No Sigificant Change Expected To Australia&Cedil;S Record High Migrant Intake
Despite The Global Financial Crisis, Australia'S Immigration Minister Chris Evans Has Indicated That He Expects Only Modest Cuts In Next Years Migrant Intake Program Which Is Currently At An All Time High, With Australia Taking More Than 200 000 New Immigrants Per Year....

Apply For Third Country Visa At The Border
Foreign Nationals, Or Third Country Nationals (Tcn), Often Prefer To Travel To Canada Or Mexico To Apply For Nonimmigrant Visas Because Of The Obvious Convenience.

Uscis Permits F1 Students Opportunity To Request Change Of Status
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Would Allow F1 Students Who Are The Beneficiaries Of Selected H1b Petitions For Fiscal Year (Fy) 2009 To Request A Change Of Status In Lieu Of Consular Notification.

Uscis Reaches H2b Cap For First Half Of Fiscal Year 2007
Uscis Has Announced That It Has Received A Sufficient Number Of Petitions To Reach The Congressionally Mandated H2b Cap For The First Six Months Of Fiscal Year 2007.

Uscis Memo On Good Moral Character In Vawabased Selfpetitions
In An Interoffice Memorandum The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Informed The Adjudicators At The Vermont Service Center (Vsc) Of The Change In The Law Concerning Determinations Of Good Moral Character Made In Connection With Vawabased Selfpetitions (Forms I360).

Eoir Announces New Photo Standard
The Format Requirement For Photographs Filed With The Immigration Court In Conjunction With Forms Eoir40, Eoir42b, I485, And I881will Change Effective Monday, October 4, 2004.

Student Visa While I-130 Pending
Hello Everybody I Have A Couple Of Questions.... My Mother Filed An I-130 For Me In Summer 2006 When I Was Under 21...Ive Turned 21 A Couple Of Months Ago...How Should Inform Uscis About This? And From What Ive Found Here And There The O21 Unmarried Child Is The First Prefrence...Does This...

Philippines Now The Largest Source Country For Canadian Immigrants

China Has Been The Top Source Country Of Immigrants For Years, But Now The Philippines Has Taken Over The Top Spot For Immigrants And Temporary Workers (Combined).&Nbsp; 19,064 Permanent Residents And 15,254 Temporary Workers From The Philippines Arrived In Canada In 2007.&Nbsp; Aside From Americans, More Filipinos Arrived In Canada As Temporary Foreign Workers Than Any Other Nationality.

Dhs To Begin Biometric Exit Pilot As Part Of Usvisit Program
As A Part Of The Border Management System Introduced At Airports And Seaports Earlier This Year, The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That It Will Pilot And Evaluate Usvisit Automated Biometric Exit Procedures For Foreign Visitors. Biometric Technology - Digital Finger Scans And Digital Photographs - Helps Make Usvisit Simple And Effective.

Usvisit Test Entry Procedures At Land Ports From Midnovember
Usvisit Will Begin A Test Of Entry Procedures At Land Ports Of Entry In The Secondary Inspection Area Starting In Midnovember. Initial Testing Will Begin At Land Ports Of Entry In Douglas, Arizona, Port Huron, Michigan, And Laredo, Texas.

Joint Plan By Uscis And Fbi To Eliminate Of Fbi Name Checks
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) And The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (Fbi) Today Announced A Joint Plan To Eliminate The Backlog Of Name Checks Pending With The Fbi. Uscis And The Fbi Established A Series Of Milestones Prioritizing Work Based On The Age Of The Pending Name Check. The Fbi Has Already Eliminated All Name Check Cases Pending More Than Four Years.

I864 Affidavit Of Support: New Poverty Guidelines For 2008
Uscis Has Released The 2008 Poverty Guidelines On Form I864p To Be Used In Calculating The Required Income For Affidavits Of Support (I864). These Poverty Guidelines Will Remain In Effect Until Spring 2009, When The New Guidelines Are Released. The 2008 Guidelines Reflect Changes In The Amount Of Income That Is Now Required Under The New Guidelines And Generally With Each Increase In Household Size, The Amount Of Income Has Increased.

