Nonimmigrant Visa

Recent Posts in Nonimmigrant Visa Category

  • USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Effective Immediately

    On October 3, 2017, USCIS announced that premium processing was once again available to all Petitioners seeking H-1B visas. H-1B visas allow skilled workers in certain specialty occupations to temporarily work and reside in the United States. When a request for premium processing is made and the requisite fee is paid, USCIS has 15 calendar days during which to make a decision on the application. ...
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  • One-Time Increase in H-2B Nonimmigrant Visas for FY 2017

    On July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security and Labor published a final rule increasing the numerical limit (“cap”) on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017, beyond the annual cap of 66,000 visas allotted for this current fiscal year. These visas will be available only to American businesses which attest that they will likely ...
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  • The K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Process

    A K-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that can be issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen for the purpose of entering the U.S. to get married. After the marriage, it is possible for the foreign spouse to apply for lawful residence through a process known as the adjustment of status. Find out more about the process of obtaining a fiancé visa. Am I Eligible for a Fiancé Visa? In order to be ...
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  • VAWA in the New Administration

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was first passed in 1994 and offers immigrants fleeing abuse and violence a path to obtain legal immigrant status in the United States. It has been reauthorized multiple times throughout the past administrations, but the Trump administration has indicated that it is considering significant cuts to the Act’s grant funding. These cuts can be especially ...
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  • How Do the Recent Employment-Based Visa Changes Affect Me?

    Rules on immigration have been experiencing upheaval recently. The current U.S. president’s executive order banning about 218 million people from entering the country concerned millions of others across the United States. Countries around the world also found it cause for concern, as many immigrants flock to the country on visas that could be rendered useless by another such order. For now, a ...
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  • USCIS Fee and Form Changes

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently increased their fees for many petitions and applications filed with them. Their reasoning for the increase was the fees are their only source of funding, and they needed to pay for higher costs. The EB-5 petitions and applications were affected the most, with one petition going up 145% and an application increasing 186%. Here is a list ...
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  • State Department Guidance on Nonimmigrant Visa Revocation Due to DUI

    The U.S. Department of State recently issued a Guidance Directive on September 2, 2016, regarding nonimmigrant visa revocations for those arrested and/or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). This policy was initially implemented on November 5, 2015, and it mandates that consular officers revoke nonimmigrant visas of persons arrested for, or convicted ...
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  • Understanding Site Visits & H-1B Compliance

    In September 2008, USCIS issued a report on H-1B Benefit Fraud & Compliance Assessment. This report found that there was 20.7% rate of either fraud or technical violations in H-1B petitions . As a result, USCIS initiated the Administrative Site Visit and Verification program as an additional measure to verify information in certain visa petitions. Under this program, the USCIS Fraud Detection and ...
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  • Department of State Implements New DS-160 Form

    The Department of State (DOS) has recently launched a new version of Form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application. The DS-160 is a fully integrated online form that is used to collect important information about a person seeking a nonimmigrant visa for temporary travel to the United States. The form is submitted electronically, via the Internet, to the Department of State. This form is then used to ...
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