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September 2012

H-1B Cap: Too Few H-1Bs Issued Last 5 Years

Filed September 28, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count, USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,

A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by attorney David Rudman of Chicago shows that USCIS has been seriously underutilizing annual H-1B numbers by about 15%. That is, USCIS has not been issuing enough H-1B numbers to meet the annual H-1B quota over the last 5 years. During this time, USCIS appears to have issued 45,000 fewer H-1B visas than it should have. It is likely that it has done the same this year as well. more »

US Embassy Cairo: No Visa Services Sept 13, 2012

Filed September 13, 2012 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged

US Embassy Cairo will provide no visa services on September 13, 2012. All appointments have been canceled. American Citizen Services (ACS) will also be closed September 13, 2012. Emergency services will be available only for US citizens. US citizens with life or death emergency should call the US Embassy Cairo at 2797-3300 to reach the Duty Officer. more »

US Embassy Manila Visa Payment Process Change

Filed September 11, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,

Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines 91834131The US Embassy Manila has announced a bank payment process change for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants. Beginning on September 3, 2012, nonimmigrant visa applicants at US Embassy Manila must present a US visa application deposit slip to pay the machine-readable visa (MRV) application fee. more »

US Embassy Rome: New E Visa Procedures

Filed September 10, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,

Italian Riviera, Riomaggiore medwt6019The US Embassy Rome has issued new procedures for E Visa applications in Italy, effective August 15, 2012. Some applicants require interviews, depending on the factors listed below. more »

I-20 Stamps Discontinued

Filed September 7, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , , ,

Students with Laptops 76803494CBP no longer provides admission stamps on Forms I-20 and DS-2019 for prospective and returning international students and scholars (traveling with F, M or J visas) seeking admission to the US as of August 10, 2012. more »

Visa Office Update: September 2012

Filed September 7, 2012 in Green Cards, Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , , , ,

Delayed sign 96665029The Visa Office (VO) of the Department of State has announced that EB-1 visa usage is at a record high, that EB-2 India is likely to go to 2006 next month and EB-2 China will be somewhat ahead of EB-2 India; and that EB-2 worldwide may be current in October or November. more »

US Visas India: New Processing System

Filed September 7, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged

Bengal Tiger, India 153158594The US Embassy India is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India to standardize procedures and simplify fee payments and appointment scheduling for US visas through a new website. Beginning September 26, 2012, US visa applicants will be able to pay US visa application fees via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), with a mobile phone, or with cash at more than 1,800 Axis bank branches. more »

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