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Passport Day: April 9

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From the U.S. State Department: Passport Day in the USA Offers Appointment-Free Saturday Service APRIL 9 On Saturday, April 9, the Department of State will host its third annual “Passport Day in the USA.”  U.S. citizens throughout the country can apply for a passport book or passport card at any one of the regional passport […]

H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Cap Season

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The H-1B Program U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, or computer programmers. For more information about the H-1B program, click here for H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa. How USCIS Determines if an H-1B Petition is Subject […]

The Naturalization Process and Exceptions to the Residency Requirements

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Lawful permanent residents may apply for naturalization provided they meet certain eligibility requirements. Naturalization is the process of becoming a United States citizen. To be eligible for naturalization, the Immigration and Nationality Act provides that applicants must meet certain residency requirements. The Act requires applicants to reside in the United States continuously as lawful permanent […]

Devastation in Japan: Immigration Relief for Japanese Nationals

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By Elizabeth Veit The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan have devastated the island. While citizens search for their loved ones they must also grapple with the threat of nuclear meltdown, loss of electricity, and shortage of food and water. These are but a few of the immediate concerns the country will struggle with in […]

Egyptian Women Protesters Forced To Take ‘Virginity Tests’

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From Amnesty International Amnesty International has today called on the Egyptian authorities to investigate serious allegations of torture, including forced virginity tests’, inflicted by the army on women protesters arrested in Tahrir Square earlier this month. After army officers violently cleared the square of protesters on 9 March, at least 18 women were held in […]

Summary of the April 2011 Visa Bulletin – Family-Based (FB)

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Below is a summary of the April 2011 Visa Bulletin with respect to family-based petitions: FB1ROW, China and India move backwards by eight (8) months to May 1, 2004.  FB1 Mexico moves forward by two (2) weeks to February 15, 1993. FB1 Philippines moves forward by three and a half (3.5) months to April 1, […]

CHINA: Burying practices and Hungry Ghost Day

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During the month of the Chinese All Souls Day, also known as Hungry Ghost Day, it is believed that the souls of the deceased are released from hell to roam around the living. This month begins on this particular year today, August 10th, 2010.

DV-1 Lottery Selection and how Marriage Affects the Winner

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After DV-1 Lottery selection, what happens if the DV Lottery winner marries? 1.) For any changes (i.e. change of address, marriage, or new child) after winning the DV Lottery, the winner will need to update the Consulate detailing the new information. 2.) They will also need to pay additional immigrant visa fees for the new […]