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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

San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society brings in Exchange Students

Our firm enjoys giving back to our community through Pro Bono work. Cliff is a Board Member with the San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society and is heavily involved with a youth exchange program between Kanazawa High School in Yokohama, Japan and High Tech High in San Diego, California. This is a picture him, Mayor …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

Senators propose “Buy a home, get a U.S. Visa”

Two Senators have come up with a plan to boost the moribund U.S. housing market: Give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy a home in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal says Sens. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah) are preparing to introduce the idea as part …Read More

New Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions for October 2011

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State. This law provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants“, with visas made available to persons from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For fiscal year 2013, 50,000 diversity visas …Read More

DHS’s Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines May Provide Temporary Relief

On August 19, 2011 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they are taking concrete steps to implement existing guidelines on prosecutorial discretion across the agency in an attempt to provide relief for low priority immigration cases. DHS also announced the creation of a committee which will review 300,000 immigration cases currently in removal …Read More

CBP Issues New Cards for Global Entry Members

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that Global Entry members will now be issued a Global Entry version of the SENTRI card which allows expedited entry into the U.S. from Canada and Mexico using the NEXUS, SENTRI and Ready Lanes at land ports of entry. The new card operates as a SENTRI card for …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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