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October 2021 Visa Bulletin Update

October Visa Bulletin Available U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the October 2021 Visa Bulletin. Understanding the Visa Backlogs There are a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas (“green cards”) ava… Read More
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Department of State Releases Update on how Immigrant Visas are Prioritized

Covid-19 has forced the Department of State (DOS) to make difficult decisions in how embassies and consulates prioritize immigrant visa applications. Congress gave the DOS directive on prioritizing immediate relative visa applications and K-1 fiancé… Read More
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Department of State Proposes New Rule to Allow Online Passport Renewals

Current Passport Renewal System: The current system for passport renewal is a mail-in application form. This application is then processed through the Lockbox. The Lockbox captures photo images and processes fees and application data. After it has co… Read More
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When to file AOS applications August 2021

How to Adjust Your Status If you want to adjust your status to become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based visa, you must first have a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Then, USCIS… Read More
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S.3599: The Healthcare Wo…

S.3599: The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act

What is the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act? The Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, or S.3599, is a bipartisan bill introduced on May 5, 2020, by Senators Purdue (R-GA), Young (R-IN), Cornyn (R-TX), Durbin (D-IL), Coons (D-DE), and Leahy (D-VT)… Read More
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Foreign Affairs Manual Up…

Foreign Affairs Manual Updates

What is the Foreign Affairs Manual? The Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and the handbooks associated (FAHs) are a comprehensive source for all of the policies and procedures that govern the U.S. Department of State and Foreign Service. They contain thou… Read More
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Department of State March Visa Demand Predictions

The Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State (DOS), Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim gives monthly predictions of visa availability and demand following the publishing of each month’s visa bullet… Read More
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March 2017 Visa Bulletin Published

The March 2017 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State. View the March Visa Bulletin here. The visa bulletin is published monthly, usually about 2 weeks in advance of the next month. The dates listed in the bulletin are curren… Read More
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