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Nonimmigrant Visa Services
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USCIS Expands Acceptance of Credit Card Payments
February 20, 2018

On February 14, 2018, USCIS announced that it will accept credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) for 41 additional forms, including the I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status, and I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Foreign nationals using credit cards will be ...

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H-1B CAP: When to File as a Change of Status VS. Consular Processing
February 13, 2018

Foreign nationals with H-1B Cap petitions often have questions regarding travel while filing. While the answer may seem straightforward, it depends on the type of H petition filed. There are two options: requesting a change of status or consular processing. Below is a summary that ...

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EIG Dispatch – April 17, 2015
April 17, 2015

  Highlights Change in Worksite Location Requires H-1B Amendment Indian OCI Card Replaces PIO Card Scheme H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin April 27, 2015 Change in Worksite Location Requires H-1B Amendment On April 9th, 2015, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) entered an interim decision in the Matter of Simeio ...

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EIG Dispatch – April 10, 2015
April 10, 2015

  Highlights U.S. Consulate in Toronto Only Accepting Visa Appointments from Canadian Nationals South Africa Gives BRICS Nationals Port of Entry Visas USCIS Reaches FY2016 H-1B Cap U.S. Consulate in Toronto Only Accepting Visa Appointments from Canadian Nationals The U.S. Consulate in Toronto has notified EIG that due to the high ...

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EIG Dispatch – April 3, 2015
April 10, 2015

Highlights My H-1B Cap Case Was Filed, What Now? New Work Visa Launched in Chile Foreign Nationals Can Now File Thailand's 90-Day Report Online My H-1B Cap Case Was Filed, What Now? On April 1, 2015, the H-1B Cap was opened and USCIS began to receive new H-1B visa filings. ...

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EIG Dispatch – March 27, 2015
April 10, 2015

Highlights USCIS Issues L-1B Policy Guidance Changes to the Requirements for Philippine 47(a)(2) Visa Holders Thailand Clarifies the Definition of "Working" USCIS Issues L-1B Policy Guidance On March 24, 2015, USCIS released a Policy Memorandum which provides guidance on L-1B adjudications and which consolidates and supersedes previously issued policy memos. ...

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EIG Dispatch – March 20, 2015
March 20, 2015

Highlights Ireland's Critical Skills Permit Renewals Now Require Additional Documentation Denial Rates Increases for L-1B Petitions Ireland's Critical Skills Permit Renewals Now Require Additional Documentation Beginning April 1, 2015, foreign nationals renewing their Critical Skills Employment Permit or Green Card Employment Permit must now submit a support letter from ...

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EIG Dispatch – March 13, 2015
March 13, 2015

Highlights H-2B Adjudications Temporarily Suspended by USCIS Changes Made to UK's Tier 2 Work Visas and Visitor Visas DHS Urges Optional Practical Training Expansion Judgment H-2B Adjudications Temporarily Suspended by USCIS  Following the federal court order in Perez v. Perez, USCIS announced on March 9, 2015, that it will temporarily ...

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EIG Dispatch – February 27, 2015
March 6, 2015

Highlights New Work Permit Conversion Process in Brazil U.S. Customs and Border Protection Launches Pilot Program to Review Electronic I-94 Errors H-4 Employment Authorization Effective May 26, 2015 New Work Permit Conversion Process in Brazil Foreign nationals holding temporary work visas can now apply for permanent work visas directly with ...

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EIG Dispatch – February 20, 2015
February 20, 2015

Highlights Case Study in I-9 Compliance New USCIS Procedures for Correspondence with Petitioners, Beneficiaries, and Attorneys of Record Case Study in I-9 Compliance In a recently decided case, United States v. Employer Solutions Staffing Group II, LLC, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) refused to lower ...

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EIG Dispatch – January 9, 2015
January 9, 2015

Highlights ACR Holders in the Philippines Required to Appear in Person by March 1, 2015  Malaysia Institutes New Income Requirements for Sponsoring Dependents Vietnam No Longer Issuing Multiple-Entry Business Visas on Arrival  South Africa Allows ICT Work Visa Holders to Apply for Two-Year Extension ACR Holders in the Philippines Required ...

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EIG Dispatch – December 31, 2014
December 31, 2014

Highlights New Customs and Border Protection App Released New Permits Required for Short-Term Work in China New Customs and Border Protection App Released U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a press release earlier this month announcing the launch of its “Border Wait Time” mobile application to help travelers ...

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EIG Week in Review (Nov 21, 2014)
November 21, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: President Obama Announces Executive Action on U.S. Immigration U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Temporary Protected Status Designations for Countries Affected by Ebola U.S. Embassies Report Technical Difficulties and Expect Delays in Visa Processing During Holiday Season Australia Increases Length of Stay for Temporary Work Visas with Strong Business Justification Canada ...

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EIG Special News Alert
November 21, 2014

President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration Reform November 20, 2014.  President Obama announced his changes to the immigration system tonight in a primetime address to the nation.  These changes will take affect through executive action.  President Obama’s turn to executive action comes after the comprehensive ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 31, 2014)
October 31, 2014

 Highlights USCIS Definition of "Mother" and "Parent" Expanded Russians Applying for Schengen Visas Now Required to Submit Biometrics UPDATE: Ireland Employment Permits Section Now Allowing Scanned Signatures Australia Halts all Immigration Proceedings for Visa Holders Originating from Ebola-affected Countries in West Africa  USCIS Definition of "Mother and "Parent" Expanded  On Tuesday, October ...

