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Immigrant Visa Applicants Required to Complete DS-260 prior to Visa Interview

Immigrant Visa Applicants Required to Complete DS-260 prior to Visa Interview

September 26, 2014

According to the US Embassy in Manila, starting October 2, applicants for immigrant visas to the United States are required to complete a DS-260 online immigrant visa application before attending their visa interview appointment.
US Embassy Improves Visa Application Process for Bangladesh

US Embassy Improves Visa Application Process for Bangladesh

September 26, 2014

Bangladeshis are able to set up an appointment date US visa interviews and pay visa application fees at any HSBC branch from September 14.
US Launches New Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System

US Launches New Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System

August 26, 2014

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

Can you travel to the US with a criminal record?

August 22, 2014

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

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

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

US Global Visa Delay Caused by Technical Glitch

US Global Visa Delay Caused by Technical Glitch

August 14, 2014

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

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

July 23, 2014

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

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

July 02, 2014

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

USCIS and Nashville Begin Partnership to Support Aspiring Citizens

July 01, 2014

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

DACA Childhood Immigration Renewal Process Announced

June 23, 2014

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

US Student Visa Day in Delhi

June 11, 2014

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

US Releases Guidance on Extension of CW-1 Program

June 10, 2014

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

Process for Renewal of U.S DACA Program Released

June 10, 2014

In a June 5 announcement, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has released the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A new form to allow individuals to renew their Deferred Action for a period of two years has also been submitted to the Federal Register by USCIS.
US Visa Waiver for Malaysians in 18 Months

US Visa Waiver for Malaysians in 18 Months

June 06, 2014

Malaysia may be included in the visa waiver program countries in 18 months, according to Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
U.S. Working Visas for Spouses of H-1B Workers Set to Issue

U.S. Working Visas for Spouses of H-1B Workers Set to Issue

May 26, 2014

In order to attract and retain immigrants with skills in technology and science in the U.S., a proposal which allow the spouses of certain H-1B non-immigrant workers to work in the country in a bid has been announced by the U.S deputy secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
 US Immigration Reform Coming Soon

US Immigration Reform Coming Soon

May 21, 2014

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama met with law enforcement leaders about fixing the immigration system in an effort to seek support from the law enforcement and business community. In his meeting on immigration reform with the law enforcement community, President Obama declared that the House Republicans have a short timeline for action. "The closer we get to the midterm elections, the harder it is to get things done around here," Obama said, according to the White House transcript. "We've got maybe a window of two, three months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives."
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.
USCIS Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Limit for CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program

USCIS Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Limit for CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program

September 26, 2013

The annual fiscal year numerical limitation for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-only Transitional Worker (CW-1) nonimmigrant classification for fiscal year (FY) 2014 is set at 14,000, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on 25 September.
USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Recipients for Fiscal Year 2013

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Recipients for Fiscal Year 2013

September 25, 2013

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently made an announcement on the funding of nearly $9.9 million awarded to expand citizenship preparation programs for permanent residents in 21 states.
New Agreement with NZ Signed as Part of US Visa Waiver Program

New Agreement with NZ Signed as Part of US Visa Waiver Program

September 20, 2013

As part of the US visa waiver program, the US government has recently signed a new data-sharing agreement with New Zealand, boosting the fight against international crime.
USCIS introduces customer identify verification at field offices

USCIS introduces customer identify verification at field offices

September 19, 2013

As of September 9, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) will employ a new verification tool called Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices. Visa applicants will now submit fingerprints and photographs when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit.
US to Welcome More Than 18,000 New Citizens

US to Welcome More Than 18,000 New Citizens

September 19, 2013

More than 18,000 immigrants will be granted US citizenship in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
USCIS Alerts the Expiration of the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi Nationals

USCIS Alerts the Expiration of the Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi Nationals

September 17, 2013

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently reminded the coming expiration of authorization for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the US government.
2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program to Open on 1 October 2013

2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program to Open on 1 October 2013

September 17, 2013

The US Department of State on September 16 released the official instructions for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015).
USCIS Launches a New Identity Verification Tool

USCIS Launches a New Identity Verification Tool

September 11, 2013

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on September 9 launched a new verification tool called Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices to collect applicants' biometric data, specially fingerprints and photographs.
10,000 U Visas Approved for Fourth Straight Fiscal Year

10,000 U Visas Approved for Fourth Straight Fiscal Year

September 10, 2013

A maximum of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status (U visas) have been approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for fiscal year 2013, marking the fourth straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008.
US Embassy in Haiti Announces Electronic Immigrant Visa Application Transition

US Embassy in Haiti Announces Electronic Immigrant Visa Application Transition

September 05, 2013

The US Embassy in Haiti has recently announced the transition of the paper-based immigrant visa application to an electronic application.
New Online Visa Appointment System for US Missions in Saudi Arabia

New Online Visa Appointment System for US Missions in Saudi Arabia

August 29, 2013

US diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia have recently begun using a new online appointment system for most visa application processes such as visa information, visa application appointment and application fee payment.
US Embassy Schedules Expedited Appointments for Student Visa Applicants from UAE

US Embassy Schedules Expedited Appointments for Student Visa Applicants from UAE

August 22, 2013

US student visa applicants have been provided the opportunity to schedule expedited appointments after offices of the US Embassy in the UAE were closed in a week.
House Bill Requiring Visa Videoconferencing Pilot Program Applauded

House Bill Requiring Visa Videoconferencing Pilot Program Applauded

August 22, 2013

The US Travel Association has recently made a compliment to the passage of a House bill on fiscal year 2014 spending measures that can the ease visa application process for international travelers seeking to visit the US.
Shorter wait period expected for US Family category

Shorter wait period expected for US Family category

August 20, 2013

As of August 2013 and for the first time in many years, there will be absolutely no waiting list for spouses and minor children of US Permanent Residents under the F2A category. The US Department of State (DOS) predicts that the F2A category will remain current for several months giving hope to many struggling to legalize their status in the United States or to be reunited with long separated family members.
US to Ease Visa Application Process for Nigerians

US to Ease Visa Application Process for Nigerians

August 08, 2013

The US Government is determined to ease the visa application process for Nigerian applicants, according to a statement by the US Consul-General, Mr. Jeffery Hawkins on August 7.
Companies Help Immigrants Obtain US Citizenship

Companies Help Immigrants Obtain US Citizenship

August 07, 2013

Some US businesses are now helping immigrants reach their dream of becoming Americans.
US Non-immigrant Visas for Cubans Get High Level

US Non-immigrant Visas for Cubans Get High Level

August 06, 2013

The number of US non-immigrant visas issued for Cubans has seen an increase of 79 percent in the first six months of the year 2013, according to a report by the Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma.
International Visitors to New York Up over 50 Percent

