Immigration Updates

  • Visa Applications May Get Easier

    Visa application procedures may improve. The Obama Administration instructed the Dept. of Homeland Security to work on improvements to the visa application process to make it easier to apply for a visa. Proposals include an application process that reduces paperwork and streamlines the process. For details on the proposed improvements see Visa Processing May get Better. If these proposals are adopted, applicants for immigrant visas (green cards) and non-immigrant visas, such as a visitor’s visa …

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  • Visas are now available at some Posts

    Problems with the computer system at the State Dept. have been fixed and 39 US Embassies are now able to resume processing visa applications. For a list of the embassies that are now online, see Connected Posts. The State Dept. advises those who want to apply for a visa to check the website of the nearest embassy or consulate for an update on the availability of interviews. They expect that all posts will be reconnected in the next few days.…

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  • Divya Hoffmann elected to Executive Committee of Upstate Immigration Organization

    Divya Hoffman, associate attorney at the Law Office of Diane R. Chappell-Daly, was elected as secretary to the Upstate Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) at their annual meeting in Syracuse, NY on May 28, 2015. AILA is a professional association for lawyers. It provides resources on immigration issues for immigration lawyers and the public. These services include updates on immigration law and opportunities for pro bono (free) immigration services by Syracuse immigrat…

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  • How can I tell if I am working with a real lawyer?

    How can I tell if I am working with a real immigration lawyer? Do not end up like the victims of immigration scams in this sad story of someone who pretended to be an immigration lawyer and scammed immigrants out of thousands of dollars. See immigration scam. Howard Seidler promised a green card and a social security number, but took the money and never filed anything. This is all too common where people are desperate for immigration papers and vulnerable to immigration scams. When you pay someo…

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  • Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities

    Employers' and workers' rights advocates may find a new series of webinars by the Dept. of Justice helpful. The webinars address employee rights during the E-Verify and I-9 process. For a schedule click on webinars.…

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