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US Visa News
H-1B Visa Cap Reached for FY 2010
As of December 21, The US Citizenship and Immigration Services have announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for the fiscal year commencing 1 October 2009.
Petitions for H-1B visas for the fiscal year commencing 1 October 2010 may be filed from 1 April 2010.
EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended
The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been extended until 30 September 2012.
From 12 January 2009, all nationals or citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure will require an approved electronic travel authorization prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States under the VWP.
The traveler can obtain an electronic travel authorization can be by entering their information at the following website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
Further details on ESTA can be found on our website at www.evanswallace.com/esta.htm
Visa Waiver Program Extension
From 17 November 2008, nationals of the following countries may be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Republic of Korea. Nationals of these countries must obtain an electronic travel authorisation under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization and must otherwise be eligible to travel visa free to the US. Please see our FAQs page for more details.
Processing time for E-2 Investor Visas
New E-2 visa registration applications are currently taking 8 - 12 weeks to be processed at the US embassy.
Waiting time for Visitor Visas
Appointments for interviews for non-immigrant visas at the US embassy, London, are currently booking approximately 4 to 6 weeks from now.
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