Indian Visa Services Suspended Due to Diplomatic Tensions Between India and Canada

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The Indian High Commission has suspended visa processing services in Canada, escalating a diplomatic dispute between the two countries. The suspension affects all Canadian citizens who need to apply for new Indian visas even if they are located outside Canada and could apply as third-country nationals in their host country. Canadian nationals who hold valid… Read more »

LawQuest | US Immigration Alert | USCIS Announces Registration Dates for the H-1B CAP Season FY 2024

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USCIS Announces Registration Dates for the H-1B CAP Season FY 2024 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 27, 2023 that the initial period for FY 2024 H-1B cap registration will open at 12 noon EST on March 1, 2023, and run through 12 noon EST on March 17, 2023. Employers seeking… Read more »

LawQuest | US Immigration Alerts | Additional NI Visa Appointments for First Time Applicants, USCIS implementation of Prem Proc Final Stage & Adjudication of I-539 & I-765 applications together

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The US Embassy and Consulates in India Introduce More Visa Appointments There is finally some good news for visa applicants seeking a visa for the first time or those that do not qualify for Dropbox applications.   The United States Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad (collectively known as Mission… Read more »

LawQuest | Indian Immigration Alert | e-Visa Services Finally Restored for British Nationals!!

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e-Visa Services Finally Restored for British Nationals!! On December 5, 2022, the High Commission of India in London announced that the e-Visa facility will be restored for the UK nationals travelling to India.  The Indian High Commissioner, Vikram K Doraiswami in his official announcement has confirmed this (see https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInUK/videos). For the first time since the… Read more »

US Immigration Alert | Premium Processing Services Extended to Additional I-140 Pending Cases

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Premium Processing Services Extended to Additional I-140 Pending Cases The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will extend premium processing services to additional pending cases. This third phase is similar to the first and second phases and will apply to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications…. Read more »

LawQuest US Immigration Alert | FY2023 H-1B Cap Apparently Reached

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FY 2023 H-1B Cap Apparently Reached It appears that the H-1B CAP has been reached for FY 2023.  Over the past several days, we have noted that the USCIS is sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The USCIS can only send a non-selection notice to a properly submitted H-1B registration once they have determined… Read more »

USCIS Will No Longer Accept Combined Fee Payments For EB-5, Immigrant Investor Program Applications or Petitions

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USCIS Will No Longer Accept Combined Fee Payments For EB-5, Immigrant Investor Program Petitions The USCIS has announced that going forward they will no longer accept combined fee payment of Form I-526 (Immigrant Petition by Standalone Investor) or Form I-526E (Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor), filed with Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence… Read more »

Expansion of Premium Processing

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Premium Processing for Multinational Manager/Executive and National Interest Waiver Petitions Premium processing is welcome news for I-140 beneficiaries and their sponsoring employers given that many of these cases may have been waiting for several months and even years, preventing thousands of foreign nationals from achieving their permanent residence in the U.S. Newly filed I-140 petitions will continue to remain ineligible for premium processing at this time…. Read more »

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