USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2017

The final receipt date for new worker petitions requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2017 was January 10, 2017 and USCIS is said to have received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap of 33,000 for the first half of fiscal year 2017. The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers.. Read More

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Updated: NRIs Can Now Exchange Old Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 Notes till 30th June 2017

Good News for NRIs – NRIs holding demonetized notes, can now exchange the old Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 notes and deposit them at RBI Offices till June 30, 2017, in order to allow them adequate time to plan a visit as per their convenience. NRIs who were not present in India from November 9.. Read More


New Indian Passport Application Rules Make The Process Easier

In order to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport, the Ministry of External Affairs has taken a number of steps in the realm of passport policy which is expected to benefit the citizens of India applying for a passport. As per the Indian Passport Rules, 1980,  for all applicants born after.. Read More

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Indian Embassies to Hold Visa Grievance Sessions in 2017

In recognition of the number of difficulties visa applicants from India face, Indian Embassies in the United States will begin holding open houses to address such grievances. Beginning January 2017, sessions are said to be held every two weeks to assist individuals who are experiencing difficulties related to visas, passports, and Overseas Citizens of India.. Read More

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H-2B Employers Advised Against Identifying Returning Workers in Petitions for FY 2017

The H-2B returning worker provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 expired on September 30, 2016 and because Congress has not reauthorized the program, USCIS is now urging employers to stop identifying potential returning workers in petitions for fiscal year 2017, despite their previous instructions for the latter. Based on the expiration of 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