2012

Blog Posts in 2012

  • Analysis of 2012 H-1B Stats

    Analysis of 2012 H-1B Stats The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has released the following statistics for the H-1B Temporary Visa Program for the fiscal year 2012: 1) A total of 373,808 applications were received. 2) 368,435 determinations were made on the processed applications, of which: a. 337,359 were certified b. 20,401 were denied c. 10,675 were withdrawn 3) In Q4 of FY 2012, 61,683 ...
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  • Analysis of 2012 PERM Stats

    Analysis of 2012 PERM Stats The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has released the following statistics for Permanent Labor Certification Program for the fiscal year 2012: 1) Between October 1, 2011 and September 16, 2012, USCIS received 67,400 PERM applications. 2) Of the received applications, 51,600 were certified; 7,800 were denied; 3,200 were withdrawn. 3) Of the certified applications: ...
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  • Biometric Appointments for Refugee Travel Documents and Reentry Permits

    Biometric Appointments for Refugee Travel Documents and Reentry Permits During a stakeholder call held on September 13, 2012, NSC has stated that all applicants who are filing a refugee travel document or reentry permits, are now being issued biometric appointments. According to the instructions for the I-131 Form, only applicants between ages of 14 and 79 must be fingerprinted and required to pay ...
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  • OSC Answers Questions for Employers on Hiring Deferred Action Employees

    OSC Answers Questions for Employers on Hiring Deferred Action Employees U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC”) is a section within the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and its primary responsibility is to enforce the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”). This provision, 8 U.S.C. § 1324b, ...
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  • Center for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) regarding the option of Medicaid and CHIP Availability for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decided it will consider providing temporary relief from removal by exercising deferred action on individuals that meet the following requirements on a case-by-case scenario: the individual must be under the age of thirty-one (31) as of July 15, 2012 and must have entered the U.S. under the age of sixteen (16). Additionally, the ...
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  • SCOPS Informs of H-1B Processing Updates and New Efforts from USCIS

    Recently, the Service Center Operations (SCOPS) liaison committee addressed the concern regarding the delay in adjudication of cap-subject H-1B petitions at the California and Vermont Service Centers. The main concerns employers have is that the delay in adjudication will cause disruption of new, continuing and expanding projects which are dependent on the H-1B workers beginning their employment ...
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  • USCIS Announces a New Filing Option on behalf of Canadian TN Nonimmigrants and Reminds Employers of the Current Filing Options on behalf of Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants

    USCIS Announces a New Filing Option on behalf of Canadian TN Nonimmigrants and Reminds Employers of the Current Filing Options on behalf of Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants On Oct. 1, 2012, USCIS will begin accepting the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker , filed on behalf of Canadian citizens who are outside the United States and seeking classification as a TN nonimmigrant. With respect to ...
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  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Board of Immigration Appeals Matter of Wang Decision

    Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Overturns Board of Immigration Appeals Matter of Wang Decision The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held in its decision of De Osorio v. Mayorkas that children who are listed as a “derivative” on a permanent residence application and who are under the age of 21 when listed as a “derivative,” should retain their space in line even if an immigration visa is ...
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  • B-1 IN LIEU OF H ANNOTATION VISAS

    B-1 IN LIEU OF H ANNOTATION VISAS The Department of State recently issued a cable to all consular posts in order to clarify activities that will permit a B-1 in lieu of H- annotation. Paragraphs 4, 7 and 10 were edited in 9 FAM 41.31, N11, the text of which is produced below as per the DOS cable: 4. APPLICANT MUST ALSO PLAN TO ENGAGE IN H ACTIVITY An applicant can only be annotated B-1 in lieu of ...
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  • US Embassy in India Announces a New Visa Processing system

    The United States Embassy in India today announced it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at www.ustraveldocs.com/in . Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Julia Stanley, announced at a press conference here today that beginning September 26, 2012 ...
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  • The U.S. Embassy Announces a New Visa Processing System

    The U.S. Embassy Announces a New Visa Processing System New Delhi | September 5, 2012 The United States Embassy in India today announced it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at www.ustraveldocs.com/in . Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Julia ...
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  • USCIS Begins Accepting Requests for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting requests, effective immediately, for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. On June 15, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may request, on a case-by-case basis, ...
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  • USCIS Releases Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Forms

    The USCIS has released Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals forms (Form I-821D). Individuals filing Form I-821D must also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS (Form I-765 worksheet). The I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals forms, I-765 Application for Employment, Form I-765 WS (Form I-765 worksheet), and ...
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  • U.S. Consulate Hyderabad Discontinuing Advance Submission of Documents

    U.S. Consulate Hyderabad is discontinuing the advance submission of documents for all BEP cases and regular petition based (H &L) cases with effect from August 6. The last interview date for advance submission will be this Friday, August 3. Anyone with appointments from August 6, 2012 and onwards are required to carry their documents directly to the consulate on the day of their interview
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  • DHS Outlines Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

    The Department of Homeland Security today provided additional information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process during a national media call in preparation for the August 15 implementation date. On June 15, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain young people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may be ...
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