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The U.S. State Department Announces Suspension of Non-Immigrant Visa Operations Across Russia

Mechelle Zarou

Due to the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa (“NIV”) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017. Beginning September 1, visa processing will resume on a greatly reduced scale at the U.S. Embassy Moscow, while NIV interviews at the U.S. Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladistok are suspended until further notice.  Beginning August 21, the U.S. Mission will be canceling current nonimmigrant visa appointments countrywide. (more…)

USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing for Conrad Waiver Program Physicians

Mechelle Zarou

On Monday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for physicians under the Conrad Waiver program, as well as interested government interagency waivers. (more…)

Breaking News: USCIS will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

In an effort to reduce the growing backlog of pending H-1B petitions, including those H-1B extensions nearing the 240 day limit when continued work authorization would end, USCIS announced today that it would temporarily suspend the use of premium processing in ALL H-1B cases, whether filed under the upcoming H-1B cap, or whether the filing is exempt from the H-1B cap, beginning April 3, 2017. (more…)

Breaking News: USCIS continues to adjudicate cases

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services advised on its website that adjudications will continue regardless of your country of origin.  Continue to check back with us for updates. For more information, please contact Mechelle Zarou at mzarou@slk-law.com.

 

Alert: Premium Processing for FY 2017 H-1B Cap Petitions to Begin May 12

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

On May 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. (more…)