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LATEST NEWS ALERT: Administration’s newest travel restrictions blocked by two federal judges – (10/19/17)

Two federal judges issued rulings this week to partially block implementation of travel restrictions established in a September …

LATEST NEWS ALERT: Effective immediately: USCIS Updates for Service Center Jurisdiction – (10/13/17)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced an important change in how I-129 petitions should be filed. Rega…

ALERT: Non-Immigrant Visa Services Suspended in Turkey (10/10/17)

Effective immediately, the United States Government has suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilit…

ALERT: Cubans Advised to Apply for Visas Elsewhere – (10/04/17)

The U.S. Department of State has recently ordered the departure of nonemergency U.S. government employees...

Newest Travel Restrictions Start October 18 (09/26/17)

Less than two weeks before the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments on challenges to a March 6 Executive Order ban…

Visa Interviews in Russia Suspended; Taking place in Moscow only, effective September 1 (08/25/17)

Due to the recent reduction of the United States’ diplomatic presence in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia …

Travel Restrictions Partially Reinstated by Supreme Court Decision (06/29/17)

The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted the injunction on the March 6 executive order, allowing for the reinstatement of travel restri…

New Supplemental Questionnaire for U.S. Visa Applicants (06/16/17)

The U.S. State Department has reportedly adopted a new, supplemental questionnaire to further vet U.S. visa applicants during co…

London Consular Days Reported (06/15/17)

According to several petitioners, first- and second-time O-1B artists are facing delays and difficulties, including some denials…

ATTN FL, GA, and NC artist visa petitioners: filing location to change (04/21/17)

Beginning May 20, 2017, U.S. petitioners seeking to engage foreign guest artists (using the O or P classification) for work that…

New Travel Restrictions to Take Place March 16 (03/16/17)

The White House has revoked the executive order announced on January 27, 2017 and has issued a new executive order that takes ef…

Travel Ban's Impact on Artists (02/10/17)

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that immediately affects​ screening, visa issuance and admissions…

New Year, New Fees, New Forms (01/04/17)

Effective Dec 23, 2016, filing fees for the form I-129 has increased to $460 per petition. Also, USCIS has released updated vers…

Prepare for Fee Increase! (10/24/16)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a substantial increase in I-129 filing fees, effective for petit…

O and P Visa Fee Increase Ahead: Urge USCIS to Make Improvements Now! (6/28/16)

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed making it more costly to apply for the required visas for foreign g…

Be Aware of Delays and Extra Security Measures! (12/11/15)

Arts organizations that engage foreign guest artists should be aware of substantial processing delays at the U.S. Citizenship an…

Processing Delays Persist! (11/23/15)

Processing delays for regularly-filed petitions persist at the Vermont Service Center.

ALERT: Plan Now for Processing Delays! (09/22/15)

In recent weeks and months, petitioners are reporting processing delays and some unusual Requests for Evidence (RFEs)

USCIS To Discontinue PPS eFiling (08/25/15)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced it will discontinue the option to e-File several forms, including the I-…

Switch to New I-129 Version NOW - (08/17/15)

ITEM UPDATED AUGUST 2015. As of 8/17/15, USCIS posts that the latest edition of Form I-129 is dated 08/13/15. Previous editions …
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