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US Immigration Bill to Add Hong Kong in the Visa Waiver Program

The Senate plans to take up legislation that would grant special visa privileges to Hong Kong residents.

Friday, June 28, 2013Read More

US Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill

On June 27 the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill, which aims to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants while strengthening the border, was passed at the final vote in the Senate.

Friday, June 28, 2013Read More

Proposal to Allow More Women to the US under Immigration Bill

A proposal to allow more women to the United States under a comprehensive immigration bill is going to be introduced by a group of female senators.

Friday, June 21, 2013Read More

Ceremonies Welcome New US Citizens

On June 14 a special naturalization ceremony was held in Anchorage, Alaska to welcome 67 new US citizens from around the world.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013Read More

US Re-designates and Extends 18-Month Temporary Protected Status for Syrians

From October 1, 2013, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian nationals will be re-designated and extended. This decision has been announced by Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and published with a notice in the Federal Register on June 17, 2013.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013Read More

US Senate Immigration Bill to Aid Economy

The immigration bill under consideration in the Senate would reduce federal deficits by $197 billion between 2014 and 2023, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Wednesday, June 19, 2013Read More

Travel to the US Expected to Continue to Grow

The U.S. Department of Commerce has recently released travel and tourism data on annual 2012 arrivals, and a new forecast that suggests continued strong growth in arrivals over the next six years.

Thursday, June 13, 2013Read More

US Travel Association Convention Coming to Denver

The International Pow Wow (IPW), the largest travel trade show in America will be hosted by Denver in June 2018, giving the area not only an economic shot in the arm but a chance to impress 1,200 travel agents and tour operators.

Thursday, June 13, 2013Read More

Senate Immigration Bill Passes First Votes

The bipartisan "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill, which aims to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants while strengthening the border, passed two key procedural votes on June 11, paving the way for debate on it.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013Read More

Indian Parliamentarians Meet US Deputy Secretary of State over Immigration Bill

A delegation of Indian parliamentarians met Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns to raise India's concerns over the US immigration bill, in particular those related to the H-1B visa issues.

Thursday, June 06, 2013Read More

US Wants Poland in Visa Waiver Program

The United States would like Poland to be part of the Visa Waiver Program, said US Secretary of State John Kerry, during a meeting in Washington on Monday with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013Read More

US Government to add Chile to Visa Waiver Program

According to a recent announcement of Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, the US has designated Chile for visa exemption program.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013Read More

Proposal to Require Finger Printing When Foreigners Leaving US

According to a new amendment to a planned immigration reform bill, all foreigners leaving the U.S at 30 busiest airports must have their fingerprints taken.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013Read More

US Reduces Visa Processing Time for Emiratis

The visa processing time for Emirati applicants to visit the US will be reduced significantly, a spokesperson of the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi announced.

Monday, June 03, 2013Read More

Attorney General and USCIS Director Welcome New US Citizens

The judicial naturalization ceremony in the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Great Hall on 28 May 2013 welcomed 70 new US citizens.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013Read More

Bipartisan Immigration Bill Introduced

Last week, a bipartisan group of eight Senators known as the "Gang of Eight" unveiled legislation to overhaul the US immigration system. The introduction of the bill has received commendations from major supporters, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Tuesday, April 23, 2013Read More

FY 2014 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

The H-1B visa cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 has been hit in a record time of just five days since the starting receipt date on 1 April, 2013, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013Read More

US Extends Employment Authorization Documents for Liberians

In an announcement released on March 15, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) intend to automatically extended employment authorization documents (EADs) for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through Sept. 30, 2014.

Thursday, March 28, 2013Read More

USCIS to Accept H-1B Applications for Fiscal Year 2014 from April 1, 2013

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2014 cap from Monday, April 1, 2013, according to its announcement made on March 15, 2013.

Monday, March 18, 2013Read More

President Obama Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama has called for comprehensive reform of US immigration laws in a landmark speech in Las Vegas, saying unequivocally that now is the time to fix the broken immigration system in a way that requires responsibility from everyone.

Thursday, January 31, 2013Read More

U.S. Consulates Work to Make U.S. Visa Process Simple for Indians

Visa procedures are expected to become easier with the U.S. consulates working to attract more visitors from India.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013Read More

Obama Calls for U.S. Highly Skilled Immigration Reform

The freshly reelected President Barack Obama in his inaugural address on January 21, 2013 called for U.S. immigration reform, particularly changes in legislation to facilitate immigrants with well education and high skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, also known as STEM.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013Read More

New Provisional Waiver to Help U.S. Families Avoid Long Separation

The Department of Homeland Security on January 2, 2013 published a final rule in the Federal Register that can ease the immigration path for applicants and reduce the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives who are seeking U.S. visas.

Monday, January 07, 2013Read More

Obama Urged to Allow Family Members to Enter U.S. through Parole Visa Program

Haitian advocates in Miami urged President Barrack Obama to let their families enter the U.S. through the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Visa Program.

Thursday, June 28, 2012Read More

U.S. Immigrants Are Key in Innovation, Study Says

A new study shows that foreign–born U.S. nationals were involved in three out of four patents at the top research universities.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012Read More

California Attracts Highest Number of U.S. Immigrants

California has the highest rate of U.S. immigrants among U.S. states, according to a new report released on June 21, 2012.

Friday, June 22, 2012Read More

Asian Immigrants to U.S. Surpassed Hispanics

An expansive study by the Pew Research Center shows that Asians has overtaken Hispanics in migrating to the U.S.

Thursday, June 21, 2012Read More

President Obama to Allow Young Illegal Immigrants to Remain in the U.S.

Hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants will be allowed to remain in the country and obtain work permits without fear of deportation, under a new policy of June 16, 2012 by the Obama administration.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012Read More

U.S. to Ease Tourist Visas

According to U.S. President Barack Obama in a speech via video at the Caribbean Tourism Summit and Outlook Seminar 2012, his administration is taking steps to ease visa requirements for visitors to the U.S.

Monday, June 18, 2012Read More

U.S. Immigrants Own 18 Percent of Small Business, Report Shows

According to a new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, 18 percent of small businesses in the U.S. belong to U.S. immigrants.

Thursday, June 14, 2012Read More

Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

Highly skilled overseas workers seeking to work in the U.S. under the H-1B visa category will now have to wait for next fiscal year's program as the statutory cap of 65,000 for H-1B visas for fiscal year 2013 has been reached, according to the announcement made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on June 12, 2012.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012Read More

U.S. Expands E2 Investor Visas to Israel

President Obama added Israel to the countries eligible for E2 investor visas to the United States.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012Read More

U.S. Signed Accords to Protect Foreign Workers

The U.S. Labor Department has signed cooperation agreements with Ecuador, Honduras, Peru and the Philippines in order to protect the labor rights of workers from these countries in the U.S.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012Read More

U.S. to Hold Southeast Summit on Immigration

The first-ever Southeast summit on U.S. immigration will be held in Atlanta with an aim to solve conflicts in the current immigration laws applied to the South states.

Monday, June 11, 2012Read More

U.S. Immigration Contributes to Southern California Success

A new study by the University of California, Irvine reports that the large influx of Asian and Latino immigrants into Southern California in the past 50 years has made the state stronger.

Friday, June 08, 2012Read More

Chicago New Americans Initiative to Help Eligible Immigrants Become US Citizens

The Chicago New Americans Initiative has been announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel while hosting the first ever Citizenship swearing in ceremony in City Council Chambers with U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas.

Thursday, June 07, 2012Read More

Advice for UK Nationals Travelling to the U.S. in Hurricane Season 2012

The Governor's Office on behalf of the Consular Directorate of the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has recently given its advice for UK nationals who plan to travel to the U.S. during the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Thursday, June 07, 2012Read More

U.S. Launches Online Immigration System, ELIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced the first phase of its electronic immigration benefits system, named USCIS ELIS, on May 22, 2012.

