New security measures to affect all international travelers to the U.S.—what you can do

New security measures to affect all international travelers to the U.S.—what you can do

Measures that went into effect on October 26, 2017 are expected to significantly alter wait times and procedures for all travelers arriving in the United States on international flights. It is estimated that all 325,000 travelers arriving daily in the U.S.—regardless of their citizenship status—will be affected by these new policies.

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Do I need to use an immigration lawyer?

Do I need to use an immigration lawyer?

The do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to preparing a U.S. visa application or petition comes with risks. An over reliance on second-hand and non-professional advice can often have disastrous consequences. While many can succeed in having their visa or petition approved without professional assistance, the risks of proceeding alone should be carefully considered.

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2016 Visa Waiver Program changes prompt more B visa applications

2016 Visa Waiver Program changes prompt more B visa applications

In January 2016, the U.S. government made significant changes to the VWP. These changes were aimed at increasing U.S. national security. Effective January 21, 2016, foreign nationals who had traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria, on or after March 2011 are prevented from traveling to the United States under the VWP. Additionally, nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria are also prevented from applying for an ESTA and traveling to the U.S. under the VWP. This change has made travel to the U.S. for many foreign nationals harder, as foreigners that were once permitted to travel under the VWP must now apply for a B visa at a U.S. consulate.

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Watch your I-94 record

Watch your I-94 record

Since the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) introduced the online system to obtain I-94 records, we’ve seen an increase in the number of records containing errors. This creates confusion among nonimmigrant visa holders, and can increase the risk a temporary visitor overstaying their status.

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Green Card lottery winners should take action now

Green Card lottery winners should take action now

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program), or Green Card lottery, allows a maximum of 50,000 randomly selected Immigrant Visas to be made available on an annual basis. The results for the DV-2017 Green Card lottery were released by the U.S. Department of State on May 3, 2016. Merely being selected in the lottery does not guarantee that you will ultimately receive a Green Card. Once selected, applicants must complete various steps in the immigrant process in order to qualify and receive a Green Card. After completing these additional steps, many applicants that are selected in the lottery are ultimately found to be inadmissible and ineligible to immigrate to the United States.

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Common questions regarding E-3 Visa applications

Common questions regarding E-3 Visa applications

I receive a number of questions from Australians regarding E-3 visa applications. Often these questions come from existing E-3 visa holders located in California and New York looking to renew their visas. The following are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding E-3 visas:

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Australians face higher scrutiny when applying for E-3 Visa

Australians face higher scrutiny when applying for E-3 Visa

As the number of E-3 visa applications increase, so too have the number of denials. Up to 10% of applications are being rejected, and this increase doesn’t appear to be a natural correlation with the increase in newly filed applications. U.S. authorities appear to be increasing their scrutiny of applicants by ensuring their applications meet the standards of a Specialty Occupation, including the specific educational requirements. David Immigration Law has experience in preparing E-3 visa applications that ensure these critical requirements are correctly addressed to avoid denials.

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