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Suspension of US Embassy Bangui Operations

Filed December 28, 2012 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 »

US Embassy Cairo: No Visa Services Sept 13, 2012

Filed September 13, 2012 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 »

Visa Office Update: September 2012

Filed September 7, 2012 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 »

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Begins Aug 15, 2012

Filed August 6, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,

Statue of Liberty side 148345405The new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be implemented on August 15, 2012. USCIS is now finalizing the process through which certain qualified individuals may request consideration of deferred action. The new DHS Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy will enable certain young people who came to the US as children, and who meet a set of other qualifications, to receive what is known as “deferred action” (relief from deportation) on a case-by-case basis. more »

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Filed June 15, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,

Statue of Liberty New York HarborOn June 15, 2012, in an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, DHS announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which offers relief from deportation for certain undocumented young people who are in the United States. Although DACA does not offer a path to a US green card or US citizenship, DACA closely resembles various versions of legislation introduced over the last decade and known generally as DREAM, or the DREAM Act, and allows qualifying individuals to temporarily remain and work legally in the US. more »

Start-Up 2.0 Act Introduced in US Senate

Filed May 23, 2012 under Legislation , tagged

Coney Island Subway Station, Brooklyn, NYCOn May 22, 2012, a bipartisan group of US Senators introduced the Start-Up 2.0 Act (S.3217), a bill that seeks to create a new STEM green card category for US educated foreign students with an advanced degree in a STEM field, as well as a new entrepreneur visa category.  The bill also seeks to eliminate per-country caps for employment-based visas, among other things. more »

US Embassy Lisbon: Ends IV and DV Processing

Filed February 27, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , , ,

Lisbon Tram Portugal 147302636As of March 1, 2012, the US Embassy Lisbon, Portugal, and US Consulate General Ponta Delgada, Portugal will no longer process immigrant visa (IV) or diversity visa (DV) applications. These offices will neither schedule nor conduct IV or DV interviews after March 1, 2012; all immigrant and diversity visa interviews and adjudications for residents of Portugal and France will take place at the US Embassy Paris, France. more »

US Embassy Damascus Suspends Operations

Filed February 6, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,

Damascus, Syria 153645092As of Monday, February 06, 2012, the United States suspended operations of the US Embassy Damascus, Syria. US Ambassador Ford and all American personnel have now left the country. more »

US Consulate Chennai: No More Immigrant Visa Processing

Filed January 5, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , , ,

US Secretary of State Clinton, Chennai ConsulateThe US Consulate Chennai will no longer process Immigrant Visa petitions (for the Green Card) as of January 01, 2012. The US Embassy New Delhi and US Consulate Mumbai will become the only acceptance centers in India for Immigrant Visas. more »

Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (HR 3012) Passed in House

Filed December 16, 2011 under Legislation , tagged , , , , ,

Capitol Building Washington DC 148230663Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (HR 3012) passed in the US House of Representatives November 29, 2011, by a vote of 389 to 15, with considerable bipartisan support. The Act would eliminate the US employment-based per-country cap on green cards entirely by fiscal year 2015, and it also raises the family-sponsored per-country green card cap from 7% to 15%. After it passed, the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act then moved to the US Senate, where it was immediately halted the following day, November 30, 2011, by Senator Grassley (R-IA), who placed a hold on it. more »

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