Thursday, June 07, 2012Read More

Senator Introduces Bill to Permanently Authorize EB-5 Visa Program

Senator Patrick Leahy has recently introduced a new bill that gives permanent status to the EB-5 Regional Center Program.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012Read More

Status-neutral Travel Document for Georgians to Visit the U.S.

Residents from Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia will soon be able to use the status-neutral travel document for travel or study in the United States.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012Read More

Community and Religious Activists Together Protect U.S. Immigrants

A petition collecting hundreds of signatures in order to protect Hispanic immigrant families has been compiled by a group of community and religious leaders in Iowa.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012Read More

U.S. Government Pushed on Processing Immigrant Families

Several pro-immigrant organizations pushed the Obama administration to implement the proposal for a new procedure allowing spouses and children of U.S. citizens to remain in the country while their immigration situation is processed.

Friday, June 01, 2012Read More

High Demand for U.S. Work Visas

The demand for the H-1B class of U.S. work visa has almost quadrupled compared to at the same time last year, says U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012Read More

USCIS Launches New Online Learning Tool to Help U.S. Immigrants

A new online learning tool to help new U.S. citizens prepare for the Naturalization Test has been released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012Read More

U.S. Investor Visa Available for Israelis

Israeli nationals are now eligible for the E-2 temporary foreign investor visa under a recently approved bill, which requires smaller investment by business owners than the current E-1 visa.

Monday, May 28, 2012Read More

Alabama Governor Signed Immigration Law Revisions

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on May 18, 2012 signed House Bill 658, which includes revisions to simplify and clarify Alabama's existing immigration law, commonly known as House Bill 56.

Thursday, May 24, 2012Read More

New JOLT Act to Reform Visa System Commended by U.S. Travel Association

The new Bipartisan House and Senate versions of the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act of 2012 that were introduced last week have received commendations from the U.S. Travel Association.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012Read More

Citizenship Drive to Help Immigrants

A citizenship drive will be held by the City of Oakley on the weekend of May 18 in order to help immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship.

Friday, May 18, 2012Read More

Texas Universities Back New Bill for Work Visas for Tech Graduates

On May 15, 2012, U.S. Senator John Cornyn introduced legislation to Congress to boost U.S. economic competitiveness.

Thursday, May 17, 2012Read More

US Announced National Strategy to Increase Travel and Tourism Visitors

Delivering on President Obama's call in January for a national strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States, the Administration's National Tourism and Travel Strategy has been announced by Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on May 10, 2012.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012Read More

Colleges Assist Illegal Immigrant Students in the USA

Dominican University, a small private Catholic college in suburban Chicago, is supporting undocumented students.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012Read More

U.S. Reforms Summer Work Travel Visa Rules against Abuses

The State Department on May 4, 2012 made an announcement on major changes to its J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program - one of its premier cultural exchange programs, to tackle recent widespread abuses.

Monday, May 07, 2012Read More

Obama Continues Pushing U.S. Immigration Reform for Dream Act

Passing the Dream Act and fixing the U.S. immigration system were top priorities, President Barack Obama told guests at a Cinco de Mayo reception in the White House Rose Garden.

Friday, May 04, 2012Read More

US Re-Designated and Extended TPS Designation for Somalia

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has decided to extend the current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of Somalia and to re-designate the country for 18 months.

Thursday, May 03, 2012Read More

U.S. Launches Campaign to Promote Inbound Tourism

A campaign to encourage international tourists to come to the U.S. was launched Tuesday for residents of Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Thursday, May 03, 2012Read More

Number of U.S. Illegal Immigrants from Mexico Drops

A new study shows the number of illegal Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012Read More

More Chinese Immigrate to the USA

A greater number of people from China moved to America and got green cards in 2011 than in 2010, according to statistics released from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data.

Monday, April 23, 2012Read More

U.S. Urged to Ease Visa Rules and Cut Aviation Tax

Major countries including the U.S. should relax visa requirements to revive economic growth, according to the president of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Thursday, April 19, 2012Read More

U.S. Visa Processing Speeded Up in Brazil and China

Processing capacity for U.S. visitor visas in Brazil and China has significantly increased in 2012, on the way to meet President Obama's goals to make the U.S. the world's top travel and tourism destination and boost the country's economy, the Department of State announced on Wednesday.

Thursday, April 19, 2012Read More

U.S. Business Visa Program for AmCham Members Introduced

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) will have their visa application process streamlined under a prioritized Business Visa Program that the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka introduced on April 17, 2012.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012Read More

High Demand for US H-1B Visas

The U.S. has seen a sharp increase in the number of petitions for H-1B skilled worker visas during the initial week of the application season this year, according to official figures revealed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Friday, April 13, 2012Read More

Changes to U.S. Visa Fees in Oman

According to a recent press release the U.S. will make changes to its visa processing fees in Oman starting from April 13, 2012.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012Read More

Nevada Commission to Make China Trip

The Nevada Commission on Tourism and partners in the tourism industry are going to make a business trip to China in order to boost the state's tourism, according to Lieutenant-Governor Brian Krolicki.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012Read More

No Rise in the U.S. H1B Visa Fee for 2013

Due to misinterpretation the US government has clarified there will be no rise in the fee for H-1B work visas for professionals next year.

Friday, March 30, 2012Read More

USCIS to Accept New H-1B Petitions on April 2, 2012

According to an announcement on March 27, 2012, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start accepting H1-B application for H1-B Visa 2013 Fiscal Year from April 2, 2012.

Thursday, March 29, 2012Read More

Miami Attracts Quebec Businesses through Trade Mission

The Quebec-Florida Chamber of Commerce (CCQF) is going on a trade mission to Florida from April 16 to 18, 2012 in order to further develop business cooperation between Florida and Quebec.

Thursday, March 29, 2012Read More

Undocumented Immigrants to the U.S. Supported by New York Mayor

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg continuously gives his support for a state-level Dream Act to provide tuition aid for undocumented immigrants as part of U.S. immigration reform.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012Read More

U.S. Visas for Syrians Extended by 18 Months

U.S. visas for Syrians living in the United States will be extended for at least 18 more months due to ongoing violence in Syria, according to Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012Read More

Foreign Visitors to the U.S. Broke Record in 2011

A new statement by the U.S. Commerce Department revealed that foreign tourists coming to the U.S. last year hit a new record in 2011.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012Read More

Over 8,000 Immigrants Became New U.S. Citizens

A recent naturalization ceremony at Los Angeles Convention Center welcomed more than 8,000 new U.S. citizens.

Friday, March 23, 2012Read More

Changes to U.S. Visa Applications for Japanese Citizens

The U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Canada issued information regarding changes to U.S. visa applications from Japan including an update for L1 visas, a new interview waiver program and processing procedures for non-immigrant visas.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012Read More

U.S. Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunity Announced

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced $5 million in competitive grant funding to expand high quality citizenship preparation services for U.S. permanent residents.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012Read More

U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands in Russia

On March 9, 2012 the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced the expansion of the current interview waiver program that allows certain Russian citizens to obtain a tourist visa to travel to the U.S. without having to go for an interview.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012Read More

Call for U.S. Visa Waivers to Boost Tourism for Las Vegas

A proposed bill allowing more international tourists to visit the U.S. without visas, which could boost Southern Nevada's economy and create more jobs, has been recently promoted by U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012Read More

Biometrics to Track Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced its plan to implement a biometrics data program to track incoming immigrants who overstay their U.S. visas.

Friday, March 09, 2012Read More

Call to Add Poland to U.S. Visa Waiver Program

U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. is hoping that with new legislation, Polish nationals can visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, affording easier access due to closer U.S.-Poland relations.

Thursday, March 08, 2012Read More

Chinese Student Enrollments Increase at Michigan Universities

The number of Chinese students entering Michigan State University has increased by more than 400 percent over the last four years.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012Read More

Call to Relax U.S. Visas for UAE Citizens

Relaxation of U.S. visas for UAE nationals should be implemented, considering the enhanced relations between the two countries, claims a leading Dubai official.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012Read More

USCIS to Accept H-1B petitions on April 2

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting FY 2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions on Monday, April 2, 2012 for employment with a start date of October 1, 2012 or later.

