Tag Archives: Student Visa

Approval Notices Issued Without I-94 Card

Our immigration attorneys in Los Angeles have received several reports from clients and other U.S. immigration lawyers claiming that many extension and change of status approval notices have been received that do not contain an I-94 card at the bottom of the document. Our immigration lawyers have reached out to both the Vermont Service Center […]

Free U.S. Immigration Consultation. Green Card, Citizenship, Visa Help!

Our United States immigration lawyers in Los Angeles are pleased to announce that we offer a FREE immigration consultation to anyone with immigration questions. Immigration law is U.S. Federal Law, so we can help clients across the United States and around the world with their important immigration issues. Our experienced U.S. immigration attorneys can assist with […]

Study in the States! New Website for International Students

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the launch of an enhanced Study in the States website with new features for international students. Some of these new features enable the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to monitor important information to prospective international students in a clear and […]

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 […]

Guidance on Issuance of Form I-20s and DOMA Effect for Same-Sex Couples

The Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs has advised consulates that their officials may issue derivative F visas based on same-sex marriage if the marriage is recognized in the place of celebration. That is, if the country where the couple married recognizes same-sex marriage as legal, then the U.S. Government will recognize the union […]

CBP Ordered to verify all International Student Visas

Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security has ordered its border agents to verify that every international student who arrives to the United States holds a valid student visa. The internal memorandum obtained Friday by the Associated Press, is the government’s new procedure and first security change directly related to the bombings at the Boston […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, US Immigrants, Legal Permanent Resident, LPR, Illegal Immigrants

Republican senators present Dream Act (DACA) alternative

WASHINGTON – Under political pressure to take action on immigration reform, three Republican senators introduced an alternative version of the Dream Act on Tuesday that would give legal status for young immigrants brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children. The effort, called the Achieve Act and launched by retiring senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Kay […]

Filing Deadlines for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Applications

USCIS Service Centers have been taking a more restrictive approach to filing deadlines for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications, which is resulting in unexpected denials. There are several deadlines to consider in handling an OPT application: Pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(11)(i)(B)(2) “For post-completion OPT, the student must properly file his or her Form […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, Immigration, Lawyer, Attorney, Legal Advice

CBP Announced Discontinuation of Admission Stamp for F, M, and J Visas

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has issued a formal announcement that as of August 10, 2012 admission stamps will no longer be provided on Forms I-20/DS-2019 for prospective and returning international students and scholars traveling with F, M, and J visas. This change makes CBP processes consistent with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) […]

US Visa, H1B, H1-B, Work Visa, Work Permit

Options for Getting a US Visa

Options for Getting an US Visa Non-Immigrant Visas for Temporary Visits B-1 Visa for Business Visitors The B-1 visa is issued to foreign nationals who have a legitimate business purpose for entering the United States. Generally, the applicant’s employer must execute a letter stating the applicant’s business purpose for visiting the U.S. The B-1 visa will […]