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Oct 09, 2017

State Department Suspends All Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Turkey, Effective Immediately

The U.S. State Department announced Sunday the suspension of all non-immigrant visa processing at American Embassies and Consulates across Turkey.

In an October 8th Twitter post, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, wrote that the suspension was effective immediately.  The Embassy’s tweet did not report when the State Department would lift the suspension.… Read More

Sep 13, 2017

NEWS UPDATE: Supreme Court Temporarily Upholds Travel Ban on Certain Refugees, Will Revisit Issue Next Month

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court, without opinion, voted to temporarily uphold the travel ban on a majority of people who had been granted refugee status in the United States and were scheduled to be placed with an American resettlement agency.  Nothing else is known about the vote or breakdown within the Court, other than that at least five justices voted in favor of continuing the ban.… Read More

Aug 22, 2017

State Department Suspends U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Russia

In response to the Russian decision to cap the number of employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia, the State Department has temporarily halted the processing of non-immigrant visa applications in Russia.  This decision impacts many non-immigrant travelers to the United States, including those seeking to visit for a short period, multinational executives and managers, professional and skilled employees, students seeking F-1 student visas, and others who seek to enter the United States as non-immigrants.… Read More

Jul 18, 2017

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under the Executive Order banning certain visa applicants and refugees from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.… Read More

Apr 11, 2017

H-1B Visa cap reached in first week… again

For the 5th consecutive year, the cap was reached in the first week for the H-1B visa, which is the prototypical visa for educated employees wishing to come to the U.S. to work in specialized jobs. In other words, there are 85,000 H-1B visas allowed each year, and the number of applications exceeded that amount in 5 days.  Click here to read more on this.  … Read More

Jun 06, 2016

Establishing an Employer-Employee Relationship Is Essential for H-1B Visa Purposes

More companies are using the H-1B visa to hire and retain foreign workers. It allows workers to maintain their permanent residence outside the United States while continuing employment here. However, H-1B visas are capped at 65,000 per fiscal year, which makes them very competitive and difficult to secure. One area where an H-1B visa application might fail is in establishing an employer-employee relationship between the worker and the company offering the job.… Read More

Feb 24, 2016

Applying for a Non-Immigrant Fiancé Visa

The U.S. government understands that relationships do not always adhere to the limits of national borders. If you and a foreign citizen wish to get married and reside together inside the United States, you must follow the strict set of laws that allow you to start the visa application process. In such circumstances, completing the fiancé K-1 non-immigrant visa allows the non-resident to come to the United States.… Read More

Feb 22, 2016

Understanding the Different Categories of Immigrant Visas

With over 100 visa types available to those looking to enter the United States on a permanent basis, it’s no wonder the immigration process can be extremely confusing for even the most knowledgeable prospective visa holders. Fortunately, a basic understanding of the different immigrant visas available can be gained from dividing the different types into more manageable categories. While other types of immigrant visas exist, the two primary categories are family-sponsored visas and employer-sponsored visas.… Read More

Feb 11, 2016

The Significance of Your Student Visa’s Expiration Date

According to U.S. law, any individual from a foreign country must have a current, non-immigration visa in order to study within the country. Unlike other types of documentation, student visas are considered temporary, meaning that they can have strict limitations on their validity. Those who find themselves in the United States with an expired student visa can find themselves facing serious legal consequences.… Read More

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