Author: Tien-Li Loke Walsh

July 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: EB-2 India Takes the Spotlight

Today, the State Department released the July Visa Bulletin, which brings good news for EB-2 India.  After 6 months of inactivity, cut-off dates for EB-2 India advanced by over 3.5 years, from November 15, 2004 to September 1, 2008.  #immigrationupdates

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Visa Processing in Canada for Third Country Nationals (TCN) "Extremely Limited"

The Department of State (DOS) has advised that due to increasingly heavy demand by Canada-based visa applicants, the seven U.S. consulates/embassy in Canada are extremely limited in their ability to accept TCN cases during the peak demand period of June,

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June 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: Where do we begin??

The June 2014 visa bulletin brings some very bad news for both Family-Based (FB) and Employment-Based (EB) categories. If there’s an award for “The Worst Visa Bulletin,” the June 2014 visa bulletin could easily steal the top spot. (Sigh). The

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DS-260 Rollout for DV-2015 Diversity Visa Program

Beginning with DV-2015, all diversity visa (DV) applicants must submit the electronic DS-260 “Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application” accessible through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). The DS-260 will be ready for applicants to use on May 19. The Kentucky

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One more reason to reform immigration.

One more reason to reform immigration. Reshared post from +Loke Walsh Immigration Law H-1B Demand Increases The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received about 172,500 petitions during the one-week FY 2015 H-1B Cap filing

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H-1B Demand Increases

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received about 172,500 petitions during the one-week FY 2015 H-1B Cap filing period – an increase of 48,500 from last year's approximate total of 124,000 petitions.  The announcement

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May 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: EB-3 Philippines Advances; F2A To Retrogress

May 2014 Visa Bulletin Is Out: EB-3 Philippines Advances; F2A To Retrogress The May 2014 Visa Bulletin shows continued movement in some of the employment-based (EB) category – EB-2 Mainland China, EB-3 India, and EB-3 Philippines, which has the most

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Another Short H-1B Season: Cap Expected To Be Reached By April 7

In light of the upcoming H-1B filing madness season, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will start accepting FY 2015 H-1B petitions beginning April 1, as usual. However, it also noted that it anticipates receiving

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State Department to Waive Visa Fees for Special Olympics Participants

"Deputy Secretary Burns has authorized a waiver of application (i.e., MRV) and visa issuance (i.e., reciprocity) fees for participants in the 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational taking place in Los Angeles, CA, from June 6 to 8, 2014, and the

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Chile Becomes 38th Member of the Visa Waiver Program

On February 28, 2014, Chile was designated as a member of the Visa Waiver Program. Beginning May 1, 2014, Chilean nationals may travel to the United States under the program. #immigrationupdates   DHS Announces Chile’s Designation Into the Visa Waiver

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