Video: Tips for Your U.S. Visa Appointment

View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/T80jKsfxruY. This video is for you if you are a client of our law firm and the time for your visa appointment at a U.S. consular post is approaching. It’s an important moment for you. It’s also important to our law firm. This video provides tips to help you get ready. The… Continue reading Video: Tips for Your U.S. Visa Appointment

Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China

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… Continue reading Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China

Must an Immigrant Visa Applicant Intend to Live in the U.S. Permanently?

Clients often ask whether to qualify for an immigrant visa (i.e., a green card) they must intend to move to the U.S. permanently. Take, for example, a father who owns a business in China. Can he apply for an EB-5 investor green card so that his teenage son can accompany him to the U.S., even… Continue reading Must an Immigrant Visa Applicant Intend to Live in the U.S. Permanently?

Surprise: EB-3 China Priority Dates Retrogress in August

Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the U.S. State Department’s Visa Control and Reporting Division tells the American Immigration Lawyers Associaton that in August the priority date cut-off for EB-3 China will retrogress seven years to June 1, 2004. Why the big surprise in the August Visa Bulletin?

Nonimmigrant vs. Immigrant Visa–What’s the Difference?

U.S. law provides for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Immigrant visas (i.e., permanent resident status or green cards) allow for indefinite residence in the United States. Most immigrant visas are issued on the basis of family sponsorship or through employment (including investment). In contrast, nonimmigrant visas allow entry only for a limited period an only… Continue reading Nonimmigrant vs. Immigrant Visa–What’s the Difference?

USCIS Fee Increase

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it is raising fees an average of 10%, effective Nov. 23, 2010. The agency is primarily fee-based, with about 90% of its budget coming from applicants and petitioners seeking immigration benefits. The agency justifies the fee increase as a way to recover costs after fiscal year 2008… Continue reading USCIS Fee Increase

DOS Increases Fees for Immigrant Visas & American Citizen Services

I previously reported on fee increases by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) for nonimmigrant visas effective June 4, 2010. Now, DOS has also issued an interim final rule increasing fees for immigrant visas and certain American Citizen Services, effective July 13. DOS justifies the changes by citing an independent cost of service study’s findings… Continue reading DOS Increases Fees for Immigrant Visas & American Citizen Services

Permanent Resident Card Production Delays

USCIS has announced that applicants may experience up to an eight-week delay in the delivery of their permanent resident cards while USCIS upgrades its card production equipment. If you have recently been admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant, you will still be able to travel and seek employment in the U.S. Your immigrant visa… Continue reading Permanent Resident Card Production Delays

Update: Consular Recommendations to Revoke Visa Petitions

Our law firm is often retained to represent clients where a U.S. Consulate has returned the visa petition to USCIS to consider revocation. This process is slower and less transparent than it should be. Still, this update explains that recently there have been some minor improvements in the process. These improvements were mentioned by Jonathan… Continue reading Update: Consular Recommendations to Revoke Visa Petitions