

September 2014 Visa Bulletin Sees More Forward Progress for EB-2 Applicants from India

The Department of State has released its September 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications....more

DOS Visa Office Provides Update on EB-2 India Visa Demand and Priority Date Cutoff

New updates and projections regarding demand in the employment-based second preference immigrant visa category for individuals chargeable to India have been provided....more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Visa Issuance Delays Resolved

The U.S. Department of State has been experiencing technical issues with its passport and visa issuance system since late July 2014. Visa applicants have been experiencing delays in obtaining their visas and in some instances...more

Is the U.S. Prepared Legally and Operationally to Protect Its Arctic Interests?

The answer to this question is a resounding “no.” The U.S. is not prepared to protect its interests in the Arctic over the next decade. The primary legal regime that is being relied upon by all members of the Arctic...more

Large Increase in Fee to Renounce Citizenship

Beginning September 6, 2014, the U.S Department of State fee to renounce U.S. citizenship increased fivefold—from $450 to $2,350. The increase, intended to discourage dual citizens from renouncing U.S. citizenship, comes...more

Major Retrogression in the EB-2/India Immigrant Visa Category Expected in the Fall of 2014

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual may begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular...more

Africa Update - September 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Department of State Releases October 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows slight forward movement in all employment-based preference categories, with the exception of the EB-2 India category, which will remain unchanged....more

Africa Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Environmental Protection...more

The State Department’s Direct Line Program: A Tool to Help You Expand Into New Markets

I recently came across yet another free service provided by the Government that will be helpful to business owners expanding overseas. The program is called “Direct Link” and is administered by the Department’s Bureau of...more

Africa Update - August 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

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

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

Immigration Corner: Global Printing Problems for Immigrant Travel Visas, and More Road Signs on the Foggy PERM Highway

A printing problem usually can be fixed in minutes by swapping out a toner cartridge or adding some paper, or it could take a little longer to clear a complex paper jam. Right? Not at the U.S. Department of State! Apparently...more

DOS and CBP Issue Procedures to Facilitate Travel for Visa Applicants Affected by CCD Outages

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), a system critical to visa issuance operations, continues to experience technical problems, limiting the State Department’s ability to process and...more

Department of State Releases September 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows continued forward movement in the EB-2 India category while the cutoff dates in most other employment-based categories remain unchanged....more

Energy & Environment Update - August 2014

In This Issue: - Environmental Protection Agency 111(d) Proposed Rule - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of...more

U.S. Department of State Computer System Crash Leads to Worldwide Delays with Passport and Visa Applications

In July 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a notice stating that the U.S. Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) at the State Bureau of Consular Affairs was experiencing technical problems with its passport/visa...more

U.S. State Department Updates Information Regarding Delays in Visa and Passport Processing

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published updated information regarding the performance issues with the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD). As discussed in our July 24, 2014 Alert, a computer glitch caused the CCD to...more

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

Technical Problems with Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Passport/Visa Issuance Systems

Although the Bureau of Consular Affairs is operational, it is currently issuing documents at a reduced capacity; it is expected to take weeks to resume full system functionality....more

Immigration Update: Delays continue in U.S. Visa issuance

As of August 4, 2014, U.S. Department of State (DOS) has made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant (temporary) visa cases. DOS is printing visas for immigrant visas, adoption cases,...more

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