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Nonimmigrant Status 30/60 Day Rule Amended to Impose Stricter Requirements for “Inconsistent Conduct”

The U.S. Department of State ("DOS") has amended a section of the Field Adjudicators Manual ("FAM") which pertains to government officials' determinations of misrepresentation by applicants and specifically with respect to activities permitted in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas. 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3) has been amended to include a section called "Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days [...]

By | 2017-09-21T10:54:40+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Articles, ESTA, F-1, News, News Alert, Travel|

Pending I-131 Advance Parole Applications Being Denied Due to International Travel

Our office has recently learned that USCIS is changing their long-standing practice and have started denying Form I-131 Advance Parole applications due to abandonment in cases where the applicant has left the United States while the I-131 Advance Parole application was pending.      USCIS has confirmed that this is their actual current policy going [...]

By | 2017-08-24T10:03:36+00:00 August 24th, 2017|AOS, Articles, I-131, I-485, News, News Alert, Travel|

Nonimmigrant Visa Services Suspended at US Consulates in Russia

The U.S. Embassy in Russia has announced that starting August 23, 2017, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended. Beginning September 1, 2017, nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and interviews at the St. Petersburg, Yekaterininburg and Vladivostok will be cancelled. What is the Reason [...]

By | 2017-08-23T13:14:35+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Articles, News, News Alert, Students, Travel, Visa Processing|

Immigrants in Trump’s America – Should I Carry My Immigration Papers With Me?

In the era of increased immigration enforcement under President Trump, our foreign national clients and readers are increasingly asking about the requirements on carrying specific immigration documents with them while they are in the U.S. – whether around town or for domestic U.S. travel. We find that this topic is not very [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Compliance, F-1, H-1B, ICE, News, Policy, Travel|

Executive Order Suspends (at Least Parts of) the Visa Interview Waiver “Dropbox” Program

There has been a tremendous amount of discussion and comment on President Trump's executive order banning certain travelers from the seven countries; however, one provision of the executive order which has a significant impact on many visa holders from all countries is the suspension of the interview waiver program (commonly called "dropbox") which allows visa stamp [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:59+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Articles, News, News Alert, Travel, Visa Processing|

Can Biometrics be Completed at a USCIS Office Outside of US?

Many USCIS applications (normally those which result in the production of a "secure document") require the applicant provide digital biometrics at a USCIS office.   In most cases, the biometrics process includes digital fingerprinting and a digital photo. Many applicants who need to submit to the required biometrics are able to do so in the closest USCIS [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:59+00:00 January 5th, 2017|I-131, News, Reentry Permits, Travel, USCIS|

U.S. Implements Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

As of January 21st, 2016, the U.S. began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):     Nationals of VWP countries [...]

By | 2016-01-29T12:26:26+00:00 January 28th, 2016|ESTA, News, Travel, Visa Waiver|

The Automatic Visa Revalidation Program Allows Travel to Contiguous Territories Without Needing a Visa Stamp

Foreign nationals who are in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant status are aware (we hope) that normally they need to have a valid U.S. visa stamp in order to reenter the U.S. after a trip abroad.    Every day our office fields questions by nonimmigrant status holders about the process of renewing their [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:08+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Articles, News, Students, Travel, Visa Processing|

Travel Alert: Passport Validity Date May Affect Duration of Authorized Stay (I-94) Upon Entry into the U.S.

The summer has traditionally been a busy traveling season and as the summer start to approach and many of our clients and readers start making international travel plans, we see an increased flow of inquiries and consultations regarding travel and passport expiration dates.  Most often the question is, What should be the duration of the [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:13+00:00 May 14th, 2015|Articles, News, Travel|

Green Card Holder and “I-327 Advised” Passport Notation – What To Do?

Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) who travel frequently outside of the U.S. and spend extended periods of time at a time (during a single trip or through pattern of shorter but frequent trips abroad) are often questioned at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) U.S. port of entry about their residence and intention to remain a [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:14+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Articles, News, Reentry Permits, Travel|