Tag Archives: DOS

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 […]

Commonly Asked Questions During Immigration Interview

Most applicants for a United States visa (both immigrant and nonimmigrant) and applicants for Adjustment of Status for family-based cases like marriage, will be required to attend an interview. Depending on whether you are inside or outside the United States will determine whether your interview will be at a USCIS local field office or at […]

Computer System Error Cripples Deportation Cases

A computer crisis is crippling the United States’ immigration courts, which has created an overwhelming backlog of deportation cases, our U.S. immigration lawyers in Los Angeles have learned. Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys first encountered an error with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)’s Immigration Court on April 12 when we […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines Closed November 13-15, 2013

JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, located in Los Angeles, California, has just been informed by the U.S. Department of State that due to the unfortunate typhoon incident in the Philippines, the American Citizen Services Section of the U.S. Embassy Manila will be closed. The American Citizen Services (ACS) Section at the United States Embassy […]

Department of State Announces 2015 Diversity Visa (DV) Program

JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office, serving the Greater Los Angeles area, including San Fernando, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County is excited to release the announcement from the U.S. Department of State regarding the 2015 Diversity Visa (DV) Program. The Diversity Visa program is a visa lottery/US Green Card lottery that grants successful applicants […]

DACA, Immigration Services

Amended Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship for Minors

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) are planning on amending their policies regarding Alien minors making false claims of being a United States (U.S.) Citizen. The amendment will require that only a “knowingly false claim” can support the charge, in which the individual in question must establish lack of knowledge […]

October 2013 Visa Bulletin is Here!

The new visa bulletin for October has been released and posted on Department of State website.   Here at JCS Immigration Law Office,  our Los Angeles immigration lawyers have been watching closely the F2A category because we have been receiving a lot of inquiries on filing for spouse of green card holder clients.   Unfortunately,  the visa […]