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Proposed I-140 EAD Rule Clears OMB

OMB cleared the review of the new EAD for 140 rule

As part of the Obama’s modernization act, certain 140 approved folks will be eligible for EAD, this EAD will have less restrictions in terms of changing employers and getting promotions etc. Detailed interpretation will be available once the rule becomes law. Next step is the comment period which may take 30-60 days.

Some text from the rule

The rule would also “clarify the meaning of portable work authorization, and remove unnecessary restrictions on the ability to change jobs or progress in careers, as well as provide relief to workers facing lengthy adjustment delays.”

 

 

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F1 students deported

Apparently 14 students were deported by the FBI. They were interrogated for 14-15 hours. These students were heading to Silicon Valley University at San Jose and North Western Polytechnic College, Fremont. They were travelling via Air India. Air India has also stopped another batch of 19 students, all having student visas, from taking the flight going to San Francisco from Hyderabad. This action has been taken by Air India to stop these students after they got the communication from US Customs and Border Protection agency, said Air India’s counterpart in US.

It is still unclear why these students are deported.

Read the full story here

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Indian Passport Renewal in US

Indian passport renewal

Indian Passport Renewal is an important task to tackle. If you are an Indian in US, there will be a time when you will need to renew your passport. You can either renew it in India when you visit India or you can do it in US. I was in a similar situation recently. When I googled, I found that the passport renewal is handled by a third party company called BLS International Services Ltd. Apparently the Indian Embassy has outsourced the passport renewal to BLS.

I had to renew my passport recently. I had to follow the instructions on the BLS website. Though most of the instructions on the website are pretty straightforward, I will use this post to give you additional information which will keep the process as painless as possible. Please read their instructions on their site, this is for the 10 year passport renewal.

http://www.passport.blsindia-usa.com/reissue10.php

Indian Passport Renewal

If you are planning to use the postal service for passport renewal. The one important pointer I will give you here is to call their customer service before you fill the BLS Order Form. When you call them they will offer you to give the prepaid shipping label. The cost would be around $30. I would recommend you to use this service. They will give you the information needed for the BLS order form specifically the Airway Bill No. for both sending and returning your passport. They will send the prepaid shipping label to your email. All you have to do is collect all your documents and take the prepaid shipping label and the documents to your nearest UPS store (they are using UPS at the time of this post). It usually takes 3-4 weeks for sending and getting your new passport back. You can find their customer service no. in the following link.

http://www.passport.blsindia-usa.com/contactus.php#tabs-quote-NewYork

Documents

You will need to collect all the documents needed for your particular case. Documents may be vary depending on your situation for eg: married folks may need the documents pertaining to their spouse.

Notarization

Notarizing your documents can be done at your bank. I used DCU for notarizing my documents. DCU will do notarization, even if you don’t have an account with them. They did it free of charge. Other credit union may offer similar services. Please call ahead to avoid wasting your time. I also heard your local town hall may do notarization. UPS also offers notarization services which may cost you and they are expensive.

Passport Photos

You can get your passport photos done at any local pharmacy. UPS and Fedex also offers passport photo services. AAA also offers discounted passport photo services. If you are a gold member, the first 2 photos will be free. I needed 4 passport photos for my case, you may need more. Please refer their website for your photo requirements.

BLS has also started a passport service, which seems very convenient. Call their customer service for more information.

Application Fee

I would suggest you to get a money order from USPS. I think they charge the least for a money order

https://www.usps.com/shop/money-orders.htm

Cashier’s Check can you cost you up-to $10 at your bank.

Samples

Use their sample documents to avoid any mistakes

Sample Application form

http://www.passport.blsindia-usa.com/sample_form/application_example_file.pdf

Sample Nationality Verification Form

http://www.passport.blsindia-usa.com/forms/SampleNationalityForm.pdf

Make sure all your documents are ordered as per their checklist

http://www.passport.blsindia-usa.com/pptchecklist/BLSUSPassportChecklist.pdf

 

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