By: Joseph J. Shepherd, Esq.
As the deadline for Congressional action to avoid sequestration approaches, U.S. immigration authorities outline the consequences of the automatic budget cuts to our already overloaded immigration infrastructure, and take action to prepare for the worst.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stated yesterday that as a result of sequestration, Customs and Border . . . → Read More: Automatic Budget Cuts To Inundate Already Overloaded U.S. Immigration System
If Congress is unable to reach accord today, the government will close at midnight, Saturday April 9. If the government shuts for budgetary reasons, all but “essential” government are furloughed and not permitted to work.
USCIS: USCIS has confirmed that it will be operating, except for E-Verify.
DOS: DOS will likely function in the same . . . → Read More: Government Shutdown: What Does It Mean For Immigration Agencies?
Visitors traveling to the United States are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the United States. Citizens of certain countries are exempt from the six-month rule and need only have a passport valid for their intended period of stay. Any . . . → Read More: Foreign Nationals with Expiring Passports: “Six-Month Club” Updates
by Avi Friedman, Esq.
As of January 10, 2011, all 10 U.S. Consular Posts in Mexico will institute new visa application procedures. The consular posts include the five border posts in Tijuana, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juarez, and Matamoros and the other posts in Monterrey, Hermosillo, Merida, Guadalajara, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
The first major . . . → Read More: New Visa Application Procedures at U.S. Consular Posts in Mexico
[Via: American Immigration Lawyers Association]
The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members of U.S. Embassy personnel. This drawdown is due to the continuing demonstrations, violence, and deaths in Cote d’Ivoire following the contested results of the recent presidential election. In one incident, . . . → Read More: Visa Services Suspended at Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
As many of our clients will be traveling abroad over the holiday season, we provide this travel memo to summarize requirements for international travel. We encourage all to check with your Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group Attorney prior to travel.
Basic Documents Required for Travel (and re-entry to the U.S.):
Passport valid for . . . → Read More: Holiday Travel Advisory
New Visa Procedures
Beginning January 10, 2011, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates will process visas differently. Under the new procedures, most applicants will go to Applicant Service Centers (ASCs) prior to their consular section interview. The ASC staff will collect the applicant’s biometric information that will be reviewed by the consular section . . . → Read More: U.S. Embassy in Mexico Announces New Visa Procedures
On November 19, 2010, the Embassy of the United States in London issued a notice regarding the collection of the new Border Security Act fees.
Under the Border Security Act, the U.S. government must collect an additional fee of $2,000 in certain H-1B cases and $2,250 in certain L-1 cases if the employer has more than 50 . . . → Read More: U.S. Embassy in London Issues Notice on Collection of New Border Security Act Fees
On November 18, 2010
New Delhi – In an effort to make the visa application process more convenient for all Indians, and as part of Mission India’s ongoing effort to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad now accept visa applications from . . . → Read More: U.S. Ambassador in New Delhi, India Announces More Convenient U.S. Visa Application Process