Blog Posts in January, 2012

  • Bill to End Per Country Limits on Immigrant Worker Visas Blocked in Senate - Unlikely to Pass says AILA Blogger

    The much-discussed bill to end per country limits on immigrant worker visas has been blocked in the senate. The bill, HR 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, was a proposed technical fix to employment and family-based immigration quotas. The bill would not add any new visas to address the quota backlogs for approved legal immigrants awaiting the availability of immigrant visas. ...
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  • CSC Practice Pointer on Maintenance of Status Requirement

    CSC Practice Pointer on Maintenance of Status Requirement In its Stakeholders Engagement on November 8, 2011 , the CSC advised that in cases involving change of status or change of employer for a beneficiary currently in a work authorized status, the total number of paystubs to be provided in an RFE is two. CSC advised that they will be updating the applicable RFE templates accordingly. CSC will ...
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  • Selected Statistics for FY2011 Released

    The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) released a worksheet detailing selected statistics for fiscal years 2011. According to the statistics the OFLC received 43,179 online PERM applications between October 2010 and May 2011. Only 1,905 mail-in applications were received for the same year. The newly released statistics also stated that of the active PERM cases (as of May 31, 2011), 37 ...
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  • Department of Labor Stakeholders Meeting

    DOL/OFLC Stakeholders meeting was held on January 06, 2012 in Washington, DC. DOL has provided statistical updates on PERM and H-1B LCA programs. PERM - For the first quarter of 2012, DOL has received 13,000 cases, of which 9,400 cases have been certified, 2,400 cases have been denied and 600 cases have been withdrawn. Further, as of January 03, 2012, DOL has 21,000 cases pending with them. Of ...
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  • Personnel and Process Improvements in China drop wait time for visa interview appointments

    In 2010, the Department of Commerce reported that more than 800,000 Chinese visitors contributed $5 billion to the U.S. economy. Ambassador Gary Locke has been emphasizing the importance of travel and trade between United States and China. He presented the one millionth visa adjudicated in China on December 14, 2011. The average wait time for visa interview appointments have dropped to less than ...
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  • U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India has stopped processing Immigrant Visa Petitions as of January 01, 2012.

    The U.S. Consulate in Chennai will no longer process Immigrant Visa Petitions as of January 01, 2012. All Immigrant Visa will only be accepted by U.S. Consulate in Delhi and U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. Applicants who are currently in the process of petitioning for an Immigrant Visa must contact the U.S. Consulate in Chennai via email at ChennaiIVU@state.gov for clarification of their case status
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