Tag Archives: Department of State

December Visa Bulletin Update, EB-2 for India Retrogresses

The employment-based second preference category is current for all countries of chargeability, except India and China. December will have a retrogression of India EB-2 applicants to a cutoff date of November 15, 2004, in large part due to the rapid … Continue reading

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SHUTDOWN Impact: USCIS, DOL, E-Verify, Consulates & More

Applications and Interviews: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Is Not Affected USCIS operations are fully funded by application fees paid when applications are filed, so the agency is not affected by federal budget negotiations. As a result, all USCIS … Continue reading

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Use it or Lose it: US Visa Application Fee Reciepts in China Expire on March 14 – New System Coming Soon

U.S. Embassy officials in China have announced that they will implement a new visa fee collection system as of March 14, 2013 for all US visa issuing posts in China. The implementation of the new system will nullify all U.S. … Continue reading

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Immigration Trends to Watch in 2013 – Part 2

In Part 1,  I looked at the Employment Based  trends to watch in 2013, including the H-1B Cap, EB-2 and EB-3 backlogs as well as the possibility of backlogs in EB-5. With the unemployment rate ticking slowly down and signs of life … Continue reading

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Immigration Trends to Watch in 2013 – Part 1

2012 was a dynamic year for immigration issues: I-9 and Immigration Related Discrimination Fines were at their highest level since the inception of the I-9 requirement in 1987; E-Verify was mandated by several more states; President Obama signed an Executive … Continue reading

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Holiday Travel Tips from CBP

Each year as the holiday season approaches, our airports and borders experience an influx of international travelers.  U.S. Custom and Border Protection at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport has provided some reminders and recommendations to make upcoming holiday travel more enjoyable and … Continue reading

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January Visa Bulletin – Steady Progress in EB-3

The U.S. Department of State has released the January Visa Bulletin and it looks like 2013 is off to a good start, especially with regard to the EB-3 category which will see small advancements in four of the five areas … Continue reading

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