President Takes Executive Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced multiple administrative changes to the way in which his Administration will implement current U.S. immigration laws.  These far reaching changes provide Deferred Action for parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents for a 3 year period, expand eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, expand enforcement coordination at …

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International Students in America: October, 2014 Numbers and Trends

In its October, 2014 review of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has provided a statistical snapshot of the international student population and the institutions at which they study.  According to the review, there are 1.1 million academic and vocation foreign students currently studying in the United States, and …

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National Visa Center Changes Document Collection Policy

In a move to reduce applicant wait times, the National Visa Center will no longer require original documents to be submitted as part of the U.S. immigration process.  Instead, starting November 12, 2014 immigrant visa applicants need only submit copies of supporting documents to the NVC.  The immigrant visa applicant will bring the original documents …

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USCIS Reports on November 2014 EB-5 Processing Times

In its November 10, 2014 Processing Time Information, USCIS reports processing initial EB-5 investor immigrant petitions  within 14.3 months of filing.  For EB-5 investors seeking to remove conditions on their residence, USCIS reports a 6.8 months adjudication time frame from filing date, and for new regional center applications, USCIS reports a 8.5 month adjudication time …

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China and the U.S. Agree to Lengthen Visitor and Student Visa Validity Periods

The U.S. Department of State announced that beginning November 12, 2014, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will increase the validity period for business, tourist, student and exchange visitor visas issued to each other’s citizens.  Eligible PRC applicants can receive a multiple entry business or tourist B visa valid up to 10 …

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Visa Bulletin For December 2014

Number 75 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during December. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were …

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Visa Bulletin For November 2014

Number 74 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during November. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were made, …

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