Travel Alert: EAD/AP Combo Card Rejected at Beijing Airport

Recently we were alerted to some travelers’ experience at the Beijing International Airport: They were denied boarding on their way back to the U.S. because their EAD and AP combo cards were not yet officially recognized by the Beijing Station of Exit and Entry Inspection. I called the Beijing station (8610-58105400) and a gentleman answering … Read more

What is “Class of Admission” on Form I-131

We have talked about Class of Admission on Form I-90, so in this post we’ll discuss Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. Form I-131 can be used to apply for either a Reentry Permit or Advance Parole (AP), for which the “Class of Admission” requires different information. If you are using I-131 to apply for … Read more

Can B-1 or B-2 Visitors Enroll in School?

A common question from B1 or B2 visa holders is whether they are allowed to enroll in school. The short answer is no, not directly. If you wish to study in the U.S. while in B status, you must change it to F or M status first. If you enroll in a full course of … Read more

FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count

In the table below you will find a log of all FY2012 H-1B cap counts. By keeping a log, and updating it with every new count released by USCIS, we can document the progress of H-1B visa usage. USCIS began accepting H-1B petitions on April 1, 2011. If approved, beneficiaries of these petitions may start … Read more

Is It Easier to Get B Visa in China Now?

The most recent B visa refusal rate released by the Department of State shows an interesting trend in China: it has been heading lower and lower in recent years. In 2006, 24.5% of B visa applications, including B1, B2 and B1/B2, were rejected in China. In FY2010, the refusal rate was down to 13.3%. See … Read more

FY 2011 H-1B Cap Count

USCIS began accepting H-1B petitions on April 1, 2010. If approved, beneficiaries of these petitions may start working in H-1B status on or after October 1, 2010 – the first day of FY 2011 cap season. The following table includes every cap count released by USCIS. The table will be updated on a regular basis … Read more