September

Blog Posts in September, 2010

  • After Public Comment, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces Final Rule Adjusting Fees for Immigration Benefits

    After Public Comment, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces Final Rule Adjusting Fees for Immigration Benefits Fact Sheet Sept. 23, 2010 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions. The final rule follows a period of public comment on a proposed version of the rule, which USCIS published in ...
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  • Comments by Charles Oppenheim Concerning Trends in Priority Dates, from the Washington D.C. AILA Chapter Meeting, September 22, 2010

    Comments by Charles Oppenheim Concerning Trends in Priority Dates, from the Washington D.C. AILA Chapter Meeting, September 22, 2010 Charles Oppenheim is the Chief of Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State. This office issues the Visa Bulletin and updates, collects information and statistics from all consular posts for the Visa Office, projects immigrant and ...
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  • Naturalization Fact Sheet

    Naturalization Fact Sheet Naturalization Fact Sheet ( from USCIS website at www.uscis.gov ) The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. During the last decade, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed more than 6.8 million naturalized citizens into the fabric of our nation. Thus far in fiscal year 2010, approximately 495,232 ...
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  • USCIS Informally Advises AILA on Priority Adjudication of H-1B Cap-Gap Cases

    USCIS Informally Advises AILA on Priority Adjudication of H-1B Cap-Gap Cases USCIS has informally advised American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA) that it will prioritize the adjudication of H-1B visa applications in regard to F-1 cap-gap students who are prohibited from continuing employment after September 30, 2010. AILA has been advised that USCIS has the means to independently identify ...
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  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of September 17, 2010

    H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of September 17, 2010 USCIS stated that as of September 17, 2010, approximately 38,300 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. Additionally, 14,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees had been received by USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been ...
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  • Kentucky Consular Center Begins Audit of Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions - Important Information for Employers

    Kentucky Consular Center Begins Audit of Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions – Important Information for Employers The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) has begun to verify factual information included in nonimmigrant visa petitions received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through telephonic contact with petitioners. Background: In 2007, the DOS informed consular posts that they ...
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  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of September 10, 2010

    H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of September 10, 2010 USCIS stated that as of September 10, 2010, approximately 37,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. Additionally, 13,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees had been received by USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been ...
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  • USCIS and Department of State suspend New Nepal Adoption Cases Based on Abandonment

    U.S. Suspends Processing New Nepal Adoption Cases Based on Abandonment WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State today issued a joint statement on the decision to suspend processing for new adoption cases based on abandonment in Nepal. Joint Statement In order to protect the rights and interests of certain Nepali children and their families, and of ...
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  • President Signs Bill Increasing H-1B/L-1 Fees

    President Obama signed the Emergency Border Security Bill into law on August 13, 2010. The Emergency Border Security Bill provides funding of $600 million to improve border security on the US-Mexican border. To help pay for the $600 million to improve border security, the Bill increases the filing and fraud prevention and detection fees of H-1B visas by $2,000 and L visas by $2,250 for employers ...
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  • Visa Bulletin September 2010

    The State Department makes official determinations of the worldwide numerical annual limits on immigrants according to the relevant portions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and based on data provided by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (CIS). For Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, the numerical limitations have been determined as follows: Limit for Worldwide Family-Sponsored (FS) preference ...
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