Update Regarding International Travel

June 17, 2021

  Update Regarding International Travel            As the United States moves closer to lifting the travel ban and with many individuals hoping to begin traveling in and out of the country, it is crucial to remain up-to-date with the newest policies and regulations regarding visas. Staying informed about this ever-changing information…

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Updates to Approved NIE Categories

June 14, 2021

  Updates to Approved NIE Categories Making it Easier for Business Travelers to Enter the United States The Department of State has recently announced new categories of travel for potential National Interest Exception (NIE) approval in relation to Covid-19-related travel restrictions. This update may allow for more people to enter the United States if they…

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Updated Eligibility to the National Interest Exception (NIE)

April 23, 2021

  Breaking Down the Eligibility Updates to the National Interest Exception (NIE) As times change and more people are getting vaccinated, the U.S. State Department has updated its eligibility for the National Interest Exception (NIE). If you are unfamiliar with the NIE, it is a way for current U.S. visa holders, ESTA-approved travelers, or applicants…

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What is an L-1 Visa? And How Do You Qualify for One?

March 23, 2021

  What is an L-1 Visa? What is an L-1 visa? L-1 visas are temporary, non-immigrant, employment-based visas. These visas are reserved for company employees who hold management or executive positions or have specialized knowledge. There are two types of L-1 visas, L-1A, and L-1B. L-1A visas are for transferees within a company who hold…

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What is the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

October 6, 2020

  The 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Did you know that the United States gives out up to free 55,000 visas every year almost like a raffle? Seriously, the Department of State issues up to 55,000 visas from their Diversity Immigrant Visa Program every year. The visa issued is called a Diversity Visa. This visa…

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Update on ESTA

April 1, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers who entered the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (or “ESTA”) may find themselves in a difficult set of circumstances: should an ESTA traveler depart the U.S. at the end of the 90-day authorized stay with all the obvious risks of doing so, or should the ESTA…

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Immigration and Related Matters

March 26, 2020

USCIS has suspended its operations until at least April 1st – including premium processing of all I-129 and I-140 petitions. Scheduled appointments and interviews are postponed and notice from USCIS should be received confirming postponement. Similarly, the U.S. State Department (DOS) has suspended immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application appointments at all consular posts. DOS has…

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Upcoming H-1B Season Preparing for the FY2017

March 7, 2016

As our firm has worked with many companies on H-1B visa applications in the past, we would like to remind you that the filing period for “new” H-1B visa petitions for the Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2017 begins on April 1, 2016.  To ensure timely receipt, and to have the best chance of a new case being accepted under the “cap,” petitions should be…

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Implementation of NEW USCIS Immigrant Fee

December 27, 2012

(c) photo: New fee allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Department of State abroad WASHINGTON—On Feb. 1, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the…

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ACHTUNG: Visabeantragungen Ende Dezember 2012

November 16, 2012

Die Visaabteilungen der US-Botschaft in Berlin und des US-Generalkonsulats Frankfurt haben vom 24. bis 26. Dezember geschlossen, ebenso am 1. Januar. Das US-Generalkonsulat München bietet am 24. Dezember eine sehr begrenzte Anzahl Termine und ist am 25., 26. Dezember und 1. Januar geschlossen.  Aufgrund der Feiertage und des erhöhten Postaufkommens zu Weihnachten/Silvester kann die Zustellung…

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