Valentine's Day Gift For Indians, U.S. Adjusts Consular Exchange Rate
Effective Monday February 14, 2005, The United States Consular Sections In India Will Adjust The Consular Exchange Rate From Us$1 = Rs. 46 To Us$1 = Rs. 44, Reducing Rupee Denominated Costs Of Applying For Visas, Passports, And Other Consular Services.

Dol Unveils Email Subscription Service
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Today Announced A New Effort To Expand Website Usage With The Introduction Of An Email Subscription Management System. The New Email Subscription Service Will Allow Citizens To Subscribe To Receive Updates By Email When Specific Information They Are Interested In Changes. The Email Update Includes A Direct Link To The Page Of Interest.

Family-Based Immigrant Visa: Who Qualifies?
The Us Congress, By Conferring Permanent Residence Eligibility Upon Certain Family-Based Groups, Has Properly Recognized The Importance Of Family Unification In American Immigration Law. The Family-Based Immigration Falls Under Two Basic Categories: Unlimited (Immediate Relatives Of U.S. Citizens) And Limited (The "Preference" Categories). Approximately 500,000 Family-Based Immigrant Visas Are Available Each Year. Family Based Immigration Has Many Benefits For Us Citizens Or Permanent Residents That Want To Be Reunited With Family, Be It A Spouse And Children, A Newly Adopted Child, Or Brothers And Sisters. The Closeness Of The Relationship Will Determine If The Foreign National Can Be Sponsored Under The Family Based Categories, And If They Can How Long It Will Take For Them To Get The Immigrant Visa.

Operator Of English Language Schools Charged For Allegedly Running Visa Fraud Scheme
In A Startling Discovery By U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice), A Beverly Hills Man Who Operates Two Schools That Teach English To Foreign Students Was Arrested On Federal Charges For Allegedly Running A Visa Fraud Scheme That Allowed Foreign Nationals From Around The World To Obtain Student Visas To Enter The United States, Even Though They Had No Intention Of Attending The Schools Or Were Fraudulently Trying To Remain In The United States.

Eb2 Immigrant Visa Cutoff Dates For India And China
As Per The Department Of State (Dos) Visa Bulletin For August 2008, Cutoff Dates For The Employmentbased Second Preference (Eb2) Category For India And China Will Advance More Than Two Years, To June 1, 2006. Also In August, The Employmentbased Third Preference (Eb3) Subcategory For "Other Workers" Will Become Unavailable Worldwide, But Is Expected To Resume Availability With A January 1, 2003 Cutoff Date In October Of This Year. All The Other Employmentbased Immigrant Visa Categories Will Remain Unchanged In August, 2008.

Uscis Tips To Avoid Common Efiling Mistakes
The Uscis Issued Information On How To Avoid Common Efiling Mistakes.

Getting Married While On F1 Status
Hi All, Need Your Help. I Am Currently On F1, And Will Soon Be On Opt. I Am Planning To Get Married And Wanted To Know If My Husband Will Be Able To Come To Us And If So On Which Visa? What Will Be More Advisable? To Get Married While I Am On F1 (But Again Once I Am Off From F1 Status And On Opt...

Congress Passes L1 And H1b Reform Law
The Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Was Approved By Both The House And Senate On November 20, 2004. The Bill Introduces Many Changes In The Existing Provisions Relating To Work Visas, Such As: Restoration Of Oneyear Experience Requirement For L1 Blanket Entrants; Reinstitution Of H1b Fee And H1b Dependent Attestations, Introduction Of A New Antifraud Fee On L1s And H1bs; And Opening Up More H1bs For Certain Applicants.

Into Almost The Last Leg Of My Travel Workshop In Chennai
This Month's In Focus Section Will Journey You Through Yet Another Exciting Day In Our Attorney's Travelogue: Chennai, Our Second Immigration Workshop In The Immigration Events Series Last Year.