International Visitors to New York Up over 50 Percent

August 05, 2013

According to the latest official figures released by the NYC & Company, New York - the USA's most famous city has continued to lure international visitors and achieved more than 50% growth in the past six years.
US Extends Visa Validity for Cuban Travelers

US Extends Visa Validity for Cuban Travelers

August 02, 2013

The US government has recently announced a new change that extends the duration for non-immigrant visas for Cuban applicants up to five years.
US to Process F2A Petition for Spouses and Children of Green Card Holders in August

US to Process F2A Petition for Spouses and Children of Green Card Holders in August

July 25, 2013

According to the latest Visa Bulletin from the US Department of State, F2A petitions for spouses and minor children of Green Card Holders will be available for immediate processing from August, 2013. The date for the petition filed by a green card holder would not affect when the adjustment could be issued.
Pro Gamers now Eligible for US Athlete Visas

Pro Gamers now Eligible for US Athlete Visas

July 16, 2013

Pro gamers are now able to travel to the US on the same visa categories given to professional athletes, after a seemingly endless lobbying effort by Riot Games, the makers of the eSports staple League of Legends.
U.S. Immigration Reform Bill Offers Hope for Immigrants

U.S. Immigration Reform Bill Offers Hope for Immigrants

July 10, 2013

The immigration reform bill endorsed by President Barack Obama took a momentous step forward on June 27, 2013 with a Senate vote of 68-32 in favor of final passage, which means the bill is one step closer to bringing the biggest changes to U.S. immigration law since 1986, offering hope and prosperity for immigrants, businesses and families who have been waiting for decades.
More than 7,800 New US Citizens during Independence Day Celebrations Welcomed

More than 7,800 New US Citizens during Independence Day Celebrations Welcomed

July 05, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that more than 7,800 new citizens have been welcomed in more than 100 naturalization ceremonies across the country and overseas from the July 1 to July 5 celebration of the 237th birthday of the United States.
US Issues Replacement Certificates for Citizenship and Naturalization

US Issues Replacement Certificates for Citizenship and Naturalization

July 04, 2013

As of July 2, 2013, certificates for citizenship and naturalization for individuals have been redesigned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
US Immigration Bill to Add Hong Kong in the Visa Waiver Program

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

June 28, 2013

The Senate plans to take up legislation that would grant special visa privileges to Hong Kong residents.
US Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill

US Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill

June 28, 2013

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.
Proposal to Allow More Women to the US under Immigration Bill

Proposal to Allow More Women to the US under Immigration Bill

June 21, 2013

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.
Ceremonies Welcome New US Citizens

Ceremonies Welcome New US Citizens

June 19, 2013

On June 14 a special naturalization ceremony was held in Anchorage, Alaska to welcome 67 new US citizens from around the world.
US Re-designates and Extends 18-Month Temporary Protected Status for Syrians

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

June 19, 2013

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.
US Senate Immigration Bill to Aid Economy

US Senate Immigration Bill to Aid Economy

June 19, 2013

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).
Travel to the US Expected to Continue to Grow

Travel to the US Expected to Continue to Grow

June 13, 2013

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.
US Travel Association Convention Coming to Denver

US Travel Association Convention Coming to Denver

June 13, 2013

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.
Senate Immigration Bill Passes First Votes

Senate Immigration Bill Passes First Votes

June 12, 2013

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.
Indian Parliamentarians Meet US Deputy Secretary of State over Immigration Bill

Indian Parliamentarians Meet US Deputy Secretary of State over Immigration Bill

June 06, 2013

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.
US Wants Poland in Visa Waiver Program

US Wants Poland in Visa Waiver Program

June 05, 2013

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.
US Government to add Chile to Visa Waiver Program

US Government to add Chile to Visa Waiver Program

June 04, 2013

According to a recent announcement of Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, the US has designated Chile for visa exemption program.
Proposal to Require Finger Printing When Foreigners Leaving US

Proposal to Require Finger Printing When Foreigners Leaving US

June 04, 2013

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.
US Reduces Visa Processing Time for Emiratis

US Reduces Visa Processing Time for Emiratis

June 03, 2013

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.
Attorney General and USCIS Director Welcome New US Citizens

Attorney General and USCIS Director Welcome New US Citizens

May 29, 2013

The judicial naturalization ceremony in the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Great Hall on 28 May 2013 welcomed 70 new US citizens.
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.
U.S. Green Card Applications for Children to be Fast Tracked

U.S. Green Card Applications for Children to be Fast Tracked

September 28, 2012

Thousands of green card applicants who lost their place in line for U.S. residency when they turned 21 must be given priority status, according to decisions made by a federal appeals court on September 26, 2012.
Simplified U.S. Visa Processing System Takes Effect

Simplified U.S. Visa Processing System Takes Effect

September 26, 2012

A new visa processing system giving visa applicants in India more convenience in making payments and scheduling appointments took effect on September 26, 2012.
U.S. Citizenship Resources Available for Local Immigrants in LA

U.S. Citizenship Resources Available for Local Immigrants in LA

September 21, 2012

In a joint program with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the city of Los Angeles will apply a new initiative providing the Los Angeles Public Library's 73 locations with citizenship resources and training for library staff.
U.S. Immigration Reform Call From Agricultural Sector

U.S. Immigration Reform Call From Agricultural Sector

September 20, 2012

The President of the North Carolina Farm Bureau has joined growers from other states in calling for U.S. immigration reform.
USCIS Announces Grants for Citizenship Preparation Services

USCIS Announces Grants for Citizenship Preparation Services

September 18, 2012

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on September 17 made an announcement on the award of nearly US$5 million in grants designed to support immigrant integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship.
U.S. to Simplify Visa Processing System

U.S. to Simplify Visa Processing System

September 10, 2012

On September 5, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in India made an announcement on a new visa processing system that would give visa applicants in India more conveniences in making payments and scheduling appointments.
Nigeria, Brazil, China Listed as Priority Nations for U.S. Visa Applications

Nigeria, Brazil, China Listed as Priority Nations for U.S. Visa Applications

September 05, 2012

Nigeria, Brazil and China have been listed as priority nations for U.S. Visa applications, according to a statement by Mrs Patty Neary, a consular officer, on August 29, 2012.
California Passes Bill to Issue Driving License to some U.S. Immigrants

California Passes Bill to Issue Driving License to some U.S. Immigrants

August 31, 2012

The bill allowing some young illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to obtain driving licenses was passed on August 30, 2012.
U.S.-Russia visa easing to Take Effect from September 9

U.S.-Russia visa easing to Take Effect from September 9

August 30, 2012

The ratification of an agreement which substantially eases the visa regime for both Russian and U.S. citizens will take effect on September 9, according to the U.S. Embassy.
Mitt Romney Wants to Grant More U.S. Work Visas to Highly Educated Workers

Mitt Romney Wants to Grant More U.S. Work Visas to Highly Educated Workers

August 30, 2012

According to the presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the U.S. economy can be faster restored by a policy of strategic immigration.
U.S. to Issue Visas for Residents of Georgia's Breakaway Regions

