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U.S. Embassies & Consulates: September Update on Closures & Re-Openings

Impacting foreign workers, immigrants, and international students, the suspension of consular services has been one of the most disruptive features of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This report provides an update on the re-opening and continued closures of high-traffic U.S. embassies and consulates in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Brazil While routine nonimmigrant […]

India: Simplifying Overseas Citizenship Cards Renewals

The Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card is popular among foreign nationals who are of Indian origin and spouses of foreign origin of Indian citizens. The card provides for hassle-free entry and unlimited stay in India. According to news reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs has simplified the rules regarding renewals. OCI cardholders are no […]

EB-1 To Become Current in October 2018 Again for China and India – Is the Extraordinary Ability Visa the Best Option for Chinese Nationals?

By: Joseph Barnett Mr. Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division within the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”), recently noted that the Final Action Date (“FAD”) for China employment-based first-preference (“EB-1”) will become current again at the beginning of Fiscal Year 2019, on October 1, 2018.  This is encouraging news, as this visa […]

India: Renewal of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards

Summary of the Issue: In recent times, there has been much confusion with respect to the renewal of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards. Airlines have on many occasions not allowed passengers to board flights to India if their OCI cards were not renewed when their passports were renewed. The OCI, which is given to […]

INDIA: Short-Term Employment of Highly Skilled Professionals

Visa Length: The Indian employment visa allows for short-term employment for an organization registered in India for a duration of generally one year. Foreign technicians are eligible for a five-year employment visa. Highly skilled foreign personnel being employed in the IT software and IT-enabled sectors are eligible for an employment visa for a validity of […]

INDIA: Overseas Citizenship of India Card Applicants Subject to New Travel Restriction

AT A GLANCE Foreign nationals of Indian origin seeking to apply for an Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Card must now have lived in India or any third country for six months prior to submitting their application, where previously, foreign nationals could apply immediately after arrival. OCI Card applicants can no longer travel internationally until their OCI Card application is submitted. If they leave the country, the six-month period resets and they must again not travel for six months to apply for an OCI Card.

INDIA: UAE added to visa-on-arrival program

What is the change? India has opened visa-on-arrival facilities at six international airports to nationals of the United Arab Emirates. What does the change mean? UAE nationals who have previously obtained an Indian e-Visa or regular/paper visa will be able to use visa-on-arrival facilities at airports in

5 Reasons Indian Citizens Should Consider EB-5 in 2019

By: Robert J. Blanco, Esq. Indian citizens with the goal of relocating to the U.S. are faced with procedural hurdles that increase the difficultly of living and working in the U.S.  Students applying for H-1B visas are subject to an H-1B lottery with poor odds, forcing them to return home at the end of their Optional […]