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E-2 Visa approved for a Singaporean national during COVID-19

221g Administrative Processing – What is it and What Can be Done

Pursuant to your non-immigrant visa (L, H-1B, E-2, O-1) interview, the consular officer will typically indicate whether they are approving or refusing/denying the visa. But at times, officers may require additional information due to which they are unable to approve or deny the visa at the end of the interview. In such instances, the officer will “refuse” the visa application placing it under “221g Administrative Processing,” requiring further scrutiny. Generally, the applicant will receive a notice from the consular officer ...
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United States Sets Visa Records in India in 2023

In a recent press release, the U.S. Mission in India has stated that in 2023, the consular team in India processed more non-immigrant and immigrant visas than ever before - a record-breaking 1.4 million. There was a 60% hike in visa applications compared to the previous year, with demands surging across all visa categories. Employment visas remain a top priority.  Consular officers in India processed over 380,000 employment visas (L-1, H-1B, etc.) for Indians and their family members in 2023 alone. Most petition-based ...
H1-B visa India Interview

The Pilot Program to Renew H-1B Visa Applications within the U.S 

The Department of state has launched a pilot program to resume visa renewals for qualified H-1B non-immigrant visa applicants within the U.S. nearly after two decades. The program has started from January 29, 2024, through April 1, 2024, or when all application slots are filled, whichever comes first. Under this program the department will make a maximum of 20,000 application slots available for approximately 4,000 per week for applicants whose most recent H-1B visa was issued by U.S. Mission India ...
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Importance of Timely Extension Filings and USCIS Update 

A foreign worker on a non-immigrant visa status in the United States (such as L-1, H-1B, E-2, etc.) may be needed to stay longer and work beyond the expiry of their admitted stay that was granted at the time of entering the United States, or as per their latest I-94, in which case the filing of an extension petition may become necessary.  The foreign worker’s US employer will file the I-129 with the USCIS, requesting to extend their non-immigrant status.  Extension ...
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New Guidance on Employer Ability to Pay in Certain Green Card Cases 

On January 5, 2024, the USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) issued a Policy Guidance regarding analysis of an employer’s ability to pay the proffered wage in certain I-140 cases involving change of employers. US employers seeking to sponsor workers under the EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 employment-based immigrant classifications that require a job offer are required to demonstrate their continuing ability to pay the proffered wage to the worker from the priority date of the immigrant petition until the time that the ...
Investor Visa Application Price Increase

Mastering E2 Visa Interview Questions With Expert Tips

E2 Treaty Investor Visa An E2 Investment Visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows nationals of E2 treaty countries to reside in the US with their families. Each E2 investor is required to make a substantial investment in a U.S. enterprise or business. A treaty country is defined as a country that has a signed treaty with the United States or with a qualifying international agreement, or which has been deemed qualified by legislation. A list of E2 visa countries ...
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E2 Visa vs EB5 Visa: Choosing the Right Investment Route

About the E2 Visa An E2 Business Visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows a foreign national of a country which maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation or a qualifying international agreement with the U.S., or that has been deemed qualified by legislation to go to the U.S. after investing substantial investment funds in a U.S. business, franchise business, or by creating a new business. About the EB5 Visa An EB5 Visa, on the other hand, offers permanent residency ...
Eb-5 Visa Investment Level Increase

USCIS Announces Premium Processing Fee Increase for Form I-907

On December 27, 2023, USCIS has announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, to adjust for inflation. The fee increase will take effect on February 26, 2024. The premium processing fee will be increased to $2,805 from $2,500. More information: https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/alerts/uscis-announces-inflation-adjustment-to-premium-processing-fees#:~:text=The%20adjustment%20increases%20certain%20premium,%241%2C965%2C%20and%20%242%2C500%20to%20%242%2C805. Looking for an US immigration lawyer? Request free consultation at Davies & Associates or find our closest location around the world. This article has been written by Verdie J. Atienza, Esq., Senior ...
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U.S. Stateside Renewal Pilot To Kick Off in Jan 2024 

The much-anticipated stateside renewal pilot program is set to run from January 29 to April 1, 2024.  Under the pilot, certain H-1B visa holders will be able to renew their visas within the United States, without having to leave the country for visa stamping.    The program is limited to a total of 20,000 visa applications. 4,000 application slots will be opened up by the State Department every week, from January 29 through Feb 26. While the pilot is currently ...
EB5 Visa for Vietnamese Investor: Direct versus Regional Center - what is the better option

Visa EB5 cho Nhà đầu tư Việt Nam 2023 – 2024: Trực tiếp so với Trung tâm vùng – lựa chọn nào tốt hơn?

Ngày 2/12/2023, một sự kiện toàn cầu về di cư và đầu tư được tổ chức tại Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh bởi John Hu Migration Consulting, với chủ đề nổi bật là cung cấp cập nhật về chương trình visa EB-5, thu hút doanh nghiệp và nhà đầu tư Việt Nam đang tìm kiếm cơ hội tại Hoa Kỳ. Tại sự kiện, ông Mark Davies, nhà sáng lập của hãng luật chuyên về di trú và định cư Davies ...
EB5 Visa for Vietnamese Investor: Direct versus Regional Center - what is the better option

EB5 Visa for Vietnamese Investor 2023 – 2024: Direct versus Regional Center – what’s the better option?

On 12/2/2023, a special global migration and investing event was organized in Ho Chi Minh City by John Hu Migration Consulting, with one of the notable topics being to explain the ins and outs of the EB-5 visa program, attracting Vietnamese businesses and investors looking for opportunities in the United States. During the event, Mr. Mark Davies, who is the Managing Partner at Davies & Associates LLC, and Mr. Simon Thien Nguyen, an experienced Investment Consultant, shared valuable insights about ...
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US Visa Options for Entrepreneurs

Whether you are desiring to start a business in the United States or have established one already, you may be eligible for a non-immigrant or immigrant visa. Fortunately, US immigration law provides multiple options in this regard. This article briefly touches on the popular routes available to foreign entrepreneurs seeking to live and run their business in the US. E-2 Treaty Investor Visa The E-2 visa is a great and often times, quick option for entrepreneurs seeking to establish a ...
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Ways to get a US Green Card

The much-coveted green card is a license to permanently live and work in the United States. In other words, this piece of document grants the holder the status of permanent resident in the US and a path to citizenship. The two most common ways to obtain a green card are through family and employment. In general, green card immigrant visas through family-sponsored preference categories are limited to 226,000 per fiscal year (October 1 to September 30), and employment-based immigrant visas ...
Investor Visa Application Price Increase

Guide to Taking a Loan for EB5 Visa or E2 Visa

There are two kinds of U.S. investor visa: (1) the non-immigrant E-2 investor visa; and (2) the immigrant EB-5 visa. An EB5 Visa USA loan refers to a loan that's taken by the petitioner to fund part or all their EB5 investment. The same principals generally apply for financing an E2 investor visa. Can I Use a Loan for a U.S. Investor Visa Application? Yes. Loans are one of the authorized forms of financing that an investor may use. Investors ...
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U.S. State Department Issues Near Record Level Non-Immigrant Visas

On November 28, 2023, the U.S. State Department shared a press release highlighting the agency’s operations and the significant numbers of different types of visas issued in the last fiscal year. From October 2022 through September 2023, the State Department issued a near record level of non-immigrant visas – more than 10 million globally - 8 million visitor visas for business and tourism and more than 600,000 F-1 student visas (embassy and consulates in India issued an all-time record of ...