Automatic Visa Revalidation in case of Change of Status

The concept of automatic visa revalidation is a vital tool for nonimmigrants in the United States, allowing for the ease of travel and flexibility in maintaining legal status. Particularly, individuals who have changed their visa status while residing in the U.S. may find themselves in a unique position when considering short trips to Canada, Mexico,…

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USCIS Fee Increase Expected Soon

The landscape of immigration fees is changing. In early 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is set to implement a significant increase in its filing fees, a development that has been looming on the horizon for some time. This move follows the agency’s previously announced proposal, which we discussed in detail in our…

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Role of KCC’s Fraud Prevention Unit

The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), integral to the U.S. visa application process, has reportedly begun a new practice that could significantly impact the clarity and transparency of fraud checks and background inquiries. The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee has recently learned that the KCC Fraud Prevention Unit may now…

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USCIS to Increase Premium Processing Fee

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a significant update that impacts many seeking expedited processing of their immigration-related applications. Effective from February 26, 2024, there will be an increase in the filing fee for Form I-907, known as the Request for Premium Processing. This change, influenced by inflation rates and aimed at…

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Challenges with the New US Visa Scheduling System

In the past few weeks, several posts worldwide—including those in India, Australia, South Korea, and Japan—have switched from the US Traveldocs system to a new platform for appointment scheduling: US Visa Scheduling. As visa applicants navigate this change, a myriad of issues have arisen. We had previously reported about this in our blog Visa Appointment…

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Proposed Changes to the H-1B Program: Quick Summary

On October 23, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register concerning the H-1B visa program which may also impact other nonimmigrant classifications, like F-1, L-1, O, R-1, E-3, TN, etc. While these proposed rules are not yet in effect and are open for…

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L-1 for sole proprietorship: USCIS updates it policy

The L-1 nonimmigrant visa classification is an essential instrument for multinational companies that need to temporarily transfer employees from foreign offices to U.S. locations. This visa classification allows managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge staff to come to the U.S. temporarily for work purposes. However, not all entities can petition for the L-1 visa, and the…

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Visa Appointment Scheduling Issues at Sydney, Australia

The recent launch of Sydney’s new visa appointment scheduling website was supposed to be a technological leap towards streamlined and efficient visa processing for the U.S Consulates in Australia. Instead, it has proven to be a source of frustration, confusion, and stress for visa applicants. From failed email correspondences to vanishing MRV fees, the new…

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USCIS Introduces New Self-Service Tool for Change of Address

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken another leap towards digital transformation by unveiling the Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool. This user-friendly platform promises improved convenience for USCIS customers who have ongoing applications, petitions, or requests and need to keep their address details updated. What is the E-COA Tool? E-COA stands out…

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DHS to End Temporary COVID-19 Flexibilities on I-9 Verification

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has signaled a significant shift in the way businesses handle their I-9 Verification processes. As of July 31, 2023, the temporary COVID-19 flexibilities that were introduced in March 2020 will come to an end. What’s more, businesses will have an additional 30 days to complete in-person physical inspections for…

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