U.S. to Issue Visas for Residents of Georgia's Breakaway Regions

August 29, 2012

According to the Georgian State Minister for Reintegration Eka Tkeshelashvili, the U.S. embassies and consulates are ready to issue U.S. visas to holders of neutral travel documents.
350 International Student Intake at Colorado State through INTO Program

350 International Student Intake at Colorado State through INTO Program

August 24, 2012

The Colorado State University (CSU) will boost the university's revenue and has attracted 350 international students from Asia and Europe through the new INTO program.
U.S. Approves 10,000 U-visas in Fiscal Year 2012

U.S. Approves 10,000 U-visas in Fiscal Year 2012

August 23, 2012

With the purpose of providing relief to victims of crimes, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced approval of the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status, also referred to as the U-visa, on August 21, 2012.
Immigration Reform Push in Chicago, Boston

Immigration Reform Push in Chicago, Boston

August 20, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg intends to push U.S. immigration reform in Chicago and Boston during his trip this week.
U.S. Announces Updated Forms for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

U.S. Announces Updated Forms for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

August 17, 2012

In a notice submitted to the Federal Register on August 14, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced new forms and instructions to allow individuals to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals from USCIS.
California to Issue Driver's Licenses to Young U.S. Illegal Immigrants

California to Issue Driver's Licenses to Young U.S. Illegal Immigrants

August 17, 2012

California will allow young U.S. illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses when they are granted work permits by the Obama administration.
U.S. Introduces Visa Reissuance Program in Manila

U.S. Introduces Visa Reissuance Program in Manila

August 16, 2012

August 2, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Manila introduced a Visa Reissuance Program (VRP) to hasten visa renewals for Philippine visa applicants.
U.S. Holds Interactive Sessions to Attract Indian Tourists

U.S. Holds Interactive Sessions to Attract Indian Tourists

August 15, 2012

August 13, 2012, the Visit U.S.A Committee (VUSACOM) and U.S. commercial service held an interactive session at Ahmedabad for tour operators, hoteliers and those in the tourism industry in order to attract more tourists from India.
U.S. Student Visa Policy Changes Proposed by UMKC Team

U.S. Student Visa Policy Changes Proposed by UMKC Team

August 13, 2012

A proposal on changing U.S. immigration policy, which would allow foreign students to stay in this country if they launch profitable businesses is being written by a team of law and entrepreneurship experts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Bloomberg to Hold U.S. Immigration Forums

Bloomberg to Hold U.S. Immigration Forums

August 10, 2012

New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg will host forums on immigration with former White House chief of staff Bill Daley in Chicago and with Rupert Murdoch in Boston.
U.S. to Verify Citizenship Status of More Than 1,000 Voters in Iowa

U.S. to Verify Citizenship Status of More Than 1,000 Voters in Iowa

August 10, 2012

August 9, 2012, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz to check the U.S. citizenship status of more than 1,000 registered voters.
U.S. Top 10 Employers Requesting Foreign Worker Visas

U.S. Top 10 Employers Requesting Foreign Worker Visas

August 09, 2012

A new report by the Brookings Institute announces the top 10 employers requesting H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers.
U.S. to Hold Seminar on Student Visa in Ahmedabad, India

U.S. to Hold Seminar on Student Visa in Ahmedabad, India

August 09, 2012

The United States will hold a seminar about U.S. student visas in Ahmedabad, India next Monday, August 13rd, 2012.
Details on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

Details on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

August 08, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security has recently released details on its plan to grant "deferred action" to U.S. immigrant youths who were brought to the country as children.
Pelosi Pushes Obama Administration to Protect Same-Sex Couples in Immigration Policy

Pelosi Pushes Obama Administration to Protect Same-Sex Couples in Immigration Policy

August 08, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and more than 80 of her House colleagues wrote a letter urging Obama administration to protect same-sex foreign partners of U.S. citizens through immigration policy.
U.S. Introduces Bill to Prevent International Students Attending Unaccredited Schools

U.S. Introduces Bill to Prevent International Students Attending Unaccredited Schools

August 07, 2012

The House of Representatives passed a bill to ban individuals from receiving a student visa to attend an unaccredited university.
House Bill to Expand U.S. Work Visa Program to Spur Foreign Investment

House Bill to Expand U.S. Work Visa Program to Spur Foreign Investment

August 07, 2012

A new bill which would encourage foreign entrepreneurs to start businesses in the U.S. has recently been introduced by U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
U.S. Embassy Welcomes U.S. - Russia Agreement on Relaxed Visas

U.S. Embassy Welcomes U.S. - Russia Agreement on Relaxed Visas

August 02, 2012

In a press release on July 31, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow welcomes the signing of an agreement on easing the visa regime for both Russian and U.S. citizens by President Vladimir Putin.
Tourism Forecast to Lead Hawaii Growth in 2013

Tourism Forecast to Lead Hawaii Growth in 2013

August 02, 2012

Hawaii's economy is forecast to increase by 2.4 percent in 2013 owning to the tourism contribution, according to University of Hawaii economists.
U.S. Urged to Allocate More Professional Visas to South Koreans

U.S. Urged to Allocate More Professional Visas to South Koreans

August 01, 2012

South Korea is urging the U.S. to raise the quota of non-immigrant U.S. visas for its citizens with a specialty occupation, according to a diplomatic source on July 26, 2012.
New Agreement to Ease Visa Regime for Russian and U.S. Citizens

New Agreement to Ease Visa Regime for Russian and U.S. Citizens

July 31, 2012

The ratification of an agreement which substantially eases the visa regime for both Russian and U.S. citizens has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
U.S. Immigrants Offered College Courses

U.S. Immigrants Offered College Courses

July 31, 2012

A new program coordinated between the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Labor Research and Education and the National Labor College will soon be launched to help illegal immigrants in the United States to attend colleges.
Hindu-Americans on Top List of Education, Income

Hindu-Americans on Top List of Education, Income

July 31, 2012

A new study by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals that Hindus are more educated and earn more than any other religious group in the U.S.
Increase in Foreign Investment in U.S. Land

Increase in Foreign Investment in U.S. Land

July 26, 2012

According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, foreign investment in U.S. forests and farmland increased by 6.7 percent in the last 10 months of 2010.
Illegal U.S. Immigrants in New York To Be Protected from Fraud

Illegal U.S. Immigrants in New York To Be Protected from Fraud

July 26, 2012

In response to President Obama's decision to allow many illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain here without fear of deportation, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration will pursue an initiative to protect potential immigrants from fraud and unscrupulous practices.
Columbia on List of Top 100 U.S. Cities for High Skilled Immigration

Columbia on List of Top 100 U.S. Cities for High Skilled Immigration

July 19, 2012

Columbia is placed in top 100 U.S. cities for attracting foreign workers on visas to high-tech jobs in computers, science and engineering, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit, public policy organization in Washington D.C
U.S. Tourism Expects a Record-Setting Year

