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Immigration FAQs

By Humera Subhani Email By Humera Subhani
August 2014
Immigration FAQs

I cannot pull up my I-94 information online, and they no longer issue paper I-94s. I do not know how long my stay is for in the US. What can I do?
If you tried to retrieve your I-94 from the cbp.gov online system and you received a response that your I-94 is "Not Found," here’s a checklist to help you verify any mistakes you may have made. After reading through, try entering the information again:
1. Did you enter your first and last name the same way it appears on your passport? Please do not use dashes or titles.
2. Did you enter the passport number that appears on the upper right hand side of your passport?
3. Did you enter your country of citizenship (country that issued the passport, not where you currently live)?
4. Under Class of Admission, did you enter the visa classification that appears on your U.S. visa?
OR
If you are traveling under the visa waiver program (VWP), did you enter WT/WB?
5. If you entered your first and middle name and it is not found, try one name or the other. Also try entering your first and middle name in the first name box.
6. Try entering either your most recent date of entry or your original date of entry into the U.S.
If you still cannot find your I-94, please contact your nearest Customs and Border Protection Deferred Inspection Site. A CBP Officer will be able to assist you. The sites can be found at http://www.cbp.gov/contact/ports.
Note: Asylees and refugees should have received a hand written or stamped I-94 upon entering the U.S. and will not be able to retrieve I-94 information online.

NEWS BRIEFS
H-1Bs with October 1 Start Date May File Visa Applications
According to a new Department of State alert, beneficiaries of approved H-1B visa petitions with a start date of October 1, 2014 can now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts.
According to immigration regulations:
Posts are authorized to accept H visa petitions and issue visas to qualified applicants up to 90 days in advance of applicants’ beginning of employment status. Post must inform applicants verbally and in writing that they can only use the visa to apply for admission to the United States starting ten days prior to the beginning of the approved status period. In addition, such visas must be annotated, “Not valid until (ten days prior to the petition validity date.)”

"Study in the States" Website Relaunches with Enhanced Features
This week, the Department of Homeland Security launched enhancements to its Study in the States website to include new features for international students. These features include an interactive glossary, an “Ask a Question” section, an enhanced school search page, and a mobile-ready version of the website.
The Study in the States website, online at http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov, was launched in 2011 and serves as a key informational hub for international students wishing to study in the United States. It brings together important and relevant information from a number of federal agencies, including ICE, USCIS, and Customs and Border Protection.

Disclaimer: These questions are answered in a general nature. You should always consult an immigration lawyer to explain the details of your case before making any immigration related decision.


VISA PREFERENCE NUMBERS FOR August 2014

 

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Apr07

22Apr07

2A

01May12

01May12

2B

01Jul07

01Jul07

3rd

15Nov03

15Nov03

4th

01Jan02

01Jan02

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

22Jan09

Current

3rd

08Nov03

01Apr11

Other

08Nov03

01Apr11

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 



  

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