Archive for August 2009


Revised Instructions for Case Status Inquiries with Service Centers

August 27th, 2009 | by Dimo R. Michailov, Esq. | Category: News

USCIS has instituted a new (and supposedly more streamlined and reliable) process for directing case status inquiries with USCIS service centers.  Case status inquiries should be conducted by following these steps:
Step 1: Contact the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283.  The NCSC can assist customers, community-based organizations and liaison groups with case related inquiries.  […]


USCIS to Accept New H-2B Fiscal Year 2009 Petitions

August 27th, 2009 | by Dimo R. Michailov, Esq. | Category: News

The H-2B filing period for fiscal year 2009 (FY2009) has been reopened by USCIS due to insufficient applications filed under the cap.  Accordingly, USCIS accepts immediately new H-2B petitions under the FY2009 cap for starting work date before October 1, 2009.
FY2009 H-2B Numbers Are Under the Quota
On January 7, 2009,  USCIS announced that it has […]


Introduction of Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160

August 27th, 2009 | by Dimo R. Michailov, Esq. | Category: News

We have reported previously on the Department of State’s (DOS) efforts to introduce an electronic form (DS-160) for submitting nonimmigrant visa (NIV) application at its consulates around the world.   The goal is to have DS-160 replace the paper forms currently used for NIV applications at all U.S. consulates.
The DS-160 online NIV application form is being […]


September 2009 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 India and China Move Forward

August 15th, 2009 | by Dimo R. Michailov, Esq. | Category: News, Visa Bulletin

The September 2009 Visa Bulletin was released by the State Department.  The only change, in comparison to the August 2009 Visa Bulletin, is the forward movement in the EB-2 China and India categories which changed from January 1, 2003 to January 8, 2005.  All other categories remain unchanged.  Here is a summary of the September […]

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