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Malaysia Interested in Joining US Visa Waiver Program

Malaysia Interested in Joining US Visa Waiver Program

April 29, 2014

During talks between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and US President Barack Obama, the matter of joining the visa waiver program was brought up.
US Proposes to Allow Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders to Work

US Proposes to Allow Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders to Work

April 25, 2014

In order to attract the world's best brightest people to the U.S, the government is proposing regulations to allow the spouses of the certain high-skilled workers on H-1B visas to take employment in the U.S.
USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap

USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap

April 17, 2014

On April 7th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for the fiscal year (FYI) 2015. USCIS also reported that that it has received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption.
US Visa Interview Waiver for Renewal Applications

US Visa Interview Waiver for Renewal Applications

April 04, 2014

According to a recent press release, the US Government allows certain qualified nonimmigrant visa applicants in Bangladesh to renew their visas without an interview with a US Consular Officer.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services Moving Interview Process to Pittsburgh

US Citizenship and Immigration Services Moving Interview Process to Pittsburgh

April 01, 2014

Applicants for US citizenship will no longer be interviewed in West Virginia. They have to travel to Pittsburgh to complete the process of obtaining citizenship.
US to Begin Accepting H-1B Work Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015

US to Begin Accepting H-1B Work Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015

March 27, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B cap-subject case filings for fiscal year 2015 (FY15).
L-1 Denial Rates for High Skill Foreign Nationals Continue to Increase

L-1 Denial Rates for High Skill Foreign Nationals Continue to Increase

March 27, 2014

A newly released report from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), has found that data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), reveals that the immigration agency has considerably increased denials of L-1 petitions over the past four years; despite no change in the law or relevant regulations in the same time period.
H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2014 Reached

H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2014 Reached

March 17, 2014

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 14, 2014 that it had received enough H-2B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.
U.S. Updates Changes to Policy for Civil Surgeons

U.S. Updates Changes to Policy for Civil Surgeons

March 14, 2014

A new process to receive and adjudicate applicants for civil surgeon designation centrally at the National Benefit Center has been carried out by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Chile to be Eligible for US Visa Waiver Program

Chile to be Eligible for US Visa Waiver Program

March 05, 2014

Chile will be added into the list of eligible countries for the Visa Waiver Program, according to a joint announcement by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom, Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno and Chilean Ambassador Felipe Bulnes.
US Extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

US Extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

March 05, 2014

The extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 18 months has been announced by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
Eligible Malaysians to be Exempt from Attending U.S Visa Interviews

Eligible Malaysians to be Exempt from Attending U.S Visa Interviews

February 27, 2014

In a February 24 announcement, the U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Janice L. Jacobs released that the U.S would waive visa interviews for Malaysians who have an approved visa (further to/after 2007), frequently travel to the U.S and have a good track record.
New NAFTA Rules for Business Travelers Agreed by U.S, Canada and Mexico

New NAFTA Rules for Business Travelers Agreed by U.S, Canada and Mexico

February 21, 2014

A meeting of leaders from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico was taken place at Toluca city, Mexico on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. In the meeting, all the three countries have agreed on creating a continent-wide "trusted traveler" program, allowing vetted individuals to cross borders quickly.
US Welcomes Newest Citizens and Celebrates Presidents Day via Special Naturalization Ceremonies

US Welcomes Newest Citizens and Celebrates Presidents Day via Special Naturalization Ceremonies

February 20, 2014

From February 14 to February 22, 2014, approximately 17,800 new U.S. citizens will be welcomed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during 148 naturalization ceremonies across the country to celebrate Presidents Day.
US Releases Revised Form for Naturalization Application

US Releases Revised Form for Naturalization Application

February 11, 2014

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised and released the updated Form N-400, Application for Naturalization based on comments from the public.
USCIS Publishes List of 63 Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

USCIS Publishes List of 63 Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

January 20, 2014

The latest list of 63 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs has been published in the Federal Register by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on January 17, 2013.
US to Begin Accepting H-1B Work Visa Petitions

US to Begin Accepting H-1B Work Visa Petitions

January 16, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H1B cap-subject case filings for fiscal year 2015 (FY15).
US Makes Permanent the Visa Interview Waiver Pilot Program

US Makes Permanent the Visa Interview Waiver Pilot Program

January 16, 2014

The visa interview waiver program for nonimmigrant visas has now become permanent after a two-year pilot program, pursuant to the recently modified 9 FAM 41.102 Notes made by the State Department.
USCIS Reminds Filipino Typhoon Victims of Relief Measures

