Department of State has Changed its fees

    The Department of State (DOS) has revised certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees. The following categories have new fees: E visas – treaty/trader and Australian specialty occupation visas decreased to $205 (from $270). K visas – Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. citizen category visa increased to $265. Immigrant visa application processing fee based on an approved I-130

Scam Alert!

    Callers, posing as officers of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have been calling unsuspecting persons.  They then claim that USCIS has found problems or discrepancies in the person’s immigration files and ask for personal information.  Do not share any personal or petition data with anyone, as it can be used to get more

EB-2 for India may Retrogress as Early as November

According to Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of the visa Control and Reporting Division, US Department of State, the usage patterns for India, the number of visas used, etc. mean that there will definately be retrogression, and it may happen as soon as November. India has seen rapid forward movement of its priority date for the

September Visa Bulletin – A little Movement

The September Visa Bulletin was released by the Department of State and does show a little movement forward in certain categories.  First we will look at the family based immigrant visas.  In this area, there was not much movement forward, but a few notable movements are: Unmarried sons and daughters of US Citizens:  Moved forward

USCIS Changes Position on Nurses and H-1Bs

Presentations and Self-Sponsored Green Cards: What you need to know

Almost all researchers, be they scientific researcher, social science researchers, or foreign relations researchers, have presented their work at symposia, and other venues.  In terms of the Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Waiver applications, of what help are these presentations?  This greatly depends on the type of presentations and where you presented, as not all

Judge of the Work of Others: What Evidence is needed?

For the National Interest Waiver, the Extraordinary Ability and the Outstanding Researcher applications, evidence that you have judged the work of others in your field or a related field can be extremely helpful.  However, the level of helpfulness of this evidence depends greatly on the type of judging and the kind of evidence submitted to USCIS.

The National Interest Waiver – Within the Reach of Many

The National Interest Waiver application is a self-sponsored application that is a good fit for many, many researchers and others looking to get permanent residence in the US. While many people feel that they need to show they are working for our government or something similar in order to show that their work i s

May 2014 Visa Bulletin: Inching Forward

The May 2014 visa bulletin has been released and in many of the categories there has been little to no movement.  So, without further ado, lets run through the dates: Employment Based: Eb-1 is still current for all. Eb-2 is still current for all except India (which is still at 11/15/2004) and China (which progressed

USCIS Meets H-1B cap – Lottery Will be held

As expected USCIS announced today that it has received sufficient H-1B application to meet the H-1B cap as well as the Master’s Cap.  Therefore USCIS will conduct a lottery later this month to determine which cases will be accepted for the cap, and which will not, and will be returned with their fees.   All

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