U.S. Tourism Expects a Record-Setting Year

July 17, 2012

The U.S. is looking at a record-setting year, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Over One Million U.S. Visa Applications in China Processed

Over One Million U.S. Visa Applications in China Processed

July 13, 2012

To date in fiscal year 2012, more than one million visa applications from China have been processed while the wait time for a visa interview appointment has been reduced to approximately one week, the US State Department said on July 12, 2012.
12,000 U.S. Visas for Ghanaians Broke Record in 2011

12,000 U.S. Visas for Ghanaians Broke Record in 2011

July 03, 2012

U.S. visas issued to Ghanaians travelling to the U.S. broke a record in 2011, according to the U.S. embassy in Ghana.
U.S. Adjusts Interview Visa Process to Lure Indian Tourists

U.S. Adjusts Interview Visa Process to Lure Indian Tourists

July 02, 2012

June, 29, 2012, the U.S. introduced a new Interview Waiver Programme for U.S. visa applicants in order to attract more visitors from India.
Obama Urged to Allow Family Members to Enter U.S. through Parole Visa Program

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

June 28, 2012

Haitian advocates in Miami urged President Barrack Obama to let their families enter the U.S. through the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Visa Program.
U.S. Immigrants Are Key in Innovation, Study Says

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

June 26, 2012

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

California Attracts Highest Number of U.S. Immigrants

June 22, 2012

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

Asian Immigrants to U.S. Surpassed Hispanics

June 21, 2012

An expansive study by the Pew Research Center shows that Asians has overtaken Hispanics in migrating to the U.S.
President Obama to Allow Young Illegal Immigrants to Remain in the U.S.

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

June 19, 2012

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.
U.S. to Ease Tourist Visas

U.S. to Ease Tourist Visas

June 18, 2012

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

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

June 14, 2012

According to a new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, 18 percent of small businesses in the U.S. belong to U.S. immigrants.
Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

June 13, 2012

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.
U.S. Expands E2 Investor Visas to Israel

U.S. Expands E2 Investor Visas to Israel

June 13, 2012

President Obama added Israel to the countries eligible for E2 investor visas to the United States.
U.S. Signed Accords to Protect Foreign Workers

U.S. Signed Accords to Protect Foreign Workers

June 12, 2012

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.
U.S. to Hold Southeast Summit on Immigration

U.S. to Hold Southeast Summit on Immigration

June 11, 2012

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.
U.S. Immigration Contributes to Southern California Success

U.S. Immigration Contributes to Southern California Success

June 08, 2012

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.
Chicago New Americans Initiative to Help Eligible Immigrants Become US Citizens

Chicago New Americans Initiative to Help Eligible Immigrants Become US Citizens

June 07, 2012

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

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

June 07, 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.
U.S. Launches Online Immigration System, ELIS

U.S. Launches Online Immigration System, ELIS

June 07, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced the first phase of its electronic immigration benefits system, named USCIS ELIS, on May 22, 2012.
Senator Introduces Bill to Permanently Authorize EB-5 Visa Program

Senator Introduces Bill to Permanently Authorize EB-5 Visa Program

June 06, 2012

Senator Patrick Leahy has recently introduced a new bill that gives permanent status to the EB-5 Regional Center Program.
Status-neutral Travel Document for Georgians to Visit the U.S.

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

June 06, 2012

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.
Community and Religious Activists Together Protect U.S. Immigrants

Community and Religious Activists Together Protect U.S. Immigrants

June 05, 2012

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.
U.S. Government Pushed on Processing Immigrant Families

U.S. Government Pushed on Processing Immigrant Families

June 01, 2012

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.
High Demand for U.S. Work Visas

High Demand for U.S. Work Visas

May 30, 2012

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

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

May 30, 2012

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.
U.S. Investor Visa Available for Israelis

U.S. Investor Visa Available for Israelis

May 28, 2012

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.
Alabama Governor Signed Immigration Law Revisions

Alabama Governor Signed Immigration Law Revisions

May 24, 2012

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

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

May 22, 2012

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.
Citizenship Drive to Help Immigrants

Citizenship Drive to Help Immigrants

May 18, 2012

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.
Texas Universities Back New Bill for Work Visas for Tech Graduates

Texas Universities Back New Bill for Work Visas for Tech Graduates

May 17, 2012

On May 15, 2012, U.S. Senator John Cornyn introduced legislation to Congress to boost U.S. economic competitiveness.
US Announced National Strategy to Increase Travel and Tourism Visitors

US Announced National Strategy to Increase Travel and Tourism Visitors

May 15, 2012

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.
Colleges Assist Illegal Immigrant Students in the USA

Colleges Assist Illegal Immigrant Students in the USA

May 08, 2012

Dominican University, a small private Catholic college in suburban Chicago, is supporting undocumented students.
U.S. Reforms Summer Work Travel Visa Rules against Abuses

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

May 07, 2012

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

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

May 04, 2012

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.
US Re-Designated and Extended TPS Designation for Somalia

US Re-Designated and Extended TPS Designation for Somalia

May 03, 2012

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.
U.S. Launches Campaign to Promote Inbound Tourism

U.S. Launches Campaign to Promote Inbound Tourism

May 03, 2012

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

Mayor Bloomberg's Ideas for US Immigration Reform

Mayor Bloomberg's Ideas for US Immigration Reform

September 30, 2011

New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, wants Congress to consider his ideas about immigration reform during his visit to Washington on September 29, 2011.

H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot Discontinued

H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot Discontinued

September 30, 2011

According to a notice published in the Federal Register, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBD), Department of Homeland Security closed the H-2A and H-2B Temporary Worker Visa Exit Program Pilot on September 29, 2011.
Online Registration Period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program

Online Registration Period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program

September 29, 2011

The online registration period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program will begin at noon (EDT) on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 and close at noon (EDT) on Saturday, November 5, 2011.
Reminder from USCIS to Visa Applicants as Widow(er)s

Reminder from USCIS to Visa Applicants as Widow(er)s

September 26, 2011

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds eligible widow(er)s who want to immigrate to the United States that they must file their visa petitions by October 28, 2011.
$9 Million Awarded to Expand U.S. Citizenship Preparation Programs for Permanent Residents

$9 Million Awarded to Expand U.S. Citizenship Preparation Programs for Permanent Residents

September 23, 2011

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced federal funding of $9 million for 42 organizations from 27 states and the District of Columbia to expand citizenship preparation programs for permanent residents on September 21, 2011.
27,000 New U.S. Citizens Welcomed during Citizenship Day Celebrations

27,000 New U.S. Citizens Welcomed during Citizenship Day Celebrations

September 20, 2011

More than 27,000 immigrants were granted U.S. citizenship during naturalization ceremonies across the country and around the world.

