Monthly Archives: April 2011

Before Seeing Hollywood, You Gotta Get Through Customs and Border Patrol: A Tour of LAX Airport

On Tuesday I had the honor of taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the international terminal of the airport in Los Angeles.  While it was not quite as interesting as some of Los Angeles’ other attractions – Venice Beach or Zuma, … Continue reading

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Stupid is as Stupid Does or When Will We Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

People do stupid things.   Sometimes, for no reason at all, sometimes, for reasons that are entirely understandable. That doesn’t mean you or I would do it, but… Yesterday a couple from the Ukraine contacted me about their situation.  About nine … Continue reading

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Validate This: How Consular Officers Use Visa Refusals as Punishment

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, refusal rates usually are inversely related to the economic development of a country:  the lower the level of economic development, the higher the refusal rate. Most African countries have higher refusal rates than … Continue reading

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Visa Statistics – Moscow Refusal Rate Doubles; India Rate Remains at Over 25%; Ukraine Rate Dips

The Department of State has published its visa statistics for 2010.  The statistics have confirmed what we have seen in our everyday practice: the US Embassy in Moscow has doubled its nonimmigrant visa refusal rate.   It is no wonder … Continue reading

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Our Article in Immigration Lawyer’s Daily – Proposed Consular Complaint Procedure

This subject has been gnawing at me for a while. Why is it that other government agencies, including USCIS and Customs and Border Patrol, have complaint procedures and will follow-up on legitimate complaints, but the agency responsible for our image … Continue reading

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