US Visa/Passport News

Five Arrested for Helping Chinese Students Cheat in English Exams to Get US Visas

Five people have been arrested in the US last week, under suspicions of having links with an English Proficiency Exam cheating scheme that enabled Chinese nationals to get US student visas. According to a press release of the Department of Justice at the US Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California, the defendants are suspected of being involved in a scheme that aided Chinese students to pass their exams for a US F-1 Student Visa. The [...]

2019-03-21T09:09:11+00:00 March 21st, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

US to Revoke and Deny Visas to International Criminal Court Investigators

The United States of America will not let in any of the members of the International Criminal Court from now on. The country has decided to bar the investigators of this court by revoking their current US visas and rejecting any future visa application by them. The measure comes after the ICC previously announced that they would investigate the alleged war crimes committed by the US forces in Afghanistan.  A chief prosecutor of the Hague-based court had first [...]

2019-03-19T14:58:21+00:00 March 19th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

All H-1B visa applicants can now apply for visa petition premium processing. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have decided to bring back premium processing for all categories of H-1B visa applicants on March 12, 2019.  “USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request,” a notice posted on [...]

2019-03-15T08:28:18+00:00 March 15th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

10 Years Analysis for the H-1B Visa Program and Applications

The United States of America is a very popular working destination, in particular among youngsters. A high number of workers from all across the globe travel to the US under a work visa. The number of foreign workers employed on a full-time basis in the US as of December 2017 is 125.44 million. Thus, foreign workers make 17.1 percent of the 27.4 million workers in the US, as of the same date. The H-1B visa also referred [...]

2019-03-14T15:47:22+00:00 March 14th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Reduces Visa Validity for Pakistanis as a Reciprocity Measure

The United States Embassy in Pakistan has announced that the validity of US visas for Pakistanis has been cut short to one year.  Additionally, successful applicants will be charged with extra fees. The move has been undertaken as a reciprocity measure. According to a public notice published on the website of the US Embassy in Islamabad, the Department of State has taken such a decision to match Pakistan’s practices for similar visa categories. “During a recent worldwide [...]

2019-03-07T13:00:11+00:00 March 6th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

US Revokes Visas of 49 People Aligned With Venezuela’s Maduro

The US administration has revoked visas to 49 Venezuelan officials and their families, suspected to be aligned to President Nicolas Maduro. According to the US State Department, such a move has been undertaken in order to pressure Maduro to step down. The US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, announced during a special briefing on Friday, that the US has imposed visa restrictions to several officials suspected for being close to Maduro. “The United States has imposed [...]

2019-03-04T12:09:19+00:00 March 4th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Top 10 Reasons Why USCIS Requires Additional Documents From H-1B Petitioners

The number of Requests for Evidence issued by USCIS to H-1B visa applicants has encountered a very high increase in 2018. According to data on delayed processing of H-1B visa applications, in 2018 there was a drastic increase in the rate of Request for Evidence issued last year. The RFEs issued by the end of 2018 spiked up by 60 percent, compared to 2015’s high of 35 percent. Statistics also show that the rate of H-1B approvals [...]

2019-03-04T08:39:46+00:00 March 4th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Tourism Officials Want to Rename Visa Waiver Program to Security Travel Partnership

The top United States tourism officials want the US lawmakers to change the name of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). In a bid to boost tourism and travel, tourism officials have suggested a marketing tactic common in the business world, a rebrand of the VWP. The rebranding is just part of a bigger plan as an attempt to boost tourism in the US, which is swiftly falling in the list of the world's most popular destinations. The [...]

2019-02-28T14:04:46+00:00 February 28th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

DHS Completes Proposed Regulation to Scrap Work Authorization From H-1B Spouses

The US Department of Homeland security has completed a proposed regulation to bring to an end the H-4 EAD program, which gives to the right to work the H-4 visa holders. A notice on the proposal has been published by the Office of Management and Budget, which suggests the removal of certain H-4 visa holders from its regulation as aliens eligible for employment. “On February 25, 2015, DHS published a final rule extending eligibility for employment authorization [...]

2019-02-25T14:31:45+00:00 February 25th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

USCIS Makes Premium Processing Available for H-1B Petitions Filed Before December 22, 2018

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have decided to make premium processing available again for H-1B visa petitions that were filed on or before December 21, 2018. On February 15, this year, the USCIS announced that starting on the same day, all those who received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition and those received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition were eligible for premium processing. “If you received a transfer notice [...]

2019-02-19T16:13:13+00:00 February 19th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|