What data does the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) collect? Here’s a sample EVUS enrollment: Continue reading “Sample EVUS Enrollment”
USCIS has issued a final rule increasing filing fees for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees go into effect December 23, 2016. USCIS explains that fees are increasing “for the first time in six years, by a weighted average of 21 percent.” Continue reading “USCIS Filing Fees Increase”
The U.S. Embassy provided a briefing to American Chamber of Commerce members on the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) platform on October 21. The presenter was Christine Parker, visiting from the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington to help with EVUS promotion. Continue reading “Slides from EVUS Briefing by U.S. Embassy in Beijing (Oct. 21, 2016)”
Starting Nov. 29, Chinese holders of 10-year U.S. visitor visas must be enrolled in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) to travel to the U.S. On Oct. 21 at 9:30am, the U.S. Embassy will be providing a briefing to AmCham China members. Read more.
This article discusses the requirements and procedures for admission to the U.S. as a nonimmigrant. It also covers your responsibilities in order to maintain legal nonimmigrant status. It’s important to be familiar with these responsibilities because a violation may make you ineligible for extension of status or change of status, ineligible for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status, and in some cases deportable from and inadmissible to the United States. Continue reading “Nonimmigrants: Admission, Rights, and Responsibilities”
Since our firm’s offices are in China, we are often asked by lawyers in the U.S. to work as local counsel for U.S. visa applications at the U.S. Consulates in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shenyang. We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures. Here are the basic tips we give most frequently to stateside lawyers: Continue reading “Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China”
In a first-of-its-kind sting operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) established a sham school in September 2013. The University of Northern New Jersey offered no classes or instructors. But for a price it offered to shady recruiters an opportunity to obtain fraudulent student visas for foreign customers. Continue reading “Univ. of Northern New Jersey: a Federal Sting Operation Targeting Student Visa Fraud”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a handy chart showing which nonimmigrant classifications allow study in the U.S.
One common violation of status our firm sees is that generally a B1/B2 visitor may only engage in study that is avocational or recreational in nature, and if a B1/B2 visitor applies for change to F-1 student status, the student may not begin attending school until the change of status is approved by DHS. Continue reading “Nonimmigrants: Who Can Study in the U.S.?”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to intensify its investigation of visa applicants’ social media. Our law firm advises clients to exercise caution using social media. Continue reading “Alert: DHS Intensifies Screening of Visa Applicants’ Social Media”
The USCIS director tells lawmakers that the agency is reviewing the K-1 fiancé(e) visa program used by one of the attackers in San Bernardino, and that USCIS has been ordered to retroactively review such cases approved in recent years. Continue reading “USCIS Reviewing K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Program in Wake of San Bernardino Shootings”