U.S. to Consider Extending Visa Waiver System

U.S. to Consider Extending Visa Waiver System

September 19, 2011

September 13, 2011, a proposal on expanding the visa waiver program to include Brazil, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus was submitted to the House of Representatives subcommittee on border security.

Final Rule Establishes Transitional Worker Classification for the CNMI

Final Rule Establishes Transitional Worker Classification for the CNMI

September 08, 2011

September 7, 2011, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes a final rule that establishes a Transitional Worker non-immigrant visa classification (CW) for migrant workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
Proposal to Amend Special US Immigrants Juvenile Regulations

Proposal to Amend Special US Immigrants Juvenile Regulations

September 07, 2011

Public comment on a proposal to amend the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) regulations is sought by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
U.S. Embassy in Manila Launches New US Visa Blog

U.S. Embassy in Manila Launches New US Visa Blog

September 06, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Manila has announced the launch of its official visa blog, VISAtisified Voyager.
Alabama Immigration Bill Temporarily Blocked

Alabama Immigration Bill Temporarily Blocked

August 31, 2011

The implementation of a new immigration law in Alabama will be temporarily delayed after a U.S. District Judge grants a temporary injunction against it.
New Agreement Signed to Protect U.S. Migrant Workers

New Agreement Signed to Protect U.S. Migrant Workers

August 31, 2011

According to agreements signed on August 29, 2011 with the U.S Labor Department, migrant workers from Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic will be better informed of their labor rights, including receiving information about workers compensation, wage-and-hour laws and other labor protections.
USCIS Announce New Regulations to Promote Online Filing of Immigration Benefits

USCIS Announce New Regulations to Promote Online Filing of Immigration Benefits

August 30, 2011

On August 29, 2011, the first in a series of regulations aimed at promoting e-filing of current paper-based forms with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Criteria for Immigrants to Remain in the United States

Criteria for Immigrants to Remain in the United States

August 23, 2011

Following the new US immigration policy released by President Barack Obama which allows undocumented immigrants facing deportation to stay and work legally while the government works on reforming the immigration system, guidelines for deciding who may qualify to remain in US has been announced by U.S. Custom and Immigration Enforcements.
US Undocumented Immigrants Allowed to Stay

US Undocumented Immigrants Allowed to Stay

August 19, 2011

Many US undocumented immigrants will hopefully be allowed to stay in the United States indefinitely and to apply for work permits, announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 18 August 2011.
International Student Admissions Rising in the US

International Student Admissions Rising in the US

August 17, 2011

Graduate schools in America have been admitting international students at the fastest rate in over five years, climbing 11 percent over the last year, according to a recent report released by the Council of Graduate Schools. After the 9/11 attacks, foreign student admissions dropped drastically and the recovery from this sharp dip took several years.
US Launched Spanish-Language Version of E-Verify Self Check

US Launched Spanish-Language Version of E-Verify Self Check

August 17, 2011

The U.S. government launched a Spanish version of E-Verify Self-check on Tuesday to help immigrant workers find out whether they can work legally in the country or not, and show them how to correct any errors on their documents.
US Extended Employment Authorization Documents for Liberians

US Extended Employment Authorization Documents for Liberians

August 17, 2011

Following the decision on extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through March 31, 2013 announced by US President Obama on Tuesday - August 16, 2011, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also released its intention to automatically extend employment authorization for Liberian nationals under DED through March 31, 2012.
US Immigrants to Get Citizenship in a Rhode Island Naturalization Ceremony

US Immigrants to Get Citizenship in a Rhode Island Naturalization Ceremony

August 16, 2011

Fifty Rhode Island residents will become US Citizens in a judicial naturalization ceremony.
N-400 Application for US Naturalization Prioritized

N-400 Application for US Naturalization Prioritized

August 16, 2011

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will take priority over the processing of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
US Immigration Laws Approved by 40 U.S States in 2011

US Immigration Laws Approved by 40 U.S States in 2011

August 10, 2011

There were about 250 new immigration laws and resolutions enacted in 40 US states during the first half of this year, according to a new report.
Presentations on U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Program in Srilanka and Maldives

Presentations on U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Program in Srilanka and Maldives

August 09, 2011

The Immigrant Visa section of the United States Embassy in Colombo is conducting a series of presentations on Diversity Visa Lottery in several cities in the country.
US visas for Indian students increased by 20 percent

US visas for Indian students increased by 20 percent

August 09, 2011

Indian students are now heading to the United States for their studies and filling up American universities with admission applications.
New US visa program for Filipinos

New US visa program for Filipinos

August 04, 2011

In a continuing effort to boost customer service, a new visa program named Visa Reissuance Program (VRP) has been introduced by the US Embassy in Manila, Philippine on Tuesday - August 2, 2011. The program is to expedite visa renewals for Philippine visa applicants who have previously been issued multiple entry visas to the United States valid for five years or longer.
New US immigration initiatives to attract more foreign investors

New US immigration initiatives to attract more foreign investors

August 04, 2011

US Government on Tuesday announced several initiatives to ease visa restrictions in order to attract more investment from foreign entrepreneurs, who wish to create a business in the U.S. This effort is aimed to spur job growth and help boost the economy currently facing difficulties.
New US immigration law to help undocumented college students

New US immigration law to help undocumented college students

August 02, 2011

A law bill was signed on Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn to set up privately funded college scholarships for children of US immigrants.
US Green Card discussed to be extended

US Green Card discussed to be extended

July 27, 2011

A discussion draft of a bill that would eliminate per-country caps on US Green Card is being circulated among Republicans in the House of Representatives.
Thirty Eight New US Citizens Welcomed in Guam

Thirty Eight New US Citizens Welcomed in Guam

July 27, 2011

Thirty eight news US citizens were recognized in a special Liberation Day Naturalization Ceremony which was held at the District Court of Guam.
DREAM Act Immigration Legislation receives support from US President

DREAM Act Immigration Legislation receives support from US President

July 26, 2011

US President Barack Obama has promised to double his efforts to get the immigration legislation DREAM Act passed.
US Immigration Reform Brings Economic Benefits

US Immigration Reform Brings Economic Benefits

July 25, 2011

US immigration reform is now being identified as a way to help start new businesses and aid job creation by US commerce secretaries.
Immigration support office is to be established in Chicago

Immigration support office is to be established in Chicago

July 21, 2011

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his plan of opening the Office of New Americans to provide support for Chicago's immigrant communities and strengthen their contributions to the city's economic, civic and cultural life.
US Immigrants Attend Legal Help Workshop in Alabama

US Immigrants Attend Legal Help Workshop in Alabama

July 20, 2011

Immigrant families gathered in the fellowship hall at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Alabama to receive legal help for their immigration to the US.
US immigration is key to Michigan Economy

US immigration is key to Michigan Economy

July 20, 2011

In a conference on US immigration and Michigan's economy at Wayne State University, Governor Rick Snyder identified immigrants as a key for the state's successful economy.
Changes to US Immigration Deportation Guidelines

