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November 23, 2010  | Posted by Business Immigration | Permalink

Welcome to our regular column expressing thoughts on immigration law developments and policy issues. These posts are written just as a newspaper column would be: timely, informative, and we hope, thought-provoking. We hope you’ll share your reactions with us.

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September 25, 2014 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink



The Department of State recently announced the opening of the registration period for the 2016 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. As in past years, the DV lottery will allow a maximum of 50,000 "diversity immigrants" to obtain permanent residence in the United States if they are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Entries for the DV-2016 lottery must be submitted electronically between noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 and noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, November 3, 2014. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at during the registration period. Paper entries are not accepted.

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August 18, 2014 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink
State Department Making Significant Progress in Fixing U.S. Consular Database Crash


We wanted to update you that the Department of State (DOS) announced that it has made "significant progress" in fixing the Consular Consolidated Database, used to print and approve immigrant and nonimmigrant visas at all Consular posts worldwide. 

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July 29, 2014 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink

U.S. Consular Database Crash Is Causing Delays in Visa Issuance Worldwide for All US Visa Applicants

We wanted to alert you to the very serious short-term crisis that is now delaying the issuance of all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas at all U.S. Consular posts worldwide. The State Department's global database for issuing visas has crashed, resulting in delays for the tens of thousands of visa applicants awaiting issuance of visas.

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May 12, 2014 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink

In a welcome regulatory change, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a regulation that will allow H-4 spouses of certain H-1B foreign nationals to apply for work authorization. The extension would be limited to H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants who are in the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment. Specifically, spouses in H-4 status would be able to apply for work authorization only if: 1) the H-1B spouse is the beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition, and visa numbers are currently unavailable in the preference category; or 2) the H-1B spouse is the beneficiary of a labor certification that was filed 365 or more days prior to reaching the end of the sixth year of H-1B status. Dependent spouses of H-1B workers who are not in the process of seeking permanent residence through employment will continue to be ineligible for employment authorization, as will the children of H-1B workers in H-4 status.

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April 9, 2014 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink

H-1B Cap Reached


On April 7, after only five business days into the filing season, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had already received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory caps for both the 65,000 regular cap and for the 20,000 cap for U.S. advanced degree holders for fiscal year (FY) 2015 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015). For those petitions received between April 1 and April 7, USCIS will conduct a computer-generated random selection process. Petitions not randomly selected for H-1B processing will be rejected, and the filing fees will be returned. We expect this random selection process to take place within the next few weeks.

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