Lawsuit filed by AILA against USCIS seeking transparency in the H-1B visa program.

Lawsuit filed by AILA against USCIS seeking transparency in the H-1B visa program.

Since 2008, USCIS has implemented new rules and procedures in regard to H-1B visas and dramatically increased unannounced H-1B worksite visits, which are expected to reach 25,000 in 2010. USCIS has however kept the H-1B rules and guidelines in regard to the H-1B review process secret. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has requested the documents from the government though two separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, however, both the requests were denied in full. The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center, on behalf of AILA has filed a lawsuit on July 20, 2010 against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to release public records concerning agency polices and procedures of the H-1B visa program.