US Immigration NEWS!

Dated 10th of April, 2013
USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2014
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.....

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Dated 04th of April, 2013
USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions Following Court Order
Effective March 22, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily suspending adjudication of most Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers appropriate action in response to the Court order entered March 21, 2013 in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Solis, 2:09-cv-00240-LDD (E.D. Pa).....

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Dated 05th of March, 2013
US introduces: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers
Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States and before they depart for their immigrant visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.....

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Dated 16th of February, 2013
USCIS to Consolidate Online Filing of Form I-539
On February 28, 2013, To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status of Application, USCIS to consolidate online filing of form I-539

USCIS will disable the alternative legacy online filing channel for Form I-539 and offer customers the option to:
  • File online with USCIS ELIS, or
  • File a paper application by mail.
Following the launch of paperless electronic immigration system, USCIS ELIS, customers are offered three ways to file the Form I-539. Since then, USCIS has improved USCIS ELIS and consolidated its filing methods.

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Dated 14th of December, 2012
Implementation of New USCIS Immigrant Fee Feb. 1

New fee allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Department of State abroad

WASHINGTON—On Feb. 1, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the United States. This new fee was established in USCIS's final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions announced on Sept. 24, 2010.

USCIS has worked closely with the Department of State (DOS) to implement the new fee which allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas in the United States after immigrant visa holders receive their visa packages from DOS. This includes staff time to handle, file and maintain the immigrant visa package, and the cost of producing and delivering the permanent resident card. The implementation of this new fee is further detailed in a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication tomorrow.

In order to simplify and centralize the payment process, applicants will pay online through the USCIS website after they receive their visa package from DOS and before they depart for the United States. DOS will provide applicants with specific information on how to submit payment when they attend their consular interview. The new fee is in addition to fees charged by DOS associated with an individual's immigrant visa application.

USCIS processes approximately 36,000 immigrant visa packages each month. Prospective adoptive parents whose child will enter the United States under the Orphan or Hague processes are exempt from the new fee.

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Dated 03rd of December, 2012
US Consular Exchange rate fixed at INR 57=1USD wef 02nd of Dec. 2012
USA settles consular exchange rate for 1 USD= 57 INR, which will increase the burden on visa applicants. The increase is due to down fall of Indian Rupee against US Dollar & will be in effect till 17 Dec. 2012.

 Exchange Rate
 Consular Exchange Rate:  57 INR = 1 USD

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Dated 29th of November, 2012
USCIS Director Mayorkas Unveils Online Entrepreneur Resource Center at MIT
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas marked a significant milestone for the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative by launching an online resource center at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship in Cambridge, Mass. The resource center, Entrepreneur Pathways, provides entrepreneurs who seek to start a business in the United States an intuitive way to navigate the immigration process. It also provides information on future opportunities for engagement with the entrepreneurial community.

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Dated 28th of November, 2012
American consulate to revise exchange rate from 2nd of Dec. 2012
The Consular Exchange Rate will be changing after December 2, 2012. Before submitting your payment, please verify that the visa fee on your deposit slip matches the current consular exchange rate listed on the visa fee page.

Current Rate
Exchange Rate
Consular Exchange Rate: 55.00 INR = 1 USD
Expiration Date: 02/12/2012

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Dated 04th of October, 2012
USCIS Launches Spanish-language I-9 Central on
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today launched a Spanish-language version of I-9 Central, an online resource center designed to provide information and assistance related to the most frequently accessed form on Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification. This free, easy-to-use website provides employers and employees simple one-click access to resources, tips and guidance to properly complete Form I-9 and better understand the Form I-9 process. Read the News Release.

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Dated 20th of September, 2012
United States Consulates relocates New Premises in India
Please be informed that United States consulates in India is relocating into new premises w.e.f. 24th Sep., 2012. Below are the new addresses:





Bandra East, Mumbai - 400041

Trade Center, Gr. Floor, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex


Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600018

No 3, Cenotaph Road


Begumpet, Secunderabad – 500003

502, Gowra Grand, S.P.Road


Kolkata – 700017

Jasmine Tower, 31, Shakespeare Sarani (1st Floor)

New Delhi

Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019

S - 1 American Plaza, (Hotel Eros Managed by Hilton), International Trade Tower

Also from 26 September onwards there will be a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at and call centre +912267209400/ +911206602222 /+13106165424(USA local number).

