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New System, Same Result

 

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

The new “two-pronged” priority date system announced recently by the U.S. State Department appears, thus far, to promise more of the same for foreign nationals in historically over-subscribed visa categories. (more…)

Not So Fast! Department of State Releases Updated Visa Bulletin for October 2015

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Earlier this month, USCIS, in coordination with the Department of State (“DOS”), announced that it was revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status applications. (more…)

Top Twelve EB-5 Countries by US Immigrant Visa Issuance

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

According to the U.S. Department of States’ Report of the Visa Office 2014, below following is a ranking of the top EB-5 countries ranked according to the number of EB-5 visas issued in the 2014 fiscal year. (more…)

New J-1 Program Requirements Mandate Annual Audits and Reports to Department of State

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

The devil is in the details.  J-1 program sponsors need to be aware of upcoming changes by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to the J-1 program. Specifically, beginning January 5, 2015, J-1 program sponsors will be required to (i) undergo annual management reviews of their internal controls and of a statistically valid sampling of their J nonimmigrants files by independent auditors, and (ii) file annual reports with DOS. (more…)

U.S. Rolls Out New Refugee/Parole Program for Certain Central American Children

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Late last week, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an in-country refugee/parole program for minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. (more…)