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

I-Squared Act of 2015 Bill S.153 - Processing Numbers 150452939

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 »

OPT Filing Deadlines: Procedural Change

Filed July 27, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,
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conference 152253487USCIS Service Centers appear to be applying a more restrictive approach to F-1 OPT filing deadlines (Optional Practical Training), creating unexpected OPT denials, according to the AILA Students and Scholars Committee. more »

DHS Proposes Regulatory Immigration Reforms

Filed January 31, 2012 under Legislation, USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , , , ,
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US Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC, 147707780On January 31, 2012, DHS announced a series of regulatory immigration reforms with a view toward attracting and retaining highly skilled immigrants. more »

Improving US Visa Processing: US Visa Pilot Program

Filed January 20, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , , , , ,
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visa stamps 99954476On January 19, 2012, the White House unveiled new initiatives to promote the US as a premier destination for international travelers by improving the US visa and travel processes. These advances have allowed US DOS to issue more than 7.5 million visas in the last fiscal year, a 17% year-on-year increase. The US Visa Pilot Program, which seeks to improve US visa processing, begins January 19, 2012, and ends two years after that on January 19, 2014. more »

DOS Halts Student Visa Issuance

Filed November 18, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office, US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,
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graduates 90840894Effective immediately (November 14, 2011), the Department of State (DOS) has temporarily halted student visa issuance (F visas, M visas and J visas) at all US Embassies and Consulates around the world. DOS has recently identified difficulties with its Consolidated Consular Database (CCD) communicating with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). DOS discovered this issue November 14, 2011. 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 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 »

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