Visa Revocations Policy

According to the new FAM provision (9 FAM 403.11-3) updated by the U.S. Department of State, consular officers shall prudentially revoke nonimmigrant visas for DUI arrests, as driving under the influence is indicative of a possible physical or mental disorder with harmful behavior (possibly ineligibility under INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii). ...

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SEPTEMBER 2016 VISA BULLETIN FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its final September 2016 Visa Bulletin for Fiscal Year 2016.  Fiscal Year 2017 begins with the October 2017 Visa Bulletin where some categories will return to their “current status.” For the September 2016 Visa Bulletin, as expected during the end of each fiscal year, there is very littl...

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USCIS Proposes New Program for International Entrepreneurs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs temporary stay in the U.S. so that they may start or scale their businesses here. Under this proposed rule, DHS may parole, on a case-by-case basis, eligible entrepreneurs of startup enterprises if s/he me...

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October 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its October 2016 Visa Bulletin for Fiscal Year 2017.  With the October 2017 Visa Bulletin, some categories returned to their “current status.” EB-1 (Priority Workers) is current worldwide as predicted. EB-2 (Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability) India, a...

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Registering For The Department Of State Diversity Visa Lottery 2018

The Department of State just announced that the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2018 (DV 2018) registration period will begin at 12 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT–4), Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and end at 12 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5), Monday, November 7, 2016. Do not wait until the last minute to register ...

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October Visa Bulletin Update: USCIS to Honor Filing Dates for Most Employment-Based Categories Next Month

USCIS has announced that there are more immigrant visas available for FY-2017 than known visa applicants, therefore, instead of using the “Final Action Dates” chart in the October 2016 Department of State Visa Bulletin, adjustment of status applicants may use the “Dates for Filing” charts for...

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US Supreme Court Denies Motion for Rehearing in US v. Texas

The Supreme Court has denied the Department of Justice’s Motion for Rehearing in U.S. v. Texas without comment. The DOJ sought a rehearing of the decision because the Supreme Court had issued a split, 4-4, decision, and the the Department wanted a panel of nine justices to rehear the decision (when the ninth justice would be appoin...

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Information About The Department Of State’s November 2016 Visa Bulletin For Employment-Based Categories

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its November 2016 Visa Bulletin. There has been slower progress compared to the October 2016 Visa Bulletin.  USCIS also has release its dates for filing, which are ahead of the Visa Bulletin priority dates. In the November Visa Bulletin, EB-1 (Priority Workers) continues to be current worldw...

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCES NEW REQUIREMENT FOR VISA PHOTOS

The U.S. Department of State announced that effective November 1, 2016, individuals will no longer be allowed to wear glasses for the visa photos. However, other detailed instructions regarding the visa photos are still in effect. The ...

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NEW USCIS FILING FEES TAKE EFFECT ON DECEMBER 23, 2016

On December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will increase the fees of certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications. Fee increases generally range from 8 to 60%. However, as we previously mentioned, filing fees related to the EB-5 green card proces...

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