• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it has begun transferring some pending immigration benefits filings from the Vermont, California, Texas, and Nebraska Service Centers to the local USCIS field offices or to the National Benefits Center (NBC) for adjudication, as a way to balance workload. Applicants and Petitioners should receive notice from the USCIS of any such transfer of cases. Importantly, please note that the original application filing locations have not changed.
  • As of November 1, 2012, Taiwan has been added to the list of countries designated for participation in the U.S.'s Visa Waiver Program. Individuals from Visa Waiver Program countries are able to enter the U.S. for a period of up to 90 days for business or pleasure, without first having to obtain a visa. The currently designated countries include Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.