USCIS Reminds Filipino Typhoon Victims of Relief Measures

January 15, 2014

Filipino victims affected by Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013 have been reminded of relief measures by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
2014 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for H-2A Visa Workers

2014 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for H-2A Visa Workers

January 15, 2014

The Department of Labor has recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for each state in calendar year 2014 for the employment of nonimmigrant foreign workers under the H-2A visa category to perform agricultural labor or services.
Bipartisan Immigration Bill Introduced

Bipartisan Immigration Bill Introduced

April 23, 2013

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).
FY 2014 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

FY 2014 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

April 10, 2013

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.
US Extends Employment Authorization Documents for Liberians

US Extends Employment Authorization Documents for Liberians

March 28, 2013

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

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

March 18, 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.
President Obama Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

President Obama Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 31, 2013

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

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

January 22, 2013

Visa procedures are expected to become easier with the U.S. consulates working to attract more visitors from India.
Obama Calls for U.S. Highly Skilled Immigration Reform

Obama Calls for U.S. Highly Skilled Immigration Reform

January 22, 2013

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

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

January 07, 2013

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.
Number of U.S. Illegal Immigrants from Mexico Drops

Number of U.S. Illegal Immigrants from Mexico Drops

April 24, 2012

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

More Chinese Immigrate to the USA

April 23, 2012

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

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

April 19, 2012

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

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

April 19, 2012

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.
U.S. Business Visa Program for AmCham Members Introduced

U.S. Business Visa Program for AmCham Members Introduced

April 18, 2012

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.
High Demand for US H-1B Visas

High Demand for US H-1B Visas

April 13, 2012

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).
Changes to U.S. Visa Fees in Oman

Changes to U.S. Visa Fees in Oman

April 11, 2012

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

Nevada Commission to Make China Trip

April 03, 2012

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

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

March 30, 2012

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

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

March 29, 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.
Miami Attracts Quebec Businesses through Trade Mission

Miami Attracts Quebec Businesses through Trade Mission

March 29, 2012

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

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

March 28, 2012

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.
U.S. Visas for Syrians Extended by 18 Months

U.S. Visas for Syrians Extended by 18 Months

March 28, 2012

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

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

March 27, 2012

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

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

March 23, 2012

A recent naturalization ceremony at Los Angeles Convention Center welcomed more than 8,000 new U.S. citizens.
Changes to U.S. Visa Applications for Japanese Citizens

Changes to U.S. Visa Applications for Japanese Citizens

March 21, 2012

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.
U.S. Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunity Announced

U.S. Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunity Announced

March 21, 2012

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.
U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands in Russia

U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands in Russia

March 13, 2012

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

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

March 13, 2012

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.
Biometrics to Track Immigrants

Biometrics to Track Immigrants

March 09, 2012

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

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

March 08, 2012

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.
Chinese Student Enrollments Increase at Michigan Universities

Chinese Student Enrollments Increase at Michigan Universities

March 07, 2012

The number of Chinese students entering Michigan State University has increased by more than 400 percent over the last four years.
Call to Relax U.S. Visas for UAE Citizens

Call to Relax U.S. Visas for UAE Citizens

March 06, 2012

Relaxation of U.S. visas for UAE nationals should be implemented, considering the enhanced relations between the two countries, claims a leading Dubai official.
USCIS to Accept H-1B petitions on April 2

USCIS to Accept H-1B petitions on April 2

March 02, 2012

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.
Rise in South Carolina Tourism, Figures Show

Rise in South Carolina Tourism, Figures Show

March 02, 2012

New federal figures announced at the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism and Travel show that South Carolina (SC) tourism rose in 2010.
Visa Legislation for Israeli Investors Approved by U.S. Judiciary Committee

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

February 29, 2012

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.
Visitor Spending in Hawaii Broke Record in January 2012

Visitor Spending in Hawaii Broke Record in January 2012

February 27, 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.
Change in Location to Process U.S. Immigrant Visas for Portuguese

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

February 24, 2012

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.
U.S. Held Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Information Summit

U.S. Held Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Information Summit

February 23, 2012

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

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

February 22, 2012

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.
Increase in Number of Chinese Students in Iowa

Increase in Number of Chinese Students in Iowa

February 21, 2012

There has been a spike in the number of Chinese students applying for Iowa universities, according to officials.
U.S. Visa Processing Initiatives Welcomed in China

U.S. Visa Processing Initiatives Welcomed in China

February 15, 2012

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.
E3 Visa Progress for Irish Workers

