Immigration Alerts

Invitations and Visit by International Guests – April 2018

Per recent events and experiences, the Visa Office would like to advise that our current government administration appears to be applying more stringent background checks and stricter regulation interpretation. Also, due to peak travel season there are longer wait times for consular visa interview appointments, and longer visa processing times.

Keeping these factors in mind, the Visa Office advises that anyone inviting an International Visitor to the Lab should plan ahead and complete all internal processes as soon as possible. Please plan on and allow for a minimum of three months between invitation and expected arrival of the International Visitors. Visits beginning less than three months in the future will have a significant risk of later arrival or trip cancellation.

H-1B Premium Processing Available – April 2018

USCIS has once again temporarily suspended the Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions. This year, however, only H-1B petitions that are subject to Cap are excluded from the Premium Processing.

As Fermilab is “cap-exempt” any and all H-1B extensions and initial petitions may be submitted on an expedited basis.

Full text of the alert can be found here.

Please contact the Visa Office with any questions.


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