Special Immigrant Visas

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Immigration Caps Put Women & Children in Danger

The US has begun the process of deporting foreign nationals from Central American countries. In many cases, these individuals are women and children who fled wars, poverty, and crime in their homelands. Now, the US government...more

The Omnibus Spending/Budget Bill: Summary of Immigration Riders

The Omnibus Spending/Budget Bill (“Bill”) that Congress passed today contained many significant immigration components, including extensions of the following vital programs...more

USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The...more

Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Philippines

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The following Philippine government agencies are involved in approving and/or regulating foreign direct...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

Special Immigrant Visa for Iraqi Nationals Extended

The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government has been extended. The program had expired with respect to principal applicants on Sept. 30, 2013, but Congress...more

Special Program for Iraqis Employed by the US Government Extended

President Obama signed into law on October 4, 2013, an extension of the visa program for certain Iraqi nationals to obtain “special immigrant visas”. To qualify, you must have worked for or on behalf of the U.S....more

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