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US Department of State Visa Systems Continue to Experience Technical Failures

computer office man dispair

Expect delays in the coming weeks in US visa and passport issuance. The US Department of State (DOS) announced yesterday that it is experiencing technical problems with visa issuance at US embassies and consulates around the world. The DOS stated that officials are working “around the clock” to fix the problem, noting that it does …

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The July 2015 Visa Bulletin Brings Little Change

The Department of State’s July Visa Bulletin announced only a few modest changes in employment-based visa processing. Most significantly, the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will become unavailable for the Philippines. Additionally, Indian nationals seeking classification under the EB-2 preference category will see no change from the month of June.  Those seeking classification under the …

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SEVIS and SEVP System Outage – J, F, and M Students Travel Warning: Student and Exchange Visitor Information System

Big signboard of Immigration at the airport

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is used by the Department of State and The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to monitor nonimmigrant exchange visitors and students during their time in the United States.  SEVIS is a web-based system used for critical processes such as issuance of documentation necessary to obtain visas, payment of …

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Federal Register Announces TPS Extended for Somalia – I-9 Update Temporary Protected Status

Immigration entry stamp on the inside page of a passport.  Note that I have deliberately left the background inky and blotchy.

As published in the Federal Register on June 1, 2015, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation was extended for Somalian nationals currently living in the United States.  Somalia’s TPS extension and re-designation is for an additional 18 months, from September 15, 2015 through March 17, 2017.  This action was taken after the Secretary of Homeland Security …

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The Supreme Court Takes the BIA to Task – Mellouli v. Lynch

Immigration entry stamp on the inside page of a passport.  Note that I have deliberately left the background inky and blotchy.

Monday, in an opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court brought a measure of hope to non-citizens facing deportation on the basis of certain minor criminal convictions. In Mellouli v. Lynch, the Court ruled that Moones Mellouli, a lawful permanent resident, could not be removed from the United States on the basis of …

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