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USCIS Announces Extension Of Stay For Some Foreign Students

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today in the Federal Register that certain academic and exchange foreign students (F and J Visa holders) seeking to adjust to H-1B status may remain in the United States legally until their H-1B petitions are decided.

Typically, these foreign students receive either...

USCIS issues Policy Memoranda on Changes to B-2 Status and Extensions of B-2 Status for Cohabitating Partners and Other Nonimmigrant Household Members

USCIS has recently issued a Policy Memoranda on, the Changes to B-2 Status, and Extensions of B-2 Status, for Cohabitating Partners and Other Nonimmigrant Household Members.

Cohabitating Partners:

USCIS has clarified that a cohabitating partner’s relationship to the nonimmigrant principal alien in another status will be considered a favorable f...

Chinese Tourist and Business travelers have reason to cheer

Beginning January 15, 2005, eligible Chinese nationals who wish to visit the United States temporarily for business (B-1) or tourism (B-2) will be issued visas that are valid for 12 months and multiple entries. The previous maximum validity for U.S. visas issued for these purposes was six months and for multiple entries.

The Chinese Ministry of...

DHS to Begin Biometric Exit Pilot as Part of USVISIT Program

As a part of the border management system introduced at airports and seaports earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that it will pilot and evaluate US-VISIT automated biometric exit procedures for foreign visitors.

The exit pilot program will be expanded from its current locations, Baltimore -...

USCIS Centralizes Filing of Form I-130

USCIS has intimated that effective Aug. 15, 2011, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices must file their Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lockbox facility in Chicago. Petitioners residing in a country with a USCIS office may send their petitions to the USCIS...

USCIS Memo on Good Moral Character in VAWABased selfpetitions

On October 28, 2000, the President signed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA), Pub. L. 106-386. Title V of the VTVPA is entitled the Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act (BIWPA), and contains several provisions amending the self-petitioning eligibility requirements for battered spouses and children contained in...