Friday, March 02, 2012Read More

Rise in South Carolina Tourism, Figures Show

New federal figures announced at the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism and Travel show that South Carolina (SC) tourism rose in 2010.

Friday, March 02, 2012Read More

Visa Legislation for Israeli Investors Approved by U.S. Judiciary Committee

The H.R. 3992 legislation that would add Israel to the list of countries eligible for E-2 temporary foreign investor visa was approved by the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, according to a statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith on February 28, 2012.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012Read More

Visitor Spending in Hawaii Broke Record in January 2012

February 24, 2012, The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced that total expenditure by visitors to Hawaii in January 2012 broke the one-month record with $1.345 billion.

Monday, February 27, 2012Read More

Change in Location to Process U.S. Immigrant Visas for Portuguese

The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon announced on Feb 22, 2012 that neither it nor the U.S. Consulate General in Ponta Delgada will continue to process immigrant visa (IV) or diversity visa (DV) applications after the end of this month.

Friday, February 24, 2012Read More

U.S. Held Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Information Summit

February 22, 2012. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and officials from the White House held a summit aiming to gather information relating to enhancing the immigration process for foreign entrepreneurs.

Thursday, February 23, 2012Read More

Air China Passengers with U.S. Visas to Transit in Vancouver More Easily

Air China passengers with valid U.S. visas who are in direct transit through Vancouver on their movement to the United States have been granted Transit Without Visas status by the Canadian Government.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012Read More

Increase in Number of Chinese Students in Iowa

There has been a spike in the number of Chinese students applying for Iowa universities, according to officials.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012Read More

U.S. Visa Processing Initiatives Welcomed in China

The U.S. Travel Association supports the announcement made by Ambassador Gary Locke on U.S. visa processing changes that aim to increase travel to the U.S. from China.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012Read More

E3 Visa Progress for Irish Workers

Fine Gael Clare Senator Martin Conway supports news that progress is being made in securing E3 visas for Irish nationals to work in the U.S under a free trade agreement.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012Read More

U.S. Completes Nationwide E-Verify Self Check

February 9, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its completed expansion for E-Verify Self Check.

Monday, February 13, 2012Read More

New Forum to Encourage Chinese Immigrants to Obtain U.S. Citizenship

Chinese immigrants to the U.S. will have the chance to communicate with federal immigration officials through a national Chinese-language public engagement forum.

Monday, February 13, 2012Read More

New U.S. Immigration Bill to Encourage Israeli Investors

A new immigration bill was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 9, 2012 to let Israelis apply for investor visas.

Friday, February 10, 2012Read More

U.S. to Hold 'American Education Expo' at Chennai, India

On February 10, 2012 at Chennai, India, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Student Network will hold an American Education Expo for Indians wanting to study in the U.S.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012Read More

Multiple Visas for Five Years to the U.S. and Kazakhstan Agreed

Kazakhstan and the U.S. have reached an agreement on issuing 5-year multiple visas for their citizens, according to Kazakh Foreign Ministry Spokesman Altai Abibullayev at a press briefing.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012Read More

'Study USA and Visa' Talk at Bhubaneswar, India

There was a 'Study USA and Visa' talk held at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India on February 2, 2012.

Monday, February 06, 2012Read More

DHS Outlines Plans to Attract Skilled Immigrants to the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently announced its upcoming reform to make the visa process easier for highly-skilled immigrants who want to work in the U.S.

Thursday, February 02, 2012Read More

U.S. Visa Applications in Nigeria Processed Faster

U.S. visa applicants in Nigeria will benefit from shorter visa processing times with assistance from other embassies and missions.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012Read More

Kansas Propose New Programs to Support Undocumented Immigrants

Addressing the growing labor shortage in agriculture and other industries across the country, Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman and a coalition of business groups have recently proposed new programs to allow undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the U.S.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012Read More

Continual Growth in the Number of U.S. Visas Issued to Indians

As the U.S. government simplifies its visa application process, a year-on-year growth of 14 percent in visa processing for Indian citizens is being targetted according to James W. Herman, minister-counsellor for consular affairs at the US embassy in India.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012Read More

Clinton to Discuss U.S. Visa Regime for Bulgarian Citizens

U.S. State of Secretary, Hillary Clinton will visit Sofia, Bulgaria on 5 February 2012 to discuss a range of topics, including the U.S. visa regime for Bulgarians.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012Read More

Nevada's Tourism to Benefit from U.S. Tourist Visa Reform

A simplified and faster U.S. visa process will bring major benefits to Nevada's tourism industry and employment opportunities said U.S. Senator Harry Reid on January 19, 2012.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012Read More

Irish Lobbyist Group Calls for Support for U.S. Immigration Reform

More than 400 people met on January 19, 2012 in Ohio to meet the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) and show their support for the current Irish E3 Visa Bill (Senate Bill 1983).

Monday, January 30, 2012Read More

Push for More Grants to Assist with U.S. Naturalization Efforts

January 17, 2012, the minority leader of the House Homeland Security Committee wants the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to grant more money for advising immigrants on attaining U.S. citizenship.

Friday, January 20, 2012Read More

Obama Orders Streamlining of U.S. Tourist Visas

International travellers will soon benefit from President Barack Obama's ordering of a more streamlined visa application process for tourist visas to the United States.

Friday, January 20, 2012Read More

5 New Countries Added to H2A and H2B Visa Programs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in consultation with the Department of State have published a list of 58 countries whose citizens are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for 2012.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012Read More

U.S Visa Issuance Details Clarified for Saudis

U,S Consular Officials in Saudi Arabia have clarified details about the process of issuing U.S. visas following recent confusion and delays.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012Read More

Report on International Students Provided to U.S Congress

A detailed report discussing current policy and legislation pertaining to international students in the U.S has been provided to the Congress by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Wednesday, January 18, 2012Read More

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for eligible nationals of El Salvador, according to an announcement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012Read More

E-Verify for Employers Now Mandatory in Five U.S States

From January 1, 2012, use of the E-Verify system for employers was made compulsory in five states of America.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012Read More

New Immigration Reform to Help Family Members of U.S. Citizens

Jan 6,2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced its intent to change the time that family members are separated while their U.S. citizenship applications are processed .

Monday, January 09, 2012Read More

U.S. Congress Members Push for More Visas for Haitians

U.S. Congress members are pushing the Obama administration to fast-track visas for Haitian citizens who have already had their petitions approved and to include Haiti in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for low-skilled, temporary immigrants.

Monday, January 09, 2012Read More

Visa Bulletin for January 2012 Raises Hope to Relatives of U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Department of State has recently released the U.S. visa bulletin summarizing the availability of immigrant numbers during January 2012, which raises hope to some relatives of U.S. citizens who have been waiting roughly two decades.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012Read More

Mitt Romney Pledged to End DREAM Act if Elected President in 2012

In a statement released in Northwest Iowa on December 31, 2011, Mitt Romney promised to end the DREAM Act if elected President in 2012.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012Read More

U.S Embassy Cancels U.S. Visa Appointments in the Philippines on January 23, 2012

The United States Embassy in Manila has announced that immigrant visa appointments for January 23, 2012 will be canceled because the Philippines government declared that day as a special nonworking holiday to mark the Chinese New Year.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012Read More

Princeton Provides Short Courses to Help U.S. Visitors

According to the Princeton Township Police, they have been in partnership with the YWCA, the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world, to help U.S. visitors to understand more about American culture and its customs through short courses.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012Read More

US Embassy warns Israelis to be aware of US Visa scam

In the effort of US Government to take a stand against the increasing number of foreigners, mostly Israelis, working illegally in kiosks and stands located in American shopping malls, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv recently released a video warning young Israelis not to be tempted by illegal offers of work in the United States.

