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Increased US H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees Announced

Increased US H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees Announced

January 15, 2016

On Jan 12, 2016, USCIS formally announced the implementation of new fee increases for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners, as set forth in the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law on Dec 18, 2015.
US Announces Deadline for Yemenis to Apply for TPS

US Announces Deadline for Yemenis to Apply for TPS

January 15, 2016

Tuesday, March 1 shall be the deadline for eligible nationals of Yemen (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The TPS designation for Yemen runs from September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017.
USCIS Rule on Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, Effective January 27, 2015

USCIS Rule on Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, Effective January 27, 2015

January 28, 2015

The final rule, Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, is valid from January 27, 2015.
India's H-1B Visa Remains Under U.S President's Main Concerns

India's H-1B Visa Remains Under U.S President's Main Concerns

January 28, 2015

U.S President Barack Obama assured Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he shall consider India’s concern on the H-1B visa issue as part of his immigration reform, stated U.S officials on Monday.
USCIS Published Revised Form I-129

USCIS Published Revised Form I-129

January 26, 2015

A revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker has been published recently by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
DHS Announced Extension of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

DHS Announced Extension of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

January 20, 2015

The 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador will take effect on March 10, 2015, through Sept. 9, 2016, announced Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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."
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.

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.

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.