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Elimination of Paper-Based Form I-94

Filed April 24, 2013 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News , tagged
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Immigration officer port of entry dv2073044Beginning April 26, 2013, US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) will be eliminating the paper-based Form I-94 arrival/ departure admissions record in four phases across US airports and pre-flight inspections stations nationwide. Form I-94 admissions record is the white card that individuals receive on a US-bound flight, and which is then stamped by border officers and stapled to your passport upon entry to the United States. more »

FY-2014 H-1B Lottery

Filed April 8, 2013 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged ,

lotteryFor the first time since 2008, USCIS reached the statutory FY-2014 H-1B cap of 65,000 and the FY-2014 H-1B cap on advanced degree H-1B petitions within the first week of the H-1B filing period (starting April 1, 2013). On April 7, 2013, USCIS conducted the FY-2014 H-1B lottery to determine which of the cap-subject FY-2014 H-1B petitions would be eligible for further processing for the coming fiscal year (beginning October 1, 2013). more »

FY-2014 H-1B Cap Reached

Filed April 5, 2013 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged ,

sorry, we're closedOn April 5, 2013, USCIS announced that they had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the FY-2014 H-1B cap for cap-subject H-1B petitions with an employment start date of October 1, 2013. In addition, USCIS also announced that they had received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. more »

FY2014 H-1B Season Begins April 1, 2013

Filed March 18, 2013 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged ,

Green Arrow Sign, AirportUSCIS will begin accepting FY2014 H-1B petitions Monday, April 1, 2013, for employment beginning October 1, 2013. The Service anticipates that it may receive more petitions than the H-1B cap allows between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013. In that case, USCIS will hold a lottery to determine which cap-subject FY2014 H-1B petitions they accept for consideration. Note that those who do not file a cap-subject FY2014 H-1B petition before the annual quota is exhausted may be locked out of the H-1B program until the start of the following fiscal year (FY2015), which begins October 1, 2014. more »

US Embassy Beijing: New US Visa System

Filed February 26, 2013 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged

Temple in winter garden 147086176The US Embassy Beijing and all US Consulates in China that issue visas are implementing a new US visa appointment, fee payment and document delivery system starting March 16, 2013. This new US visa system, already in use in several countries, will make it easier for US visa applicants to schedule visa interview appointments, pay visa processing fees, and check on the status of their issued visas. more »

First Ever LGBT Travel Advisory Issued

Frankfurt Airport Germany 149719864The US Department of State has issued its first ever LGBT Travel Advisory. The edited text is below. more »

Immigration Reform 2013: First Look

US Capitol winter 147034942A group of US Senators introduced a Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform 2013 January 29, 2013, closely followed by the White House’s Blueprint for Immigration Reform 2013 (Full Text; Fact Sheet), introduced January 30, 2013. In addition, another group of US Senators have introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013–I2– (I2 summary; full text of I2 Bill), a complementary plan for immigration reform that includes fixes for various legal immigration issues, including an H-1B cap increase, and changes in temporary visa and green card opportunities for those with STEM backgrounds, among other things. more »

US Embassy Abu Dhabi UAE: New Visa System

Filed January 2, 2013 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,
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The US Mission to the United Arab Emirates, including the US Embassy Abu Dhabi and the US Consulate Dubai, is making the transition to a new appointment service for anyone applying for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States.bread, Dubai, United Arab Emirates UAE 147919733Arabic bread, Dubai, United Arab Emirates UAE 147919733 more »

Suspension of US Embassy Bangui Operations

Filed December 28, 2012 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged

The US Embassy Bangui (Central African Republic or CAR) has temporarily suspended operations as of December 28, 2012, as a result of the security situation in the Central African Republic. However, the United States has not suspended diplomatic relations with the Central African Republic. more »

New Canadian TN Filing Option

Filed October 3, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,
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Benmiller Falls, CanadaOn September 28, 2012, USCIS announced a new Canadian TN filing option, and also reminded US employers of the current filing options for Canadian L-1 intracompany transferees. more »

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