Category Archives: Consular Officers

DV-2015 Lottery Fever

Congratulations to the winners of the DV-2015 Green Card Lottery. Against great odds, you were selected. Now comes the hard part. As you know, selection does not guarantee a visa. 125,514 individuals were selected for DV-2015 (out of 9,388,986 entrants), … Continue reading

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Request for Reconsideration of Immigrant Visa Denials

Many immigrant visa applicants are under the mistaken impression that they are not allowed to challenge a negative visa decision by a consular officer. In fact, every applicant for an immigrant visa has a right to submit a Request for … Continue reading

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US Visa Revocation Campaign Intensifies

The phone calls keep coming in to our office. From Australia, South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, Lebanon, all from US visa holders who have had their visas revoked without explanation.   It appears that the US government has intensified … Continue reading

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The 221(g) Epidemic and What You Can Do About It

The statistics are stunning. Over the past four years, more than four million visa applications have been temporarily denied under Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, that is to say, the Department of State collected tens of millions … Continue reading

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Bait-and-Switch, Department-of-State-Style

The below article was recently published on the Immigrant Lawyer’s Weekly website – http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?2398-Article-Bait-and-Switch-Department-of-State-Style-by-Kenneth-White Yesterday, we wrote about how USCIS holds out the lure of green cards to foreign entrepreneurs, only to pull back the bait once the businessman has … Continue reading

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Summer Work and Travel Program Scandal at Embassy in Moscow – Memo of White & Associates to Office of Inspector General

Attached are our memorandum and exhibits addressed to the Office of Inspector General at the Department of State regarding the Summer Work and Travel Program scandal at the US Embassy in Moscow:  Memo - swtletter0001; Exhibits - swtexhibits0001

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Summer Work and Travel Scandal at US Embassy in Moscow

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/us-embassy-slams-door-on-student-workers/478125.html  

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7 Interviews = 1 Visa. How the US Embassy in Moscow Torments Russian Visa Applicants

We recently published this article on Immigration Lawyers Weekly – ilw.com - http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?1215-Article-7-Interviews-1-Visa-by-Kenneth-White   The recent headline in one of Russia’s leading daily newspapers sounded so welcoming: “America Invites You to Visit.” In the extensive accompanying article and interview, the Chief … Continue reading

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A Tale of 3 Consular Posts – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Tashkent, Moscow, and Jakarta

Rarely have I had the opportunity to see three consular posts so clearly juxtaposed as I have over the past two weeks in dealing with Tashkent, Moscow, and Jakarta.  The experience only reinforces the notion that it is the decisionmakers … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow “Resets” Visa Policy to 1990s

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…”  The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” We have dedicated the last six blog entries to the worsening visa policy of the United States Embassy in Moscow towards Russians.  This policy has … Continue reading

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