New USCIS Policy: RFE Everything From Initial Petition To Extensions

In a significant development, USCIS has issued a new Policy Memorandum superseding and rescinding previous guidance regarding deference to prior determinations of eligibility in adjudication of Form I-129 petitions seeking extension of nonimmigrant status. The previous USCIS policy, in existence since 2004, instructed that previously approved petitions should be given deference. This meant that unless […] The post New USCIS Policy: RFE Everything From Initial Petition To Extensions appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 27 October 2017 | 5:52 am

USCIS Resumes H1B Premium Processing For All H1B Petitions

USCIS has resumed Premium Processing for all types of H1B petitions. USCIS had temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H1B petitions starting April 3, 2017. Subsequently, it resumed Premium Processing for certain types of H1B petitions including H1B cap-exempt petitions, H1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, and H1B […] The post USCIS Resumes H1B Premium Processing For All H1B Petitions appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 4 October 2017 | 8:53 am

USCIS DV 2019 Green Card Lottery Program Begins

The 2019 Diversity Visa program (DV-2019) is now open. Applicants desirous of participating in the DV-2019 Green Card Lottery must submit their entries in the official State Department website for DV-2019. Entries will not be accepted through the U.S. Postal Service. The entry submission period for DV-2019 is from October 3, 2017 to November 7, […] The post USCIS DV 2019 Green Card Lottery Program Begins appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 4 October 2017 | 8:51 am

Secure EAD And SSN Through Updated Form I-765

USCIS has updated the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (EAD), to enable foreign nationals in certain visa classifications to now apply for work permit and a social security number (SSN) using a single form. Previously, applicants had to submit a Form I-765 to USCIS for an employment authorization document, and then apply for social […] The post Secure EAD And SSN Through Updated Form I-765 appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 3 October 2017 | 8:50 am

USCIS Premium Processing Begins For H1B Cap 2018 Petitions

USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B cap petitions subject to the FY 2018 H-1B cap. USCIS had previously resumed premium processing for certain H-1B cap-exempt petitions, as well as H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program. USCIS has not yet announced when the Premium Processing service will […] The post USCIS Premium Processing Begins For H1B Cap 2018 Petitions appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 19 September 2017 | 8:58 am

US Embassy Moscow Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Processing

U.S. Mission in Russia has announced suspension of all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia beginning August 23, 2017. Starting September 1, 2017, all nonimmigrant visa interviews will only be conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. While nonimmigrant visa interviews will resume at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from September 1, 2017, nonimmigrant visa […] The post US Embassy Moscow Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Processing appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 23 August 2017 | 8:27 am

Premium Processing For Certain H-1B Cap Exempt Petitions

USCIS has resumed premium processing of H1B cap-exempt petitions filed by: Institutions of higher education Nonprofits related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education Nonprofit research or governmental research organizations Premium processing has also resumed for H1B petitions filed on behalf of Beneficiaries who will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization […] The post Premium Processing For Certain H-1B Cap Exempt Petitions appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 26 July 2017 | 8:29 am

USCIS Visa Bulletin June 2017 Highlights

The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin June 2017 shows retrogression in EB-1 China and EB-1 India in the Application Final Action Dates chart. EB-2 China and EB-2 India advanced marginally. No change was seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories. USCIS is yet to announce which […] The post USCIS Visa Bulletin June 2017 Highlights appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 11 May 2017 | 8:36 am

USCIS Completes Data Entry Of FY 2018 H1B Cap Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has completed data entry of all FY 2018 H1B Cap petition selected in the H1B lottery. USCIS will now begin returning all H1B Cap petitions that were not selected in the 2017 H1B lottery. USCIS has not provided a time frame for returning these petitions, but has stated that […] The post USCIS Completes Data Entry Of FY 2018 H1B Cap Petitions appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 5 May 2017 | 8:35 am

CBP Global Entry Program For Argentina

Starting May 8, 2017, Citizens of Argentina can begin applying to enroll in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) “Global Entry” Trusted Traveler Program. Argentina becomes the tenth country overall whose Citizens will be eligible to enroll in Global Entry. In addition to Argentina, Citizens of Colombia, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, the Republic […] The post CBP Global Entry Program For Argentina appeared first on VisaPro.

Posted on: 2 May 2017 | 8:31 am