Friday, June 24, 2011Read More

US Immigration grants employment authorization to Libyan F1 Students

A special relief to allow Libyan students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011 to eligibly obtain employment authorization has been announced by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Monday, June 20, 2011Read More

US issued over 70,000 Green Cards for Chinese in 2010

According to the 2010 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, the US.Department of Homeland Security recently released that over 70,000 Chinese applicants granted a US green card in 2010

Friday, June 17, 2011Read More

US Visa woes end for IBM and TCS

After several months, the US Embassy has recently cancelled a suspension on IBM and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) from participating in the Business Executive Program (BEP) which allows them to expedite temporary work visas for their employees. Both companies, along with three others, were suspended in 2010 on grounds of irregularities.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011Read More

New effort to protect US immigrants from scams

According to latest announcement on Thursday, US Government is starting a new nationwide initiative to crack down on immigration-related scams that charge immigrants for bogus services.

Friday, June 10, 2011Read More

Highly Skilled Immigrants Takes High Percentage in US Labor Force

A recent study carried out by Brookings Institution shows that immigrants with college degrees have now accounted for the majority of immigrant labor. This makes highly skilled immigration a more important issue in discussions and debates about immigration reform.

Friday, June 10, 2011Read More

New initiative to attract more US highly skilled immigrants and investors to Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder has launched a latest initiative, named Global Michigan, to attract higher numbers of highly skilled immigrants and investors who wish to invest their funds and ideas to help boost Michigan state's economy.

Thursday, June 09, 2011Read More

New ID card legislation worries US immigrants in Arizona

A new Arizona legislation has banned state and local government agencies from accepting photo identity cards issued by foreign consulates as identification since it has become a cause of serious concern for immigrants. This will take effect from 20 July 2011, the Arizona Republic reported last Tuesday.

Monday, June 06, 2011Read More

US Department of State Launches the new J1 Visa Website

The US Department of State yesterday launched a new website with information regarding the J-1 visa exchange visitor program. This action reflects their commitment to communicate in a way promoting broader participation in valuable cultural exchange opportunities.

Thursday, June 02, 2011Read More

Obama Calls for Easing Visa Restrictions for Poland

President Barack Obama has called for easing of visa restrictions on Poles traveling to the US, a step to remove a thorn in bilateral relation between the US and Poland - its close NATO ally.

Monday, May 30, 2011Read More

US launches advertising campaign to encourage Green Card holders to become citizens

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has launched Wednesday a campaign emphasizing the benefits of being a U.S. citizen with the goal of encouraging more immigrants to become U.S. citizens and become more integrated into society.

Thursday, May 26, 2011Read More

US eases visa policy for Iranian students and exchange visitors

According to announcement of The U.S. State Department last Friday, the Government is changing visa terms for Iranian students and exchange visitors, making it easier for them to enter and move out of the United States as an effort to improve people-to-people ties between two countries.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011Read More

Significant Enhancements to US E5B-Visa Processing Proposed

Significant updates to the administration of Immigration Investor Program - commonly referred to as the EB-5 Program - has been proposed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on May 19, 2011.This action is to transform the intake and review process for immigrant investors as part of the Obama administration's continued commitment to improve the legal immigration system and meet our economic and national security needs for the 21st century.

Monday, May 23, 2011Read More

US announced extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

The extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians was announced on May 17, 2011 by secretary of the Department of Homeland and Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano. It is regarded as an important step to demonstrate the humanitarian side of US immigration responsibilities to Haitians affected by their nation's devastating earthquake in January of last year.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011Read More

Proposal on Easing US Travel Visa Process

The US Travel Association (USTA) has recently given its suggestion about reforming US visa process to attract more visitors from emerging countries like India, China and Brazil – a way to contribute to US economic recovery.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011Read More

Bill on Indigent Care for US Immigrants passed by the Texas House

The Texas House passed a bill that would allow Texas counties to take into consideration the income of a legal immigrant's sponsor when deciding if the immigrant is eligible for indigent health care this Monday.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011Read More

U.S voids 2012 Electronic Diversity Visa lottery result due to computer error

Tens of thousands of would-be immigrants who thought they had a won a lottery to live in the US legally had their hopes dashed when the State Department announced last Friday it had voided the results of the 2012 Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery posted on its website due to a computer programming error.

Sunday, May 15, 2011Read More

More Opportunities for Overseas Students to Remain and Work in the US

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently announced that it has expanded the STEM-Designated Degree Program List that qualifies eligible graduates under student visas for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension.

Friday, May 13, 2011Read More

President Obama backs to US immigration reform efforts

Following the failure in the attempt to pass the Dream Act - legislation that would have provided citizenship to young immigrants who attended college or served in the military - US President Barack Obama will once again try to pass comprehensive reforms of the US immigration system.

Thursday, May 12, 2011Read More

Illinois Senate passes DREAM Act for immigrants kids

Illinois undocumented children may gain new access to a privately-funded college scholarship even if they are in the state illegally under a new legislation that passed the Senate on Wednesday with support from immigration-rights groups.

Friday, May 06, 2011Read More

US announces plans to streamline visa system

The United States has announced its 20-year plan to improve its visa system after being found that the inefficiencies in the visa process were restricting US tourism.

Thursday, April 21, 2011Read More

US work visa fees funding scholarships training and anti-fraud activities

According to a new report released by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), corporate fees for US work visas are providing funding to US worker training, science and math scholarships and anti-fraud enforcement.

Friday, April 08, 2011Read More

US Ambassador Welcomes Bulgarians to Visit America

US Ambassador James Warlick made a speech at the opening of the exhibition entitled "Travel USA" in Sofia, Bulgaria. In his speech, he welcomed Bulgarians to come and discover America.

Monday, April 04, 2011Read More

US launches E-Verify Self Check

E-Verify Self Check service has recently been introduced by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas. This service allows immigrants in the United States to check their own employment eligibility status before formally seeking employment.

Friday, April 01, 2011Read More

H1B Visa applications to be accepted from April 1

According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the US will start accepting applications for H-1B visa from April 1, 2011.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011Read More

US supports Japanese via visa extensions

Among efforts of the whole world to support Japan after the recent devastating earthquakes and tsunami, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reminded Japanese nationals that there are certain U.S. immigration benefits available for them upon request.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011Read More

Russia proposes to be added in US visa-free program

Russia and the U.S. have recently sat together to talk about improving their bilateral relations through visa-free travel. Russia suggested being included in the U.S. ESTA program and emphasized that this would be a very important step.

Monday, March 21, 2011Read More

US to reduce cost for employers via work visa changes

Aiming to save $23 million over the next decade for employers, the US government plans to streamline the work visa process over the next 10 years.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011Read More

US immigrant integration policies ranks high in a study

According to a new study, US ranks ninth position among 32 countries in terms of immigrant integration policies.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011Read More

US published proposed rule on H-1B Electronic Registration System

A proposed rule which establishes an advance registration process for US employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for their overseas workers in specialty occupations will be published on March 03, 2011. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services believes it could save US businesses more than $23 million over the next 10 years.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011Read More

Annotated version of the B-1 visa for a better US maritime supply chain

An annotated version of the B-1 visa has been recently created in order to strengthen US maritime global supply chain, according to an announcement from The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011Read More

Push to make US E-Verify immigration check mandatory

According to Republican Elton Gallegly – the chairman of a congressional immigration policy subcommittee, he is preparing a legislation that makes the US E-Verify checks mandatory for all business in the U.S.

Thursday, February 17, 2011Read More

Advice for US visa applicants in the busy summer holiday ahead

The US Embassy has recently given advice to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands residents on applying for US travel visas for the coming summer.

Friday, February 11, 2011Read More

United States H-1B visas about to run out

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of January 21, 2011, it has received 62,800 H-1B petitions and there are only 2,200 H-1B visas left. Professional level foreign workers wanting to live and work in the US should consider applying as soon as possible.