E3 Visa Progress for Irish Workers

February 14, 2012

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.
U.S. Completes Nationwide E-Verify Self Check

U.S. Completes Nationwide E-Verify Self Check

February 13, 2012

February 9, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its completed expansion for E-Verify Self Check.
New Forum to Encourage Chinese Immigrants to Obtain U.S. Citizenship

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

February 13, 2012

Chinese immigrants to the U.S. will have the chance to communicate with federal immigration officials through a national Chinese-language public engagement forum.
New U.S. Immigration Bill to Encourage Israeli Investors

New U.S. Immigration Bill to Encourage Israeli Investors

February 10, 2012

A new immigration bill was proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 9, 2012 to let Israelis apply for investor visas.
U.S. to Hold 'American Education Expo' at Chennai, India

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

February 08, 2012

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

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

February 07, 2012

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.
'Study USA and Visa' Talk at Bhubaneswar, India

'Study USA and Visa' Talk at Bhubaneswar, India

February 06, 2012

There was a 'Study USA and Visa' talk held at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India on February 2, 2012.
DHS Outlines Plans to Attract Skilled Immigrants to the U.S.

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

February 02, 2012

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.
U.S. Visa Applications in Nigeria Processed Faster

U.S. Visa Applications in Nigeria Processed Faster

February 01, 2012

U.S. visa applicants in Nigeria will benefit from shorter visa processing times with assistance from other embassies and missions.
Kansas Propose New Programs to Support Undocumented Immigrants

Kansas Propose New Programs to Support Undocumented Immigrants

February 01, 2012

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

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

January 31, 2012

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

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

January 31, 2012

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

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

January 31, 2012

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

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

January 30, 2012

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

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

January 20, 2012

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.

Obama Orders Streamlining of U.S. Tourist Visas

Obama Orders Streamlining of U.S. Tourist Visas

January 20, 2012

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.
5 New Countries Added to H2A and H2B Visa Programs

5 New Countries Added to H2A and H2B Visa Programs

January 18, 2012

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.
U.S Visa Issuance Details Clarified for Saudis

U.S Visa Issuance Details Clarified for Saudis

January 18, 2012

U,S Consular Officials in Saudi Arabia have clarified details about the process of issuing U.S. visas following recent confusion and delays.
Report on International Students Provided to U.S Congress

Report on International Students Provided to U.S Congress

January 18, 2012

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).
U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

January 18, 2012

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for eligible nationals of El Salvador, according to an announcement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
E-Verify for Employers Now Mandatory in Five U.S States

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

January 11, 2012

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

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

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

January 09, 2012

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 .

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

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

January 09, 2012

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.

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

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

January 04, 2012

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

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

January 04, 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.
U.S Embassy Cancels U.S. Visa Appointments in the Philippines on January 23, 2012

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

January 04, 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.
Princeton Provides Short Courses to Help U.S. Visitors

Princeton Provides Short Courses to Help U.S. Visitors

January 03, 2012

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.

US announces plans to streamline visa system

US announces plans to streamline visa system

April 21, 2011

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

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

April 08, 2011

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.
US Ambassador Welcomes Bulgarians to Visit America

US Ambassador Welcomes Bulgarians to Visit America

April 04, 2011

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.
US launches E-Verify Self Check

US launches E-Verify Self Check

April 01, 2011

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.
H1B Visa applications to be accepted from April 1

H1B Visa applications to be accepted from April 1

March 29, 2011

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

US supports Japanese via visa extensions

March 23, 2011

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.
Russia proposes to be added in US visa-free program

Russia proposes to be added in US visa-free program

March 21, 2011

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.
US to reduce cost for employers via work visa changes

US to reduce cost for employers via work visa changes

March 15, 2011

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.
US immigrant integration policies ranks high in a study

US immigrant integration policies ranks high in a study

March 08, 2011

According to a new study, US ranks ninth position among 32 countries in terms of immigrant integration policies.
US published proposed rule on H-1B Electronic Registration System

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

March 08, 2011

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

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

February 22, 2011

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).
Push to make US E-Verify immigration check mandatory

Push to make US E-Verify immigration check mandatory

February 17, 2011

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.
Advice for US visa applicants in the busy summer holiday ahead

Advice for US visa applicants in the busy summer holiday ahead

February 11, 2011

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.
United States H-1B visas about to run out

United States H-1B visas about to run out

January 28, 2011

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.
Grant opportunities for US citizenship and integration

