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WR Immigration Podcast: Chatting with Charlie and Bernie – Immigrant Visa and Green Card Family-Based Waiting Lines

In this podcast, WR Immigration Director of Visa Consulting Charlie Oppenheim and Managing Partner Bernie Wolfsdorf discuss the immigrant visa and green card family-based waiting lines.

State Department Releases January Visa Bulletin – Charlie Oppenheim Comments

The State Department has released the January Visa Bulletin. Below are highlights along with commentary from WR Immigration’s Director of Visa Consulting Charlie Oppenheim on the Visa Bulletin updates, many of which he predicted in his December 15, 2022, “Chatting with Charlie” webinar. Related: Chatting with Charlie webinar series continues in January! See upcoming dates>> EB-1: […]

State Dept. Announces F/M/J Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Posts Outside of Moscow for Applicants Resident in Russia

The Department of State (DOS) announced on January 21, 2022, that due to “severely limited consular operations in Moscow,” DOS has designated multiple posts for processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications from persons resident in Russia. Russia-based student visa applicants (F and M categories), academic exchange J visitors (student, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, and specialist […]

Biden Administration Implements New Actions to Increase Opportunities for STEM Students, Professionals, Others

WR Immigration Attorneys Charina Garcia, Melissa Harms, and Nate Grow addressed these changes in detail in a webinar, which is available on demand now! The Biden administration announced new actions to increase opportunities in the United States for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and professionals, among others. A White House statement said the […]

Family Reunited After Mandamus Lawsuit Against U.S. Consulate Proves Successful

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) operations have been constrained by the global COVID pandemic, and consular backlogs have become the norm over the past 18 months.  This is bad news for persons seeking visas, and particularly difficult for visa applicants languishing in “administrative processing.” It appears that many of these cases are put on […]

President Biden Grants Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Hong Kong Residents

Breaking: President Biden has designated Hong Kong for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). As of August 5, 2021, the President has directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to defer for at least 18 months in the removal of any Hong Kong residents present in the United States. The President stated that this step is necessary, […]

Obtaining a Visa from an Embassy or Consulate During COVID

Although COVID-related restrictions have begun to ease in parts of the U.S. and other parts of the world, countless foreign nationals are still running up against travel restrictions and U.S. consular shutdowns and delays that are frustrating travel plans and preventing many from entering the U.S. for work or to reunite with family. Many embassies […]

DV-2020 Winners Get Six-Month Reprieve

A U.S. district judge extended DV-2020 immigrant visas for six months so they will not lapse while he renders a decision on plaintiffs’ challenge to Trump-era travel bans that are still in place. “Even if the court were to declare the proclamations unlawful as plaintiffs request, a DV-2020 plaintiff who lacked a current, valid visa […]

Filing Period for Certain Liberians Applying for Adjustment Extended to Two Years

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the filing period for certain Liberian nationals and family members to apply for adjustment of status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness provision has been extended until December 20, 2021. The provision provides an opportunity for certain Liberian nationals and family members to obtain lawful permanent resident […]