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NSEERS: Designated Countries Removed

Filed April 28, 2011 under USCIS and DHS , tagged

Washington Monument, Washington DC 140256563On April 28, 2011, DHS announced removal of several countries from the Special Registration procedures under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, known as NSEERS.  more »

US Immigration Benefits: Japanese Nationals

Filed March 17, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,

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 »

Japan Visa Extension: Earthquake

Filed March 11, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News, USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

Temple Garden, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan 200366242-001On March 11, 2011, USCIS issued a notice for Japanese and other Pacific region nationals stranded in the US due to the recent earthquakes and tsunami permitting a visa extension in certain situations. Those who have exceeded or are about to exceed their authorized stay in the US may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart from the US. To obtain such additional authorized stay, see instructions below. more »

H-1B Visa Registration System Proposed starting March 2012

Filed March 3, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

US Visa, iStock_000001070079XSmall.jpgUSCIS has proposed a new H-1B visa registration system for US employers planning to file H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the annual numerical cap. This H-1B visa registration system will require prospective H-1B employers to file an electronic registration for each H-1B visa petition with USCIS prior to filing that H-1B visa petition. more »

E-Verify Self Check System Introduction

Filed February 17, 2011 under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

Supreme Court, Columns, Washington, DC iStock_000000229793XSmallThe US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a self-checking version of their E-Verify Employment Verification System tool. DHS created the E-Verify Self Check (Department of Homeland Security/United States Citizenship and Immigration Services—SORN DHS/USCIS—013 E-Verify Self Check System of Records) to assist US individuals in verifying their own legal US work authorization. more »

USCIS Immigration Fee Increase 2010

Filed September 30, 2010 under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

Digital Design dv862022USCIS has announced a United States immigration fee increase of approximately 10% on most US immigration petition types except for naturalization (US citizenship), which will take effect on November 23, 2010. Fees for USCIS Premium Processing have also been increased from $1,000 to $1,225 per petition. more »

New ESTA Application Fee for US Visitors

Filed August 24, 2010 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,

people walking through the airport 139678497On September 08, 2010, a new ESTA application fee of $14 will take effect for travelers to the US coming from Visa Waiver countries. ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) applications and approvals are required for travelers from Visa Waiver countries who are not required to have a US visa. more »

Additional H-1B Visa, L-1 Visa Fees Effective

Filed August 20, 2010 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , , ,

57th Street, NYCAdditional 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 »

O-1 Visa Denials Investigated

Filed August 10, 2010 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,

Wall of granite blocks Great Zimbabwe Ruins 139393655Due to an outcry from immigration practitioners, the film industry, the performing arts community and various research institutions, in the summer of 2010, USCIS has been investigating O-1 visa and P visa denials and requests for further evidence (RFEs), which have increased dramatically over the past 18 months.  more »

FAQ: HIV Travel Ban Lifted

Filed January 6, 2010 under Immigration Waivers, USCIS and DHS , tagged , , ,

The questions and answers below contain a summary of the US Department of State Q and A on the removal of the HIV Travel Ban, i.e., the change in law made by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removing HIV infection from the list of communicable diseases of public health significance. The lifting of the HIV Travel Ban means that HIV+ individuals will no longer be inadmissible for admission to the United States solely based on their HIV status. more »

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