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Original Civil Documents No Longer Required in Immigrant Visa Applications

The National Visa Center (NVC) has advised that, as of November 12, 2014, it will no longer require the submission off original civil documents in immigrant visa applications. Instead, only photocopies of supporting documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and police certificates, will be required. Read More >

Florida Driver’s Licenses Issued to Individuals With Approved I-601A Provisional Waivers

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (“FLHSMV”) regularly publishes a list of documents that it will accept as proof of immigration status in connection with an application for a Florida Driver’s License. The list of acceptable documents was recently revised to include individuals who are the beneficiaries of approved I-601A, provisional unlawful presence waiver applications. Read More >

Department of State Moving to Online Immigrant Visa Application

The Department of State (Department) will no longer be using paper forms to apply for immigrant visas, and instead will implement an online application.  Effective September 3, 2013, paper forms DS-230  and DS-3032 will be replaced with the online DS-260 and DS-261.  All applicants with the exception of Diversity Visa and Cuban Family Reunification Parole applicants will be required to use the online forms.  The Department has advised that some applicants who previously submitted Form DS-230 may be asked to submit Form DS-260.  

The move to the online immigrant visa forms comes as the next step in the Department’s plan to implement a more secure and efficient system for applying for immigrant visas.

Visa Bulletin Progresses Dramatically

Good news came with the Department of State’s (DOS) recent release of the September 2013 Visa Bulletin.  The cut-off dates for visas in the employment-based visa categories have progressed dramatically since last month.  In particular, the September Bulletin shows the EB-2 category for professionals holding advanced degrees and persons of extraordinary ability, as well as the EB-3 category for skilled workers and professionals have advanced significantly. Read More >

Nonimmigrant Visa Fees Set to Increase, While Immigrant Visa Fees Will Decrease

The Department of State has announced that, effective April 13, 2012, there will be a change in visa processing fees for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease. Read More >


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