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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 [...]

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|

Never Give it Up? Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship

In recent years, the U.S. government has been more efficient in reaching its citizens living abroad in order to collect U.S. taxes. Those efforts seem to have spurred a growing trend of U.S. citizens choosing to relinquish their U.S. citizenship. Burdened with ever-increasing tax compliance regulations, onerous reporting obligations and mounting professional fees to accountants [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:03+00:00 October 17th, 2016|citizenship, News, Travel|

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 [...]

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|

Immigration Relief Options for Nepal Nationals Impacted by the Recent Disaster

After the recent earthquake in Nepal, our office is receiving a number of inquiries by Nepali nationals regarding relief options and alternatives in various U.S. immigration situations.   USCIS has also indicated that they would provide relief in a number of situations understanding that a disaster may affect the ability of an individual to maintain status [...]

By | 2015-05-07T11:41:11+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Articles, News, Students, Travel, USCIS|

Lawmakers Rethinking the Visa Waiver Program

This week the House Homeland Security Committee will consider legislation to change background checks requirements of the Visa Waiver Program for individuals who come to the United States, amidst growing concerns about extremist groups like ISIS. What is the Visa Waiver Program? The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) has been in place since 1986, and allows [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:15+00:00 March 20th, 2015|ESTA, News, Travel, Visa Waiver|