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U.S Non-Immigrant Visa Service Suspended in Turkey

The U.S. State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas at all U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Turkey on October 8, 2017. “Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey

Posted in Nonimmigrant Visas

Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Recommends U Visa Parole Policy

The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman has issued its Recommendation to USCIS regarding a U visa parole policy.  The policy would facilitate parole for individuals who are eligible for U nonimmigrant visa status and who reside outside

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Posted in In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas

SEVP Issues STEM Designated Degree Program List

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has created a STEM Designated Degree Program list, which includes the fields of study that the Department of Homeland Security considers to be science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields for the purpose of

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Posted in In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas

USCIS Transfers Workload from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center

USCIS has issued an alert on workload transfer from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the California Service Center (CSC) to balance workloads and decrease processing times. The CSC will now be processing some: Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant

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Posted in In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas, USCIS New Policies/Procedures

DHS Extends OPT Period to Improve Opportunities for F-1 Visa STEM Students

The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule in the Federal Register on March 11, 2016 that will allow certain international students to stay and work in the United States on their student visas as long as three years

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Posted in In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas

DHS Announces Final Rule Improving Certain Programs for Highly Skilled Workers

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security published a final rule that improves the programs for the H-1B1 (specialty occupations from Chile, Singapore), E-3 (specialty occupations from Australia) and CW-1 (CNMI-Only Transitional Worker) nonimmigrant classifications and the EB-1 (employment-based first

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Posted in Immigrant Visas, In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas

New Bill Increases L-1 and H-1B Visa Application Fees for Certain Companies

Last week, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 which provides full-year appropriations through September 2016 for all government agencies. Included in this bill are fee increases for certain L-1 and H-1B petitions for companies with more than

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Posted in In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas

Visa-Issuing Embassies and Consulates Back Online

The State Department advised that all visa-issuing embassies and consulates are back online, though problems are still occurring with some online immigrant visa application forms.  DOS stated that it will continue scheduling visa interviews and issuing nonimmigrant and immigrant visas

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Posted in Immigrant Visas, In The News, Nonimmigrant Visas

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

Effective May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporarily suspended premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015.  Petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for

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H-4 Visa Holders Soon To Be Able To Work

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment based lawful permanent resident status effective May 26, 2015.  The change is expected

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