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Families Counted Together Stay Together: How to Eliminate Visa Backlogs

"There is nothing in the Immigration and Nationality Act that requires each derivative family member to be counted on an individual basis against the worldwide and country caps. That being so, President Obama tomorrow can issue an executive order providing that this long-established practice be...

Lost in the System: Under Taliban Threats, Afghan Translators Stranded in Visa Process

"He marched in tow with American soldiers. Friends were ambushed and killed. Without a firearm, the cunning that put them in the Taliban’s crosshairs also was their only defense. Each day brought gunfire, the whoosh of a rocket-propelled grenade, the pop of an IED. The delay? American bureaucracy...

Real Reform Starts With More Visas: Daniel M. Kowalski

"We need a surge of green card visa numbers on the front end, right now, to wipe out the backlog of thousands of family members and potential employees who have been waiting in line patiently for years. And to eliminate a future buildup of another undocumented immigrant population, we need many...

Modi, Visas and Religious Freedom Inadmissibility Grounds: Cyrus D. Mehta

"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been welcomed by the Indian diaspora without reservations in the United States. This is his first trip to the United States after his tourist/business was revoked on May 18, 2005 under Section 212(a)(2)(G) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Under...

Revised NIV Reciprocity Schedule for China - Nov. 2014

"Effective immediately, the reciprocity schedule for Chinese nationals is revised for the B-1, B-2, B-1/B-2, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, and M-2 nonimmigrant visa (NIV) categories. All other visa validities for nationals of China will remain unchanged. Please note the changes (old figures in parenthesis...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Takes Executive Action on Immigration | On November 20, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a series of memoranda as part of a much-anticipated “executive action” to remedy problems in the nation’s immigration system. A memorandum entitled...

Executive Order Blocks Visas re Ukraine, Crimea

Executive Order 13685 of December 19, 2014 Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International...

Immigration on a Clean Slate: Game-Changing Proposals on Visa Modernization

"Terabytes of text have already been generated in the course of extolling or excoriating President Obama for his November 20 Executive Actions on Immigration. The prolific foaming of bloviating mouths has mostly been prompted by the promise of deferred action and work permits for undocumented immigrants...

Is the UMass Amherst Ban on Iranian Science Students Overkill?

"A new policy stating that the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer admit students from Iran to certain engineering- and science-related programs has attracted criticism and stirred questions about the extent of universities’ obligations under U.S. sanctions law. In a policy...

China EB-3 EW Priority Date Victory: Xie v. Kerry

[ Xie v. Kerry , 21 F. Supp. 3d 89 (D.D.C. 2014) reversed.] "The D.C. Circuit axed a win for the U.S. Department of State on Monday in a suit accusing it of illegally slowing down reviews of certain Chinese individuals' visa applications, saying the plaintiff deserved to have her claim examined...

The Consuls' Files, by Cher Madam

Inside baseball for NIV and IV visa geeks, nerds and wonks: The Consuls' Files Faves: It's Not Illegal to do Something That's Not Illegal Five Rules of Supervision Iatrogenesis At Work What Child is This? Ours! - Cher Madam

Debunking the Top Ten Arguments Against High-Skilled Immigration

"Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, a vocal group of advocates insists that the United States does not face a shortage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers. The advocates argue incorrectly that high-skilled immigration is not only unnecessary but is actually...

Software Problems Stall Overseas Passport, Visa Issuance: State Department

"An unidentified glitch has hit the computer system used for issuing visas and passports at U.S. embassies worldwide, the State Department said Friday. The same system, the Consular Consolidated Database, was hit by a weeklong outage in July last year, but the current problems are not the same,...

June 12, 2015 State Department Bulletin re Passport, Visa Problems

Technological Systems Issue JUNE 12, 2015 Passport/Visa Systems Errors The Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa...

State Department Updates Passport / Visa Glitch Report: June 19, 2015

"Technological Systems Issue JUNE 19, 2015 Visa Systems Issues The Bureau of Consular Affairs is in the process of resolving technical problems with our visa systems. Biometric data is not yet processing properly to allow embassies and consulates to perform security...

Truck Transporting U.S. Visas Hijacked in Mexico

"The U.S. Embassy in Mexico says a truck carrying visas was hijacked in northern Mexico and the visas stolen. The embassy says in a statement Wednesday that the theft occurred on June 7 "in northern Mexico," without specifying where. The truck was making a trip from the United States to...

How Does Uncle Sam Waste Immigrant Visas?

Brent Renison, Oct. 6, 2015 - "I'm going to explain exactly how the government wastes on average tens of thousands of immigrant visas every year, contrary to Congressional intent, systematically compromising the workforce and keeping families apart. Every number in this report represents a green...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/02/2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machine...

DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 211 / Monday, November 2, 2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machinereadable visas...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Appoints New Immigration Judges and Assistant Chief Immigration Judges | In November, the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced the appointment of two new immigration judges and six new assistant chief immigration judges. Jonathan Simpson, a former assistant chief counsel for U...

Temporary Professional, Managerial, and Skilled Foreign Workers: Policy and Trends - CRS Report

Congressional Research Service, Jan. 13, 2016 - "Temporary visas for professional, managerial, and skilled foreign workers have become an important gateway for high-skilled immigration to the United States. Over the past two decades, the number of visas issued for temporary employment-based admission...

Visas For Musicians? Plan Ahead, Not on Rock & Roll Time

Allissa Wickham, Law360, Feb. 22, 2016 - "One of the most important things a musician seeking a visa can do is to allow plenty of time for gathering support materials, according to Daniel Kowalski, an attorney with the Fowler Law Firm and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin . “If...

Trump Taps Romanian Visa Workers for Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach

New York Times, Feb. 25, 2016 - "Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach describes itself as “one of the most highly regarded private clubs in the world,” and it is not just the very-well-to-do who want to get in. Since 2010, nearly 300 United States residents have applied...

Abused Filipino Visa Workers to Receive Over $15M in Damages

L.A. Times, May 13, 2016 - "The owners of the now-shuttered L’Amande French Bakery that operated in Beverly Hills and Torrance have been ordered to pay nearly $15.3 million in damages for exploiting 11 Filipino workers. U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin on May 2 granted a default judgment...

No New B Visas at Caracas (May 18, 2016)

Official U.S. Embassy Website - "IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION FOR ALL NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICANTS IN VENEZUELA - As of May 18, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas is no longer able to provide new appointments for first-time business or tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants. ... We regret this significant...