Immigration Blog

H-1B Cap Has Been Met

  USCIS announced that the FY 2012 cap of 65,000 H-1B petitions has been reached. USCIS will no longer accept H-1B petitions for new employment until April 2012. However, they are still accepting petitions filed for persons exempt from the cap such as H-1B extensions, petitions to change employment and petitions for concurrent H-1B employment. Read the press release here.

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December 2011 Visa Bulletin and DOS’ Predictions

In a recent meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), Charles Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division at the DOS said he expects continued positive movement in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India and China in the upcoming months. All other countries of chargeability are expected to remain “current” in EB2 throughout fiscal year 2012 (FY12). This advancement will slow down, and maybe retrogress, based on visa demand. In the […]

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South Carolina Joins Arizona and Alabama on the Immigration Hot Seat

The Department of Justice has filed suit against the state of South Carolina for its “Illegal Immigration and Reform Act”, which was passed in June 2011. The law would require all employers to use E-Verify, and allow law enforcement to question those at traffic stops who may be “suspected” of being in the country illegally. The DOJ states that some sections of the law “are unconstitutional and interfere with the federal government’s authority to enforce […]

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New EADs and Certificates of Citizenship

New and improved Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and Certificates of Citizenship being released starting Oct. 30 – These enhanced documents come with features that will improve document security and prevent fraud and tampering. Read the press release here.

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PA the Latest to Initiate Immigration Reform

Pennsylvania is the latest state to drive immigration enforcement through a proposed bill which would take away the business licenses of employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Read the article here.

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USCIS Announces “Entrepreneur in Residence” Program

A new USCIS Foreign “Entrepreneur in Residence” program is aimed at capitalizing on foreign entrrpreneurship to promote job creation and facilitate the process of EB-5 (foreing investors), EB-2 (advanced degree / exceptional ability)  and L-1B (intra company transferee)  visa applications.  To read the press release, click here.

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