February

Blog Posts in February, 2013

  • CBP's Plan to Eliminate Form I-94

    The United States and Border Protection (CBP) has announced plans to eliminate Form I-94, Arrival and Departure Record. Form I-94 documents proper admission and maintenance of status, showing critical admission including entry date, authorized period of period of stay, and class of admission. The impact of its elimination on the immigration process may be profound. The CBP has shared some key ...
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  • Immigration Innovation Act of 2013

    Four U.S. Senators, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Chris Coons (D-Delware), introduced a new bill advocating for immigration reform for skilled workers. The reform called for increasing the H-1B cap from 65,000 to 115,000 and further creating an H-1B cap escalator depending on the needs of the economy. The bill also calls for allowing for employment of ...
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  • Bipartisan Immigration Reform Proposed

    Four Republican and four Democratic Senators came together to propose a legislative reform addressing border control issues. Currently, there are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. The reform proposes to secure the resources necessary to heighten and tighten border patrol in the US. The proposal sets to establish four basic goals in reforming the immigration system: ...
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  • E-Verify Self-Check Launched by DHS

    The Department of Homeland Security recently announced its new program, E-Verify Self Check. The self check program is open to workers who maintain an address, and are physically located in, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. This is the first instance where E-Verify has been offered directly to workers. There are four basic steps to the E-Verify Self ...
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  • New Immigration Bill Proposed by House

    In September, the House voted on a STEM bill (science, technology, engineering and mathematics ) but it was defeated, because it offset the increase in visas for high-tech graduates by eliminating another visa program, i.e. the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, that is available for less-educated foreigners, many from Africa. This time, the Republicans are changing the formula by adding a provision ...
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  • Immigrant Waiting List by Country for Fiscal Year 2013

    It should be noted that not all registered cases are considered when counting the waiting list total but only begin to be included in the wait list totals unless and until a visa is issued. To further prevent an inflation of numbers, counselor procedures require that visas which will no longer see any further action be removed from the list. These include visas where the applicant does not respond ...
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  • Tips for Blanket L Visa Holders

    b. At any given Port of Entry, the Blanket L-visa holder must present: i. Valid visa ii. Valid petition approval notice iii. Properly endorsed Form I-129S by a counselor officer c. Ensure I-129S is properly endorsed with the correct end date for first entry (9 FAM 41.54.N13.6): i. Consular office must properly endorse all three copies of alien’s Form I-129S ii. Scan one copy into the case in NIV ...
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  • USCIS Releases H-1B Fraud Documents for AILA

    Pursuant to the holding in AILA v. DHS , filed in June 2010, USCIS released unredacted four remaining contested documents in a FOIA lawsuit brought by the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC) and Steptoe & Johnson LLP on behalf of AILA. The documents describe “fraud indicators” that result in greater scrutiny of certain H-1B applications by USCIS immigration officers.
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  • USCIS Guide for Employers Regarding DACA

    On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals who came to the US as children and met several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action. Individuals whose cases are deferred may be authorized for work and issued an EAD, or Employment of Authorization Document. All employers must complete and retain a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility ...
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  • Compiled Data for FY 2010-2012 for H1B1 Specialty Occupation Petitions

    USCIS Citizenship and Immigration Services Compiled Data for FY 2010-2012 for H1B1 Specialty Occupation Petitions Status FY10 FY11 FY12 Grand Total Receipts Cap Exempt 40,064 45,632 8,262 93,959 Receipts Cap Subject 67,200 72,378 29,221 168,798 Receipt Total 107,264 118,010 37,483 262,757 Approvals Cap Exempt 35,103 45,111 8,902 89,117 Approvals Cap Subject 48,397 68,888 21,968 139,252 Approval ...
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