US Visa/Passport News

Croatia One Step Closer to Becoming Part of the US Visa Waiver Program

Croatian passport holders may soon be able to travel to the United States with only a travel authorization, without needing to apply for a tourist or visitor visa in advance (B1/B2), as the US Ambassador in Croatia has announced that the country has met another very important criterion to become part of the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The US Ambassador in Croatia, Victoria J. Taylor herself, announced the news through a tweet in her official Twitter [...]

By |2021-02-18T15:43:43+02:00February 18th, 2021|US Visa/Passport News|

DHS Introduces Final Rule to Make H-1B Visa Program More Effective & Efficient

A final rule changing regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, counting also those that could be eligible for the advanced degree exemption has been posted for public inspection by the Department of Homeland and Security. An announcement by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) noted that the final rule moves back the order based on which the USCIS chooses H-1B petitions under the regular cap as well as the advanced degree exemption. It also introduces an [...]

By |2021-02-15T18:01:15+02:00February 15th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

H-1B Visa Rejection Rates Declined Profoundly for Top 10 Companies in Summer 2020

The rejection rates for H-1B work visas has marked an enormous decrease for the top 10 companies in the quarter ended September 31, 2020, based on an analysis published by the United States immigration data. The rejection rate decreased to 1.5 per cent from July until September, compared to 21 per cent in the previous nine months, VisaGuide.World reports. Previously the National Foundation for American Policy concluded that even though the H-1B denial rates remained high compared [...]

By |2021-02-01T14:28:04+02:00February 1st, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

Biden Plans to Abolish Entry Ban for Non-Married Partners of US Citizens

Internationals who are in a relationship with a citizen of the United States, and who have been stranded in other countries amid the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, may soon be able to reunite. The speculations that such a decision would become a reality has been raised by the Daily Caller Senior White House Correspondent Christian Datoc, through his Twitter account, VisaGuide.World reports. Datoc said that according to the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Biden's administration is seeking [...]

By |2021-02-01T11:55:09+02:00February 1st, 2021|Coronavirus News and Updates, US Visa/Passport News|

President Biden to Strengthen Migrant Worker Visa Rights

The US President Joe Biden has introduced new legislation to reform immigration, which intends to increase the number of international specialists in the United States. In addition, the President's new legislation would help international specialists eventually gain US citizenship, and would enable to about 12 million undocumented immigrants who live in the United States to do the same, VisaGuide.World reports. Through the Citizenship Act of 2021, undocumented immigrants could be permitted to file an application for their [...]

By |2021-01-29T14:32:59+02:00January 29th, 2021|US Visa/Passport News|

President Biden Signs Proclamation Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to US

The United States President Joe Biden has signed the Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States, which puts an end to the bans imposed by the former President Trump on some Muslim and African countries. Through the recently signed Proclamation Ending, Discriminatory Bans will also terminate several imposed proclamations regarding extreme vetting, VisaGuide.World reports. “And when visa applicants request entry to the United States, we will apply a rigorous, individualized vetting system.  But [...]

By |2021-01-25T10:39:51+02:00January 25th, 2021|US Visa/Passport News|

Australia Will Not Lift International Travel Ban Even After COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Australia will not reopen its borders any time soon, as the chief medical officer Paul Kelly has stressed that international borders "will be one of the last things to change", even when the Coronavirus vaccine is rolled out nationwide. Kelly said that while countries are attempting to end the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, persons arriving from international countries would be "the source of new cases", VisaGuide.World reports. Australia's chief medical officer highlighted that Australia would not [...]

By |2021-01-20T14:15:20+02:00January 20th, 2021|US Visa/Passport News|

US Develops New Unit to Examine Optional Practical Training Work Permits for International Students

A new unit to examine the use of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) for students and employers has been developed by the United States Department of Homeland and Security. The Optional Practical Training program permits international students to work in the US up to three years, under the authorization granted from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), VisaGuide.World reports. The US Department of Homeland and Security announced that the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit introduced [...]

By |2021-01-18T16:29:04+02:00January 18th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

DHS Announces Countries Eligible to Participate in H-2A & H-2B Visa Programs

The Philippines has been added to the list of countries eligible to participate in the United States H-2B visa program, this year, while Mongolia will no longer have the right to be part this program, the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) has announced. According to the USCIS’s statement, the Independent State of Samoa and Tonga will also be removed from the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs, as [...]

By |2021-01-15T10:10:45+02:00January 15th, 2021|US Visa/Passport News|

USCIS Amends H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages

The Trump administration has once again changed H-1B visa norms by amending regulations to prioritize higher wages and skills for selecting deserving candidates. According to an announcement published by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the amendments on the H-1B cap selection process will push employers to offer higher salaries and “establish a more certain path for businesses”, VisaGuide.World reports. The USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow has stressed that the H-1B temporary visa program [...]

By |2021-01-12T15:25:25+02:00January 12th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|