Blog Posts in October, 2011

  • A Potential New Bill in the Senate: Buy a House, Get a Visa

    In response to a weakened housing market, two senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill that would give foreign residents visas if they spend at least $500,000 to buy a house in the U.S. This provision is a small part of much larger immigration measures. These measures were authored by Senator Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah). The purpose behind these measures is to ...
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  • New USCIS Policy Requires Original I-797 Approval Notices to be Sent Directly to Petitioner/Applicant, Not Attorney of Record, is Revoked

    Earlier in the year, USCIS notified the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that there would be a change in the processing of the I-797 approval notices and mailing of the “courtesy copy” notices. Instead of receiving the original approval notices as in past practice, the attorneys of record began to receive the “courtesy copy” of the approval notice. The petitioning company/applicant ...
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  • H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2012 has been reached

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced today that yesterday, November 22, 2011, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions. As of October 19, 2011, USCIS had also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the ‘advanced degree’ exemption. Click here for the complete USCIS announcement.
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