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Even the simplest tasks tend to be chaotic around the holidays, and a trip to the U.S. Consulate for a visa interview is no exception. With no school for children and a desire to be with extended family during the holidays, thousands of foreign nationals will exit the United States in mid-December. For many of those foreign nationals, traveling outside the United States will necessitate a trip to the U.S. Consulate in order to renew their visa. The following tips may help ease the stress of a holiday visa interview at the U.S. Consulate.

Schedule Your Interview Early

Because the holidays ...

The Trump administration has not been reserved in its mission to not only reinforce but to heighten and enhance current immigration regulations. The President has quickly tried to implement measures to increase national security and border protection and has tasked federal agencies with a series of mandates to review current practices and recommend changes. The U.S. Department of State, for example, has recently implemented tougher vetting of U.S. visa applicants, including a new "Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants" questionnaire that asks applicants about their ...

While the Executive Order ("the Order") issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017, and temporarily halted by the District Court in the Western District of Washington and subsequently by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, has been highly publicized for temporarily banning certain foreign nationals from the United States, it could also could impact business travelers from a variety of countries in a number of ways. Foreign nationals often use the business visitor (B-1) visa to enter the United States for short periods to engage in business activities that do not rise to the level of ...

One of the first things that may come to mind when thinking about the Trump Immigration Plan is the promise to build a Mexican-financed physical wall on the southern border of the United States. While the wall was certainly the President-elect's most publicized immigration stance during the campaign, he has proposed a number of other actions that could directly affect employers. Here is a quick synopsis of five (5) immigration policy changes which could significantly impact U.S. employers.

  1. Canceling the Deferred Action Executive Orders (DACA & DAPA)

In June 2012, President Obama ...

Now that the weather is warming up and the school calendar is winding down, millions of people across the country are planning their summer excursions. For employees that work on a non-immigrant visa, that summer holiday might include a trip to the "Not-So-Happiest Place on Earth." Navigating the practices and procedures of consulates and embassies can induce anxiety for employees and employers alike. Here are a few tips that can make obtaining a visa at the consulate or embassy easier than a day with your toes in the sand.

1. Plan Ahead

The summer months are some of the busiest for the ...

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