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Dated 05th of September, 2012
New Visa Procedure being implemented in India for non-immigrant visa seekers
The United States Embassy in India today announced it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Julia Stanley, announced at a press conference here today that beginning September 26, 2012 U.S. visa applicants will be able to pay application fees via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or with their mobile phones. They can also pay in cash at more than 1,800 Axis bank branches.

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Dated 22nd of August, 2012
USCIS Reaches Milestone for Third Straight Year: 10,000 U Visas Approved in Fiscal Year 2012
U Visa Protects Victims of Crime and Strengthens Law Enforcement Efforts

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today marked a significant milestone in its efforts to provide relief to victims of crimes by approving the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status, also referred to as the U-visa. This is the third straight year USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U-visas in 2008.

Each year, 10,000 U-visas are available for victims of crime who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or prosecute those crimes. A U-visa petition requires law enforcement certification of assistance in the investigation or prosecution of crimes.

"The U-visa is an important tool aiding law enforcement to bring criminals to justice," said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. "At the same time, we are able to provide immigration protection to victims of crime and their families. Both benefits are in the interest of the public we serve."

In recent years, USCIS has greatly expanded its public education and outreach effort through partnerships with law enforcement agencies and service providers. As part of this effort, USCIS officers have traveled to more than 40 cities, including Denver, New York City, Newark, and San Antonio, to train federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and immigrant-serving organizations on immigration protections available to individuals who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes.

The program was created by Congress to strengthen the law enforcement community's ability to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes while at the same time offering protection to victims. More than 61,000 victims and their family members have received U-visas since the implementation of this program in 2008.
USCIS will continue to accept new petitions as they are received until the end of the current fiscal year, and will resume issuing U-visas on Oct. 1, 2012, the first day of fiscal year 2013 when new visas are available.

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Dated 16th of August, 2012
USCIS begins accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting requests, effective immediately, for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. On June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may request, on a case-by-case basis, consideration of deferred action. Read the Update.

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Dated 3rd of August, 2012
Notice Regarding USCIS Centralized Filing for Waivers of Inadmissibility

Since June 4, 2012, individuals outside the U.S. who have been found inadmissible for certain visas by a U.S. consular officer and seek to waive an inadmissibility ground should no longer apply for a waiver at their foreign location, but should file requests directly to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by mailing the application to a USCIS Lockbox facility in the United States. This change only affects situations where individuals outside the U.S., who have been found inadmissible for an immigrant visa or a nonimmigrant K or V visa, must file their waiver applications. These waiver applications are adjudicated at the USCIS Nebraska Service Center (NSC).

The change affects filings for:

Individuals in Mexico who seek to file a waiver application continue to have the option to file with the local USCIS Field Office in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in addition to the Lockbox, during a transition period until Dec. 4, 2012. However, those who choose to file their waiver applications at the Lockbox will experience certain advantages, such as: Faster filing: Applicants can file a waiver application immediately after the consular interview. An applicant who files with the Lockbox does not need to wait for an appointment at a USCIS Field Office to file the waiver application and will not need to travel to the USCIS office.

Shorter processing time: The NSC's goal is to process the waiver applications within 3 months.

Ability to track the progress of an application: Applicants who file waiver applications through the Lockbox can view the progress of their application online. This service is not available to applicants who file their waiver applications at USCIS international field offices.

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Dated 1st of August, 2012
U.S Consulate Hyderabad discontinuing advance submission of documents

U.S Consulate Hyderabad is discontinuing the advance submission of documents for all BEP cases and regular petition based (H &L) cases with effect from August 6. The last interview date for advance submission will be this Friday, August 3. Anyone with appointments from August 6 onwards is required to carry their documents directly to the consulate on the day of their interview.

