Potential EB-5 Quota Retrogression for China

Based on the demand for EB-5 visa numbers during 2013 and the volume of approved I-526 petitions at the National Visa Center, the Department of State predicts that a cut-off date may need to be established for China, which accounts for more than 80% of total number usage. No other countries in the EB-5 category will be impacted. If a cut-off date is established, it will not likely take effect...
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DOS Makes Visa Interview Waiver Program Permanent

In January 2012, the Department of State introduced a two-year visa interview waiver pilot program. This pilot program was created to speed up the visa process for certain categories of travelers to the U.S. This pilot program has now been made permanent by the U.S. Department of State. According to new 9 FAM 41.102 Note 3.3a, consular officers can waive the interview for applicants seeking to...
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New H-1B Filings Begin April 1, 2014

We’d like to remind our clients of the fast approaching April 1, 2014 filing date for new H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2015. Petitions for the new fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2014, will be accepted by the government beginning April 1, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to accept new H-1B petitions after April 1, 2014, but only until the H-1B...
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