New Citizens May Not Be Required to Pledge to Defend the U.S.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced new modifications to the Oath of Allegiance, the final action in the naturalization process to be completed by U.S. citizenship candidates. Effective July 21, new citizens may choose to exclude the part of the Oath declaring to defend the U.S. based on a religious or conscientious objection. Eligible.. Read More

Visa Bulletin Aug15

Visa Bulletin for August 2015 Released

The US Department of State (DOS) has released the August 2015 Visa Bulletin. This month’s visa bulletin shows changes in most of the employment-based visa categories for Indians. Employment Based Preferences (For Indian Nationals) The August 2015 Visa Bulletin contains changes in the employment-based EB3 category. Employment-based EB1, EB2, EB4, and EB5 continue to be.. Read More

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USCIS Releases Media Campaign to Promote Citizenship Awareness Initiative

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a media campaign as a part of the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. The initiative aims to promote awareness of the importance of US citizenship and provide information about the naturalization process, including free educational resources available to permanent residents preparing for citizenship. USCIS launched this.. Read More


US Visa Processing System Back Online

An undefined hardware failure that occurred in the US visa system on June 9 was resolved on Monday June 29, 2015. Now all visa-issuing embassies and consulates are scheduling visa interviews and issuing visas. The hardware failure had been preventing the processing and transmitting of biometric data checks that are mandatory for visa processing and.. Read More


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