US Visa/Passport News

Punching Incident Will Make It Harder for McGregor to Get a US Visa

The Irish professional boxer Conor McGregor will have it harder to get a US visa after a months-old incident in a Dublin Pub surfaced recently. Last week, footages of the former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion punching an elderly man at a pub in Drimnagh, Dublin were published, after the latter apparently refused a drink of McGregor's Proper Twelve brand of whiskey. According to Gardaí - the Irish police, the incident took place on 6th of April [...]

By | 2019-08-19T15:28:30+00:00 August 19th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Thirteen US States Sue Trump Administration Over New Rule That Could Disqualify Half of Visa Applicants

13 US states have taken legal action against President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday, after the latter announced a final rule on denying visas to applicants that do not have enough money to support themselves throughout the whole planned stay in the US. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington by states of Washington, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Virginia. [...]

By | 2019-08-16T14:00:44+00:00 August 16th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

US Scraps Visa Waiver for Travelers Who Visited North Korea

Travelers from the countries under the United States Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will no longer be capable of entering the US with only an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), if they have visited North Korea after March 1, 2011. Instead, they will have to get a regular US tourist visa, in order to be eligible to cross any of the US border entries, by air, sea or land. The new move has been announced only yesterday, [...]

By | 2019-08-06T12:23:35+00:00 August 6th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

US to Update ESTA Website on August 5

The United States Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website will be updated on August 5, the relevant US authorities have announced this week. According to a notice of the Customs and Border Protection Authorities that manage the official ESTA website, after the update is completed, all applicants with pending payments will need to reapply, as their current applications will be achieved. “The ESTA website will be updated on August 5, 2019. All ESTA applications that are in [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:15:25+00:00 August 2nd, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

EB-5 Visa Program Minimum Investment Amounts Increased by 80%

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announce that the long-warned significant changes to the EB-5 Investment program for foreigners have been finalized. According to a press release of the USCIS, this is the first significant revision of the program’s regulations since 1993. The new changes among others include an increased minimum investment amounts for 80%. “As of the effective date of the final rule, the standard minimum investment level will increase from $1 million to [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:15:25+00:00 July 25th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Four Executives of IT Staffing Companies Arrested in US for H1B Visa Fraud

Three California men and one other from New Jersey have been charged by complaint for being involved in a scheme through which they falsely filed H-1B visa applications for foreigners under claims they already had a job in the US. The H1B visa is a non-immigrant US work visa which enables foreigners to work in the US in specific job positions such as professors, doctors, lawyers, engineers, IT specialists and similar.  The visa is also called the [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:15:25+00:00 July 5th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

Trump: Poland Will Join the Visa Waiver Program within Three Months

The US President Donald Trump said during a press conference after a meeting with the Polish President Andrzej Duda that the US authorities are thinking about adding Poland to the Visa Waiver Program within the next 90 days. According to a press release of the White House, President Trump congratulated Poland for its progress on meeting US criteria for entry into the Visa Waiver Program. “Today, our country signed a Preventing and Combatting Serious Crimes Agreement — [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:15:25+00:00 June 14th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

EB-5 Visa Applications from India Tripled in 2018

Amid recent changes to Indianan nationals' favorite US visa program, H-1B visa, Indians have turned to the EB-5 Visa program which is also known as the “Golden visa.” This visa is not affordable for every person wishing to move to the US, as it requires applicants to make an investment of $500,000 and to present a plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for US workers. However, the existing scheme allows foreigners to obtain green [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:15:25+00:00 June 11th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

H1-B Visa Approvals Drop to 85% in FY 2018

The rate of H-1B visa approvals has dropped from 93% for fiscal year 2017 to 85% in 2018. A total of 335,000 H-1B visas, including first and new applications, were approved, out of 396,300 completed applications for FY 2018. According to numbers released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a year before, there were 373,400 applications approved out of 403,300 received. Data shows that the approval rate has been dropping since 2015 as follows: [...]

By | 2019-08-19T15:02:57+00:00 June 11th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

US Visa Applicants Will Now Need to Submit Their Social Media Details

Travelers in need of a US visa will soon have to submit a list of the social media they use, and the name of their account in each, as a part of their US Visa application. In addition, nearly all applicants will have to submit their phone number, email and social media history of the five previous years. The US State Department has approved a proposal of March 2018, which suggested that travelers to the US should [...]

By | 2019-08-03T15:15:26+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|