DOS Amends Fees for Consular Services

The Department of State (DOS) issued an interim rule amending the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services for nonimmigrant visa and border crossing card application processing fees.  The rule raises fees from $131 to $140 for processing applications for most non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas (Machine-Readable Visas or MRVs) and adult Border Crossing Cards (BCCs). The rule also provides ...
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H-1B Cap Update – May 14, 2010

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service updated its H-1B cap count on May 14, 2010.  Here are the numbers: Regular H-1B Cap:  18,000 U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 8,100 This represents slight increase in H-1B filings since our last update.  Employers can continue to file new H-1B cases for their foreign professional employees. We will update our web site at www.bashyamshah.com when...
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Fact Sheet: Naturalization Process for the Military

USCIS issued a helpful fact sheet for members of the U.S.  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and certain components of the National Guard who qualify for U.S. naturalization.  To read the entire fact sheet, click here.  We have highlighted relevant parts of the fact sheet below. Qualifications While a member of the U.S. armed forces must meet the general requirements and...
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DOS Releases June 2010 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State released its June 2010 Visa Bulletin.  To view the Visa Bulletin, please click here. Here’s what happened: Employment-Based Category Two (EB-2): China – advanced 2 months Employment-Based Category Three (EB-3) All Other Chargeability Areas – advanced 2 months China – advanced 2 months India – advanced 21 days Philippines – advanced 2 months Mexico...
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U.S. Permanent Resident Card Goes Green!

The title is not a spoof from The Onion.  The U.S. permanent resident card, commonly known as the ‘green card,’ is finally going to be green! U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced  that it has redesigned the U.S. Permanent Resident Card to incorporate several major new security features.   State-of-the-art technology incorporated into the new card...
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