Machinereadable Passport Procedures To Be Implemented
From October 26, 2004 U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Of The Department Of Homeland Security Will Strictly Enforce The Machine Readable Passport Requirement For Travelers Under The Visa Waiver Program.

April 2008 Visa Bulletin: Eb-2 Available For India

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The April 2008 Visa Bulletin, Released By The U.S. Department Of State (Dos), Finally Shed A Few Rays Of Sunshine On The Eb-2 Applicants From India As The Category Became Available Albeit With A Cut-Off Date Around 2003. The Eb2 Cutoff Dates For China Have Again Moved Forward. Continuing Its Forward Trend From The March Bulletin, Eb-3 Dates Have Moved Forward By A Few Months For All Countries. Even The Unskilled Visa Category Shows Forward Movement After A Long Time. The April Visa Bulletin Will Come Into Effect From April 1, 2008.

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Predictions

According To The Bulletin, Eb-2 Numbers Have Been Made Available For India This April As The Dos Felt That The Current Demand For Visa Slots Has Comparatively Slowed Down. Consequently, It All Depends On How Many Applications Are Made In April, As To Whether The Category Will Remain Available The Coming Months.

Uscis Updates Projected Naturalization Processing Times
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Continues To Make Steady Progress In Reducing The Significant Number Of Naturalization Applications It Received Last Year. Uscis Now Anticipates Naturalization Application Processing Will Average 10-12 Months Nationally By The End Of September 2008 - A Substantial Improvement From Its Estimated Average Processing Time Of 16-18 Months First Announced Last Year.

Uscis Announces Extension Of Stay For Some Foreign Students
Certain Academic Foreign Students Can Remain In U.S. Until H1b Petitions Are Decided. The Extension Of The Grace Period Allows Affected Foreign Students To Remain In Country And Avoid The Inconvenience Of Returning Home Only To Travel Back To The United States In The Near Future Foreign Students Qualify For The Extended Grace Period Only If Their Prospective Employer Has Timely Filed An H1b Petition On The Student's Behalf Before July 30, 2004 With Requested Employment Start Date Of October 1, 2004.

Tn (Trade Nafta) For Mexicans: A Visa Option For Our Friends From South Of The Border
The Tn (Trade Nafta) Was Created In 1994 By The North American Free Trade Agreement, A Multi-Country Trade Agreement Between The Us, Canada And Mexico. It Provides A Feasible Alternative To The H-1B Visa For The Citizens Of Mexico. While The Tn Visa Is Available To Both Mexican And Canadian Citizens In This Article We Will Be Looking At It Only From The Standpoint Of The Mexican Citizen. Because Mexican Citizens, Unlike Canadians, Are Required To Have A Visa Before Applying For Admission To The Us, The Tn Application Procedure For Mexican Citizens Is More Complex Than For Canadians. Even Though The Process Is More Complex In January 2004 It Was Significantly Simplified. Under The Current Procedure A Mexican Citizen Must First Obtain A Tn Visa At A Us Consulate (Generally In Mexico). Once The Tn Visa Stamp Is Obtained In The Mexican Citizen's Passport, They May Enter The Us In Tn Status In A Similar Manner To A Canadian Citizen.

A Rendezvous With India: Immigration Seminar In Pune
Bringing To You The Second Article From Our Attorney's Diary On Our Recent Seminars And Workshops In Various Cities In India. This Article Contains Exciting Anecdotes From His Travel Experiences And Stay In Pune.

Dos Releases Designated J1 Visa Organizations
The Department Of State Has Released A List Of Organizations/Institutions Designated To Administer J1 Exchange Visitor Programs As Of April 2004. The List Provides The Contact Information By Exchange Visitor Program Category.

