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U.S. Department of State Update on Embassies Suspended or Offering Limited Visa Processing

U.S. embassies and consulates are sometimes forced to limit or, at times, suspend visa services because of natural disasters, civil unrest, war, and/or security concerns, among other reasons. The list below notes the U.S. embassies and consulates that currently provide limited visa services, locations where visa services are suspended, and countries that do not have …Read More

H1B Season Update-22,000 H-1Bs in 3 Days

The USCIS has recently informed us that 22,323 cap-subject H-1B petitions have been received as of April 4, 2012. Approximately 25% of these cases are for U.S. advanced degrees. Based on this announcement, approximately 17,000 of the 65,000 “regular” H-1B cap-subject petitions have been filed and 5,500 “Masters” H-1B cap-subject petitions. Last year, it took …Read More

Temporary Protected Status Designated for the Syrian Arab Republic

Due to the violent upheaval and deteriorating situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 29th that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the United States may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). On March 23, 2012, Secretary of …Read More

EB-2 India & China Priority Date Update

Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting in the State Department, provided AILA with further information on priority date movement in the EB-2 category for China-mainland born and India for the remainder of FY2012. When the May Visa Bulletin is published, the China and India EB-2 cut-off will retrogress to August 15, 2007. Demand …Read More

U.S. Embassy in London to Limit Processing during Summer Olympics

Visa services will be limited during July and August for all nonimmigrant visa categories. Therefore, the Embassy is encouraging applicants to apply for visas during the spring and early summer as appointment availability cannot be guaranteed. To facilitate this, they have opened up the appointment calendar through until the end of June. Appointments are scheduled …Read More

U.S. Embassy in Damascus Update

Due to the current situation in Syria, the U.S. Embassy in Damascus no longer accept I-130 petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (which fall into the IR category). Please contact the Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit at Embassy Amman, the designated processing post for Syrian visa cases, at to schedule an appointment to submit …Read More

DHS Proposals to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

As a part of comprehensive immigration reform, the President supports legislative measures that would attract and retain immigrants who create jobs and boost competitiveness here in the U.S., including creating a “Startup Visa,” strengthening the H-1B program, and “stapling” green cards to the diplomas of certain foreign-born graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) …Read More

President Obama Eases Visa Rules to Boost U.S. Tourism, especially for Chinese and Brazilians

The President announced that the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working together to improve and speed up the visa process for certain categories of travelers. Since 9/11, the United States has developed an intensive, multi-layered visa screening process, including multiple biographic and biometric checks, all supported by a sophisticated global information technology network. …Read More

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