Friday, January 28, 2011Read More

Grant opportunities for US citizenship and integration

Three competitive grant opportunities for US citizenship and integration that got congressional appropriation are now available, according to a recent announcement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Friday, January 28, 2011Read More

Indians account for nearly half of H1B visa holders

An official report revealed that Indian nationals accounted for approximately half of H1B visa holders. Most of them worked in technology-related section.

Monday, January 24, 2011Read More

Notice on nationals eligible to participate in H-2A and H-2B programs in 2011

On Friday January 14, a notice on the identification of foreign countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and the H-2B programs in 2011 has been released by the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State.

Friday, January 21, 2011Read More

Low-skilled immigration benefits US economy

A Migration Policy Institute study released this week concluded that the role of low-skilled US immigrant workers, both legal and unauthorized, produces positive economic benefit to the U.S.

Friday, January 21, 2011Read More

Haiti orphans to be granted residency by new law

A new law granting lawful permanent resident status to certain orphaned children from Haiti was passed, according to a recent announcement from United State Immigration authorities.

Monday, January 10, 2011Read More

Obama commits to push USA immigration reform

Days after the DREAM Act was rejected in the Senate, President Barack Obama has reiterated his commitment to continue fighting for US immigration reform.

Thursday, January 06, 2011Read More

Green Card Application Form to be Updated by USCIS

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced a new version of the Green Card Application form (I-90) and is now available within the Government website. Applicants may file their new applications electronically or through mail to the USCIS lockbox facility.

Monday, June 28, 2010Read More

Corporations Fight for Change in US Immigration Laws

CEOs from several leading corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Boeing and Disney have joined together with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to form a coalition that would advocate changes regarding the current US immigration policy.

Monday, June 28, 2010Read More

USCIS Launches Redesigned E-Verify Employer Web Interface

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently launched a redesigned web interface for the E-Verify program, which encompasses enhancements to the system's usability, security, accuracy, and efficiency.

Friday, June 18, 2010Read More

USCIS Proposes Fee Increases

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas recently proposed a new fee rule that would increase the average application and petition fees by approximately 10 percent.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010Read More

USCIS Issues Revised Employment Authorization Document

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it has issued a revised version of the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or Form I-766.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010Read More

Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fees to Increase June 4

The Department of State (DOS) has recently increased nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, also called the Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fee, and Border Crossing Card (BCC) fees.

Monday, June 07, 2010Read More

USCIS Centralizes N-400 Filing for Qualifying Family of Deceased Service Members

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for naturalization from qualifying family members of deceased service members at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC).

Thursday, June 03, 2010Read More

DHS Eliminates Form I-94W

Recently the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the elimination of the paper arrival/departure form (Form I-94W) for authorized travelers from nations participating in the Visa Waiver Program.

Thursday, June 03, 2010Read More

USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Card

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card, often referred to as the "Green Card."

Thursday, May 20, 2010Read More

REPAIR Proposal Provides Path to Legalization

On April 29th, 2010, Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Leahy, Feinstein, and Menendez introduced the Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform (REPAIR) proposal at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

Thursday, May 06, 2010Read More

USCIS Clarifies Evidence Requirements for TPS Fee Waiver Request

On January 12th 2010, the United States Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals and citizens.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010Read More

Arizona Law Heats Up Immigration Reform Debate

A new law signed into effect by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has invigorated the debate on the need for comprehensive immigration reform and whether Congress should pass such legislation this year.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010Read More

How to record departure from the United States after the fact

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently published information advising the public on the steps they should undertake in the event that a traveler does not turn in their Arrival-Departure Record when leaving the U.S., whether by air, land, or sea.

Friday, April 23, 2010Read More

Relief for Foreign Nationals Stranded due to the Icelandic Volcano Eruption

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a special update on April 19th, 2010 advising foreign nationals, stranded in the U.S. due to airport closures in Europe caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption, of their options.

Thursday, April 22, 2010Read More

USCIS Reminds Haitians to Register for Temporary Protected Status

Recently the United States Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) reminded Haitian nationals that the registration deadline for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is fast approaching. Haitian nationals, who meet TPS eligibility requirements, must file their applications for TPS no later than July 20, 2010. The TPS designation for Haiti will remain in effect through July 22, 2011.

Thursday, April 22, 2010Read More

H-1B Visa (Specialty Occupation) Filing Cap Open

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H-1B nonimmigrant visa petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2011 cap on April 1, 2010.

Friday, April 02, 2010Read More

Supreme Court Rules that Criminal Defendants Entitled to Immigration Advice

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the Constitution's Sixth Amendment guarantee of "effective counsel" grants immigrants the constitutional right to be advised by their attorneys whether pleading guilty to a crime could lead to their deportation.

Friday, April 02, 2010Read More

DHS Unveils Initiatives to Enhance E-Verify

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas in announcing several initiatives designed to strengthen the efficiency and accuracy of the E-Verify system.

Saturday, March 27, 2010Read More

USCIS Launches Official Blog

As part of its ongoing effort to increase access to immigration information, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently unveiled The Beacon - the agency's official blog. The Beacon is one of the newest tools that provides immigration-related information and fosters an open dialogue between USCIS and the public. 

Saturday, March 27, 2010Read More

Greece Designated as a Member of the Visa Waiver Program

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, recently announced that Greece has been designated as a member of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010Read More

USCIS Reminds Chilean Nationals of Available Immigration Benefits

In light of the recent natural catastrophes in Chile, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a press release reminding Chilean Nationals that there are U.S. immigration benefits available to them upon request.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010Read More

National Worker ID Proposed in Comprehensive Immigration Bill

President Obama is scheduled to meet with Senators Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) later this week to discuss a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill. At controversy is a proposed national worker ID which would be at the center of the Senators’ proposed immigration bill currently being worked on in the U.S. Senate.

Thursday, March 11, 2010Read More

USCIS Announces Grant Opportunities to Promote Citizenship Education

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced the availability of two different grants totaling $7 million designed to promote citizenship education and immigrant integration in communities across the country.

Friday, March 05, 2010Read More

USCIS Revises Form I-485 and its Filing Locations

Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has revised Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and implemented new filing locations for the form.

Friday, March 05, 2010Read More

Change of Filing Location for Form I-824

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that they have revised the filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010Read More

DOS Announces New Procedure for K-3 Visa Applications

Effective February 1st, 2010, the Department of State (DOS) has instituted a new procedure for K-3 visa applications where the I-130 and I-129F petitions are both approved and sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) at the same time.

Friday, February 26, 2010Read More

Naturalization One Year Absence Bar Applies Until Application Approved

Recently the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the continuous residence requirement in naturalization applies to the period before and after the naturalization interview.

Friday, February 26, 2010Read More

H-1B and H-2B Visa Petitions for CNMI and Guam Exempt from H Caps

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service recently announced that workers in H-1B and H-2B classifications, who are admitted to perform labor and services in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Guam, are exempt from the H-1B and H-2B cap from November 28, 2009 to December 31, 2014.

Monday, February 15, 2010Read More

DHS Announces Humanitarian Parole Policy For Certain Haitian Orphans

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the U.S. Department of State, recently announced a humanitarian parole policy, which will allow orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis so that they may receive proper care.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010Read More

USCIS Offers Alternative Remedies to Haitian Nationals

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas published a memo on January 15th, 2010 outlining remedies, other than Temporary Protected Status, that are available to nationals and habitual residents of Haiti affected by the January 12th earthquake there.

Monday, January 25, 2010Read More

DHS Grants TPS for Eligible Nationals of Haiti

In light of the catastrophic earthquake that devastated the island of Haiti, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced several initial relief efforts to benefit foreign nationals affected by the earthquake.

Monday, January 25, 2010Read More

List of Designated Countries for H-2A and H-2B Programs Expanded

The Department of Homeland Security, acting in conjunction with the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, announced in the Federal Register that eleven (11) new countries would be added to the list of designated countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for the H-2A and H-2B visas.

