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Tag Archives: Visas

2016 Diversity Visa Program Registration

The 2016 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) will open at noon (EDT) on Wednesday, October 1, and will close at noon (EST) on Monday, November 3, 2014. Applicants must submit entries electronically during this period using the State Department’s electronic DV entry form.  Paper entries will not be accepted.  All entrants must print and retain their online […]

H-1B Visas for Nurses

On July 11, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum providing guidance on the adjudication of H-1B petitions for nursing positions. The memo assists USCIS officers in determining whether a nursing position meets the definition of a specialty occupation. The memo states that it supersedes any prior guidance on the subject […]

Approved H-1Bs With October 1st Start Date May Apply for Visas Now

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. According to a State Department regulation: “Posts are authorized to accept H visa petitions and issue visas to qualified applicants up to 90 days in advance of applicants’ beginning of employment status. […]

Immigrants are important to U.S. science and engineering

A recent article by The American Immigration Council discusses two new reports by The National Foundation for American Policy. One report highlights the increasing importance of immigrants to science and engineering in America. Among the report’s various findings are that 42 percent of researchers at the top seven cancer research centers are foreign-born. Additionally, the […]

Deportation is Not Automatic for All Crimes

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in the case of Moncrieffe V. Holder, that foreign nations cannot be deported for all crimes, but only for serious ones. The case involved a Jamaican citizen who had been in the U.S. legally for many years, but was convicted in Georgia of “possession with intent to […]

Pointers for Automatic Visa Revalidation

AILA – CBP Liaison Practice Pointer: Automatic Visa Revalidation A nonimmigrant alien who has previously presented a visa for admission to the United States may sometimes be readmitted (a) in the same nonimmigrant classification as shown on an expired visa or (b) in a different nonimmigrant classification than shown on an expired or valid visa if […]

Government Checking Social Networking Sites for Immigration Fraud

Immigration News Government Checking Social Networking Sites for Immigration Fraud We always have advised our clients to avoid anything the government could interpret as “fraud” in their immigration applications.  For example, someone on an “H” visa or applying for permanent residence should not change job title or work location without first notifying immigration authorities.  Currently, […]

Applying for H-1B Visas in Canada – Warning

Pointer: Third Country Nationals (TCNs) Should Use Caution When Processing Non-Immigrant Visa Applications in Canada By Jerry Grzeca (Vice Chair), AILA Department of State Liaison Committee [April 2010] +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Department of State Liaison Committee reminds AILA members and their third country national clients (TCNs) to use caution when considering applying for non-immigrant visas at […]

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