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Yearly Archives from 2012

*Update* H-1B’s: Come and Get’em Before They’re Gone!

As a follow-up to my previous post regarding the 2013 fiscal year H-1B cap, as of April 27th, 29,200 of the 65,000 H-1B visas available to bachelor’s degree professionals have been allocated and 12,300 of the available 20,000 H-1B’s for master’s degree professionals have been issued. Though this application rate is always unpredictable, FY 2013 is especially active and if the trend continues, the cap will be reached much sooner than it was in recent […]

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DOS Makes Big Plans for Brazil

The Department of State has committed to opening two new consulates in Brazil. Locations in Belo Horizante and Porto Alegre will join the existing consulates in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Sao Paulo to serve the millions of Americans and Brazilians who require consular services each year. The DOS has also sent more consular officers to the country in order to process the visa demand. Currently, Brazil is ranked fourth in terms of overseas […]

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Shareholder’s Jeptha F. Barbour And Gerald W. Weedon Named Best Lawyers 2012

Jeptha ‘Jep’ Barbour and Gerald ‘Jerry’ Weedon were noted in the April 2012 edition of Jacksonville Magazine’s Best Lawyers 2012. Mr. Barbour is listed under Medical Malpractice – Defendant, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. Mr. Weedon’s practice areas are Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation. The list comes from the current edition of Best Lawyers in America. Inclusion on the Best Lawyers list is taken almost entirely from peer review.

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China-Mainland Born and India EB-2 Retrogression

The demand for China and India Employment Second preference numbers has increased and the priority date has been retrogressed to August 15, 2007.  The DOS has indicated that every effort will be made to return that cut-off date to the previously announced date of May 1, 2010.  EB-2 Visa applicants processing in April at consulates abroad will still receive visas, as those numbers were allocated before the cut-off date was established.   Once the immigrant visa […]

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H-1B’s: Come and Get’em Before They’re Gone!

Just days after USCIS began accepting H-1B visa applications for the 2013 fiscal year, 22,323 of the 65,000 cap had already been reached. This is nearly twice the number of petitions that were received at this same time last year. Though this application rate is always unpredictable, FY 2013 is especially active and if the trend continues, the cap will be reached much sooner than it was in recent years. It is recommended that employers […]

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Judges Who Preside Over Immigration Related Employer Sanctions Cases Have a New Chief

Robin M. Stutman, Esq. was appointed as the new Chief Administrative Hearing Officer of OCAHO.  Ms. Stutman had been  the agency’s former general counsel since 2009.  Previously, she worked for the DOJ as a special litigation counsel and trial attorney.  OCAHO is responsible for the supervision and management of judges who preside over hearings involving the IRCA, including employer sanctions, antidiscrimination and document fraud.  It is expected that Ms. Stutman’s legal experience in employment and […]

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