USCIS Premium Processing Fee Increase

The USCIS Premium Processing Fee Increase: What Visa Applicants Should Know

For visa applicants hoping to expedite their petitions, the cost of the premium processing service, an optional service which ensures applications receive a response in 15 calendar days, is about to rise. The cost of this fee is increased based on the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for … Read more

Enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a program that has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is in partnership with the U.S. State Department and allows 20 million visitors per year to travel to the United States without a visa. VWP is a program that is exclusively … Read more

Updated Guide to Welcome New Immigrants to the United States

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently published an update to its extremely popular publication called “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants”. This comprehensive guide provides new immigrants with practical information in order to learn about what lies ahead concerning adjusting to everyday life in … Read more

USCIS to Accept H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016

  What is an H-1B Petition? Businesses operating in the U.S. can file an H-1B petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in order to employ foreign nationals in professional occupations that require specialized knowledge such as engineering, science and computer programming. This allows U.S. businesses to … Read more

Will The Green Card Lottery Program Continue?

Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery) Program The Green Card Lottery Program, officially known as the Diversity Visa Program, allows foreign nationals to apply for a chance to win a green card for themselves and their entire immediate family. For the years 2015 and 2016, the State Department will give 50,000 … Read more

ESTA Application Changed to Identify Potential National Security Threats

ESTA Update The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) has updated the online travel authorization application in order to help identify potential national security threats, such as known or suspected terrorists who are seeking passage to the U.S. ESTA is a travel authorization system that allows the U.S. government to … Read more

USCIS has an Updated and Improved Website that Includes Enhanced Tools

USCIS Updated Website U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled its updated website that has a fresh new layout as well as a vast improvement to its Case Status tool on Friday, November 7, 2014. The improvements made to the website give it a new look and feel as well … Read more