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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...
  • The Visa Bulletin and Visa Retrogression
    EB-3 India overtakes EB-2 India
    January 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
    Will it really take 150 years for me to get my green card?  What is Visa Retrogression?  If you are asking these question, you are likely wanting to know how long will it take to get a green card. Let’s start with the basics. Numerical Limits and Per-Count...