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Dated 23rd of July, 2012
GRE test fees revised to US$ "175" w.e.f 1st July, 2012

GRE test fees revised to US$ "175" w.e.f 1st July, 2012

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Dated 04th of July, 2012
The USCIS Electronic Immigration System's First 1,000 Cases

By Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on 3rd of Jul, 2012

Every day, USCIS receives thousands of paper applications for immigration benefits - more than 6 million each year. For generations, we have received, reviewed, shipped, and stored paper applications and files throughout our agency. This paper-based process consumes a great deal of resources and employee time.

USCIS, the world's largest immigration benefits agency, reached a significant milestone on May 22, 2012 with the launch of our new electronic immigration system, USCIS ELIS. USCIS ELIS allows applicants and their attorneys and accredited representatives to create an online account and submit and track their immigration benefit requests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Currently, individuals applying to change or extend their nonimmigrant status, Form I-539, can use the system. We will roll out additional form types and functions over time until all USCIS applications and petitions can be processed through the system. USCIS ELIS also has enhanced tools to combat fraud and safeguard national security.

Not long ago, we received our 1,000th electronically-filed application through USCIS ELIS. We have also seen a commensurate drop in the number of paper Form I-539 applications submitted since the system's launch. USCIS ELIS has already delivered for our early users the timeliness, convenience, and added security of a more modern immigration system.

While its use is not mandatory, I encourage all individuals who are eligible to file Form I-539 to use USCIS ELIS. We continue to build this system for our customers, our dedicated workforce, and our federal partners. Your feedback is important as we prepare future releases of USCIS ELIS to meet your needs today and into the future. Please visit the USCIS ELIS Web page to learn more about USCIS ELIS and its benefits, and please share your user story with us here in our comments section or by emailing us at I look forward to your comments as we continue to modernize our agency.

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Dated 16th of June, 2012
Talented young illegal immigrants can stay in US: Obama

In an election-year move hailed by South Asian, Latino and other immigrant organisations, President Barack Obama announced that his administration will stop deporting talented young illegal immigrants if they pose no criminal or security threat.

The changes caused by his executive order will make immigration policy "more fair, more efficient and more just," he said in a White House address Friday afternoon to praise from Latino leaders but outrage from opposition Republicans.

"This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix," Obama said answering his critics. "This is a temporary stopgap measure."

Noting children of illegal immigrants "study in our schools, play in our neighbourhoods, befriend our kids, pledge allegiance to our flag," Obama said, "It makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans."

Under the new policy, people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military, can get a two-year deferral from deportation.

It also will allow those meeting the requirements to apply for work permits, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

The change is part of a department effort to target resources at illegal immigrants who pose a greater threat, such as criminals and those trying to enter the country now, she said.

Republicans who have blocked Democratic efforts on immigration reform immediately condemned the move with Obama's likely Republican presidential opponent Mitt Romney saying the issue needs more substantive action than an executive order, which can be replaced by a subsequent president.
But members of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a network of 42 organizations, applauded Obama's announcement.

"South Asian youth and families stand to benefit from this change in policy, given that individuals from South Asian countries are among the one million undocumented students in the United States," it said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, also welcomed Obama's decision.

The move addresses a major concern of the Hispanic community which has been upset over an overall increase in deportations under Obama with some 400,000 illegal immigrants removed last year, the largest in US history.

News by Deccan Herald

Dated 13th of June, 2012
USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Yesterday, June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013.

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Dated 23rd of May, 2012
Temporary Delay in Issuance of I-129 Receipt Notices.

Due to the high number of recently filed I-129 petitions with USCIS, customers may experience a longer than usual period of time to receive a receipt notice from USCIS. Usually, customers can expect to receive their receipt notice within 30 days of delivery confirmation. However, due to an unexpectedly high volume of I-129 petitions, it may be an additional two to four weeks before customers receive a receipt notice.

Customers who do not receive notification of receipt of an I-129 petition within 60 days of their delivery confirmation date may contact the appropriate Service Center via the email addresses listed on our Contact Us Web page. This is a temporary situation and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Dated 14th of May, 2012
America waives off interview for children under 07 years.

