The Department of State announced that the 2012 Diversity Lottery Program registration period opened on October 5, 2010. Entries for the lottery must be submitted electronically between noon on October 5, 2010, and noon on November 3, 2010, Eastern Time.
This summer the USCIS submitted its report on fiscal year 2009 to Congress. Highlights from the report include: H1-B petitions filed decreased 15% from FY 2008 to FY 2009; H-1B petitions approved decreased 22% from FY 2008 to FY 2009; Approximately 48% of all H1-B petitions approved in FY 2009 were for workers born in …Read More
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
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, …Read More
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