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New Naturalization Certificate

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the launch of a redesigned Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) with new security features that will reduce fraud—part of USCIS’ ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system. USCIS anticipates that over 600,000 new citizens will receive the enhanced certificate over the next year. The redesigned certificate features …Read More

Permanent Residents Temporarily Abroad

U.S. tax obligations can be a major consideration for lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) on assignment outside of the United States, and the recommendations made by tax advisors may conflict with the advice given by immigration lawyers. The tax laws do clearly offer certain benefits to lawful permanent residents living and working abroad, and …Read More

New $14 fee for Visa Waiver Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced an interim final rule that amends Department of Homeland Security regulations to require travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to pay operational and travel promotion fees when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Beginning September 8, a fee of $4 will recover the costs …Read More

Visa Processing in China

Residents of China may apply for a non-immigrant visa at any U.S. Consular Section in China, regardless of the province or city of residence.  There are Consular Sections at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang.  Although the basic application process is the same, specific …Read More

New Nonimmigrant Application Fees:

Starting June 4, 2010, the U.S. Department of State (USDOS) will implement their new fee schedule for U.S. visas.   Historically, there was a flat rate charged for most types of visas (last rate increase was $ 131 for all nonimmigrant visas).   However, now, the USDOS has started a tiered system as follows:   …Read More

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