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Duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices

There are reports that USCIS is issuing a second biometrics appointment notice after receiving a prior notice over the past several weeks and appearing for biometrics capture. We understand that the American Immigration...more

9/4/2014 - Biometric Information Immigrants USCIS

Problems With Availability of EB-5 Visas for Chinese Nationals

On August 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the EB-5 visa category for Chinese nationals will be unavailable in the upcoming September 2014 Visa Bulletin because the maximum number of EB-5 visas for...more

8/28/2014 - China Department of State EB-5 Visas

Alert – New Scam Targets Indian H-1b Applicants

Beware of a new scam, experienced by our clients and confirmed to have occurred by the American Immigration Lawyers Association to employees of other Indian companies. Callers, posing as officers of U.S. Citizenship and...more

8/28/2014 - H-1B Immigrants Scams USCIS

Skilled & Educated Immigrants Move to Germany

According to statistics issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Germany was only second to the United States in the number of skilled and educated immigrants it received in 2012....more

8/4/2014 - Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigrants UK

Current Delays in Consular Visa Processing World-Wide

The U.S. State Department’s computer system for processing passport and visa applications crashed this week leading to global delays for travel documents. Although the system is back on line it’s still not operating at full...more

8/1/2014 - Delays Department of State Passports Visas

Approved H-1B Visa Holders Can Start Applying For Passport Visas

Beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with an October 1, 2014 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts. Posts are authorized to accept H visa petitions and issue visas to qualified...more

7/8/2014 - H-1B Hiring & Firing Passports Visas

US Consulates in Canada Suspend Processing 3rd Country Nationals During Summer

U.S. Consulates in Canada are temporarily suspending third country national processing during June, July, and August 2014. ...more

6/6/2014 - Canada Immigrants

Arrival/Departure History Now Available on I-94 Webpage

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a new webpage on May 1 that offers nonimmigrant U.S. visitors access to their I-94 arrival/departure record and their arrival/departure history. ...more

5/5/2014 - Customs and Border Protection FOIA I-94 Cards Release of Information

Differences In Dates in USCIS L Visa Approval & Consulate Passport Visa Stamp

Your passport L-1A visa stamp is good until 2015, but the USCIS approval expires in 2014, which one is correct? The dichotomy in the passport visa stamp and the USCIS approval can be confusing. There is a difference in the...more

4/25/2014 - Immigrants L-Visas Passports USCIS Visas

Fiscal Year 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

On April 1, 2014 USCIS began accepting applications for a competitive grant funding opportunity to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. USCIS will offer up to $10 million in...more

4/16/2014 - Citizenship Immigrants Path To Citizenship USCIS

H-1B Status

USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. ...more

4/14/2014 - H1-B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa USCIS Visa Caps

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

On April 7th USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under...more

4/9/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

H-1B Petitions

USCIS has announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the...more

3/27/2014 - Deadlines H-1B Immigrants Visas

April 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for April 2014 which shows continued forward movement in both family and employment based categories....more


Do You Need An H-1B Work Visa?

It is that time of the year again, the time to start working on the H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa is probably the most common work visa for someone who has at least a Bachelor’s degree (or a combination of some university...more

2/26/2014 - H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

March 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for March 2014 with little movement in employment-based second and third categories....more

2/14/2014 - Department of State Visa Bulletins Visas

February 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for February 2014. ...more

1/10/2014 - Visa Bulletins

Labor And Employment Observer - 2013/2014

In This Issue: Message from the Chair; Social Media and the Workplace: 2013 and Beyond; Unpaid Internships: Training Ground or Legal Landmine?; Supreme Court’s Nassar Decision Sets Higher Causation Standard for a...more

1/7/2014 - Affirmative Action Background Checks Big Data Causation D.R. Horton Disability Discrimination DOL ENDA FMLA Minimum Wage OFCCP Religious Discrimination Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Social Media Unpaid Interns US v Windsor UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

ICE Release 2013 Removal Numbers

ICE released the annual report for FY2013, which indicates that ICE removed 368,644 individuals in FY2013, a decrease from FY2012, when it removed. ...more

12/23/2013 - Deportation ICE

January 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for January 2014. There was forward movement in employer based third-preference categories, as well as other worker visa categories. ...more

12/16/2013 - EB-3 Immigration Procedures Visa Bulletins Visas Work Visas

December Visa Bulletin Issued

The December Visa Bulletin has been issued. The employment-based visa category for India retrogressed from June 15, 2008, to November 15, 2004. See State Department Visa Bulletin for December 2013....more

11/14/2013 - India Visas

Infosys Settles Visa Claim for $34 Million

Indian tech giant Infosys has reached a $34 million civil settlement with the US government for allegedly misusing the US visa system. The company was accused of obtaining business visitor, B-1, visas instead of H-1B work...more

11/1/2013 - B-1 False Billing H-1B Settlement Visas Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

USCIS Clarifies How to Get 17-Month STEM OPT Extension

USCIS just issued a policy memo clarifying how F-1 students in OPT status can get a 17-month extension for STEM Degree programs. ...more

10/23/2013 - F-1 Students USCIS Visas

November Visa Bulletin Is Issued

The State Department released the Visa Bulletin for November 2013. ...more

10/22/2013 - Department of State Visas

President Celebrates Citizenship Day and the Contributions of Immigrants

This week, communities across the country are coming together to celebrate Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, The President celebrated the historical influence of immigrants of all backgrounds in his...more

9/23/2013 - Citizenship DHS Immigrants Immigration Reform USCIS

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