Immigration Law

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Visa Interview Wait Times Reach New Highs: 247 Days for Visitors/​Business Travelers
Posted on 19 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David J. Bier, July 19, 2022 "As the State Department finally reopens U.S. consulates for non‐​emergency visa interviews, wait times have grown significantly. Interviews for both immigrant and nonimmigrant (i.e. temporary) applicants are extraordinarily... Read More

200K Young People Will "Age Out" and Be Forced to Leave USA
Posted on 19 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes "Many Americans are unaware that a person can enter the United States legally, live here their whole life and still be forced to leave America. To understand the problem facing many young people who came to this country... Read More

Tags: age-out , visas

Documented Dreamers Age Out
Posted on 3 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aishvarya Kavi, New York Times, Apr. 30, 2021 "In 2011, after five years of working and living with his family in the United States on a temporary visa, Barathimohan Ganesan submitted green card applications for his wife, his 5-year-old daughter... Read More

Tags: backlogs , visas

DOS: Limited Resumption of Immigrant Visa Processing in Havana
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Apr. 6, 2022 "Beginning in May 2022, U.S. Embassy Havana will resume immigrant visa services on a limited basis for applicants in the IR-5 category (Parent of a U.S. Citizen). This change is part of the broader expansion of the... Read More

DOS Notice: Visas for Ukrainian Children
Posted on 23 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Mar. 22, 2022 " Visas for Ukrainian Children in the Process of Intercountry Adoption and/or Who Previously Traveled for Hosting Programs in the United States The Office of Children’s Issues and many U.S. Embassies in Europe, particularly... Read More

1.6 Million Family‐​Sponsored Immigrants Will Die Before They Can Immigrate
Posted on 11 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David J. Bier, Mar. 10, 2022 "The United States hit a new record of about 7.7 million immigrants at various stages in its family‐​based permanent residence process in 2021—an increase of about 400,000 since 2019 and nearly a million since... Read More

Tags: visas

Announcement of Processing Posts for Visa Applicants from Ukraine
Posted on 1 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Mar. 1, 2022 "The U.S. Mission to Ukraine is not currently offering visa services. Beginning immediately, Ukrainian immigrant visas (IVs) other than adoption cases will be processed at Consulate General Frankfurt, including Diversity... Read More

USCIS Urges Eligible Applicants to Switch Employment-Based Categories
Posted on 21 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 18, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services encourages eligible applicants to consider requesting to transfer the underlying basis of their adjustment of status application to the first (priority workers) or second (noncitizens... Read More

Visa Shuffle May Benefit U.S. Hospitals, Foreign Nurses
Posted on 3 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Taxin, Associated Press, Feb. 3, 2022 "With American hospitals facing a dire shortage of nurses amid a slogging pandemic, many are looking abroad for health care workers. And it could be just in time. There’s an unusually high number... Read More

Tags: visas , nurses

Immigration Critics Wrong: Fewer Visas Did Not Help U.S. Workers
Posted on 3 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Feb. 3, 2022 "The number of new foreign-born workers in the United States declined because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but U.S. workers were not better off, according to new research . That refutes a long-held anti-immigration... Read More

America's Competitive Advantage: Immigrants!
Posted on 31 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Yglesias, Bloomberg, Jan. 30, 2022 "Opening the doors to people fleeing foreign oppression has long been a winning strategy for the U.S., from the ’48ers such as Carl Schurz who served the Union Army with distinction after fleeing... Read More

Announcement of F/M/J Processing Posts for Applicants Resident in Russia
Posted on 24 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 21, 2022 "Due to the severely limited consular operations in Moscow, the U.S. Department of State has designated multiple posts for processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications from persons resident in Russia. Under this designation... Read More

Immigrant Visa Fee Exemption for Applicants Previously Refused under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983
Posted on 24 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 19, 2022 "On January 20, 2021, the President issued Presidential Proclamation 10141, titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This Proclamation revoked Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9645 and 9983... Read More

DOS IV Fee Exemption Rule
Posted on 19 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - "The Department of State (Department) amends its regulation governing immigrant visa fees to allow for the exemption from immigrant visa (IV) fees for certain applicants previously... Read More

Tags: visas

Proposed DOS NIV Fee Changes
Posted on 28 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/29/2021 "The Department of State (Department) proposes adjustments to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule of Fees) of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA)... Read More