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US Launches New Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System

US Launches New Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System

August 26, 2014

The United States government has transitioned to a new appointment and document delivery service for the non-immigrant visa unit from Amex and Speedex to Islamabad and Karachi, Pakistan. Implemented at U.S. Embassies worldwide, the new process is designed to be more convenient and user-friendly.
Can you travel to the US with a criminal record?

Can you travel to the US with a criminal record?

August 22, 2014

Most short term visitors to the US who are traveling for business or pleasure apply for a B-1/B-2 Business/Tourist visa. Visa applicants must appear in person for an interview at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy serving the country/state in which they reside.

Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries seeking to travel to the US for tourism or business do not require a visa to enter the US; however they will be required to apply for authorization to travel by applying for a Visa Waiver through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/).

Regardless of their country of citizenship, tourists or businesspeople who wish to travel to the US that have been arrested for or charged with a crime, including offences involving the use of a controlled substance, are advised to apply for a visa prior to travel.

US Global Visa Delay Caused by Technical Glitch

US Global Visa Delay Caused by Technical Glitch

August 14, 2014

The State Department's visa processing system was slowed down due to a computer glitch since mid-July. As a consequence, a huge backlog of unprocessed visa applications has been created.
New statistics on the trends of U.S. Permanent Residents

New statistics on the trends of U.S. Permanent Residents

July 23, 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Immigration Statistics, over 990,000 foreign nationals were granted U.S. permanent residence ("green cards") in 2013. These statistics provide helpful insight into the countries where the majority of immigrants are coming from, the categories they are using to apply and the states they are choosing to live in.
Nearly 9,000 New U.S Citizens to be Naturalized in Independence Day Celebrations

Nearly 9,000 New U.S Citizens to be Naturalized in Independence Day Celebrations

July 02, 2014

On July 1, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released that the department would naturalize nearly 9,000 new American citizens during more than 100 naturalization ceremonies across the country from June 30 to July 4.
USCIS and Nashville Begin Partnership to Support Aspiring Citizens

USCIS and Nashville Begin Partnership to Support Aspiring Citizens

July 01, 2014

On June 11, 2014, a new partnership between USCIS and Nashville has been established through a letter of agreement signed by USCIS Acting Director Lori Scialabba and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean at Nashville's Main Library.
DACA Childhood Immigration Renewal Process Announced

DACA Childhood Immigration Renewal Process Announced

June 23, 2014

On June 5, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the process for hundreds of thousands of young non-citizens to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two-year period. In addition, they will continue to have work authorization and be eligible to receive a social security number, and, in nearly every state, a driver’s license. As of April 2014, more than 560,000 individuals have received DACA.
US Student Visa Day in Delhi

US Student Visa Day in Delhi

June 11, 2014

Indian students wishing to study in the United States will have a chance to talk to US embassy staff on "student visa day" June 19 in Delhi.
 US Releases Guidance on Extension of CW-1 Program

US Releases Guidance on Extension of CW-1 Program

June 10, 2014

The guidance regarding the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s announcement extending the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program for five years has been released and published in Federal Register by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on June 3, 2014.
Process for Renewal of U.S DACA Program Released

Process for Renewal of U.S DACA Program Released

June 10, 2014

In a June 5 announcement, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has released the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A new form to allow individuals to renew their Deferred Action for a period of two years has also been submitted to the Federal Register by USCIS.