163,000 Apply For Fy 2009 H-1B Before Cap Closed
163,000 Apply For Fy 2009 H-1B Before Cap Closed

Uscis Memo On Establishment Of Ircu For Eb5 Matters
In An Interoffice Memorandum The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That Oversight For Policy And Regulation Development, Field Guidance, Form Design, Case Auditing, And Training Regarding Regional Center Adjudications And Associated Investor Petitions Within The Eb5 Investor Program, Shall Reside With Prd/Investor And Regional Center Unit (Ircu).

Australia Prices Itself Out Of The Property Market
Australian Immigration News Australia Prices Itself Out Of The Property Market. For Others Dreaming Of Australia, It Is Not Just The Long Haul That Has Deterred People Who Live Abroad From Picking Up Property In Australia. Despite Being A Huge Country With A Small Population, Prices Are Steep. In The Latest Annual Demographia Survey Of Housing Afford [...]

Nova Scotia Launches Immigrant Small Business Financing

Recent Immigrants To The Province Of Nova Scotia Who Wish To Establish Their Own Businesses Will Soon Have Access To Funding Support From The Provincial Credit Unions.&Nbsp; The Immigrant Small Business Financing Program Can Offer Immigrants Who Have Lived In Nova Scotia For Less Than Five Years Up To $150,000 To Help Start, Expand, Or Buy A Small Business.

Operator Of English Language Schools Charged For Allegedly Running Visa Fraud Scheme
In A Startling Discovery By U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice), A Beverly Hills Man Who Operates Two Schools That Teach English To Foreign Students Was Arrested On Federal Charges For Allegedly Running A Visa Fraud Scheme That Allowed Foreign Nationals From Around The World To Obtain Student Visas To Enter The United States, Even Though They Had No Intention Of Attending The Schools Or Were Fraudulently Trying To Remain In The United States.

Uscis Q&A: New Background Check Policy
Recently Uscis Announced A New Background Check Policy, Where Certain Cases, Including Adjustment Of Status Cases With Pending Name Check Will Be Adjudicated After 180 Days Regardless Of The Fact That The Name Check Is Unresolved. This Is In Response To The Large Volume Of Petitions That Have Been Pending For An Unusually Long Time And Have Resulted In Numerous Lawsuits Against Uscis And Fbi. This New Policy Promises To Finally Resolve The Huge Backlog Of Approvable Cases That Have Not Been Adjudicated Due To The Name Check Portion Of The Background Check. Some Of These Cases Have Been Pending For A Number Of Years And Number Into Thousands.

Need Information About G4 Visa
Hi All, I Need Information About G4 Visa. Which Documents Are Required For Apply G4 Visa? What Is Ability For Applying For G4 Visa? When Can One Apply G4 Visa? How Much Time It Will Take To Process G4 Visa? Thanks In Advance

Uscis Releases 2003 Statistical Yearbook
The Office Of Immigration Statistics Has Published The 2003 Uscis Yearbook Of Immigration Statistics Providing Information And Statistics On Migrants Who Apply For Different Legal Statuses As Well As Immigration Law Enforcement Activities.

House Judiciary To Conduct Series Of Immigration Hearings
The House Judiciary Committee Chairman, John Conyers, Jr. (Dmi), And Chairwoman Of The Subcommittee On Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, And International Law, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Dca), Announced That The Oversight Hearing On The H2b Program Will Be The First In A Series Of Immigration Hearings. The Subcommittee And The Full Committee Will Conduct Several Hearings On This Issue In The Coming Weeks

Travelogue: Immigration Workshop In Bangalore
This Month's In Focus Section Will Journey You Through Yet Another Exciting Day In Our Attorney's Travelogue: Bangalore, Our First Immigration Workshop In The Immigration Events Series Last Year.

Uscis Notifies H1b Processing Procedure
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Notified The Procedure For Processing H1b Petitions For New Employment, Which Are Subject To The H1b Cap, And Filed By Employers Seeking To Employ H1b Aliens On Or Before September 30, 2005.