February

Blog Posts in February, 2012

  • I-601 Forms Pending With Overseas Offices as of February 29, 2012

    I-601 Forms Pending With Overseas Offices as of February 29, 2012 The USCIS has released a chart, please download PDF file, showing overseas completion data for Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, for February 2012. Processing time encompasses the period starting the date U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received the application and ending the date ...
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  • Senators Grassley and Durbin's Letter Regarding 'Specialized Visa' and the L1B Visa

    Senators Grassley and Durbin's Letter Regarding 'Specialized Visa' and the L1B Visa Senator Grassley's Letter Regarding 'Specialized Visa' and the L1B Visa On March 7, 2012, Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin wrote a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas expressing their concern about potential changes being made to the L visa program that would ...
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  • DOS Announces that U.S. Embassy Lisbon Is No Longer Processing Immigrant or Diversity Visas

    DOS Announces that U.S. Embassy Lisbon Is No Longer Processing Immigrant or Diversity Visas Effective March 1, 2012, the U. S. Embassy in Lisbon and U.S. Consulate General in Ponta Delgada will no longer process immigrant visa (IV) or diversity visa (DV) applications. These offices will neither schedule nor conduct IV or DV interviews after March 1, 2012; all immigrant and diversity visa ...
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  • DHS proposed regulation for processing Unlawful Presence Waivers

    Currently, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, unlawfully present in the U.S. for more than 180 days, applying for their permanent residence are required to travel to a U.S. Consulate in their home country to have an initial interview and apply for a waiver. The new procedure announced by DHS will allow immediate relatives (spouses, children and parents) of U.S. citizen to apply for the waiver ...
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  • EB2 Cutoff dates moves to January 01, 2010 for India and China

    According to the Visa Bulletin released by the Department of State for February 2012, the employment based second preference (EB2) category cutoff date has moved forward by a full year, to January 01, 2010 for India and China. All nationals of India and China with priority date on or before January 01, 2010, should immediately contact their Attorneys for filing Adjustment of Status Application ...
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  • Capitalizing on Visa Demand to Spur Economic Growth in the United States

    Today the White House unveiled new initiatives to promote the United States as a premier destination for international travelers by making our processes for moving people and goods more secure and more efficient. In a manner consistent with our high responsibility to protect America’s borders, the Department of State has taken steps to improve the visa process for all legitimate travelers who wish ...
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  • DHS Reforms To Attract And Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

    HS Reforms To Attract And Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants Release from Department of Homeland Security on January 31, 2012 The President is deeply committed to fixing our broken immigration system so that it meets our 21st century national security and economic needs. As a part of comprehensive immigration reform, the President supports legislative measures that would attract and retain ...
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  • I-601 Forms Pending With Overseas Offices as of January 31, 2012

    The USCIS has released a chart, download PDF, showing overseas completion data for Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, for January 2012. Processing time encompasses the period starting the date U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received the application and ending the date USCIS notified the applicant of the decision. For applications filed overseas ...
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  • VSC Liaison Practice Pointer: Determining the Correct I-751 Receipt Notice Number

    VSC Liaison Practice Pointer: Determining the Correct I-751 Receipt Notice Number The VSC Liaison Committee reminds members that it is necessary to use the receipt number on the I-751 biometrics notice, rather than the I-751 initial receipt notice, to track the status of a case. Attorneys should be aware that the receipt number listed on a receipt notice for Form I-751, Petition to Remove the ...
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  • Changes to the filing location of stand-alone I-130 petitions

    In an effort to balance workloads and provide more efficient and effective processing of I-130 petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have changed the filing locations for stand-alone I-130 petitions. Depending on the residence of the Petitioner, the I-30 petitions will now be filed either at the Chicago Lockbox or the Phoenix Lockbox. I-130 petitions filed from countries ...
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