Be Alert for a New Immigration Phone Scam

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has received reports of a potential scam aimed at aliens.  In this scam, a person purporting to be a USCIS officer calls the alienAny person not a citizen or nationalA person owing permanent allegiance to a state of the United States., asks for verification of his or her name and address, and says that there is a discrepancy with the alienAny...
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Visa Availability Updates and Predictions

In mid-June, Charles Oppenheimer, head of the Department of State (DOS) Visavisa allows the bearer to apply for entry to the U.S. in a certain classification (e.g. student (F), visitor (B), temporary worker (H)). A visa does not grant the bearer the right to enter the United States. The Department of State (DOS) is responsible for visa adjudication at U.S. Embassies and Consulates outside of the...
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AAO Processing Times for July 2012

The American Immigration Lawyers Association recently posted a document containing Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) processing times as of July 2012. Why is this important? It has to do with immigration strategy. If the USCIS denies your immigration case, what are your options? Basically, you can 1) file a Motion to Reopen, 2) re-file your case with USCIS, 3) file an appeal with AAO or 4) no...
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DOS Releases August 2012 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its August 2012 Visavisa allows the bearer to apply for entry to the U.S. in a certain classification (e.g. student (F), visitor (B), temporary worker (H)). A visa does not grant the bearer the right to enter the United States. The Department of State (DOS) is responsible for visa adjudication at U.S. Embassies and Consulates outside of the U.S. The...
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Six-Month Business Visitor Visas for US and Indian Nationals?

Are six (6) month business visitor visas on the horizon for Indian nationals?  It appears to be headed in that direction. From AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12070346 (posted Jul. 3, 2012): At a Business Executive Program (BEP) meeting held in Bangalore, Minister Counselor James W. Herman, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India, notified BEP member companies of a recent trend in U.S. citizens receiving...
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