Tag Archives: US Consulate

USCIS Set to Close Vienna, Austria Office on Dec. 31, 2015

Our Los Angeles based team of immigration attorneys have just learned that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) intends to close its field office, located in Vienna, Austria, on December 31, 2015. The final day that the office will be open to the public and accepting applications is November 30, 2015. The closest USCIS […]

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 […]

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

My Experience with Guangzhou-China’s U.S. Embassy

I have years of experience working with United States Embassies and Consulates all over the world through my immigration law office located in Los Angeles, California. In my opinion, Guangzhou, China is the worst consular post in the world. The U.S. Embassy in Guangzhou is very overworked and handles about 1/5 of the world’s population […]

Delays in I-601A Processing: I-130 Petitions Mistakenly Sent to NRC Instead of NVC

At JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office we monitor trends in immigration as well as current processing times for all immigration benefits. the ICE and USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee are seeking examples of Form I-130 petitions where Immigrant Visa processing was indicated on the I-130, Question#22 on Page 2 of the I-130, that were […]

U.S. Consulates Operations Update

We are glad to that the United States Consulates and Embassies abroad are currently still operating the visa services normally. JCS Immigration and Visa Law Office recommends submitting visa applications and making visa appointments as soon as possible in case this changes. Visa applicants should be prepared for the possibility of future delays in the […]

U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China Moving to Zhujiang New Town on July 15, 2013

The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou will soon move to a new and spacious facility in the Zhujiang New Torn neighborhood. During the Consulate’s move, it will be necessary to temporarily suspend the usual passport, extra pages, consular report of birth and notary services. From July 15 until July 22, appointments and passport pick up […]

USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment to Move to USCIS ELIS

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is moving the existing online payment for the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). Customers will soon pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee using USCIS ELIS after they have received their immigrant visa package from the Department of State (DOS) and before they depart for […]

Immigration Services, US Visa, E-2, H1b, Employment Visa

Choosing Between Processing E-2 Visa Status in the US or Abroad

Today, I received a question from another immigration lawyer friend of mine and I thought I would share it. Basically, a Texas based IT company has recently been acquired by a Taiwanese company, and to train the newly acquired staff, the Taiwanese parent company prepares to send a few technicians over on E-2 visa as […]