The USCIS announced that the number of applications for the 2017 H-1B visa program had closed and that the number of applications exceeded the number of visas available. There are 65,000 H-1B visas available annually. In addition there are 20,000 visas available for advanced degrees. The USCIS will…

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On December 18, 2015, the President signed into law the omnibus appropriations bill for 2016 which included the bill reforming the Visa Waiver Program. (VWP).

Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), aliens can visit the U.S. for a maximum of 90 days provided they have a round trip ticket and are approv…

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A federal district court judge blocked President Obama's amnesty program. The USA Today reports "A federal judge in Texas has blocked President Obama's policy deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

Ina 123-page opinion handed down late Monday, Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that…

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The annual H-1B visas become available on April 1, 2015. There are 65,000 H-1B visas allotted annually. Aliens can send their applications starting April 1, 2015. Usually the visa applications exceed the visas available in the first few days. Aliens whose visa applications are accepted by the USCIS…

Read more: ANNUAL H-1B VISAS AVAILABLE ON APRIL 1, 2015

The President took executive actions that suspended deportation and granted legal status for millions of illegal immigrants yesterday. He also made other collateral executive actions. A summary of his actions was written by the AILA organization and is quoted as follows:

  1. "Enforcement Priorities

    Ma…

Read more: PRESIDENT'S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTIONS 11/21/2014

The USCIS announced that premium processing of H-1B petitions will begin on April 28,2014. Premium processing is an expedited adjudication of an H-1B petition and is usually processed in about 2 weeks. In order to qualify for premium processing an additional fee is paid to the USCIS. Any H-1B petiti…

Read more: USCIS H-1B PREMIUM PROCESSING TO BEGIN APRIL 28 2014

The USCIS announced that H-1B applications for the current year exceeded the number of visas available and that no more applications were being accepted. That the USCIS began accepting applications on 4/1/2014 and that they closed new applications within the first week. No more H-1B visas will be av…

Read more: H-1B VISAS APPLICATIONS FOR THE CURENT YEAR FILLED

The annual H-1B visas become available on April 1, 2014. There are 65,000 H-1B visas allotted annually. Aliens can send their applications starting April 1, 2014. Usually the visa applications exceed the visas available in the first few days. Aliens whose visa applications are accepted by the USCIS…

Read more: ANNUAL H-1B VISAS AVAILABLE APRIL 1, 2014

Registration for the DV Lottery 2015 has begun and the application period is from October 1, 2013 to November 2, 2013. The DV Lottery is a lottery program for people who come from countries with low immigration rates to the US. Every year 50,000 immigrant visas are made available through this progra…

Read more: DV GREEN CARD LOTTERY EXPIRES SOON

The US Government has announced that the results of the 2014 Diversity Visa lottery results have been made and are now available online at the DV Entrant Status Check page on the Department of State website. The US Government also is warning applicants to be aware of fraud and how to check and repor…

Read more: 2014 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY RESULTS ANNOUNCED BY THE US GOVERNMENT

The US Customs & Border Protection Agency announced a new procedure for legal temporary foreign visitors to verify their legal status in the US. At the present time, the CBP issues a paper form I-94 to arriving legal temporary visitors. After April 30, 2013, the CBP will no long issue the I-94 f…

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On January, 2013, as a part of the general income tax updates and changes, the federal estate tax law was extended and clarified. It was called the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Overview of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On January 2, 2013, The President signed the American Taxpaye…

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The first day to apply for the limited amnesty policy previously announced by the USCIS started today, August 15, 2012. In June, the USCIS issued a memorandum announcing that DHS will offer deferred action for two years to certain young people who came to the U.S. as children and meet other eligibil…

Read more: NEW USCIS AMNESTY POLICY STARTS TODAY

The registration for the Diversity Visa Lottery Program (DV Lottery 2014) has been announced by the USCIS. The application period is from October 2, 2012 to November 3, 2012.

DV Lottery is a lottery program for people who come from countries with low immigration rates to the U.S. Every year 50,000…

Read more: DV LOTTERY 2014 PROGRAM DATES ANNOUNCED