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New Immigrant Visa Fee to be Charged by USCIS

As February 1, 2013 USCIS will charge a new fee of $165 per applicant that receives an Immigrant Visa Package at an US Embassy or Consulate. This is in addition to the Immigrant Visa Fees charged by the US State Department in connection with the Immigrant Visa interview. For more information see this link:

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=3a2bb75e8109b310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=fe529c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD


Obama Challenges Congress to Act Swiftly on Immigration Reform

President Obama made a speech in Las Vegas on Immigration Reform today.  To read about what he said check out this article from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/us/politics/obama-issues-call-for-immigration-overhaul.html?smid=pl-share


Bipartisan Announcement on Immigration Reform

Today, a group of four Democratic and four Republican senators released their “Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” which outlines a set of principles to guide the overhaul of the U.S. immigration system. For more information see this document:

Bipartisan Announcement on Immigration Reform


Our office will be closed on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21, 2013

In commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King our office will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2013.


Haydenlaw visits India in January

Please join us for a free presentation about US Immigration options for entrepreneurs, professionals, managers and others in Hyderabad, and Delhi India. Question and Answer sessions will follow the presentations. On the second day free half hour consultations are available with attorneys from 10 am to 6pm. Please send a Contact Us message through the web site if you would like to attend any of the events and we will save you a place. Seating is limited.

HyderabadJanuary 8, 2013 7PM to 9PM

Group Informational Presentation and Q and A.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

8-2-409, Rd No. 6, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034

January 9, 2013 half hour slots available for free consultations from 10 am to 6pm at the same location.

 

DelhiJanuary 11, 2013 7PM to 9PM

Group Informational Presentation and Q and A.

Conclave Room, The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa,

Bangla Sahib Road, New Delhi – 110001

January 12, 2013 half hour slots available for free consultations from 10 am to 6pm at the same location.

 

 


SUPREME COURT AGREES TO TAKE UP GAY MARRIAGE CASES

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would enter the national debate over same-sex marriage, agreeing to hear a pair of cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage to include only unions of a man and a woman. See the New York Times article here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/08/us/supreme-court-agrees-to-hear-two-cases-on-gay-marriage.html?smid=pl-share


STEM Jobs Act passes House – Bill Would Eliminate Visa Lottery

The STEM Jobs Act would create new visa categories for foreign PhD and masters graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and eliminates the diversity immigrant program. That program is commonly known as the “Visa Lottery”  Summary of Stem Jobs Act

On 11/20/12 the House Rules committee posted a modified version of H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act. Summary of Modifications to Stem Jobs Act

The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy opposing H.R. 6429. The administration objects to the piecemeal approach to immigration reform and prefers a more comprehensive change in current law. The bill was introduced by a Republican, Representative Smith from Texas.

Today, the House of Representatives debated and voted on a modified version of  the STEM Jobs Act. It  passed by a vote of vote of 245 to 139.  The measure now moves to the Senate for possible consideration.


USCIS Announcement to Individuals Affected by Hurricane Sanday

USCIS Reminds Individuals Affected by Hurricane Sandy of Temporary Immigration Relief Measures

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds customers affected by Hurricane Sandy of certain U.S. immigration benefits or relief that may be available to them.
USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual’s ability to maintain lawful immigration status or obtain certain other immigration benefits. Eligible individuals may request or apply for temporary relief measures, including:

  • A change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
  • Extension or re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS;
  • Expedited adjudication of off-campus employment authorization applications for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
  • Expedited adjudication of employment authorization applications; and
  • Assistance to Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards). USCIS and the Department of State will coordinate on these matters when LPRs are stranded in places that do not have a local USCIS office.

Where appropriate, USCIS may exercise its discretion to allow for delays in filing resulting from the hurricane. This may include, for example:

  • Assistance to those who have not appeared for an interview or submitted required forms of evidence. You may show how the disrupting event affected your connection to USCIS and your ability to appear or submit documents as required; and
  • Assistance to those who have not been able to respond to Requests For Evidence (RFEs) or Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). USCIS will extend the deadline for individuals to respond to RFEs or NOIDs by 30 days. This will apply to all RFEs and NOIDs with a deadline of October 26 through November 26, 2012. During this time, USCIS will not issue denials based on abandonment of an application or petition.

Visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver Program may visit a local USCIS office for assistance. Please check whether your local USCIS office is open before going. Individuals affected by the hurricane who are at a U.S. airport may contact the nearest U.S. Customs and Border Protection office for assistance.

Last updated:11/02/2012


Have you applied for the Visa Lottery yet? The window closes on November 3, 2012

There is still time to apply for the Visa Lottery this year.  First check to see if you are eligible based on your nationality.  Here is a list of those that are NOT eligible. All others are eligible: DV_2014_Eligible Countries

To go to the correct government web site to apply see below:

You can access the link to apply by copying and pasting the entire address below into your web browser:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html


Applicants brought to the US as children have to find documents

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/04/nyregion/for-illegal-immigrants-seeking-a-reprieve-lack-of-documents-is-again-a-hurdle.html?smid=pl-share