Children under 7 years of age are not required to appear for a nonimmigrant visa interview at any Post in India. Such applicants may submit their visa applications through VFS. All other rules, requirements and fees for those under 7 years of age remain in effect. All applicants must include the following documents when submitting their applications:

  • The applicant's valid passport
  • A completed DS-160 application barcode
  • One 2" x 2" photograph that meets specifications; and
  • An HDFC visa fee receipt (with both pink and blue copies) for the current visa application fee

Note: Parents/guardians may also consider submitting the following documents: the parents� U.S. visa numbers, information about the purpose of the visit and those to be visited in the U.S., and evidence of the applicant's ties to India. Visa issuance for those not appearing in person is not guaranteed. The Embassy/Consulate may in some cases, after reviewing an application, require the child to appear in person.

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Dated 23rd of April, 2012
US Consulate raises fee by over 03 Rs. per dollar, new rate in effect

NEW DELHI - Effective Monday 23, 2012 all United States Consular Sections in India will adjust the consular exchange rate from INR 51 to the dollar to INR 54 to the dollar.

This rate of change is effective for all rupee-denominated costs of applying for visas and passports, including the nonimmigrant visa application fee paid at HDFC bank branches prior to the scheduling of visa appointments. The new application fee for nonimmigrant visas is INR 8640 (equivalent to USD $160 for non-petition based visa categories) and INR 10260 (equivalent to USD $190 for petition based visa categories). Receipts issued by HDFC Bank prior to April 23, 2012 and are still not more than a year old, will be honored.

Dated 22nd of Feb 2012
American Immigration : I-601 Provisional waiver is not in effect

USCIS is considering changes that would allow certain immediate relatives (the spouse, children or parents of a U.S. citizen) who can demonstrate extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse or parent to receive a provisional waiver of the unlawful presence bars before leaving the United States.

These procedures are not in effect and will not be available to potential applicants until USCIS publishes a final rule in the Federal Register specifying the effective date. USCIS plans to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the coming months and will consider all comments received as part of that process before publishing a final rule.

  • Do not send an application requesting a provisional waiver at this time. USCIS will reject any application requesting this new process and we will return the application package and any related fees to the applicant. USCIS cannot accept applications until a final rule is issued and the process change becomes effective.
  • Be aware that some unauthorized practitioners of immigration law may wrongly claim they can currently file a provisional waiver application (Form I-601) for you. These same individuals may ask you to pay them to file such forms although the process is not yet in place. Please avoid such scams. USCIS wants you to learn the facts about protecting yourself and your family against scammers by visiting scams.

If you already have an immigrant visa interview with the U.S. Department of State, we strongly encourage you to attend. The Department of State may cancel your immigrant visa registration if you fail to appear at this interview.

Dated 28th of Oct. 2011
Are you applying for an American student visa ?

America is almost closed for Indian students, aspiring to go for MS in various fields of engineering, if the present visa success rate is any indication.

With students spending almost one year preparing for competitive exams like GRE TOEFL & investing some Rs. 1,00,000/- , it all goes to drain within one second, when the counselorsays smilingly Sorry, Try again !!!

Students from north India already started looking to other options, like Canada, Scandinavians, & exploring the options of free education in Germany. Other factor that is making Indian students drift away from USA is non-availability of Jobs after completion of studies, making it just impossible to settle down even after many years.

Worst is advertisements still appearing in the news papers for beter options in USA, which is only going to make the scenario worse for these innocent students falling prey to these fake ads of renowned companies, who just wash their hands after charging non-refundable deposits for getting the I-20's released.

Dated 28th of March 2011
US to accept H1B visa applications from 1st April

The US would start accepting applications for H-1B visa, for the financial year 2012 from 1st April. the most sought after work visa by Indian IT professionals,

Fiscal year cap on H-1B petitions for 2012, beginning 1st October is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with US masters degrees or higher are exempt from this cap, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement on Tuesday.

