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  POSTING DATE: JUNE 22,  2015
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By Immigration Attorney Caroly Pedersen

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Questions & Answers
Question: I live in the U.K. and want to work in America. I have been visiting job recruitment websites and just received an email with a job offer from an American company which is offering me a job for $65,000 a year, but the recruitment site says they will charge me $3,000 for the job and visa. The offer says that I have to pay $1,500 in advance, then the balance of $1,500 next month and by September, I will have my job, then my work visa. It sounds too good to be true, so I wanted you to tell me if its real or not. Thanks.
Answer: I am glad that you are questioning the legitimacy of the offer before you lose your money. Unfortunately, as is often the case, this is likely a scam. Do not pay the money. This is a very common scam used to lure foreign nationals into sending money with hopes of a job and visa in the U.S.. No real company in the U.S. requests payment for a job or U.S. Visa. And once these fees are paid, there is no way for hopeful job seekers to recover any money from the scammer. Readers should remember this - if it sounds too good to be true – it usually is!
Department of State Computer Hardware Failure Causing Massive Delays in Visa issuance Worldwide
The Department of State (DOS) has released an alert that continuing computer hardware technical issues have resulted in ongoing delays in the issuance of visas at posts around the world. The hardware failure is preventing the DOS from processing and transmitting biometric data checks at visa-issuing embassies and consulates. 

As a result, the alert advises visa applicants that while some will experience delays in receiving visas, others will be contacted directly to reschedule their appointments. Passports are still being processed. The DOS assures that all resources are being focused on repairing the system. 

Read the DOS Announcement:
Department of State Announcement
New USCIS Medical Exam Form (I-693) Required Beginning July 27, 2015
The USCIS has recently revised form I-693, which is required for the Medical Examination for all Residency (I-485) Immigrants. Beginning July 27, 2015, only the new form with the revision date of 03/30/15 will be accepted. Authorized Civil Surgeons who provide Immigrants with the required medical examination complete form I-693 following the examination and give the examination results to the Immigrant in a sealed envelope, which the Immigrant then sends to the USCIS along with his or her form I-485 and other forms in the Residency application process. 

It is always important for Immigrants to request a copy of the medical exam for his or her records and to make sure that the forms has been signed properly by the doctor. And now that the new form is required, it is even more important for Immigrants to review the form to be sure that the doctor is using the new revised form after the deadline. As a safeguard, Immigrants who are having immigration medical exams from July 27th through August 27th might want to download and take the new form to their medical examination appointment, just to be sure that the doctor is aware of the new revised form requirement. 
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Download the new I-693 Form:
Revised I-693 Medical Examination Form
Question: My mother had her Residency (Green card) and applied for my 28 year old unmarried sister to immigrate to the U.S. back in 2012. My sister and mom received a letter in the mail from the National Visa Center that all the process has been completed but she needs to wait for the Visa. My mom just became an American Citizen. My sister is in Colombia and we would like to know the following:
My sister wants to get married, can you please help to convert my sister’s visa application to the married daughter of an American immigration category?
How much will this increase the time she has to wait to immigrate?
Is it faster if I file for her as a U.S. Citizen filing for sister?

Answer: The Immigration category your mother applied for your sister in is called the F2B category for adult, single children of U.S. Residents (Green Card holders). The waiting line for a visa in that category is about 7-8 years. Now that your mother is a U.S. Citizen, your sister can marry, but she will move from the F2B category to the F3 category for adult married children of U.S. Citizens. The waiting line in that category is currently about 12+ years. 
As a Sibling, you can file a family petition for your sister in the F4 category for brothers and sisters of U.S. Citizens, but the waiting line is about 12-14 years. 
We can handle notifying the National Visa Center of your mother’s naturalization, but I would advise waiting until your sister marries so we can provide the NVC with all the new case information all together.
USCIS Launches New Webpage To Assist Immigrants in Locating Authorized Physicians And Understanding Requirements For The Medical Examination 
The USCIS recently launched an enhanced resource webpage to assist Immigrants in locating local doctors authorized to perform medical examinations required for Green Card applicants. 

The improved resources provide Immigrants with information including:
1) What to expect during the medial exam
2) Checklist of documents to bring to the examination and 
3) Tools to easily locate authorized doctors by zip code, driving directions and local transportation. 
Visit the new USCIS webpage: USCIS Medical Examination
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USCIS Releases Policy Manual 
In an effort to  improve transparency and efficiency, the USCIS has made available an extensive USCIS Immigration Policy Manual for immigration policies and procedures. 

The Manuel covers USCIS adjudication in the areas of citizenship and naturalization, adjustment of status, admissibility, protection and parole, nonimmigrants, refugees, asylees, immigrants, waivers, and travel and employment.​