Monday, January 25, 2010Read More

DHS and ICE Suspends Removals to Haiti

In the wake of the tragic earthquake that has devastated the small Caribbean island of Haiti, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary John Morton have temporarily suspended all removals to Haiti. ICE will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Friday, January 15, 2010Read More

Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693

On December 30, 2009, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a memorandum, which temporarily extends the validity of civil surgeon endorsements on Form I-693 for adjustment of status applicants.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010Read More

H-1B Work Visa Cap Met

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 23rd, 2009 that it received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2010.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010Read More

USCIS Clarifies requirements for beneficiaries from non H-2A or H-2B Eligible Countries List

USCIS recently released a memo providing further clarification as to the adjudicator's responsibility in determining whether a national from a country not eligible to participate in the H-2A or H-2B programs be accorded H-2A or H-2B status. The memo detailed four key factors in assessing the discretionary determination as to whether to grant H-2A or H-2B status to such individuals.

Friday, June 26, 2009Read More

USCIS Guidance on the Applicability of the Child Status Protection Act

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued new guidance regarding the application of the CSPA for individuals who were denied Permanent Residence based on the CSPA’s aging out provision.

Friday, June 26, 2009Read More

DHS Institutes New Interim Relief for Widows of U.S. Citizens

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently extended new interim relief for certain widow(er)s of U.S. citizens and their unmarried children under 21 years old.

Thursday, June 18, 2009Read More

New Legislation Proposed to Improve Agricultural Job Opportunities

The Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security Act of 2009 (AgJobs Act of 2009 or Act) is a proposed legislation that primarily aims, as the name implies, to improve agricultural job opportunities, benefits and security for foreign nationals in the U.S.

Friday, June 12, 2009Read More

Far E-Verify Basic Pilot Program Suspended Again

The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that the Far E-Verify/Basic Pilot Program's implementation will be pushed back to September 8th, 2009.

Friday, June 12, 2009Read More

US Attorney General Rescinds Deportation Rule

Holding true to his word, Attorney General Eric Holder has recently withdrawn a decision issued by outgoing Attorney General Michael Mukasey that effectively removed due process in Immigration Court proceedings by eliminating the right to effective representation. Attorney General Holder had stated that he would review the Mukasey decision and that he disagreed with its reasoning.

Friday, June 05, 2009Read More

Senators Introduce Reuniting Families Act

Senators Menendez (D-NJ), Gillibrand (D-NY), Kennedy (D-MA) and Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Reuniting Families Act (S.1085).

Tuesday, June 02, 2009Read More

Department of Labor Suspends the December 2008 H-2A Final Rule

On May 29, 2009 the Department of Labor announced that the H-2A final rule published on December 18, 2008 (December 2008 H-2A final rule) will be suspended for 9 months.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009Read More

DHS Begins Test of Biometric Exit Procedures at Two U.S. Airports

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun collecting biometrics (digital fingerprints) from non-U.S. citizens departing the United States as part of a pilot program at Airports in Atlanta and Detroit.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009Read More

USCIS Reminds Visa Applicants to Obtain Advance Parole Before Traveling Abroad

USCIS is Reminding Applicants for Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Legalization, and TPS Beneficiaries to Obtain Advance Parole Before Traveling Abroad

Tuesday, June 02, 2009Read More

Student and Exchange Visitor Update

The Department of State (DOS) recently released a cable that advised all diplomatic and consular posts of updates to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) regarding student and exchange visitors.

Monday, May 25, 2009Read More

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Document Requirements Take Effect June 1

The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) issued an announcement reminding travelers that the new document requirements for the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) go into effect on June 1, 2009.

Friday, May 22, 2009Read More

Department of Labor Delays Deactivation of Old LCA Legacy System

The Department of Labor recently announced that employers wishing to hire staff under the H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 visa programs may continue to complete Form 9035E (LCA), utilizing the old legacy LCA system, until June 30, 2009, as the new iCERT system is not functioning properly.

Friday, May 22, 2009Read More

Obama Signs Law Extending Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program

The Non-minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program was scheduled to expire on March 6, 2009; however, on March 20, 2009 President Obama signed Public Law 111-9 extending the expiration date of this program to September 29, 2009.

Friday, May 15, 2009Read More

USCIS Changes Filing Location and Instructions for Form I-90

The USCIS recently announced that the filing location and instructions for all Form I-90 applications being submitted via mail have been changed.

Friday, May 15, 2009Read More

Obama Administration Takes Positive Steps towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform

In a sign that immigration reform is a priority for the Obama administration's agenda, it announced on May 6th, 2009, that it will allot $27 billion in the proposed 2010 budget to address border and transportation security.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009Read More

DOL Announces New iCERT Portal System for Temporary and Permanent Labor Certifications

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced in the Federal Register on April 15th, 2009 that the new iCERT system is now available for use by employers filing Form 9035E (LCA) as required for submission of H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 petitions.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009Read More

Record Number of International Visitors to US in 2008

The United States has always been a top destination for visitors travelling for business and pleasure. However, in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), a record number of more than 58 million international visitors, travelled to the United States.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009Read More

USCIS Reports fewer H-1B Petition Filings than expected

USCIS announced on April 9th, 2009, that it has received only 42,000 H-1B petitions counting towards the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B cap, signifying the far reaching negative effects of the US recession.

Friday, April 17, 2009Read More

Fiscal Year 2010 H-1B Lottery

On April 1, 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, will begin accepting petitions for the Specialty Occupation (H-1B) Visa subject to the fiscal year 2010 cap.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009Read More

Court Decision Effects Policy of Religious Worker Visa

A decision made by a federal judge strikes down a long-standing government policy that made it more difficult for foreign religious workers to remain in the United States.

Thursday, March 26, 2009Read More

New H-1B Requirements for TARP-funded Companies

On March 20, 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, announced additional requirements for US employers receiving funding from the government.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009Read More

USCIS Eliminates Name Check Backlog

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, announced recently the elimination of the name check backlog.

Thursday, March 19, 2009Read More

Decrease in Applications for US Citizenship

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, is seeing a decrease in citizenship requests and believes the reason is the failing economy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009Read More

USCIS Continues to Improve E-Verify Program

In February 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, added a new feature to the E-Verify employment authorization program, further improving the program.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009Read More

US Immigration Extends Stay of Foreign Athletes

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, has extended the stay of foreign athletes.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009Read More

US Visa Facing Tighter Oversight

Due to the current economic conditions and ever-increasing unemployment rate, the federal government of the United States is tightening its oversight of the Specialty Occupation (H-1B) Visa.

Friday, March 06, 2009Read More

US Premium Processing Expanded for Immigrant Petitions

Beginning March 2, 2009, premium processing will be expanded to include employment-based immigration petitions, resulting in decisions on petitions being rendered within fifteen (15) days of submission.

Monday, March 02, 2009Read More

Stimulus Package Affects US Immigration

The United States' economic stimulus package signed by President Barack Obama last week affects US immigration policies in many ways.

Thursday, February 26, 2009Read More

US Immigration: Will it be expanded to include same-sex couples?

On February 12, 2009, United States Representative Jerrold Nadler introduced a bill that would allow homosexual Americans to sponsor their foreign same-sex partners for a US Green Card.

Monday, February 23, 2009Read More

No E-Verify in US Stimulus Package

After much debate, the United States Senate decided to exclude the amendments made to E-Verify from the economic stimulus package.

Monday, February 23, 2009Read More

Expiration of Categories of a US Visa

On March 6, 2009, the Certain Special Immigrant (EB4) Visa will begin to only apply to ministers. The other categories of people in which the visa had previously applied will expire.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009Read More

Support for Expansion of US H-1B Visa

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Commerce is a strong supporter of expanding the United States’ Specialty Occupation (H-1B) Visa.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009Read More

E-Verify: Tool to Counter Hiring of Illegal Immigrants in the US?

The requirement that federal contractors utilize E-Verify has been delayed once again. The argument for this delay is to allow the Obama administration time to review this requirement.

