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DV-2019 Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery Opens October 18, 2017 – REVISED DATES

The Department of State has revised the DV-2019 Diversity Visa (a.k.a. “green card”) lottery dates. The new dates for submission for this year’s lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), on Wednesday, November 22,  2017.  Previously, the DV-2019 lottery [...]

By | 2017-10-26T11:58:05+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Articles, DOS, News, News Alert|

Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim: Visa Bulletin Predictions as of May 19, 2017

Employment-Based Preference Categories. Increased demand across the employment based preferences, including EB-4 and EB-5, has significantly decreased the “otherwise unused numbers” which have traditionally trickled up to EB-1 and potentially down to EB-2.  For example, in FY 2016, Special Immigrant Juvenile cases used more than 50% of the entire EB-4 annual limit, [...]

By | 2017-05-31T21:44:06+00:00 May 25th, 2017|DOS, Visa Bulletin|

December 2015 Visa Bulletin – Filing Cutoff Dates Remain Unchanged; Very Gradual Movement in the Approval Dates

The U.S. State Department has just released the December 2015 Visa Bulletin which is the third Visa Bulletin for the new FY2016 fiscal year. The major headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the lack of any movement whatsoever in the Filing cutoff dates section of the Visa Bulletin, possibly caused [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:08+00:00 November 9th, 2015|AOS, DOS, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

November 2015 Visa Bulletin – Filing Cutoff Dates Remain Unchanged; Very Gradual Movement in the Approval Dates

The U.S. State Department has just released the November 2015 Visa Bulletin which is the second Visa Bulletin for the new FY2016 fiscal year.   The major headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the lack of any movement whatsoever in the Filing cutoff dates section of the Visa Bulletin, possibly caused by the October [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:09+00:00 October 9th, 2015|Articles, DOS, EB-2, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

Travel Warning Issued for Russia

The Department of State ("DOS") has issued travel warning for Russia, alerting U.S. citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia that they should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times. “There is no indication of a specific threat to U.S. institutions or citizens, but U.S. citizens should be aware [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:24+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|DOS, News, Travel|

19 Diplomatic Posts Remain Closed Due to Potential Terrorist Activity

U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Mideast and North Africa will remain closed until Saturday, August 10, though the closures could be extended beyond this date and to other posts. Per the Department of State, the following U.S. embassies and consulates are affected: Manama, Bahrain Bujumbura, Burundi Djibouti Cairo, Egypt Amman, Jordan Kuwait [...]

By | 2013-08-07T22:51:20+00:00 August 7th, 2013|DOS, Travel|

E-Verify DOs and DON’Ts

As an E-Verify designated agent, we provide E-Verify verification services to many small and mid-size businesses and allow them to assure E-Verify participation without the hassle of running E-Verify inside their operations. An E-Verify designated agent, we work with our E-Verify company clients to ensure that they follow the rules and procesures required by E-Verify.  This [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:49:26+00:00 July 16th, 2009|DOS, News|