India Launches Online Grievance System “MADAD” Portal for NRIs

On February 21, 2015, the Indian government launched “MADAD” (Help), an online grievances monitoring portal for Indian citizens living abroad. MADAD, which stands for “MEA in Aid of Diaspora in Distress,” allows members of the public to directly register their grievances on the portal so as to effectively monitor the handling process of the grievance.. Read More

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DHS Announces Employment Authorization to H-4 Dependent Spouses

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  issued a press release February 24, 2015 stating that qualified H-4 visa dependents with spouse holding non-immigrant H-1 visa and seeking lawful permanent residence (LPR) can apply for.. Read More

Visa Bulletin Mar 2015

Visa Bulletin for March 2015 Released

The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for March 2015, which lists the cut-off dates for different immigration categories and resident countries. The visa bulletin informs applicants of the changes made to the priority dates stipulated by the U.S. Department of State. The cut-off date for Indian nationals who are seeking approval.. Read More


Machine-Readable Indian Passports to Be Mandatory for NRIs & Indian Citizens

The Consular, Passport & Visa Division (CPV) of the Ministry of External Affairs issued a public advisory on December 23, 2014 notifying any Indian citizen or resident and/or passport holder with a non-machine readable passport (MRP) to update his/her passport. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) pronounced November 24, 2015 as the deadline for phasing out.. Read More

EB5 Immigrant Investor Program

Sixteen EB-5 (Immigrant Investor Program) Regional Centers Terminated Recently

On January 9, 2015, USCIS terminated sixteen EB-5 regional centers. USCIS terminates regional centers that are inactive, fail to submit Form I-924A, or lack economic growth. The following terminated regional centers may not participate in the Immigrant Investor Program: Ecorntech Regional Center, Wisconsin El Monte Regional Center, California Gateway Georgia Regional Center, Georgia Hollywood Beach.. Read More


USCIS Revises Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for Faster Processing

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published the revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The new Form I-129 was edited and labeled on October 23, 2014 and is now accessible for immediate use. USCIS will accept previous editions of Form I-129 (edition dates: Oct. 7, 2011, Jan. 19, 2011, and Nov… Read More