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Taiwan Designated into Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Filed October 2, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration Waivers , tagged , ,
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Taipei Grand Opera 139877038On October 2, 2012, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitan announced the designation of Taiwan into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), thus streamlining travel for thousands of eligible Taiwan passport holders. As of November 1, 2012, eligible Taiwan passport holders will be able to visit the US without visas. more »

Unlawful Presence Waiver: DHS Announces New Provisional Procedure

Filed January 6, 2012 under Immigration Waivers, USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
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Metro tunnel, Washington DC 144809780DHS announced on January 6, 2012, that they will issue new regulations for processing of unlawful presence waivers of the 3 and 10 year bar to re-entry for certain immediate relatives of US citizens who wish to file immigrant visa applications (green card applications) abroad. more »

FAQ: HIV Travel Ban Lifted

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

HIV Travel Ban Lifted: HIV Removed from List of Diseases Restricting US Entry

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Spring in Central Park NYC 146867533On January 04, 2010, the HIV Travel Ban prohibiting HIV positive individuals from visiting, working or living in the United States finally ended. more »

2009 Revised J-1 Skills List: Countries Removed

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Passport with visa stamps 115014649In accordance with the new revised 2009 J-1 Skills List, which became effective June 28, 2009, several countries (see below) have been removed from the J-1 Skills List. more »

HHS-CDC Proposal to Lift HIV Travel Ban

Filed June 29, 2009 under Immigration Waivers, USCIS and DHS , tagged , , ,
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Couple Waiting at Airport 76750273A proposed HHS-CDC Rule seeks to lift the HIV Travel Ban by removing HIV infection from the List of Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance. The Proposed Rule is to be published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2009, and would both eliminate HIV from the List of Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance, and remove the requirement for HIV testing from the medical examinations required before obtaining admission to the US. more »

HIV Travel Ban to be Lifted?

Filed June 26, 2009 under Immigration Waivers, USCIS and DHS , tagged , , ,
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Crowd Waiting at Airport Arrival Gate 92249930In the next few days, we expect the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to publish in the Federal Register a new proposed rule to eliminate the HIV Travel Ban, which currently places heavy restrictions on HIV positive persons who wish to enter and/or reside permanently in the United States. Once the HIV Travel Ban is lifted, HIV positive individuals, who are still generally unable to travel, work or live in the United States, will no longer be inadmissible to the US. more »

J-1 Skills List Revised

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blue ocean abstract 145836450The US Department of State has revised the J-1 Skills List. The 2009 Revised J-1 Skills List will become effective June 28, 2009. (See also 1997 J-1 Skills List, as amended.) The J-1 Skills List is a list of specialized knowledge and skills deemed necessary for the development of a J-1 Visa holder’s home country. US Consular Officers use the J-1 Skills List to determine whether a particular J-1 visa applicant is subject to the two year J-1 Home Residence Requirement under INA § 212(e). more »

J-1 Waiver: Online Filing Required

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Worlwide Information Exchange 101400031The Department of State’s Waiver Review Division (WRD) has announced that it will accept only online filings of Form DS-3035 for the J-1 Waiver as of February 01, 2009. more »

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