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March 2011

American Institute Taiwan (AIT) Visa Services Closed

Filed March 18, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged
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Red lanterns, Temple roof, Taiwan, 122981518As of March 18, 2011, the American Institute Taiwan (AIT) will temporarily close for routine US visa services to provide support in assisting American citizens evacuating from Japan due to the recent earthquake. This closure will remain effective until further notice on the American Institute Taiwan website. The American Institute Taiwan will continue to provide American Citizen Services during this period. more »

US Embassy Tokyo Visa Appointments

Filed March 18, 2011 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , , ,
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Shinjuku skyscrapers Tokyo Japan 138026556As of March 18, 2011, US Embassy Tokyo advises that they are only processing emergency visa cases due to the recent events in Japan. Some nonimmigrant visa applicants with approaching deadlines, such as students, and individuals already scheduled for nonimmigrant work visa appointments may keep their interview appointments.  See below for more detail. more »

US Consulates Pakistan Closed Temporarily

Filed March 17, 2011 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged
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Postage Stamp, Pakistan 155310618As of March 17, 2011, the US Consulates Pakistan will be temporarily closed. The US Department of State (DOS) alerts US citizens of the possibility of violent protests and demonstrations in major cities of Pakistan, specifically near US Consulates General in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and the US Embassy Islamabad. Spontaneous protests in reaction to the recent release into US government custody of a US diplomat could erupt at any time at locations perceived as Western, including restaurants and areas where foreigners are known to congregate, and these protests may turn violent. more »

US Immigration Benefits: Japanese Nationals

Filed March 17, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,
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Cherry Blossoms Japan 101465068As of March 17, 2011, in light of the recent Japan earthquakes and tsunami, USCIS has issued a reminder of US immigration benefits available to Japanese nationals upon request.  USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to establish or maintain lawful US immigration status. Temporary relief measures regarding US immigration benefits for Japanese nationals may include: more »

Japan Visa Extension: Earthquake

Filed March 11, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News, USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
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Temple Garden, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan 200366242-001On March 11, 2011, USCIS issued a notice for Japanese and other Pacific region nationals stranded in the US due to the recent earthquakes and tsunami permitting a visa extension in certain situations. Those who have exceeded or are about to exceed their authorized stay in the US may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart from the US. To obtain such additional authorized stay, see instructions below. more »

US Consulate Mumbai Visa Appointment Reduction

Filed March 4, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , ,
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Mumbai Central 115798428The US Consulate Mumbai has announced limited visa appointment availability due to construction of a new US Consulate Mumbai. The new US Consulate Mumbai facility is scheduled to open in November 2011. more »

H-1B Visa Registration System Proposed starting March 2012

Filed March 3, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

US Visa, iStock_000001070079XSmall.jpgUSCIS has proposed a new H-1B visa registration system for US employers planning to file H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the annual numerical cap. This H-1B visa registration system will require prospective H-1B employers to file an electronic registration for each H-1B visa petition with USCIS prior to filing that H-1B visa petition. more »

US Embassy Cairo Suspends Visa Services

Filed March 2, 2011 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged
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Aswan carvings, Egypt 122560769Due to security concerns, all US visa services at the US Emassy in Cairo have been suspended until further notice. The Embassy will resume visa operations as circumstances permit.  For more information, please monitor the US Embassy Cairo web site. Nonimmigrant visa and immigrant visa applications of applicants interviewed through 27 January 2011 are being processed normally. more »

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