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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Visa Bulletin For July 2013

Number 58 Volume IX Washington, D.C. A.  STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during July. 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, to …

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US Electronic Immigration System Expands to Cover Immigrant Fee

Starting May 19, 2013, immigrants abroad who have received their immigrant visas can pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165.00US online through USCIS ELIS, the USCIS Electronic Immigration System.  USCIS ELIS is the much touted “transformation” of paper-bound immigration processing to electronic on-line processing which USCIS has promised will modernize its immigration processing. The ELIS …

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F-1 to H-1B Lottery Winners: Travel Before October 1 is Risky

For many F-1 academic students who have graduated, received post completion Optional Practical Training (“OPT”), had an H-1B petition filed in their behalf with a start date of October 1, and “won” the H-1B lottery, such persons are entitled to continued, authorized F-1 stay and continued employment authorization up until September 30 of the year.  …

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Paperless I-94 Processing Goes Into Effect

Starting April 30, 2013, the United States Customs and Border Protection agency has begun providing foreign national travelers to the United States with a passport stamp and making available an electronic record of admission instead of providing each foreign national with a paper I-94 as evidence of lawful admission.  The paperless I-94 process is for …

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