May 2017 Visa Bulletin – Modest Advances for Most Employment Based Visa Categories

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for May 2017, which shows minor advancement in the “final action cut-off” dates and significant movement forward and backward in the “filing cut-off” dates. Final Action Cut-off Dates Notable advancements of...

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Visa On Arrival Now Available for All Russian Business Visitors and Indian Business Visitors Who Hold a Valid U.S. Visa or Green Card

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet recently announced significant changes to the country’s entry requirements to the benefit of Russian and Indian business and tourist visitors. Indian citizens who hold a valid United States visa or Lawful Permanent Resident (“Green”) card...

Forget Silicon Valley: Here’s the place worried that Trump will chop technology visas

By Seema Mody President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda and his focus on curbing immigration have stoked fears that visas widely given to technology workers may be on the chopping block. Since the early 1990s, H-1B visas have helped companies in the U.S....

Indian IT Outsourcers Anxious Over Potential Changes To H1-B Visas

By Julie McCarthy With the Trump administration vowing to tighten rules for skilled workers entering the United States, India’s software services companies are worried. Indian IT giants outsource tens of thousands of tech specialists to the United States each year, and...

Trump and Sessions plan to restrict highly skilled foreign workers. Hyderabad says to bring it on.

By Max Bearak HYDERABAD, India — The ritual goes like this: If you’re approaching the god Balaji with an appeal, walk in a circle around the temple 11 times and leave an offering of tulsi leaves at his feet. Should your wish be granted, come back and do it 108 times. “We call him...

January 2017 Visa Bulletin Shows Minor Advancement for EB-2 China and India, EB-3 China and Philippines

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for January 2017, reporting minor advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for EB-2 applicants born in China and India and for EB-3 applicants born in China and the Philippines. The final action...

December Visa Bulletin Shows Modest Advancement for EB-2 China and India, EB-3 China and Philippines

The U.S. Department of State recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for December 2016, reporting modest advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for EB-2 applicants born in China and India and for EB-3 applicants born in China and the Philippines. The final action...

Visa Bulletin Advances Slightly; USCIS Continues to Allow Earlier Filing Dates

The U.S. Department of State recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for November 2016, reporting slight advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for applicants in most employment-based categories. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) has again announced that...

U.S. Consulates in India Report Visa Appointment Availability

The long visa appointment wait times reported over the summer have decreased significantly and U.S. Consulates in India are now reporting the following greatly reduced wait times: Post Visitor (B) or Student (F-1) Visa Wait Time (in days) Other Appointment (H-1B, L-1) Wait Time...

October 2016 Visa Bulletin – Update – USCIS Allows Earlier Filing Dates

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) has recently announced that individuals may use the “Dates for Filing” of certain employment based visa applications listed in the Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for October 2016. This means that individuals under...
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