USCIS will monitor the number of petitions received and will notify the public of the date on which numerical limit of the H-1B cap has been met, the statement said. If USCIS receives more petitions than it can accept, it may on the final receipt date randomly select the number of petitions that will be considered for final inclusion within the cap, it said.

Dated 22nd of March 2011
American Immigration federal attorney jailed for 18 years for taking bribe from immigrants

A federal attorney who took nearly $500,000 in bribes from immigrants seeking to remain in the United States has been jailed for almost 18 years, authorities said on Monday.

United States District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr sentenced Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Chief Counsel Constantine Peter Kallas, 40, to 212 months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California, said in a news release.

Dated 03rd of March 2011
Proposed H-1B Electronic Registration System to Reduce Costs for U.S. Businesses?

USCIS is publishing a proposed rule that could save U.S. businesses more than $23 million over the next 10 years by establishing an advance registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers in specialty occupations.

The proposed electronic system would minimize administrative burdens and expenses related to the H-1B petition process?including reducing the need for employers to submit petitions for which visas would not be available under the statutory visa cap

Dated 19th of Feb. 2011 Wef 20th Feb 2011 Part 6 of Form-129 to be filled made compulsory by the USCIS. Revised form was introduced in November 2010 & was effective from 23rd of Dec. 2010.

USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Complete Part 6 of Form I-129

In November 2010, USCIS published a revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, which became effective on Dec. 23, 2010. Due to a number of inquiries regarding Part 6 of the Form I-129, "Certification Regarding the Release of Controlled Technology or Technical Data to Foreign Persons in the United States", USCIS advised petitioners that they would not be required to complete this section until Feb. 20, 2011. Petitions postmarked on or after Feb. 20, 2011, must complete Part 6 of the Form I-129.

Dated 15th of Feb. 2011
Hyderabad based US Consulate General has changed the contact information from to

General Public and non immigrant visa seekers can contact at the address of VFS to get their inquiries addressed, as US consulate Geeral will no longer respond to their quarries at the previous address wef 15th of Feb. 2011. !!!

Dated 30th of Dec. 2010
USA deports 3,92,862 illegal immigrants in the fiscal year 2010, an increase of over 28,000 , with a goal of 4,04,000 for year 2011 ... !!!

Dated 15th of Dec. 2010
US education individual Scholarships worth US $'s 1500 available wef 15th of Dec. 2010 ... !!!

USA Funds? will award $1,500 individual scholarships to students with economic need through USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships?.
USA Funds is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services.
Please review the eligibility criteria and other information, then use the link to Apply in English under Scholarship Links on the right to access the online scholarship application.
Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2011.

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Dated 09th of Dec. 2010
Young illegal immigrants gets a chance of being immigrant, under Dream Act Immigration Bill !!!

With House passing Dream Act Immigration bill, milions of young illegal immigrants in States will get a chance to become permanent immigrants & join the main stream,

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Dated 31st of March 2010
No dates for visa applicants in B1/B2 categories at American consulate New Delhi !!!

Visa applicants in B1/B2 category from Punjab, Haryana & Chandigarh are a harassed lot with no one lending them the ear to listen to the grievances. Officials of American Consulate are as indifferent as ever. With HDFC bank accepting fresh fee from the aspirants there is no end to the misery of these innocent people. They have no where to go and even the fee receipt of many has become invalid as they could not get a date even for one year, neither any refund, which is no fault of there's.

On the other hand dates are being sold in Punjab and Haryana fro Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 20,000/- and advertisements in leading newspapers can be seen. Those who are illiterate and living in remote areas, where internet facilities are not freely available OR dont know how to operate are falling prey to these people, whom we term as social service providers.
Will American law makers ever come out of their AC rooms and check what is happening outside their Consulate general and their role in helping the illegal trade to mushroom ?

Dated 30th of March 2010
US starts H1-B visa processing from 1st of April !!!

H 1 -B visa seekers can opt for this category from 1st of April 2010. USCIS will start processing this category from 1st of April 2010 for the financial year 2010-11. This category of visa is fully consumed from the date it was launched in 1990. With changes often coming into force, one needs a degree or higher in the same field to be eligible for H 1-B.

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