Grant opportunities for US citizenship and integration

January 28, 2011

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).
Indians account for nearly half of H1B visa holders

Indians account for nearly half of H1B visa holders

January 24, 2011

An official report revealed that Indian nationals accounted for approximately half of H1B visa holders. Most of them worked in technology-related section.
Notice on nationals eligible to participate in H-2A and H-2B programs in 2011

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

January 21, 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.
Low-skilled immigration benefits US economy

Low-skilled immigration benefits US economy

January 21, 2011

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.
Haiti orphans to be granted residency by new law

Haiti orphans to be granted residency by new law

January 10, 2011

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.
Obama commits to push USA immigration reform

Obama commits to push USA immigration reform

January 06, 2011

Days after the DREAM Act was rejected in the Senate, President Barack Obama has reiterated his commitment to continue fighting for US immigration reform.
How to record departure from the United States after the fact

How to record departure from the United States after the fact

April 23, 2010

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.
Relief for Foreign Nationals Stranded due to the Icelandic Volcano Eruption

Relief for Foreign Nationals Stranded due to the Icelandic Volcano Eruption

April 22, 2010

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.
USCIS Reminds Haitians to Register for Temporary Protected Status

USCIS Reminds Haitians to Register for Temporary Protected Status

April 22, 2010

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

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

April 02, 2010

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.
Supreme Court Rules that Criminal Defendants Entitled to Immigration Advice

Supreme Court Rules that Criminal Defendants Entitled to Immigration Advice

April 02, 2010

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.
DHS Unveils Initiatives to Enhance E-Verify

DHS Unveils Initiatives to Enhance E-Verify

March 27, 2010

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.
USCIS Launches Official Blog

USCIS Launches Official Blog

March 27, 2010

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. 
Greece Designated as a Member of the Visa Waiver Program

Greece Designated as a Member of the Visa Waiver Program

March 16, 2010

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).
USCIS Reminds Chilean Nationals of Available Immigration Benefits

USCIS Reminds Chilean Nationals of Available Immigration Benefits

March 16, 2010

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.
National Worker ID Proposed in Comprehensive Immigration Bill

National Worker ID Proposed in Comprehensive Immigration Bill

March 11, 2010

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.
USCIS Announces Grant Opportunities to Promote Citizenship Education

USCIS Announces Grant Opportunities to Promote Citizenship Education

March 05, 2010

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.
USCIS Revises Form I-485 and its Filing Locations

USCIS Revises Form I-485 and its Filing Locations

March 05, 2010

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.
Change of Filing Location for Form I-824

Change of Filing Location for Form I-824

March 02, 2010

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.
DOS Announces New Procedure for K-3 Visa Applications

DOS Announces New Procedure for K-3 Visa Applications

February 26, 2010

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.
Naturalization One Year Absence Bar Applies Until Application Approved

Naturalization One Year Absence Bar Applies Until Application Approved

February 26, 2010

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

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

February 15, 2010

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.
DHS Announces Humanitarian Parole Policy For Certain Haitian Orphans

DHS Announces Humanitarian Parole Policy For Certain Haitian Orphans

January 27, 2010

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.
USCIS Offers Alternative Remedies to Haitian Nationals

USCIS Offers Alternative Remedies to Haitian Nationals

January 25, 2010

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.
DHS Grants TPS for Eligible Nationals of Haiti

DHS Grants TPS for Eligible Nationals of Haiti

January 25, 2010

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

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

January 25, 2010

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.
DHS and ICE Suspends Removals to Haiti

DHS and ICE Suspends Removals to Haiti

January 15, 2010

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.
Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693

Extension of Validity of Medical Certifications on Form I-693

January 12, 2010

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.
H-1B Work Visa Cap Met

H-1B Work Visa Cap Met

January 12, 2010

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.
Record Number of International Visitors to US in 2008

Record Number of International Visitors to US in 2008

April 28, 2009

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.
USCIS Reports fewer H-1B Petition Filings than expected

USCIS Reports fewer H-1B Petition Filings than expected

April 17, 2009

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.
Fiscal Year 2010 H-1B Lottery

Fiscal Year 2010 H-1B Lottery

April 01, 2009

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.
Court Decision Effects Policy of Religious Worker Visa

Court Decision Effects Policy of Religious Worker Visa

March 26, 2009

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.
New H-1B Requirements for TARP-funded Companies

New H-1B Requirements for TARP-funded Companies

March 24, 2009

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.
USCIS Eliminates Name Check Backlog

