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  • ALERT: Change to E-visa reciprocity for French Nationals
    August 23, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    The reciprocity schedule for French E-1/2 visas is changing on August 29, 2019. Any E-1/2 visas issued to French nationals on or after August 29, 2019 will only be valid for 15 months (rather than 5 years). Why is this change being made?This change is bein...
  • Visa Applications Now Require Social Media Account Information
    June 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM
    On June 3, 2019 the US Department of State implemented a new policy requiring most nonimmigrant visa applicants to include a list of their social media usernames, email addresses, and phone numbers from the last 5 years on forms DS-160/DS-156 and DS-260. A...
  • Per Country Limits -
    Should They Stay, Or Should They Go?
    June 4, 2019 at 7:00 AM
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  • When Immigration Laws Choose One Country Over Another
    February 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM
    In a previous post, we discussed the immigrant visa allocation system based on preferences. Now we turn to the subject of per-country limits. Congress is considering a major change to the law that will profoundly benefit one worthy and deserving group by s...