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H-4 Employment Authorization (EAD) Begins Effective May 26, 2015

Filed February 24, 2015 under Immigration News , tagged ,

H-4 Employment Authorization EAD 117004983Effective May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting applications for H-4 employment authorization (EAD) from certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B workers who are currently seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in the US. more »

I-Squared Act of 2015 (Immigration Innovation Act of 2015, or I-2)

Filed January 22, 2015 under Immigration News, Legislation , tagged , , , , , , ,

I-Squared Act of 2015 Bill S.153 - Processing Numbers 150452939On January 13, 2015, a bipartisan group of Senators re-introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S.153), also known as the I-Squared Act (I-2 Act). Among other things, the I-Squared Act would increase the annual H-1b cap, provide for work authorization for H-4 spouses, allow for increased portability among employers and establish a number of provisions to allow green cards to be issued much more quickly. more »

US and China Extend Visa Validity Period for Business Travel, Tourism and Students

Filed November 10, 2014 under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,

Chinese Design DoorBeginning on November 12, 2014, the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will each increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas (B-1 and B-2 visas in the US) and student and exchange visas (F, M and J visas in the US). more »

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

Filed August 8, 2014 under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,

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 H4 Spouse Work Authorization

Filed May 12, 2014 under Immigration News, USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , ,

glittering background 112144808On May 6, 2014, DHS announced proposals for H4 spouse work authorization (work authorization for H4 spouses of certain H1B 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 H4 spouses of certain H1B workers; and, (2) to enhance opportunities for highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the US. more »

US Embassy Caracas Resumes Issuance of B-2 Tourist Visas

Filed April 29, 2014 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 »

H1B Cap FY2015 Update

Filed April 14, 2014 under H-1B Cap Count, Immigration News , tagged ,

USCIS received approximately 172,500 petitions subject to the annual H1B cap during the FY2015 filing period, which began April 1, 2014, including petitions filed under the advanced degree H1B cap exemption. This means that nearly 85,000 H1B candidates will not receive an H1B for the coming fiscal year beginning October 1, 2014 (FY2015). It also means that if Congress does not act, H1B candidates who did not receive an H1B 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 H1B. more »

H-1B Cap Reached FY2015

Filed April 7, 2014 under H-1B Cap Count, Immigration News , tagged ,

red lights with arrows 96913798USCIS announced today (April 7, 2014) that they have received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 (FY2015). USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the US advanced degree H-1B exemption. Unless Congress acts, no new cap-subject H-1B numbers will be available until October 1, 2015 (the first filing date for an October 1, 2015, employment start date is April 1, 2015). more »

US Embassy Caracas Suspends New Tourist Visa Issuance

Filed March 25, 2014 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , ,

Playa El Tirano Venezuela 152988847The US Embassy Caracas (Venezuela) issued a notice March 24, 2014, stating that as a result of the expulsion of several US consular officials along with Venezuelan government delays in issuing visas for incoming officers, the US Embassy Caracas does not have sufficient consular staff at present to continue to schedule appointments for first-time tourist (B-1 and B-2) visa applicants. Until further notice, the US Embassy Caracas can offer such appointments only in emergency situations. more »

Chile Designated into Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Filed March 4, 2014 under Immigration News, USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

Chile glacier iceOn February 28, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the designation of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), thereby streamlining travel to the United States for eligible Chilean passport holders. more »

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