Thursday, February 12, 2009Read More

US Visa Waiver Program for Guam and Northern Mariana Islands

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revised the Visa Waiver Program for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009Read More

US Law Expanded to Protect Immigrants

At the end of 2008, President Bush signed into law the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. This Act is expected to protect foreign migrant workers from coming to the US under false pretences.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009Read More

US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

The US Embassy in Ghana has made the renewal procedure of certain US visas much easier for eligible applicants. It is hopeful that these procedures will be followed in other US embassies and consulates located in other countries.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009Read More

US Immigration Authorities Revise Employment Verification

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States, has revised the list of acceptable documents to be used to complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Thursday, January 29, 2009Read More

US Green Card Holders being Fingerprinted

In an attempt to further improve public safety and national security, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the US-VISIT program to include United States lawful permanent residents, or green card holders.

Thursday, January 29, 2009Read More

US Immigration Updates SEVP List

There are over 100,000 educational institutions in the United States, many of which are the most prestigious and successful educational institutions in the world. Each year, over 300,000 foreign students attend educational institutions in the US, receiving an education and training in a variety of exciting areas that will improve and expand their future career plans.

Monday, January 19, 2009Read More

US Extends Health Care Benefits to Immigrants

A health insurance bill is expected to be renewed by Congress shortly, and such bill will extend health care benefits to certain immigrants, lifting a provision that limited providing benefits to them in the past.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009Read More

US Citizenship Possible for Temporary Visa Holders

US citizenship is now available for certain temporary US visa holders.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009Read More

US Law Expanded to Protect Immigrants

At the end of 2008, President Bush signed into law the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. This Act is expected to protect foreign migrant workers from coming to the US under false pretenses.

Thursday, January 08, 2009Read More

US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

The US Embassy in Ghana has made the renewal procedure of certain US visas much easier for eligible applicants. It is hopeful that these procedures will be followed in other US embassies and consulates located in other countries.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009Read More

US Immigration Has Posted Revised Visa Bulletin

Each month, consular officers and the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of the US Department of Homeland Security report to the US Department of State the number of visas that have been allocated for numerically limited visa categories. Utilizing this information, the Department of State creates a document called the Visa Bulletin to assist foreigners in determining when they are eligible to submit an application to apply for US lawful permanent residence, or a US "green Card."

Thursday, January 01, 2009Read More

US Government could learn from Canada's Immigration Program

Economic analysts suggest that the US government should learn from Canada's highly successful Immigration program to help improve local & national economies.

Monday, June 23, 2008Read More

US Immigration Dept offers relief to students who need to work

The USCIS has announced a work gap filler that will provide special authorization to those international students who have expired or expiring work authorization and a pending H1B Working visa for the USA.

Thursday, May 01, 2008Read More

US economy will enjoy major boost if cap is lifted on H-1B visas

Today marks the first day employers can apply for some of the 65,000 USA temporary visas for highly skilled foreigners available for 2009. But, this may also be the last day.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008Read More

H-1B visas highly beneficial for US job creation

US companies that apply for controversial H-1B visas create additional jobs beyond the positions filled by foreign workers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008Read More

Americans to have biometric ID cards when in UK for over 90 days

Within three years, all Americans and other foreigners from outside the European Union will have to have biometric ID cards to work and live in the UK.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008Read More

America demands increase in H-1 B visas

American officials are lobbying for an increase in the annual quota of temporary skilled worker (H-1 B) visas.

Thursday, March 06, 2008Read More

1 in 7 people in US born overseas by 2020

Between 2020 and 2025, the foreign-born will account for 15% of the American population, if current immigration trends continue.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008Read More

Overseas workers urgently needed for seasonal US businesses

Owners of seasonal businesses in the United States are desperately looking for workers abroad.

Saturday, March 01, 2008Read More

US hopes on immigration to solve nursing shortage

Immigration to the United States could be in the pipeline for many nurses who could fill shortages in California.

Friday, February 22, 2008Read More

US Immigration Part of a Solution

If you are considering immigration to the US, your decision could have a positive impact on the future of the US economy, says Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University of Southern California, in a recent study.

Monday, February 11, 2008Read More

Labor set to bin union input

The Australian Labour Party (ALP) plans to stop unions from making decisions on whether a business should be allowed to recruit temporary skilled migrants. The plan comes as a bid by the ALP to show that the party recognises the need for employer sponsored visas, despite continuous campaigns against their abuse.

Thursday, March 29, 2007Read More

Migrants and babies fuel population growth

The increasing number of newborn babies and migrants have driven Australia’s population growth to its highest level in five years, fuelling economic growth and generating expansion in Australia’s research-rich states.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007Read More

Australia celebrates national harmony

The Australian Government encouraged its citizens and residents to get together on 21 March 2007 and acknowledge the nation’s cultural diversity.

Thursday, March 22, 2007Read More

Employers call for action on skills crises

The Australian government is being urged to respond to employer groups calling for a serious increase to the size and scope of the 2007-8 migration program.

Thursday, March 15, 2007Read More

Australia looks to strengthen citizenship laws

New immigration legislation designed to strengthen Australian security was passed through the Senate on 25 February 2007.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007Read More

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

We wish to advise our clients that our Australian office will be closed on 12th March, 2007 for Labour Day.

Friday, March 09, 2007Read More

Warm welcome for over 600 new Australian citizens

More then 600 new Australian citizens from 50 difference countries were given a ‘home town welcome’ last night at a Citizenship Ceremony held in Brisbane.

Thursday, March 08, 2007Read More

Chile Open Door to Work and Holiday Agreement

Latin America has opened its door to Australian students and professionals to work and holiday in Chile. The renewed arrangement for the ‘Work and Holiday’ visa will allow up to 500 visas per year for both Australia and Chile.

Thursday, February 22, 2007Read More

Government backs Multicultural Affairs

According to a recent media release, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Teresa Gambaro has reinforced the government’s commitment to a strong and cohesive Australia through effective integration.

Thursday, February 22, 2007Read More

Renewed agreement for German and Aussie travellers

Thousands of young Germans and Australians will have the opportunity to enjoy a working holiday in each others countries following a renewed agreement in Berlin.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007Read More

Fast tracked 457 visas for honest employers

Changes to the controversial subclass 457 visa were unveiled this week by new Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews. The adjustments will introduce harsh penalties for those in breach of the sponsorship conditions and reward those who adhere to the rules.

Thursday, February 08, 2007Read More

Australia's unemployment rate hits 31 year low

Australia’s unemployment rate hit an unexpected dip in figures last month sparking discussions that a lack of suitable labors will eventually generate wage and price pressures.

Thursday, February 08, 2007Read More

DIAC form changes from 12th January 2007

Several DIMA forms have been updated with essential changes.

Friday, February 02, 2007Read More

DIMA to DIAC

Following the ceremony swearing in the new Minister and Parliamentary Secretary on Tuesday, 30th January, The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA) has officially changed its name to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Wednesday, January 31, 2007Read More

Migrants boost Australian economy

The Australian Government's Migration Programme has released details of the highest skill stream intake on record. These figures are illustrated in DIAC’s annual publication “Population Flows: Immigration Aspects, 2007”, which details statistics for 2005-2006.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007Read More

Australian PM shows Vanstone the door

In a reshuffling of the Australian federal parliament, Australian PM John Howard has identified new immigration, environment and employment ministers ahead of federal elections later this year.

Monday, January 29, 2007Read More

Australian celebrates what's great

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in Australia and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

Monday, January 29, 2007Read More

Valid passport for Australia's Greek visitors

The Greek authorities have announced that as of January 1st 2007, Greek passports issued prior to January 1st 2006 will no longer be considered valid for travel.

