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Tag Archives: Visas

STATE DEPARTMENT ANTICIPATES FORWARD VISA NUMBER MOVEMENT IN SOME EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRATION CATEGORIES

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for February 2015 notes that movement is possible in some employment-based categories in the coming months. In the employment-based “Worldwide” third preference category, the Visa Office expects rapid forward movement “for at least another month or two.” The bulletin notes that rapid movement in recent months is expected to […]

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Who Will Benefit from the Obama “Executive Action”?

The American Immigration Council has written an excellent paper explaining that the primary beneficiaries will be (1) the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR) as well as (2) immigrants who qualify under the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. President Obama announced in a speech Thursday night that the U.S. will provide […]

State Department No Longer Requires Original Documents for Consular Processing!

A State Department memorandum announces that the National Visa Center (NVC) will cease collecting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa (IV) applications as of November 12, 2014. Most applicants will be required to submit photocopies of supporting documents (such as birth, marriage, and police certificates) and will be instructed to take their original documents to […]

USCIS Updates DACA FAQs

Around 2 years ago, many young people applied for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), the relief President Obama enacted to assist young people brought to the U.S. long ago.  USCIS has recently updated its website containing their “Frequently Asked Questions” about DACA.   This is in addition to the CIS website on how to […]

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 […]

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