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EIG Week in Review (Oct 24, 2014)
October 24, 2014

Highlights UPDATE: Philippines Alien Registration Project Mandatory for Certain Exiting Foreign Nationals Ebola-Related Protective Measures Could Disrupt International Travel D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Brings Hope for Future L-1B "Specialized Knowledge" Visa Applicants U.S. Consular Services in Calgary Limited in November 2014 UPDATE:  Philippines Alien Registration Project Mandatory for Certain Exiting Foreign ...

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EIG Week in Review (Aug 8, 2014)
August 12, 2014

Highlights UPDATE:  "Significant Progress" in State Department Consular Database Performance Singaporean Employment Pass Changes Take Effect Norway Raises Salary Requirements for Non-EU Workers Vietnamese Immigration Changes Coming in 2015  UPDATE:  "Significant Progress" in State Department Consular Database Performance The U.S. Department of State reported that it has made significant progress in issuing ...

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EIG Week in Review (May 9, 2014)
May 9, 2014

Highlights U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Proposal to Extend Work Authorization to H-4 Visa Holders New Visa Agency to Issue Indian Visas in the U.S. UK Implements Automatic Renewal System for Certificate of Sponsorship Allocations U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Proposal to Extend Work Authorization to H-4 ...

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Week in Review (Apr 18, 2014)
April 18, 2014

Highlights USCIS Issuing H-1B Cap Receipt Notices Turkey Implements New Immigration Law Canada Establishes New Process for Permanent Residence Program USCIS Issuing H-1B Cap Receipt Notices As previously reported, USCIS conducted the FY2015 H-1B lottery process on April 10, 2014 to select the petitions to meet the 65,000 Regular cap ...

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EIG Week in Review (Apr 11, 2014)
April 11, 2014

Highlights FY2015 H-1B Lottery Process Completed DHS to Propose Work Authorization for Dependents of H-1B Visa Holders  Venezuelan Nationals Now Eligible for Colombian Mercosur Visa FY2015 H-1B Lottery Process Completed EIG reported earlier this week that the FY2015 H-1B cap had been met.  USCIS recently announced that it received approximately ...

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USCIS Reaches FY2015 H-1B Cap
April 7, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the FY2015 H-1B cap has been met.  USCIS further noted that the number of petitions filed under the Master’s cap also exceeds the 20,000 limit for the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will complete initial intake for ...

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FY2015 H-1B Cap Now Open
April 1, 2014

Today marks the first day that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept FY2015 H-1B cap-subject petitions for foreign national professionals in specialty occupations.  With an annual H-1B visa cap of 85,000, this year’s cap is expected to be met within the first week ...

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EIG Week in Review (March 28, 2014)
March 28, 2014

Highlights Premium Processing of FY2015 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions to Begin by April 28, 2014 U.S. State Department to Conduct Site Visits of J-1 Program Hosts in California  USCIS Expands e-Request Online Services   Netherlands Joint Work and Residence Permit Available April 1, 2014 Ukraine Strengthens Immigration Requirements for Russian Nationals  Premium ...

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EIG Week in Review (March 14, 2014)
March 21, 2014

Highlights USCIS L-1B Visa Approvals Declined in 2013 U.S. Court Drops Charges Against Indian Diplomat New Immigration Benefits for Undocumented Dependents of U.S. Military Members UAE Adds 13 Countries to Visa-on-Arrival List UK Increases Number of Countries Requiring Tuberculosis Clearance  USCIS L-1B Visa Approvals Declined in 2013 A recent National Foundation for ...

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Senator Grassley’s Proposed Restrictive H-1B Amendment Defeated Today
August 27, 2013

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began debating amendments to the proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced last month by the "Gang of Eight." The text of the bill (S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act) can be found at the link below: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/legislation/immigration/EAS13500.pdf Senator ...

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2014 FY H-1B Cap Alert: H-1B Receipts and Rejection Notices May Not be Issued Until May
August 27, 2013

According to Donald Neufeld, Associate Director of the Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Directorate, the USCIS has started the data entry process for H-1B petitions selected in the lottery. Premium processing cases are being handled first and data entry for those cases should be completed by ...

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New CBP/KCC Process for non-Canadian Dependents of L-1 and TN Visa Holders
August 27, 2013

Although Canadian non-immigrants are largely visa-exempt, the non-Canadian dependent of a principal Canadian must be issued a visa to present for inspection and admission to the U.S. Visa issuance for L-2 non-Canadian dependents of L-1 beneficiaries whose petitions were submitted and approved at a port of ...

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USCIS Announces that 124,000 H-1B Petitions Were Received for 2014 (FY) Cap; Lottery Conducted Sunday, April 7, 2013
August 27, 2013

From the USCIS, April 8, 2013, 3 pm EST. On Monday, April 8, 2013, the USCIS announced that approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions were received for the 2014 (FY) H-1B Cap.  This number includes petitions filed under the advanced degree cap. According to the USCIS, on April 7, 2013, ...

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USCIS Announces that the 2014 FY H-1B Cap Has Been Met
August 26, 2013

From the USCIS, April 5, 2013, 4 pm EST. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B ...

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USCIS Begins Accepting H-1B Petitions for the 2014 FY
August 26, 2013

From the USCIS: The filing period for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2014 numerical cap began on April 1, 2013. USCIS anticipates that it may receive more than 65,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and more than 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of individuals ...