I130 No Longer Accepted At U.S. Consulates
Effective Immediately, The Immediate Relative Petition (I130) Must Be Filed With The Uscis Office Responsible For The Petitioner's Place Of Residence. Consular Offices At U.S. Embassies And Consulates Are No Longer Authorized To Accept I130s, Although They Will Continue To Provide Guidance To American Citizen Petitioners And Their Family Members.

Uscis Announces New Special Immigrant Visa For Certain Iraqis
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced Guidelines For A New Special Immigrant Visa For Certain Iraqi Nationals Who Worked For, Or Were Contractors Of The United States Government In Iraq For At Least One Year After March 20, 2003.

Opt Extension For Highly Skilled Foreign Students
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Has Today Released An Interim Final Rule Extending The Period Of Optional Practical Training (Opt) From 12 To 29 Months For Qualified F1 Nonimmigrant Students. The Extension Will Be Available To F1 Students With A Degree In Science, Technology, Engineering, Or Mathematics Who Are Employed By Businesses Enrolled In The Everify Program.

Uscis Extends Validity Period Of Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) For Refugees
In An Effort To Provide Better Customer Service To Refugees, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Recently Announced That It Would Extend The Validity Of Initial Employment Authorization Documents (Ead) For Refugees To Two Years After Arrival In The United States. Previous Policy Required Renewal Of The Employment Authorization Document (Ead) After One Year.

Uscis Settles Kaplan Class Action
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Entered Into A Settlement Agreement In A National Class Action, Kaplan, Et Al. V. Chertoff, Et Al., Cv 065304, Which Was Filed In The U.S. District Court For The Eastern District Of Pennsylvania

Uscis Clarifies Fee Exemption Eligibility For The Application For Waiver Of Grounds Of Inadmissibility (Form I601)
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Remind Its Customers That The Fee For An Application For Waiver Of Grounds Of Inadmissibility (Form I601) Is Always Required. Uscis Has Received Numerous Applications Filed Without The Appropriate Fee Due To An Incorrect Interpretation Of The Regulations.

Ins Officer Wrote In My Passport My A#...... I:485 Pending F16 245?
Any Ide What This Means?

Dhs Announces Expanded Border Control Plans
Department Of Homeland Security Announced Plans To Expand Control Of The United States Borders Through Increased Use Of Immigration Laws To Combat Illegal Entry Between The Ports Of Entry While Facilitating Travel For Legitimate Mexican Visitors.

The 3 To 10 Year Illegal Immigration Penalty
Hi, I Have A Question About This Rule. I Have A Friend Who Immigrated Here From South America When He Was About 13. He Came Here Legally, Im Not Sure With What Type Of Visa Though. It Expired And I Guess He Was Then Here Illegally For About 4 Years. After That He Someone Got Everything In Order...

Divorce Before Aos Interview
Hello Everyone, I Came To The Us With A Tourist Visa And Overstayed In The Us *I'm Not Sure If This Is Called Being Out Of Status*. Here I Met My Wife And We Got Married. It Is Almost A Year Since We Got Married And Things Aren't Going Great Anymore And We Both Want To Divorce, I Haven't Received...

Uscis Releases New Edition Of Form I9
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Released An Updated Version Of Form I9, The Employment Eligibility Verification Form. The June 5, 2007 Edition Of The Form Is Set To Expire On June 30, 2008 And Is Replaced By The New Form Dated June 16, 2008. The New Version Contains No Substantive Changes From The Previous Edition.

"Adit" Stamps To Be Continued
Until Further Notice, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Will Continue The Practice Of Issuing "Adit" Stamps. An "Adit" Stamp Is Added To A Passport Or An Arrivaldeparture Record (I94) As Proof Of Temporary Residency.