USCIS Eliminates Name Check Backlog

March 19, 2009

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.
Decrease in Applications for US Citizenship

Decrease in Applications for US Citizenship

March 17, 2009

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.
USCIS Continues to Improve E-Verify Program

USCIS Continues to Improve E-Verify Program

March 11, 2009

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.
US Immigration Extends Stay of Foreign Athletes

US Immigration Extends Stay of Foreign Athletes

March 11, 2009

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.
US Visa Facing Tighter Oversight

US Visa Facing Tighter Oversight

March 06, 2009

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.
US Premium Processing Expanded for Immigrant Petitions

US Premium Processing Expanded for Immigrant Petitions

March 02, 2009

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.
Stimulus Package Affects US Immigration

Stimulus Package Affects US Immigration

February 26, 2009

The United States' economic stimulus package signed by President Barack Obama last week affects US immigration policies in many ways.
US Immigration: Will it be expanded to include same-sex couples?

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

February 23, 2009

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.
No E-Verify in US Stimulus Package

No E-Verify in US Stimulus Package

February 23, 2009

After much debate, the United States Senate decided to exclude the amendments made to E-Verify from the economic stimulus package.
Expiration of Categories of a US Visa

Expiration of Categories of a US Visa

February 18, 2009

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.
Support for Expansion of US H-1B Visa

Support for Expansion of US H-1B Visa

February 18, 2009

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

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

February 12, 2009

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.
US Visa Waiver Program for Guam and Northern Mariana Islands

US Visa Waiver Program for Guam and Northern Mariana Islands

February 04, 2009

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revised the Visa Waiver Program for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
US Law Expanded to Protect Immigrants

US Law Expanded to Protect Immigrants

February 04, 2009

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.
US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

February 04, 2009

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.
US Immigration Authorities Revise Employment Verification

US Immigration Authorities Revise Employment Verification

January 29, 2009

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.
US Green Card Holders being Fingerprinted

US Green Card Holders being Fingerprinted

January 29, 2009

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.
US Immigration Updates SEVP List

US Immigration Updates SEVP List

January 19, 2009

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.
US Extends Health Care Benefits to Immigrants

US Extends Health Care Benefits to Immigrants

January 14, 2009

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.
US Citizenship Possible for Temporary Visa Holders

US Citizenship Possible for Temporary Visa Holders

January 13, 2009

US citizenship is now available for certain temporary US visa holders.
US Law Expanded to Protect Immigrants

US Law Expanded to Protect Immigrants

January 08, 2009

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.
US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

US Embassy Relaxes Visa Renewal Procedure

January 06, 2009

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.
US Immigration Has Posted Revised Visa Bulletin

US Immigration Has Posted Revised Visa Bulletin

January 01, 2009

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

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

April 01, 2008

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.

H-1B visas highly beneficial for US job creation

H-1B visas highly beneficial for US job creation

March 12, 2008

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

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

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

March 11, 2008

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.

America demands increase in H-1 B visas

America demands increase in H-1 B visas

March 06, 2008

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

1 in 7 people in US born overseas by 2020

1 in 7 people in US born overseas by 2020

March 05, 2008

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

Overseas workers urgently needed for seasonal US businesses

Overseas workers urgently needed for seasonal US businesses

March 01, 2008

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

US hopes on immigration to solve nursing shortage

US hopes on immigration to solve nursing shortage

February 22, 2008

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

US Immigration Part of a Solution

US Immigration Part of a Solution

February 11, 2008

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.

Labor set to bin union input

Labor set to bin union input

March 29, 2007

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.

Migrants and babies fuel population growth

Migrants and babies fuel population growth

March 28, 2007

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.

Australia celebrates national harmony

Australia celebrates national harmony

March 22, 2007

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

Employers call for action on skills crises

Employers call for action on skills crises

March 15, 2007

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.

Australia looks to strengthen citizenship laws

Australia looks to strengthen citizenship laws

March 13, 2007

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

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

Australian Public Holiday - Monday, 12th of March 2007

March 09, 2007

We wish to advise our clients that our Australian office will be closed on 12th March, 2007 for Labour Day.
Warm welcome for over 600 new Australian citizens

Warm welcome for over 600 new Australian citizens

March 08, 2007

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.

Chile Open Door to Work and Holiday Agreement

Chile Open Door to Work and Holiday Agreement

February 22, 2007

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.

Government backs Multicultural Affairs

Government backs Multicultural Affairs

February 22, 2007

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.

