New Photo Requirements for U.S. Visas

It was recently announced that as of November 1, 2016, eyeglasses are no longer permitted to be worn in new visa photos, with the exception of rare cases in which an applicant cannot remove the glasses due to existing medical circumstances. Should an applicant need to wear eyeglasses when the photo is taken, they will.. Read More

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New Rule for Upcoming Year Prevents Automatic Revocation of I-140 Petitions

Effective January 17, 2017, employers will no longer be able to revoke I-140 petitions from employees who have held them for more than 180 days, even if their services have been terminated. This means that as long as the employees Form I-140 petition (employment-based immigration visa application), has been approved for at least 180 days,.. Read More

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Revisions for H4 EAD Visa Holders

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced a series of finalized rules to improve the employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa programs, some of which pertain to H4 EAD visa holders. Effective January 17, 2017, H4 EAD visa holders will no longer have to wait for the approval of their extension for them to continue working.. Read More


Improved Rules for H1B Visa Holders Announced

On November 18, 2016, a final rule on the H1B visa program was published by the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to improve the employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa programs amidst the upcoming presidency. Effective January 17, 2017, Terminated H1B workers will be granted a 60-day grace period preparing to depart from the.. Read More

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Updated: How India’s ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes will affect International Travelers & NRIs

On Tuesday, November 8, the Indian government took a great bold financial step to discontinue Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes in order to fight the rising issue of the flow of black money and prevent the counterfeiting of Indian currency notes in Asia’s third-largest economy. The prime minister addressed the country, emphasizing that the.. Read More

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USCIS Announces Fee Increases, Effective December 2016

Following a 60-day public comment period, where the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) received 436 submissions, it was recently announced that service fees will increase starting December 23, 2016. The fees collected by USCIS fund their activities associated with the administration of the Nation’s Immigration laws, fraud detection and national security, as well.. Read More