USCIS Issues Updated Form I-829

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued an updated version of Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions dated 05/07/15. Beginning August 15, 2015, USCIS will no longer accept prior versions of Form I-829 dated 03/11/13 or earlier. Old versions of Forms I-829 will only be accepted until August 14, 2015. Form I-829.. Read More


J-1 Visa Program Changes Now in Effect

The J-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa designed for individuals who plan to participate in a work and study based exchange visitor program that promotes cultural exchange in the US. Exchange visitors such as interns, au pairs, researchers, camp counselors, and scholars can apply for a J visa and stay and work in the US.. Read More


Record Number of FOIA Requests to DHS Causes Backlog

It has been reported that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) receives the most Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests of any government agency, having received a record 291,242 FOIA requests during fiscal year 2014. This record number of FOIA requests, mostly for immigration related documents and other information, has resulted in a substantial.. Read More


Technical Errors in Overseas Passport & Visa Systems Resolved

On June 23, 2015, the Bureau of Consular Affairs reported that after experiencing technical issues with overseas passport and visa systems, its database for handling biometric clearance has been rebuilt and is currently being tested. The Bureau of Consular Affairs team is working 24/7 to restore full biometric data processing. In its efforts to restore.. Read More


Electronic Form I-539, Form I-526, and Regional Center Document Library Discontinued

Electronic filing for Form I-539 and Form I-526 was discontinued by USCIS on June 15, 2015. The Regional Center Document Library has also been discontinued and is no longer accessible. The electronic versions of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and Form I-526, Immigration Petition by Alien Entrepreneur, were discontinued due to the recent.. Read More


Visa Interviews Cancelled at US Embassies & Consulates in India

The US Embassy in India recently announced that all non-immigrant visa interviews scheduled between June 22 and June 26, 2015 have been cancelled. Applicants who have scheduled visa interviews at the embassy in New Delhi or at a US Consulate in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad during this period will have to reschedule their visa.. Read More