Renewed agreement for German and Aussie travellers

Renewed agreement for German and Aussie travellers

February 20, 2007

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.

Fast tracked 457 visas for honest employers

Fast tracked 457 visas for honest employers

February 08, 2007

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.

Australia's unemployment rate hits 31 year low

Australia's unemployment rate hits 31 year low

February 08, 2007

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.

DIAC form changes from 12th January 2007

DIAC form changes from 12th January 2007

February 02, 2007

Several DIMA forms have been updated with essential changes.
DIMA to DIAC

DIMA to DIAC

January 31, 2007

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).

Migrants boost Australian economy

Migrants boost Australian economy

January 30, 2007

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.

Australian PM shows Vanstone the door

Australian PM shows Vanstone the door

January 29, 2007

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.

Australian celebrates what's great

Australian celebrates what's great

January 29, 2007

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

Valid passport for Australia's Greek visitors

Valid passport for Australia's Greek visitors

January 29, 2007

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.

NSW to join STNI visa program

NSW to join STNI visa program

March 14, 2006

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.

Victorian Government releases Investor Retirement Form

Victorian Government releases Investor Retirement Form

March 14, 2006

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.

Tax Arrangements for Temporary Residents

Tax Arrangements for Temporary Residents

March 14, 2006

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.

Record 14,000 New Australian Citizens make history

Record 14,000 New Australian Citizens make history

March 14, 2006

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.

IT specialization added to MODL

IT specialization added to MODL

January 18, 2006

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):

New South Wales commits to increasing number of Skilled Business Migrants

New South Wales commits to increasing number of Skilled Business Migrants

January 18, 2006

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.

Turkey added to Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement

Turkey added to Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement

January 18, 2006

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.

Significant interest in further Working Holiday Visa

Significant interest in further Working Holiday Visa

January 18, 2006

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.

Increase in number of new migrants

Increase in number of new migrants

January 18, 2006

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.

20,000 ADDITIONAL AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION VISAS NOW AVAILABLE

20,000 ADDITIONAL AUSTRALIAN SKILLED MIGRATION VISAS NOW AVAILABLE

April 15, 2005

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.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN RETIREMENT VISA

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE AUSTRALIAN RETIREMENT VISA

April 15, 2005

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.
ENHANCEMENTS TO THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

ENHANCEMENTS TO THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA

April 15, 2005

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.
LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO SPONSORING OF OVERSEAS WORKERS BY AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYERS

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO SPONSORING OF OVERSEAS WORKERS BY AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYERS

April 15, 2005

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.
NEW PASS MARK FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SKILLED-INDEPENDENT STUDENT VISA

NEW PASS MARK FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SKILLED-INDEPENDENT STUDENT VISA

April 15, 2005

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.
NEW COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY (ETA)

NEW COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY (ETA)

April 14, 2005

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.
SPECIAL HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM VISA PROCEDURES SIMPLIFIED

SPECIAL HUMANITARIAN PROGRAM VISA PROCEDURES SIMPLIFIED

April 14, 2005

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.
AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL DIVERSITY

February 09, 2005

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.
ELECTRONIC HEALTH ASSESSMENTS FOR ONLINE VISA APPLICANTS - 14 JANUARY 2005

ELECTRONIC HEALTH ASSESSMENTS FOR ONLINE VISA APPLICANTS - 14 JANUARY 2005

February 09, 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.

UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEE PAYMENT FOR INTERNET APPLICATIONS

UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS FOR FEE PAYMENT FOR INTERNET APPLICATIONS

February 09, 2005

Updated arrangements for fee payment for internet applications - issued 23 December 2004
VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT PLANS TO INCREASE MIGRATION INTAKE

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT PLANS TO INCREASE MIGRATION INTAKE

April 30, 2004

Victorian Government has announced plans to encourage an increase in migration.
NEW MIGRATION STATISTICS RELEASED

NEW MIGRATION STATISTICS RELEASED

April 29, 2004

New Migration Statistics Released
 PASS MARK FOR SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA RAISED

PASS MARK FOR SKILLED INDEPENDENT VISA RAISED

April 05, 2004

Changes to Points Test
NEW SKILLED VISA TO BE INTRODUCED 1ST JULY 2004

NEW SKILLED VISA TO BE INTRODUCED 1ST JULY 2004

March 24, 2004

New Skilled Visa to be introduced 1st July 2004
CHANGES TO RETIREMENT VISA

CHANGES TO RETIREMENT VISA

January 05, 2004

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