The CATO Institute recently released a sobering update on the status of operations for US Consulates in Aug. showing that over 60% were either fully or partially closed during the month. More details can be found here.
Recently, the Department of State (DOS) announced that visa services at U.S. Consular Posts will resume operations as local conditions warrant. This is an ever changing situation and we encourage you to contact your HNM attorney before seeking any service at a US Consulate.
We knew it couldn’t last and we are sad to report that the US Consulates in Canada have now joined their brethren from Posts in India and Manila in determining that it is their duty as red-blooded Americans to re-adjudicate every issue in an H-1b petition before issuing a visa. The US Consulates are re-adjudicating issues relating to itinerary… Continue reading US Consulates in Canada join in on the fun !
In what has become a holiday tradition, a government agency has announced a fee increase. This time the DOS has published a new schedule for fees applicable to visa issued at Consular posts. If only we could be assured that the Post would apply the law, paying increased fees would not be so bad but,… Continue reading Happy Holidays ! New Fees from the DOS !
Recently the NFAP released a report based upon data received from the Department of State that showed visa approvals for multi-national cos. from India had declined in 2011 by almost 30% while during the same time-frame, the approvals for non-Indian based cos. had risen by over 15%. At a time when the U.S. economy needs job… Continue reading NFAP Data Should Draw Ire from the Obama Administration
If the political parties can’t agree on a budget and the government shuts down on Fri. as threatened, the implications to various agencies involved in immigration processing are significant. Although, much is not yet announced it is likely that there would be little impact to the USCIS as they are primarily funded by fees whereas… Continue reading Government shutdown looming ? Impact on immigration