R-1 (Religious Worker) Visa

R-1 is a nonimmigrant visa issued to foreign nationals in religious occupations who perform the duties of a religious worker in the United States. Currently, there are no quotas imposed on R-1 visas and their processing takes three to ten weeks. In order to qualify, the individual must have maintained … Continue reading

VISA Retrogression

AILA has realeased a detail information on VISA Retrogression in the Q&A format. Immitips reproduces the same for the benefit of the readers. 1. WHAT IS THE “QUOTA BACKLOG”? The Immigration and Nationality Act sets limits on how many green card visas may be issued each Fiscal Year (October 1 … Continue reading

More Immigrant (Green Card) & H-1

There are signs that the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a move to increase the availability of Green Cards and H-1B visas in an act intended to raise more revenue. The first formal exploratory meeting will take place on October 20, 2005. As part of this a budgetary reconfiguration, the … Continue reading

Fee Increase for Notice of Appeal to AAU

The fee for Form I-290B — Notice of Appeal to the Administrative Appeals Unit increased from $110 to $385, as of September 28, 2005. The final rule regarding this change was included in the August 29, 2005 Federal Register (70 FR 50954).

CBP Issues Reminder About APIS Requirement

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued a reminder that, as of October 4, 2005, carriers will be required to include additional passenger manifest data through the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS). APIS is an automated system capable of performing database queries on passengers and crewmembers prior to their … Continue reading