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

Filed November 10, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,
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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 »

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 »

Visa Office Update: September 2012

Filed September 7, 2012 in Green Cards, Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , , , ,
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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 »

FY2012 China and India EB-2 Limits Reached

Filed April 24, 2012 in Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , ,
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Bamboo, China 154282631The annual Immigrant Visa limits for FY2012 China EB-2 and India EB-2 have now been reached. On April 11, 2012, the United States Department of State (DOS) notified USCIS that they would authorize no further Immigrant Visas for those EB-2 categories. more »

EB-2 Retrogression India, China: May 2012

Filed April 9, 2012 in Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , ,
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Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, India 126508043The May 2012 Visa Bulletin announces EB-2 retrogression for India and China. Due to the rapid forward movement of the EB-2 cut-off date in recent months, demand for China and India EB-2 numbers increased dramatically during that period, and at a much faster rate than the US Department of State (USDOS) expected. Therefore, they have retrogressed the EB-2 cut-off date to August 15, 2007, in an attempt to hold number use within annual limits while maintaining availability for countries that have not yet reached their EB-2 per-country limit. more »

EB-2 Priority Dates Retrogression: India, China

Filed March 23, 2012 in Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , ,
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Forbidden City, Beijing, China 126963145EB-2 priority dates for China (mainland born) and India for the remainder of FY2012 will retrogress substantially, according to Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the US Department of State Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting.  More specifically, upon publication of the May 2012 Visa Bulletin, China and India EB-2 priority dates will retrogress to August 15, 2007. more »

EB-2 Priority Dates to Retrogress: India, China

Filed March 16, 2012 in Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , ,
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Dragon sculpture, China 78254411EB-2 priority dates for India and China are likely to retrogress in the May or June 2012 Visa Bulletin, according to Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the US Department of State’s Visa Control and Reporting Division, which oversees visa priority dates. So, those with EB-2 priority dates that are current in the April 2012 Visa Bulletin should file the I-485 (the final stage of the green card process) as soon as possible to ensure acceptance before this probable retrogression.

Increasing US Visa Processing in China

Filed February 14, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged
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Summer Palace, Beijing, China 147279614On February 9, 2012, Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Gary Locke announced a new Interview Waiver Pilot Program, which seeks to increase the capacity for US Visa processing in China. Below are Ambassador Locke’s remarks. 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 »

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

Filed December 16, 2011 in Green Cards, Processing Times, under Legislation , tagged , , , , ,
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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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