Consular Processing

What is the K-1 Visa for Fiancé(e) of U.S. Citizens?

What is the K-1 Visa for Fiancé(e) of U.S. Citizens?

A K-1 visa is a temporary, non-immigrant visa issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a United States citizen to enter the United States. It requires that the couple get married within 90 days of entry, or depart the United States. Once the couple marries, the foreign citizen can adjust status to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States (Green Card holder).

FAQs for the Priority Interview Program in the U.S. Embassy in Manila

FAQs for the Priority Interview Program in the U.S. Embassy in Manila

The Priority Interview Program (PIP) is a special program for established and reputable firms in the Philippines designed to promote and facilitate legitimate business travel between the United States and the Philippines. PIP vets and registers businesses, making it easier for certain employees to seek nonimmigrant visitor visas for business travel at reserved appointment times. 

What is an immigration waiver? How does it help in green card applications?

What is an immigration waiver? How does it help in green card applications?

An immigration waiver or Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility is an application made by a green card applicant who is otherwise inadmissible on one or more grounds. The application "forgives" the person's inadmissibility and is submitted to the consular office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office or immigration court considering the applicant's green card or immigrant visa application.

SUCCESS STORIES: O-1 Visa Approved for Shoot Producer at the U.S. Consulate in London

SUCCESS STORIES: O-1 Visa Approved for Shoot Producer at the U.S. Consulate in London

We recently received an approval for an O-1B Extraordinary Ability in the Arts petition for a Photographic Shoot Producer. The beneficiary is a U.K. national and applied for a visa at the U.S. Consulate in London.

How will the government shutdown affect my immigration application?

How will the government shutdown affect my immigration application?

At midnight on January 20, 2018, the U.S. government shut down, exactly one year after Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States. With the national conversation focused squarely on Dreamers, Congress was unable to find common ground on a budget deal and has shut down the U.S. Government.

What's New on the December 2017 Visa Bulletin?

What's New on the December 2017 Visa Bulletin?

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the Visa Bulletin for December 2017. The Bulletin includes information on the diversity visa cut-offs, the Special Immigrant translator visa availability, the retrogression of Philippines family-based preference categories, and the scheduled expiration of two employment visa categories. 

What is the Diversity Visa or Visa Lottery?

What is the Diversity Visa or Visa Lottery?

The Diversity Visa Lottery, also known as the green card lottery, is a congressionally-allocated program for receiving permanent residence in the United States. U.S. Immigration Law provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. There is a limited number of visas per year. For Fiscal Year 2019, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. This post discusses how to apply, eligibility and screening procedures for DV applicants.

What is the B in lieu of H-1B visa?

What is the B in lieu of H-1B visa?

The B in Lieu of H-1B Visa is a B-1 Business Visitor Visa, with a special annotation by a U.S. Consulate abroad ("B-1 IN LIEU OF H, PER 9 FAM 402.2-5(F)"), allowing a foreign worker to enter the United States and work temporarily for a foreign employer on a discrete project.  

U.S. Visa Processing Suspended in Russia

U.S. Visa Processing Suspended in Russia

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the issuance of nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations in Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017, as a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission.  As of 9:00 am Moscow time Monday, August 21, 2017, the U.S. Mission began canceling current NIV appointments countrywide.