DS-260 Problem with Online System

National Visa Center has reported experiencing technical difficulties with their online system related to the access of electronic immigrant visa application (Form DS-260) as well as the Online Choice of Address and Agent form (DS-261), as well as the ability to make and process immigrant visa fee payments electronically. The State Department has released guidance indicating that it is aware of the Ds-260 problem and is working to fix all the online issues. (more…)

H-1B Spouse Eligible for Employment

Certain H-4 dependent spouses (or H-1B spouse) may now apply for employment authorization under the new H-4 rule. On February 24, 2015, immigration announced that effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would begin accepting applications for employment authorization from certain H-1B spouse eligible for employment who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. (more…)

Obama Immigration Order Stalled by Circuit Court of Appeals

On Tuesday, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to remove an earlier injunction that left the President Obama immigration order in limbo with just over a year and a half before he leaves office.  The president’s top domestic policy adviser said she suspects the U.S. Supreme Court would have the final say on the fate of President Obama immigration order to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.  The president’s plan, announced last year, would allow more than four million people in the country illegally to apply for deferred deportation and work authorizations, among other benefits.

Immigration Court Backlog – 445,607 cases pending

The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Court climbed to a new all-time high of 445,607 as of the end of April 2015, according to very timely government court data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog has risen 9.2 percent since the beginning of this fiscal year when the backlog was 408,037. The backlog is 29.5 percent higher than it was at the beginning of fiscal year 2014, at which time only 344,230 cases were waiting in the Immigration Court. (more…)

Immigration Attorney Offers Top 5 Immigration Tips

Entering the United States as a first-time visitor can be an exciting experience. However, if you decide to overstay or fall into unlawful immigration status, then you should take the advise of an experience immigration attorney. Immigration Law Offices of Gail S. Seeram offers her top five (5) immigration tips for anyone who is seeking lawful permanent resident status in the United States. (more…)

U.S. President Obama and Cuban President Castro Restore Diplomatic Relations

At the Summit of Americas, President Obama shared a historic hand shake with Cuban President Castro and is opening the door to diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.  Further, President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the terrorism list, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities.  President Obama and Cuban President Castro engaged in the first such formal meeting between the leaders of the two countries in more than a half-century.  What does the renewed relations between President Obama and Cuban President Castro mean for U.S. immigration policy? (more…)

Hillary Clinton Candidate for President Immigration Views

Hillary Clinton Candidate for President Immigration Views – According to New York Times, Hillary Clinton supports President Obama’s decision to use his executive powers to reshape the nation’s immigration policy, saying it was needed “to begin fixing our broken immigration system and focus finite resources on deporting felons rather than families.”  CLICK HERE to watch video announcing Hillary’s candidacy for President.

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H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B 2016 cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.

USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the H-1B 2016 petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption.

USCIS will first randomly select H-1B 2016 petitions for the advanced degree exemption. All unselected advanced degree petitions will become part of the random selection process for the 65,000 general limit. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject H-1B 2016 petitions that are not duplicate filings.   (more…)

Back-track is NOT the Right-track into the U.S. – Immigration Laws not reward Illegal Entry

Many immigrants see coming to the United States as an opportunity to escape poverty, crime, and abuse and to seek a better life. With tourist visa issued at a low rate, many seek entry into the United States through “back-track” or illegal entry. Some immigrants choose to enter the U.S. by land and foot through U.S. land borders or ports of entry such as Arizona, California, Texas and Canada. Others try to enter the U.S. by air with a photo switch passport or use a United States citizen’s passport to gain entry into the United States. The people who get paid to make these “back-track” arrangements would often sell you a dream and tell you that your illegally entry will be undetected by the United States immigration authorities.

However, since 9/11, (more…)