Uscis Houston Office Remains Closed Due To Hurricane Ike
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That Its Houston Office At 126 North Point Will Remain Closed For Business Today And Tomorrow (Sept. 15-16). Additionally, All Three Local Application Support Centers As Well As The Houston Asylum Office (See Locations Below) Will Remain Closed Until Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Dhs Announces 12Month Extension Of Tps For Nationals Of Burundi
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced A 12Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status (Tps) For Nationals Of Burundi Until November 2, 2005. Under This Extension, Those Who Have Already Been Granted Tps Are Eligible To Live And Work In The United States For An Additional Year And Continue To Maintain Their Status.

Supplemental Proposed Rule With Employer Guidance Regarding Nomatch Letters
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Released Today A Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking For The Nomatch Rule Previously Issued On August 15, 2007. This Rulemaking Addresses Three Issues Cited In A Decision Of The U.S. District Court For The Northern District Of California Enjoining The August 2007 Nomatch Rule. This Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking Provides A More Detailed Analysis Of How Dhs Developed The Nomatch Policy And Will Help Responsible Employers Ensure That They Are Not Employing Unauthorized Workers.

Need Information For G4
Hi There, I Have Few Questions Regarding G4 Visa. 1) What Documents Are Required? 2) What Is Eligibility? 3) Is There Any Chances To File Green Card On G4 Visa? 4) What Are The Other Benefits Other Than No Tax? 5) What Is Processing Time? 6) Can I Sponsor My Parents ?

Dos Reminds Posts Of Student & Exchange Visitor Processing Policies
The Us Department Of State Has Sent A Cable Reminding The Diplomatic And Consular Posts Of Several Important Visa Processing Policies Relating To Students And Exchange Visitors To Ensure That Applications For These Categories Of Visas Are Handled In The Most Expeditious Way. The Cable Reminds That F, M Or J Visa Holders Will Not Be Admitted To The Us Until A Date Thirty Days Or Less Prior To The Beginning Of Their Program Date, Or Start Date, As Given On Form I20 (For F Or M Visas) Or Ds2019 (For J Visas).

Dos Update On Green Card Lottery Registrations
The U.S. Department Of State Announced That Over 6.4 Million Entries For The 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Were Received During The Twomonth Electronic Registration Period, From October 4, 2006, Through December 3, 2006.

Two Categories Of Special Immigrant Religious Workers To Expire On October 1
It's Like A Reminder From The Uscis For All Its Customers That Authorization For The Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program Will Expire On Oct. 1, 2008. The Uscis Even Said That The Individuals Applying To Serve In The Two Non-Minister Categories Of The Program Must Either Adjust Their Status To Permanent Residence Or Apply For, And Be Admitted With, An Immigrant Visa Before Oct. 1, 2008. The Two Expiring Categories Are Special Immigrant Religious Workers In Professional Or Non-Professional Capacities Within A Religious Vocation Or Occupation. The Expiration Date Also Applies To The Accompanying Spouses And Children Of These Workers. Special Immigrant Religious Workers Entering The United States Solely To Carry On The Vocation Of A Minister Of A Religious Denomination Are Not Impacted By The Expiration Date.

Australia Prices Itself Out Of The Property Market
Australian Immigration News Australia Prices Itself Out Of The Property Market. For Others Dreaming Of Australia, It Is Not Just The Long Haul That Has Deterred People Who Live Abroad From Picking Up Property In Australia. Despite Being A Huge Country With A Small Population, Prices Are Steep. In The Latest Annual Demographia Survey Of Housing Afford [...]

Cbp Responds To Hurricane Dolly
Today At The News Conference Held At The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Jayson Ahern, Cbp Deputy Commissioner Said, "U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Currently Is Maintaining Normal Border Security Operations At And Between Our Ports Of Entry In The Impacted Area Of The Border. We Have Established Our Lead Field Coordinator, Which Is Chief Ron Vitiello, Our Local Border Patrol Sector Chief. We Also Are Actively Maintaining Liaison Officers At Local, State And Fema Command And Coordination Centers In Order To Most Effectively Commit Our Resources To Those Agencies And Individuals In Need. We Have Approximately 3,500 Employees Who Are Living In The Impacted Area And Who Continue To Work Toward Keeping Our Country Safe.