Changes to US Immigration Deportation Guidelines

July 19, 2011

The federal program Secure Communities ended up leaving many individuals and communities feeling far from secure, but new changes are expected to bring fairness and balance.
California Senate Accepted College Aid for Illegal Immigrant Students to US

California Senate Accepted College Aid for Illegal Immigrant Students to US

July 19, 2011

California Senate passed legislation which will permit illegal college students in the state to receive limited financial aid administered by state colleges and universities.
The United States welcomes Pakistan students for Undergraduate program

The United States welcomes Pakistan students for Undergraduate program

July 19, 2011

A total of 200 Pakistan students receiving scholarships from the Global Undergraduate Program (UGRAD) will go to the United States for the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Semester.
Washington's Counties Join in Immigration Program

Washington's Counties Join in Immigration Program

July 19, 2011

There are more than 12 counties of Washington applying the 'Secure Communities' program, which uses fingerprint analysis to identify illegal immigrants in county jails.
US visa issuance to Indians good indicator of thriving ties

US visa issuance to Indians good indicator of thriving ties

July 18, 2011

US Visas continue to be issued for a large number of Indians which is a "good indicator" of the thriving bilateral ties despite the hiked fee for H-1B and L1 visas popular among Indian professionals and companies.
Officials to evaluate US visa waivers to Guam

Officials to evaluate US visa waivers to Guam

July 18, 2011

The expanded US visa-waiver program into Guam for tourists from mainland China and Russia are now being evaluated by the US federal officials.
The United States and Russia agreed to ease visa rules by this year

The United States and Russia agreed to ease visa rules by this year

July 15, 2011

The United States and Russia had completed their work in visa reform, so said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a statement during the news conference with Secretary Clinton on 13 July 2011.
 Alabama Immigration Law Filed in Federal Court

Alabama Immigration Law Filed in Federal Court

July 15, 2011

Alabama's toughest immigration law, which was passed last month, will now head to a Federal Court after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced the lawsuit - filed in the US District Court for the northern district of Alabama on 8 July.
US Permanent Residency Chance for Gay Marriage

US Permanent Residency Chance for Gay Marriage

July 14, 2011

The Obama administration's policies on US immigration and gay marriage continue being applied for another test case of gay marriage.
New Agreement on child adoption between the United States and Russia

New Agreement on child adoption between the United States and Russia

July 14, 2011

United States and Russia signed a bilateral agreement regarding child adoptions on 13 July 2011, announced by The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.
US Super Citizen Status for Children of Foreign Diplomats

US Super Citizen Status for Children of Foreign Diplomats

July 13, 2011

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies relieves new born children of foreign diplomats can become US citizens as their parents are can obtain US birth certificates and Social Security numbers for them.
First Report on International Migration in the Americas

First Report on International Migration in the Americas

July 12, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) presented their First Report on International Migration in the Americas on 11 July 2011.
New US Visa Restrictions on Iranian Officials for Human Rights Abuses

New US Visa Restrictions on Iranian Officials for Human Rights Abuses

July 11, 2011

On 8 July 2011, the United States and the United Kingdom imposed visa restrictions on not only Iranian officials but also individuals who commit human rights abuses. Following this Canada announced its support for increased measures against these perpetrators.
US Citizens in Canada affected by new Tax Law

US Citizens in Canada affected by new Tax Law

July 11, 2011

According to BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko, the proposed tax law announced by the American Government noticed him with deep concern.
US Migrants Welcomed by Minnesota

US Migrants Welcomed by Minnesota

July 11, 2011

Minnesota, one of the coldest states in America has embraced US immigrants as a solution to the states aging population.
Latest US lawsuit against judge decision on the immigration law of Georgia

Latest US lawsuit against judge decision on the immigration law of Georgia

July 08, 2011

Attorneys representing the state of Georgia have requested an appeals court overturn the judge's decision blocking several parts of the state's new immigration law.
95 percent of US Visa applications were approved by US Embassy in Malaysia

95 percent of US Visa applications were approved by US Embassy in Malaysia

July 07, 2011

According to US ambassador to Malaysia Paul W. Jones, the approval rate for US Visa application had gone up to 95 percent and in some cases, the visas were endorsed in just two days, instead of the usual three.
New US Citizens on Independence Day

New US Citizens on Independence Day

July 06, 2011

According to news from US citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were more than 24,000 people receiving their US citizenship at ceremonies across the US in the week heading to the July 4 celebration. This special event made Independence Day become memorable Immigration Day.
USA Launches New Visa Agreement with Russia

USA Launches New Visa Agreement with Russia

July 06, 2011

Visa liberalization to satisfy demands of business and tourists travelling between USA and Russia will soon be passed through adoption and visa facilitation agreements which will be officially signed in Washington in this July.
US Immigration Chances for Undocumented Workers

US Immigration Chances for Undocumented Workers

July 06, 2011

US undocumented workers have been given chances to immigrate legally in US and Canada while waiting for both USA and Canadian efforts to propose some loose regulations for the matters relating to their status.
New proposal on  getting US Green Card for Military Relatives

New proposal on getting US Green Card for Military Relatives

July 06, 2011

According to United States Immigration Support, the US Senate introduced a measure which makes it easier for family of service members to get Green Card without leaving the country first.
Drivers license a measure of combating illegal immigration in the US

Drivers license a measure of combating illegal immigration in the US

July 01, 2011

Under a newly passed minute to a budget bill, US citizens in Texas are now required to prove their citizenship, legal status before receiving their first or renewing an old driver's license.
US Embassy warns Israelis to be aware of US Visa scam

US Embassy warns Israelis to be aware of US Visa scam

June 24, 2011

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.
US Immigration grants employment authorization to Libyan F1 Students

US Immigration grants employment authorization to Libyan F1 Students

June 20, 2011

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

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

June 17, 2011

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
US Visa woes end for IBM and TCS

US Visa woes end for IBM and TCS

June 14, 2011

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.
New effort to protect US immigrants from scams

New effort to protect US immigrants from scams

June 10, 2011

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.
Highly Skilled Immigrants Takes High Percentage in US Labor Force

Highly Skilled Immigrants Takes High Percentage in US Labor Force

June 10, 2011

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

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

June 09, 2011

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.
New ID card legislation worries US immigrants in Arizona

New ID card legislation worries US immigrants in Arizona

June 06, 2011

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.
US Department of State Launches the new J1 Visa Website

US Department of State Launches the new J1 Visa Website

June 02, 2011

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.
Obama Calls for Easing Visa Restrictions for Poland

Obama Calls for Easing Visa Restrictions for Poland

May 30, 2011

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

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

May 26, 2011

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.
US eases visa policy for Iranian students and exchange visitors

