Tag Archives: Department of State

National Visa Center Immigrant Fee Processing Errors

The U.S. Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) is currently experiencing some technical difficulties for the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). This news comes as a minor hurdle for applicants seeking to apply for Immigrant Visas (IV) abroad to enter the United States as Lawful Permanent Resident Green Card holders. Applicants using the CEAC […]

August 2014 Visa Bulletin Update

Our immigration lawyers in Los Angeles eagerly await the release of each new month’s visa bulletin. The visa bulletin is a monthly report that shows movement in available visa numbers and these updates can greatly benefit our clients. The August 2014 visa bulletin indicates little movement and changes to available visa numbers from July’s visa numbers. There […]

2015 Diversity Visa Winners Must Submit DS-260 After May 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of State announced to our immigration lawyers in Los Angeles earlier this month, that beginning on May 19, 2014 all 2015 Diversity Visa (DV-2015) Program applicants must submit the electronic form DS-260. The electronic immigration form is accessible through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). The results of the DV-2015 program were […]

June 2014 Visa Bulletin is Here!

The Department of State has just released the Visa Bulletin for June 2014 to our immigration lawyers in Los Angeles. We are unhappy to see that unfortunately the F2A category (for family-sponsored preference, spouses and children of Permanent Residents) has retrogressed due to the heavy demand. The previous Priority Date for the F2A visa category […]

Changing Venue in LGBT Immigrant Visa Cases

JCS Immigration and Visa has been following changes in immigration procedures and law since the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor V. U.S., struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have been working to establish a procedure for changing the venue for immigrant visa processing in cases […]

Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Waiver Program Now Permanent

A pilot program was introduced by the Department of State in January 2012 called the two-year visa interview waiver pilot program. This became one of the cornerstones of President Obama’s initiative to improve and speed up the processing time for nonimmigrant visas for certain categories of travelers to the U.S. This pilot program has now […]

Consular Returns at USCIS Vermont Service Center

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’s (USCIS) Vermont Service Center (VSC) has provided our Los Angeles Immigration Attorneys with updated information on handling of consular returns. Our office was informed that consular returns are currently backlogged at six months or longer; however, cases involving H-1B extensions receive more immediate attention due to the nature […]

NVC Procedures Regarding I-601A Provisional Waivers

JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, located in Los Angeles has a team of Immigration lawyers who constantly monitor immigration news to ensure our clients are up to date with the latest information relating to their cases. Recently, representatives from the Department of State’s (DOS) National Visa Center (NVC) commented on the evolution of the […]

Dept. of State Alert: Updated Contact Information for Inquiries

Nancy McCarthy, Consular Officer for the Bureau of Consular Affairs Visa Office, sent out an e-mail update over the weekend to JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, a Los Angeles U.S. Immigration Attorney’s office. The e-mail stated that in the interest of greater efficiency, the Bureau of Consular Affairs Visa Office is discontinuing the use […]

December Visa Bulletin Released

Our experienced U.S. Immigration Lawyers at JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, located in Los Angeles have just received the December Visa Bulletin from the U.S. Department of State. The only significant changes to the bulletin for December is that the F2A Family-sponsored preference category for spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents is working on cases […]