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U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Immigrant Visa Backlog Q: Why are there still immigrant visa interview backlogs? A: Our number one priority is the safety of our applicants and our staff. The IV interview backlog has developed because of limitations in staffing and other COVID-related operational constraints preventing us from...

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a U.S. immigration policy that provides a quasi-legal status and employment authorization to certain individuals unlawfully present in the United States after being brought to the country as children. Individuals may qualify for DACA if they: Were under the age of 31 as...

Reminder of Current Policy Boarding of Lawful Permanent Residents

Unexpired Valid Permanent Resident Card • Passengers with valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”) may be boarded withoutany additional documentation. Re-Entry Permit (I-327): Valid and Unexpired • Passengers with valid, unexpired re-entry permit are permitted to board without additional documentation.• The document must be the original Re-Entry...

House Democrats approved two separate bills on immigration

House Democrats approved two separate bills on immigration Thursday, marking the first time Congress has voted on a pathway for citizenship for undocumented immigrants since Democrats won slim majorities in both chambers of Congress with President Joe Biden in the White House. The two bills are: American Dream and Promise...

DHS Announces DOJ Will No Longer Defend the 2019 Public Charge Final Rule – No Need for Form I-944 Public Charge Petitions soon:

In a statement released on March 9, DHS announced: “Following the Seventh Circuit dismissal this afternoon, the final judgment from the Northern District of Illinois, which vacated the 2019 public charge rule, went into effect. As a result, the 1999 interim field guidance on the public charge inadmissibility provision (i.e.,...

January 20, 2021. U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Program Bulletin Announcing Revised Interpretation and New Guidance under the H-1B Visa Program for Review

 On January 20, 2021, the Department of Labor withdrew its Notice concerning which employers of H-1B workers must file Labor Condition Applications, from the Office of the Federal Register prior to its publication. It is now withdrawing the Bulletin and Wage and Hour Division Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) for the...

Key Changes on Day One of Biden Administration’s Immigration Announcements

Pause on Deportations except of those posing danger to national security.Enforcement Priorities of those who threaten . National security, Border security or Public safety.Strengthening DACA.Ending bans on majority-Muslim and African countries.Stopping border wall construction.Extending Deferred Extended Departure protections for Liberians.Reversing the Trump efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants from Census count.

How an H-1B visa holder can use the EB-5 investor program to get a Green Card

Most foreign workers wanting to start a new life in the United States are opting for the H-1B visa program – but this visa program has certain limitations and several strict requirements. As such, immigrants are now turning to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as a viable alternative to achieving...