Be Alert for a New Immigration Phone Scam

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has received reports of a potential scam aimed at aliens.  In this scam, a person purporting to be a USCIS officer calls the alien, asks for verification of his or her name and address, and says that there is a discrepancy with the alien’s “A” number.  The scammer then tells the individual to send a sum to Western Union to clear up the...
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Visa Availability Updates and Predictions

In mid-June, Charles Oppenheimer, head of the Department of State (DOS) Visa Office, provided an update on visa availability in the employment-based categories, and his predictions for 2012 and beyond. Since the Employment-Based Two (EB-2) category for India and China is currently ‘unavailable,’ nationals of these countries eagerly await October 2012, when the DOS releases new visa...
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AAO Processing Times for July 2012

The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently posted a document containing Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) processing times as of July 2012. Why is this important? It has to do with immigration strategy. If the USCIS denies your immigration case, what are your options? Basically, you can 1) file a Motion to Reopen, 2) re-file your case with USCIS, 3) file an appeal with AAO or 4) no...
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DOS Releases August 2012 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its August 2012 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status application or consular process at a U.S. Embassy.  Foreign nationals can file the adjustment application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS in the Visa...
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Six-Month Business Visitor Visas for US and Indian Nationals?

Are six (6) month business visitor visas on the horizon for Indian nationals?  It appears to be headed in that direction. From AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12070346 (posted Jul. 3, 2012): At a Business Executive Program (BEP) meeting held in Bangalore, Minister Counselor James W. Herman, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India, notified BEP member companies of a recent trend in U.S. citizens receiving...
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