Monday, January 29, 2007Read More

NSW to join STNI visa program

In order to participate in the State/Territory Nominated Independent (STNI) program, applicants need to meet the basic visa criteria under the skilled category, meet the pool mark (of 110) and obtain nomination from a participating State/Territory Government.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006Read More

Victorian Government releases Investor Retirement Form

In order to apply under the Investor Retirement Visa, the main applicant must be over 55 years of age, have no dependents (other than a spouse) and have sufficient assets to be self-supporting in Australia. In addition to satisfying these criteria, applicants are required to obtain sponsorship from a State or Territory government agency and a significant investment must be lodged with the sponsoring government treasury corporation.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006Read More

Tax Arrangements for Temporary Residents

On 16 February, the Commonwealth Treasurer announced changes to the taxation arrangements for temporary residents which will introduce a tax exemption on foreign source income.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006Read More

Record 14,000 New Australian Citizens make history

The celebration of Australia Day on 26 January 2006 was of special significance to 14,000 people who became Australian citizens at ceremonies held around the country. According to government statistics, these 14,000 people came from more than 90 places of birth and joined more than 3.5 million people who have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced 55 years ago.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006Read More

IT specialization added to MODL

With effect from 15 December 2005, the Department of Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has announced that the following Computer Professional Specialisations were added to the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL):

Wednesday, January 18, 2006Read More

New South Wales commits to increasing number of Skilled Business Migrants

In order to attract skilled business migrants to New South Wales (NSW), the Government has announced that they intend to attract 350 sponsored applicants who will generate $89 million in investment, 1120 jobs and $560 million in exports.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006Read More

Turkey added to Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement

The Australian Government has recently announced that Australia and Turkey have entered a reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa arrangement. This arrangement will enable university trained people from Australia and Turkey between 18 to 30 years of age to work and holiday in the other country for up to 12 months.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006Read More

Significant interest in further Working Holiday Visa

In early November 2005, current Working Holiday Visa makers who undertook at least 3 months harvest work, were able to apply for a further 12 month Working Holiday Visa.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006Read More

Increase in number of new migrants

Statistics released by the Immigration Minister on 31 December 2005 show that more than 123,000 people arrived and settled in Australia during 2004-2005, reflecting a 40% increase over the past 10 year period.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006Read More

WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER AGREEMENT WITH ESTONIA

The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has announced that it is extending is Working Holiday Maker Visa program to include Estonia. Australia and Estonia have entered into a mutual agreement which will allow young people from both countries to visit the other on Working Holiday Maker Visas. The change was introduced on 11 May 2005.

Sunday, June 12, 2005Read More

RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE

The current unemployment rate in Australia is at a very low 5.1%, while employment rates continue to rise. The low rate of unemployment is forcing businesses to stop searching for skilled staff in Australia in favour of looking offshore to recruit the workers they need.

Sunday, June 12, 2005Read More

NEW AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

An American University, Carnegie Mellon, has announced that it will be opening a campus in Adelaide, South Australia. The university hopes to offer its Master of Science in information technology and Master of Science in public policy early next year. This will make it the states fourth university in South Australia, a move that is encouraged by the state's government, who is offering the university generous subsidies.

Sunday, June 12, 2005Read More

AUSTRALIA INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH INDIAN STUDENTS

The number of Indian students studying in Australia is rapidly increasing. There are an estimated 23,000 Indian students currently studying in Australia, with a recent forecast predicting that this number could increase to 80,000 a year within two decades.

Sunday, June 12, 2005Read More

INCREASING AIRPORT SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian government has announced that it will take several measures to increase its airport security, in response to growing evidence of widespread criminal activity at Australia’s entry points. The enhanced security is predicted to raise the price of airfares to and from Australia.

Sunday, June 12, 2005Read More

INCREASING BORDER SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

The Department of Immigration and Multicultral and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) have announced that they will attempt to enhance Australian border security by using biometric technology.

Sunday, June 12, 2005Read More

20,000 ADDITIONAL AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION VISAS NOW AVAILABLE

The Australian Skilled Migration program for 2005-2006 will increase by up to 20,000 additional places, in a further move to address the growing shortage of skilled workers in the Australian labour force. This substantial increase will take the total number of skilled visas available in 2005–2006 to a record high of 97,500.

Friday, April 15, 2005Read More

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN RETIREMENT VISA

The Australian Retirement Visa Subclass 410 category will cease to exist as of the 1st of July 2005. The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA) has announced plans to introduce a new visa category. The precise details are yet to be released. There are also changes relevant to current holders of the Subclass 410 Retirement Visas.

Friday, April 15, 2005Read More

ENHANCEMENTS TO THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

As of November 2005 Working Holiday makers who do a minimum amount of seasonal harvest work in regional Australia will be allowed to apply for another Working Holiday Maker visa. This is a major change as at present, Working Holiday Makers can only get one such visa in a lifetime.

Friday, April 15, 2005Read More

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO SPONSORING OF OVERSEAS WORKERS BY AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYERS

Important legislative changes relating to the sponsoring of overseas workers by Australian employers took effect on the 2nd of April 2005. These changes mean that Australian employers will now need to plan ahead when attempting to fill vacancies with overseas skilled staff. They also mean that applicants under this visa category need to fulfill new criteria.

Friday, April 15, 2005Read More

NEW PASS MARK FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SKILLED-INDEPENDENT STUDENT VISA

The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA) has announced that the pass mark for the Australian Skilled Independent Overseas Student Visa (subclass 880) has changed. As of the 1st of April 2005 the pass mark for the Australian Skilled Independent Overseas Student Visa has been changed to 120 points.

Friday, April 15, 2005Read More

NEW COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY (ETA)

Polish and Estonian nationals are now able to apply for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for the Australian Student Visa. This change recognises that students from these counties have a good track record of completing their studies and complying with their visa requirements. The eligibility criteria for applicants from these countries have also been made easier.

Thursday, April 14, 2005Read More

SPECIAL HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM VISA PROCEDURES SIMPLIFIED

The Australian Government has recently announced that applications for the Special Humanitarian Program Visa for relatives from Africa and the Middle East can now be lodged in Australia. This is a welcome change as it will make it easier for those wishing to bring relatives from the relevant counties to Australia to apply for this visa.

Thursday, April 14, 2005Read More

AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

According to a media release published by the Australian Goverment Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Peter McGauran, on 7 February 2005, Australia is made up of people from more than 200 countries.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005Read More

ELECTRONIC HEALTH ASSESSMENTS FOR ONLINE VISA APPLICANTS - 14 JANUARY 2005

Electronic Health Assessments for Online Visa Applicants - issued 14 January 2005

On 14 January 2005, the Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs - Amanda Vanstone - announced that a new electronic system has been developed to help in assessing the health status of online visa applicants to Australia.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005Read More

UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEE PAYMENT FOR INTERNET APPLICATIONS

Updated arrangements for fee payment for internet applications - issued 23 December 2004

Wednesday, February 09, 2005Read More

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT PLANS TO INCREASE MIGRATION INTAKE

Victorian Government has announced plans to encourage an increase in migration.

Friday, April 30, 2004Read More

NEW MIGRATION STATISTICS RELEASED

New Migration Statistics Released

Thursday, April 29, 2004Read More

PASS MARK FOR SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA RAISED

Changes to Points Test

Monday, April 05, 2004Read More

NEW SKILLED VISA TO BE INTRODUCED 1ST JULY 2004

New Skilled Visa to be introduced 1st July 2004

Wednesday, March 24, 2004Read More

CHANGES TO RETIREMENT VISA

Australian Immigration announces changes to the Retirement Visa effective as from 1st January 2004.

Monday, January 05, 2004Read More

RECENT CHANGES TO AUSTRALIAN VISAS ANNOUNCED

Please note that the Australian Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs recently changed some details of the Australian Business Visa; the Australian Retirement Visa; the Australian Skilled Migration Visa; and the Australian Parent Visa.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003Read More

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISA ADVICE NOW AVAILABLE

Migration Expert is proud to announce that we have expanded our range of available immigration visas for Australia to include Australian Family Immigration Visas.

Tuesday, June 10, 2003Read More

NEW UK IMMIGRATION SITE LAUNCHED

migrationexpert.com has launched a new site specifically designed to assist with immigration applications for the United Kingdom.

Thursday, May 29, 2003Read More

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