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OcuSano Biotech Entrepreneur, Stanley Samuel, Ph.D., Faces Visa Roadblock

"Throwing yourself into a start-up business in the life sciences field would seem like a daunting enough task for most people: You’ve got product design challenges, corporate structure complexities and IP headaches to deal with, not to mention the tightrope-walk of securing funding for your...

Software Crash Halts U.S. Passport, Visa Operations

"The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. Unspecified glitches in the department’s Consular Consolidated...

Visa Restrictions Against Human Rights Abusers in Venezuela

"Venezuela in recent months has witnessed large-scale protests by demonstrators concerned about deteriorating economic, social, and political conditions. Government security forces have responded to these protests in many instances with arbitrary detentions and excessive use of force. We have seen...

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. More specifically, the rule amends...

DOS Interim Final Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates - Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. More specifically, the rule amends...

Supreme Court to Hear Visa Case; State Department Asks for Secrecy, Rubber Stamp

"At the behest of the Solicitor General , the U.S. Supreme Court today granted certiorari in Din v. Kerry to decide whether immigrant families separated by U.S. government officials have any right to know the basis for their forced separation. The government claims “complete discretion”...

DOS Afghan SIV Program Update: Oct. 27, 2014

Afghan SIV Program Update OCTOBER 27, 2014 "The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, was extended. 1,000 SIVs, in addition to the 3,000 visas for Afghan...

USA, PRC Extend Visa Validity Periods for Students, Tourists, Business Visitors

"Today, President Obama announced that the United States and the People’s Republic of China are concluding a reciprocal visa validity arrangement during his visit that will strengthen our ever-broadening economic and people-to-people ties. Both countries have agreed to increase the validity...

DOS Final Rule: Visa Fee Change

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for visa fees. More specifically, the rule amends the Border Crossing Card fee paid by a Mexican citizen under age 15 whose parent or guardian has applied or is applying for a border crossing card (the ‘‘reduced...

Does L.A. Dodgers Baseball Star Jose Peralta Need A Work Visa to Sign Autographs?

"The immigration nightmare that Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Joel Peralta recently endured is a strong example of why major league ballplayers always should carry their own baseball cards for identification. Peralta and his wife were stopped at the Miami International Airport for six hours...

A Doctor's Visa is Cancelled, Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Mystified

"Doctor from Pakistan stuck behind red tape on his way to working at the Oklahoma City VA. Dr. Khaleeq Siddiqui was just weeks from completing his residency training and accepting a position at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center when his visa was mysteriously canceled. Dr. Khaleeq Siddiqui has...

Lawsuit in Los Angeles Alleges Forced Labor, Wage Theft, Visa Fraud

"Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) and Latham & Watkins LLP filed suit on behalf of 11 Filipino workers at L’Amande French Bakery, who were fraudulently lured by their employer to the United States on E-2 visas and then subjected to exploitative...

Expert: Supreme Court Visa Decision Not The End of the Road

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday against strengthening marriage rights for binational couples who wish to live together in the United States. Justices found in Kerry v. Din that naturalized U.S. citizen Fauzia Din cannot force greater explanation about or overturn in court the rejection of her...

CDJ: Important Announcement Regarding E Visa Applications in Mexico

July 7, 2015 email from the Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez : "From: CDJ E2 Visas [mailto:CDJE2Visas@state.gov] Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 4:06 PM To: CDJ E2 Visas Subject: Important Announcement Regarding E Visa Applications in Mexico ***Please do not respond to this message...

Lawyer Sentenced in Visa Scheme

"Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RICHARD KASSEL, an immigration lawyer who conspired to obtain immigration visas for his clients based on fraudulent advanced-degree diplomas and transcripts, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court...

Lawyer Unsticks 7-Year Visa Logjam

"Max Mamontov loves order. It’s why he loves his job as an accountant, where he takes the relative chaos of business transactions and turns them into something understandable. But one thing the Russian national who grew up in Alaska couldn’t find order -- or even answers -- in was...

USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

USCIS, Sept. 9, 2015 - "USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures...

NY Attorney General Shuts Down Unlicensed Visa Consultant

NYAG, Sept. 8, 2015 - "Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office reached an agreement with Entertainment Visa Consultant Company (EVC) and its CEO, David King. This agreement will resolve the Attorney General’s investigation of EVC and King which revealed that King...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Faces Criticism, Lawsuit After Revising October Visa Bulletin | The Department of State and Department of Homeland Security faced extensive criticism and a federal lawsuit after revising the October visa bulletin less than a week before it was expected to take effect. The revised visa...

Green Card Denied Because of Tattoos

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Oct. 26, 2015 - "An undocumented immigrant has been denied a visa into the United States to reunite with his U.S.-citizen wife and children based on tattoos that U.S. consulate officials in Mexico say are gang-related, according to the NY Daily News. Ruben Zamora crossed the...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Visa Interview Waiver Authority

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/10/2015 - "This rule is promulgated to clarify the circumstances in which a consular officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services may waive the requirement for a nonimmigrant visa interview."

Kowalski: "Humans Are Not Robots"

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Dec. 8, 2015 - "Immigration experts and lawyers who handle K-1 visa clients say that, in their experience, it’s not an easy process to exploit. ... “The applicant for a K-1 visa has to undergo very thorough security checks,” Daniel M. Kowalski, an immigration...

Cyrus D. Mehta: Will the San Bernardino Attack Make Marriages to Foreign Spouses More Difficult?

Cyrus D. Mehta, Dec. 14, 2015 - "Even if the K-1 visa is not curtailed by Congress (and hopefully that will not be the case), there is bound to be more scrutiny after the shootings. To be eligible for the K-1 visa, it is important that there be no legally valid marriage as the applicant must remain...

DOS H-2A Interim Final Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 23 / Thursday, February 4, 2016 - "As a result of this rule, a passport and a visa will be required of a British, French, or Netherlands national, or of a national of Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago, who has residence in British, French...

Advance Copy of DHS H-2A Interim Final Rule: Elimination of NIV Exemption for Certain Caribbean Applicants

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 02/08/2016 - "This interim final rule revises Department of Homeland Security regulations to eliminate the nonimmigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents seeking to come to the United States as H-2A agricultural workers...