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U.S. State Department temporarily halts issuance of Non-Immigrant Visas in Russia

U.S. State Department temporarily halts issuance of Non-Immigrant Visas in Russia
On Monday, August 21, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced that it will temporarily stop issuing non-immigrant visas (NIVs), which include U.S. temporary visas for the purpose of business, work and tourism. The State Department has indicated that the decision to halt the issuance of NIVs is made as a direct response to the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent order to cut the personnel of the U.S. diplomatic missions in...
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Partner Jennifer Casey Speaks at AILA Rome District Chapter Conference in Amsterdam

Partner Jennifer Casey Speaks at AILA Rome District Chapter Conference in Amsterdam
Between October 18-20, 2016, Partner Jennifer Casey had the privilege of attending the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Rome District’s 2016 Fall Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The AILA Rome District Chapter serves U.S. immigration attorneys practicing abroad, with a focus on attorneys practicing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the issues that clients seeking to obtain both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to the United States frequently face. The AILA...
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State Department Visa Revocations for DUI Arrests

State Department Visa Revocations for DUI Arrests
“The driver is safer when the roads are dry, the roads are safer when the driver is dry.” Certainly true. For individuals who have entered the United States on non-immigrant visas, I would also add “the driver’s non-immigrant visa is safer when the driver is dry.” Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol is serious, it can jeopardize your life and safety. It can jeopardize the lives and safety of those...
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USCIS & DOS Announce New Procedure for Immigrant Visa & Adjustment of Status Processing

USCIS & DOS Announce New Procedure for Immigrant Visa & Adjustment of Status Processing
Today, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the United States Department of State (DOS) announced new procedures for determining when applicants may file their applications to receive permanent residency in the United States. The changes will be reflected in a new monthly Visa Bulletin, published by DOS. Previously, the monthly Visa Bulletin provided only one set of dates: the priority dates which had become current (i.e., available for an...
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USCIS Announces Changes to Immigrant Fee Processing System

USCIS Announces Changes to Immigrant Fee Processing System
Today, August 31, 2015, USCIS announced that it has simplified the payment process for the USCIS Immigrant Fee. Since February 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has charged an “Immigrant Fee” of $165.00 USD to individuals entering the United States on an immigrant visa. Individuals who apply for and receive an Immigrant Visa by processing their visa application at a U.S. Embassy or Consular Post abroad are required to...
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State Department announces that U.S. Embassies and Consulates are back online

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The U.S. Department of State has announced that the worldwide "Visa Freeze" is over, and U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world are able once again to schedule visa interviews and issue U.S. visas. The State Department expects that the backlog of cases should be cleared by this week. The separate problems with the online fee payment system and the online application for immigrant visas have not been resolved. The State...
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State Department technological problems result in worldwide “Visa Freeze”

State Department technological problems result in worldwide “Visa Freeze”
The U.S. State Department has announced that due to a computer hardware failure, it is currently unable to issue most immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The technical problem impacts visas that were approved on or after June 8, 2015. In addition, the State Department announced that due to the technical issue, visa applications filed on or after June 9, 2015 could not be scheduled for interview. Thus, in most cases, people who...
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U.S. State Department Has Begun Accepting Visa Applications for Beneficiaries of Approved H-1B Petitions with October 1, 2014 Start Date

As of July 3, 2014, Beneficiaries of approved H-1B Petitions authorizing an October 1, 2014 start date may apply for their H-1B visas at U.S. Consular Posts abroad.   H-1B Beneficiaries who have not been approved for a “change of status” in the United States and instead are required to apply for an H-1B visa abroad prior to admission into the United States in H-1B status can now begin the visa...
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Third-Country Processing for GLBT Immigrants

The Department of State has announced to immigration attorneys, through the liaison efforts of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), that some GLBT immigrants may seek to process their immigrant visas in safer third-countries. Last year, when the Supreme Court struck the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in Windsor v. United States, federal government agencies began recognizing same-sex marriages for federal benefits, including immigration. United States citizens may now seek immigrant...
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USCIS Announces Sua Sponte Reopening of Denied I-601A Waivers

On March 18, 2014, USCIS announced that, on its own motion, it would reopen and review I-601A waivers that were denied prior to January 24, 2014 and review the reasons for denial. This affects spouses of United States citizens who have had their provisional waivers denied. The I-601A provisional waiver went into effect in early 2013, allowing those who required a waiver for unlawful presence only to have their inadmissibility waiver...
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Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence, March 2013

Kolko & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce an important change in the immigration law with regard to the processing of waivers for the Unlawful Presence ground of inadmissibility. This new process is only available for spouses, children and certain parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives). Applicants applying for an Immigrant Visa to the United States are required to demonstrate that they are “admissible” to the United States. The Immigration and...
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