Nonimmigrant visa wait times to obtain interview appointments at US Consular Posts in India have become extraordinarily long–some more then 90 days, according to AILA. Given this situation and the likelihood that it will continue indefinitely, nonimmigrant visa applicants in India may wish to consider visa processing in a third country. more »
President Obama announced to the nation US Immigration Executive Action on November 20, 2014. Prior to that time, the President requested US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to undertake a rigorous and inclusive review to inform recommendations on reforming the US immigration system through executive action.
On September 28, 2012, USCIS announced a new Canadian TN filing option, and also reminded US employers of current filing options for Canadian L-1 intracompany transferees. more »
On August 2, 2011, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to promote start-ups. They hope these initiatives will fuel the US economy and stimulate investment in the United States by attracting foreign entrepreneurial talent of exceptional ability or talent who otherwise can create US jobs, form start-up companies in the United States, and/or invest capital in areas of high unemployment in the United States. more »
The US Consulate Mumbai has announced limited visa appointment availability due to construction of a new US Consulate Mumbai. The new US Consulate Mumbai facility is scheduled to open in November 2011. more »
Additional H-1B visa and L-1 visa petition fees required by new legislation (PL 111-230) targeting certain Indian information technology companies are effective immediately. The new fees will remain effective through September 30, 2014. more »
On August 13, 2010, President Obama signed a $600 million Border Security Bill (HR 6080) providing additional resources for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Court system to increase security and enforcement and imposing additional H-1B visa and L-1 visa fees on certain employers. more »