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DV-2016 Green Card Lottery Opens Oct 1, 2016

Filed September 23, 2014 in Green Cards, under Immigration News , tagged ,
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lottery tickets 144332886DV-2016 Green Card Lottery online registration will begin on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 12:00 pm noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and will conclude on Monday, November 03, 2014 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EST)(GMT-4). Be sure to check the DV-2016 Instructions before making your application. more »

Technical Problems with US Passport and Visa System: DOS Alert and Updates

Filed August 8, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,
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Flight Delays 93466101Since late July 2014, the US Department of State (DOS) has been experiencing technical problems with the US Passport and Visa System which has been having an impact on US passport issuance as well as US visa issuance at US Consulates around the world. Below is further information, updated as it becomes available, on this problem. more »

DHS Proposal for H-4 Spouse Work Authorization

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glittering background 112144808On May 6, 2014, DHS announced proposals for H-4 spouse work authorization (work authorization for H-4 spouses of certain H-1B holders), among other things, in an attempt to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants in the US. Specifically, on May 12, 2014, the DHS published two proposed rules: (1) to extend employment authorization to H-4 spouses of certain H-1B workers; and, (2) to enhance opportunities for highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the US. Together, DHS hopes that these proposed rules will help attract new businesses and new investment to the US and ensure that the US has the world’s most skilled workforce. Note that DHS must obtain and consider public commentary before these proposed rules go into effect in accordance with administrative rulemaking procedures. more »

US Embassy Caracas Resumes Issuance of B-2 Tourist Visas

Filed April 29, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,

On April 29, 2014, the US Embassy Caracas (Venezuela) announced that they have resumed limited issuance of B-2 tourist visas for first-time B-2 applicants. This announcement came a month after US consular officials abruptly suspended issuance of B-2 tourist visas. The US Embassy Caracas reports that they remain understaffed, but that the arrival of additional consular officials along with the expectation of more reinforcements for the Embassy has allowed them to open a limited number of appointments for B-2 tourist visas. To make an application for US B-2 tourist visas, see the US Embassy Caracas Nonimmigrant Visa web page. more »

H-1B Cap FY2015 Update

Filed April 14, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count, Immigration News , tagged , ,
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Brick Wall 100061381USCIS received approximately 172,500 petitions subject to the annual H-1B cap during the FY2015 filing period, which began April 1, 2014, including petitions filed under the advanced degree H-1B cap exemption. This means that nearly 85,000 H-1B candidates will not receive an H-1B for the coming fiscal year beginning October 1, 2014 (FY2015). It also means that if Congress does not act, H-1B candidates who did not receive an H-1B number for the coming fiscal year must wait until the beginning of the following fiscal year (FY2016, which begins October 1, 2015) to try once again for an H-1B. more »