US eases visa policy for Iranian students and exchange visitors

May 25, 2011

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.
Significant Enhancements to US E5B-Visa Processing Proposed

Significant Enhancements to US E5B-Visa Processing Proposed

May 23, 2011

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.
US announced extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

US announced extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

May 18, 2011

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.
Proposal on Easing US Travel Visa Process

Proposal on Easing US Travel Visa Process

May 17, 2011

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

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

May 17, 2011

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

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

May 15, 2011

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

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

May 13, 2011

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.
President Obama backs to US immigration reform efforts

President Obama backs to US immigration reform efforts

May 12, 2011

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.
Illinois Senate passes DREAM Act for immigrants kids

Illinois Senate passes DREAM Act for immigrants kids

May 06, 2011

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.
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.
US Welcomes Over 9000 New Citizens during Constitution and Citizenship Day Celebration

US Welcomes Over 9000 New Citizens during Constitution and Citizenship Day Celebration

September 20, 2010

Over 9,000 new candidates will realize their dreams of becoming US citizens during 63 special ceremonies which will be hosted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in recognition of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17.
USCIS Reminds Salvadorians to Reregister for Temporary Protective Status

USCIS Reminds Salvadorians to Reregister for Temporary Protective Status

September 20, 2010

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a national reminder to Salvadorians who are eligible to reregister for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to file their applications as soon as possible under the late re-registration guidelines.
US Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Program Cap Reached for 2010

US Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Program Cap Reached for 2010

September 20, 2010

The Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Program (H-2B) allows US employers to sponsor foreign workers into the USA to temporarily fill non-agricultural jobs.
Government to Implement Security Measures Along the Northern USA Border

Government to Implement Security Measures Along the Northern USA Border

September 06, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has met with local Montana officials, law enforcement personnel and private sector stakeholders in the hope to strengthen the USA-Canada Border.
Fee to Be Introduced for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization

Fee to Be Introduced for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization

August 30, 2010

As per the implementation of the Travel Promotion Act (TPA), which was signed into law by Barrack Obama on March 4, 2010, the government will begin charging a fee for ESTA applications starting on September 8, 2010.
NonImmigrant Skilled Workers Get Back Wages and Interest from Smartsoft International

NonImmigrant Skilled Workers Get Back Wages and Interest from Smartsoft International

August 27, 2010

The US Labour Department has taken legal action against Smartsoft International after it violated several H-1B visa rules.
Indian Government Opposes New US Bill

Indian Government Opposes New US Bill

August 17, 2010

The US government has approved a $600 million border security bill that would dispatch more security to the US-Mexico border. This bill has been approved as a means to deal with the sensitive issue of illegal immigration before the November 2 elections.
Changes to the Puerto Rican Birth Certificate to Affect US Citizenship Seekers

Changes to the Puerto Rican Birth Certificate to Affect US Citizenship Seekers

July 20, 2010

The Vital Statistics Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has implemented changes to the Birth Certificates.
Visa Interview Appointment Update

Visa Interview Appointment Update

July 20, 2010

To be implemented immediately, non-immigrant visa applicants may schedule their visa interview appointments within any US Consular Section in China, regardless of the province, city or region in which they reside in.
Green Card Application Form to be Updated by USCIS

Green Card Application Form to be Updated by USCIS

June 28, 2010

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.
Corporations Fight for Change in US Immigration Laws

Corporations Fight for Change in US Immigration Laws

June 28, 2010

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.
USCIS Launches Redesigned E-Verify Employer Web Interface

USCIS Launches Redesigned E-Verify Employer Web Interface

June 18, 2010

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.
USCIS Proposes Fee Increases

USCIS Proposes Fee Increases

June 16, 2010

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.
USCIS Issues Revised Employment Authorization Document

USCIS Issues Revised Employment Authorization Document

June 08, 2010

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.
Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fees to Increase June 4

Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fees to Increase June 4

June 07, 2010

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

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

June 03, 2010

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).
DHS Eliminates Form I-94W

DHS Eliminates Form I-94W

June 03, 2010

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.

USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Card

USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Card

May 20, 2010

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

REPAIR Proposal Provides Path to Legalization

May 06, 2010

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.
USCIS Clarifies Evidence Requirements for TPS Fee Waiver Request

USCIS Clarifies Evidence Requirements for TPS Fee Waiver Request

May 05, 2010

On January 12th 2010, the United States Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals and citizens.
Arizona Law Heats Up Immigration Reform Debate

Arizona Law Heats Up Immigration Reform Debate

May 05, 2010

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.
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.
E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule Now in Effect

E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule Now in Effect

September 18, 2009

On September 8th, 2009 the Far E-Verify/Basic Pilot Program's (E-Verify federal contractor rule) became effective after previously being suspended three times previously.
USCIS Reopens Fiscal Year 2009 H-2B Petition Filing Period

USCIS Reopens Fiscal Year 2009 H-2B Petition Filing Period

August 13, 2009

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it will accept new H-2B petitions for the fiscal year 2009 by reopening the filing period.
Obama Renews Hope for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Obama Renews Hope for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

August 13, 2009

In a press conference on August 10th, 2009, President Obama commented on the prospect of comprehensive immigration reform saying that legislation will be drafted by the end of the year.
DOS Ends the E-Passport Exemption for Emergency and Temporary Passports

DOS Ends the E-Passport Exemption for Emergency and Temporary Passports

August 04, 2009

The Department of State (DOS) in a cable to diplomatic and consular posts announced that travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will not be permitted utilizing a non-electronic emergency or temporary passport.
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Service for R-1 Visas

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Service for R-1 Visas

July 28, 2009

Recently the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it will resume the Premium Processing Service for the R-1 nonimmigrant visa classification.
ICE Launches Initiative to Step-Up Audits of Employment Records

ICE Launches Initiative to Step-Up Audits of Employment Records

July 15, 2009

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently launched a new audit initiative by issuing Notices of Inspection (NOI) to 652 businesses nationwide as part of its plan to focus immigration enforcement on the employers who hire illegal workers. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has stated that investigations will focus on businesses that knowingly hire immigrants who cannot legally work in the U.S.
New Legislation Aims to End 'Widow Penalty'

New Legislation Aims to End 'Widow Penalty'

July 03, 2009

On June 11th, Senators Menendez (D-NJ), Gillibrand (D-NY) and Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Orphans, Widows and Widowers Protection Act (S. 1427). This bill will provide a remedy for Orphans, Widows and Widowers who suffer immigration-related hardships due to the death of a sponsoring relative.
Comprehensive US Immigration Reform May Happen This Year

Comprehensive US Immigration Reform May Happen This Year

July 03, 2009

President Obama has said in the past that comprehensive immigration reform is one of the many goals he wants to accomplish this year. With the successful completion of his bipartisan immigration summit in Washington it seems that he may be able to accomplish this goal
USCIS Eliminates FBI Name Check Backlogs

