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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

Filing locations for I-130 changes in January 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed the filing locations for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Domestic Petitioners will mail their stand-alone I-130 applications to either the Chicago Lockbox or the Phoenix Lockbox, depending on where they reside in the United States. The new filing locations will be updated with the corresponding addresses …Read More

Proposal to end Employment Based Immigrant Visa backlogs passes U.S. House of Representatives

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigration Act (HR 3012), eliminating per-country caps on employment-based visa. This may allow more highly skilled immigrants from India and China to obtain green cards faster. Currently, immigration law limits employment-based green cards allowing permanent residence for citizens from any one country to …Read More

USCIS & SEVP Denying Access to Foreign Students and Intends to Withdraw Certification of The University of Northern Virginia

On July 28, 2011, pursuant to a review of University of Northern Virginia’s (UNVA) certification, an Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) representative served school officials at UNVA with a Notice of Intent to Withdraw (NOIW) the school’s SEVP-certification and SEVIS access. UNVA students have two choices: 1. Continue to attend classes and maintain their …Read More

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