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U Non-immigrant Visa: Victims of Criminal Activity

U Non-immigrant Visa: Victims of Criminal Activity

The “Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act” of 2000 introduced “U” visa for immigrant victims of serious crimes. It was created due to rising public safety concerns, with the idea that foreign victims of crimes in the U.S. should be allowed to remain so as to provide law enforcement officials with information helpful in Read More

DOS, DHS and USCIS sued for issuing revised Visa Bulletin with retrogressed Dates for Filing Adjustment Application

On September 9, 2015, when DOS issued the Visa Bulletin for the month of October, 2015, all of us were extremely excited and happy at the same time to see a significant and long awaited development in the process for obtaining Permanent Residence in the United States. The visa bulletin introduced “Dates for Filing Employment-Based Read More

TPS and Aliens on F-1/B-I or any other Non-Immigrant Status

TPS and Aliens on F-1/B-I or any other Non-Immigrant Status: According to the recent USCIS guidelines on joint F-1/TPS Status, a person with F-1, B-2, or any other non-immigrant status may apply for and receive TPS. The individual can continue to hold both statuses, as long as he or she remains eligible for both. For Read More

USCIS Discontinues Legacy e-Filing System

In an endeavor to maintain data security standards and to utilize resources on the new Electronic Immigration System, USCIS has decided to discontinue its legacy e-filing system. The new forms could be started in the e–filing system by August 30th and should be completed and submitted by September 20th. If a case which was submitted Read More

USCIS issues a Policy Memorandum changing interpretation of provisions relating to Qualifying U.S. Work Experience for Special Immigrant Religious Workers

Following the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, on April 7, 2015, in Shalom Pentecostal Church v. Acting Secretary DHS, 783 F.3d 156 (3d Cir. 2015), USCIS has issued a policy memorandum instructing its employees to no longer deny special immigrant religious worker petitions based on the lawful status requirements at 8 CFR 204.5(m)(4) Read More

Premium Processing for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions Resumes

Starting June 13, 2015, USCIS has started accepting accepting Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for all Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, H-1B extension of stay petitions. USCIS had suspended premium processing for Form I-129 H-1B extension of stay petitions from May 26, 2015, in order to implement the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses final Read More

Shifting of E-Visa Processing Centers in Mexico

Due to recent increase in overall visa applications in Mexico, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico has decided to shift the E-Visa processing centers from Mexico City. For application received on or after July 7, 2015, E1 treaty trader visa processing will be handled by the Consulates General in Monterrey and Tijuana, whereas, E2 treaty investor Read More

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