USCIS Eliminates FBI Name Check Backlogs

July 01, 2009

On Monday, June 23, 2009, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the backlog for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) name checks pending more than six months had been eliminated. Having completed all the requisite milestones, resulting in the elimination of the FBI National Name Check Program (NNCP) backlog, the two organizations declared that the process of checking names against the FBI database will now be quicker.
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Form I-140

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Form I-140

July 01, 2009

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that effective June 29, 2009, it will resume its Premium Processing service for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker).
USCIS Clarifies requirements for beneficiaries from non H-2A or H-2B Eligible Countries List

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

June 26, 2009

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.
USCIS Guidance on the Applicability of the Child Status Protection Act

USCIS Guidance on the Applicability of the Child Status Protection Act

June 26, 2009

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

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

June 18, 2009

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.
New Legislation Proposed to Improve Agricultural Job Opportunities

New Legislation Proposed to Improve Agricultural Job Opportunities

June 12, 2009

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.
Far E-Verify Basic Pilot Program Suspended Again

Far E-Verify Basic Pilot Program Suspended Again

June 12, 2009

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.
US Attorney General Rescinds Deportation Rule

US Attorney General Rescinds Deportation Rule

June 05, 2009

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.
Senators Introduce Reuniting Families Act

Senators Introduce Reuniting Families Act

June 02, 2009

Senators Menendez (D-NJ), Gillibrand (D-NY), Kennedy (D-MA) and Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Reuniting Families Act (S.1085).
Department of Labor Suspends the December 2008 H-2A Final Rule

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

June 02, 2009

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

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

June 02, 2009

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.
USCIS Reminds Visa Applicants to Obtain Advance Parole Before Traveling Abroad

USCIS Reminds Visa Applicants to Obtain Advance Parole Before Traveling Abroad

June 02, 2009

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

Student and Exchange Visitor Update

May 25, 2009

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.
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Document Requirements Take Effect June 1

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Document Requirements Take Effect June 1

May 22, 2009

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.
Department of Labor Delays Deactivation of Old LCA Legacy System

Department of Labor Delays Deactivation of Old LCA Legacy System

May 22, 2009

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

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

May 15, 2009

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.
USCIS Changes Filing Location and Instructions for Form I-90

USCIS Changes Filing Location and Instructions for Form I-90

May 15, 2009

The USCIS recently announced that the filing location and instructions for all Form I-90 applications being submitted via mail have been changed.
Obama Administration Takes Positive Steps towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Obama Administration Takes Positive Steps towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform

May 13, 2009

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

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

May 06, 2009

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.
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."
Migrants in focus: 33 foreign born nationals in U.S Olympic team.

Migrants in focus: 33 foreign born nationals in U.S Olympic team.

August 13, 2008

Even as the U.S. struggles with their immigration policy, Americans will get an opportunity to witness their melting-pot nation through the prism of foreign-born athletes that will compete in USA uniforms at the Beijing Olympics.
Migrants Make USA a Safer Place

Migrants Make USA a Safer Place

August 07, 2008

Statistics in USA indicate that the most safe and liveable cities in the US have much higher migrant populations than others.
US Government could learn from Canada's Immigration Program

US Government could learn from Canada's Immigration Program

June 23, 2008

Economic analysts suggest that the US government should learn from Canada's highly successful Immigration program to help improve local & national economies.
US Immigration Dept offers relief to students who need to work

US Immigration Dept offers relief to students who need to work

May 01, 2008

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.

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.

Migration Experts UK office has moved

Migration Experts UK office has moved

August 05, 2006

Our UK office has relocated to vibrant "Regent Street" in central London!

Australia attracts record number of Brits

Australia attracts record number of Brits

August 04, 2006

A recent poll in the UK suggests that more Britons than ever before want to make their dreams of migrating to another country a reality - with Australia as the top choice!
AUSTRALIA WELCOMES ABOUT 158 FOREIGN WORKERS EVERY DAY

AUSTRALIA WELCOMES ABOUT 158 FOREIGN WORKERS EVERY DAY

July 05, 2006

Australia looks to migrants as a solution for its skills shortage. Almost every skilled profession is in great demand. A growing economy means that new workers are welcomed to the country at an approximate rate of 158 per day.

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.

New State Sponsored Retiree Visas

New State Sponsored Retiree Visas

July 20, 2005

A new Investor Retirement Visa for Australia came into effect on 1 July 2005. The new visa allows State and Territory governments to sponsor self-funded retirees to invest and live in Australia. The visa will provide an opportunity for retired business and professional persons with significant assets to migrate to Australia on a temporary visa.

Migrants supplying the skills that are needed

Migrants supplying the skills that are needed

July 20, 2005

A recent report has shown that Australia is increasing successful in targeting the skilled migration that it needs. In 2001-02 there was an increase of 385,600 skilled jobs in Australia. During this period, Australia received 114,500 skilled migrants, which is equivalent to 30 per cent of the increase in skilled jobs.

Migrants bring in $300m to Victoria

Migrants bring in $300m to Victoria

July 20, 2005

Business migration to the state of Victoria has more than doubled in the past year, with the number of business migrants jumping from 301 in 2003/04 to 680 for 2004/05. Of this figure, 65 % of the migrants are from China.

Sydney voted world’s best city

Sydney voted world’s best city

July 20, 2005

American travelers have voted Sydney the world’s best city for the eighth year in a row. Sydney was considered the better holiday destination over Bangkok, Rome, Florence and Chaing Mai. Australia was also voted the best migration destination for a young person, according to a global opinion poll taken by Pew Global Attitudes Project.

Australian Class Sizes Smallest in 10 years

Australian Class Sizes Smallest in 10 years

July 20, 2005

Class sizes at Australian universities have fallen for the first time in a decade. Last year, universities had 19.4 students for each academic staff member, a figure which is down from 19.7 in 2003.

WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER AGREEMENT WITH ESTONIA

WORKING HOLIDAY MAKER AGREEMENT WITH ESTONIA

June 12, 2005

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.

RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE

RECORD LOW UNEMPLOYMENT IN AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE

June 12, 2005

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.

NEW AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

NEW AMERICAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

June 12, 2005

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.

AUSTRALIA INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH INDIAN STUDENTS

AUSTRALIA INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH INDIAN STUDENTS

June 12, 2005

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.

INCREASING AIRPORT SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

INCREASING AIRPORT SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

June 12, 2005

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.

INCREASING BORDER SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

INCREASING BORDER SECURITY IN AUSTRALIA

June 12, 2005

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.

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.
RECENT CHANGES TO AUSTRALIAN VISAS ANNOUNCED

RECENT CHANGES TO AUSTRALIAN VISAS ANNOUNCED

June 10, 2003

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.
AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISA ADVICE NOW AVAILABLE

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISA ADVICE NOW AVAILABLE

June 10, 2003

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

NEW UK IMMIGRATION SITE LAUNCHED

May 29, 2003

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