US consulate General of United States, Chennai official website say’s: A regrettable error has resulted in an over-scheduling of nonimmigrant visa appointments for December 30 and for each day in January. The Consulate does not have sufficient staff to process the overbooking and we have been forced to re-schedule some January … Continue reading
USCIS has announced that it has received sufficient numbers of cap-subject H-2B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap of 33,000 for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2006. Cap-subject H-2B petitions requesting employment start dates of March 31, 2005 or earlier that were not received on or before December … Continue reading
The most popular program allowing to randomly give away green cards to lucky winners of citizens of various countries might not be available after the fiscal year 2007. The US House of Representatives has passed a Bill that seeks to do away with the ‘diversity visa lottery’ system. One of … Continue reading
In a recent cable, the Department of State (DOS) advises consular officers on how to interpret the immigrant intent requirement when adjudicating student visa applications. Consular officers are advised to evaluate the requirement to maintain a residence abroad in the context of the student’s present circumstances, and to focus on … Continue reading
The House and Senate have individually passed different versions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (S. 1932). The two bodies must now appoint conferees to negotiate compromise legislation. As of early December, most experts are predicting passage of this legislation before the end of December. Whether it will contain the much … Continue reading
A total of 16,698 cases have been counted against the 20,000 H-1B cap exemption for holders of advanced degrees from U.S. universities; of these, 14,281 have been approved and 2,417 are pending. *6,800 are set aside for the H-1B1 program under terms of the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements and … Continue reading
DOL published final rule on amendments to H-1B & H-1B1 regulations. The amendments, effective 01/04/06, include a requirement for electronic filing of LCAs by employers.