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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

Annual Diversity Visa Lottery to Start Oct. 1st

Online registration for the DV 2015 lottery will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). See the...more

9/17/2013 - DIversity Lottery Green Cards Visas

Visa Bulletin for October 2013

The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for October 2013. The family-based 2A category is no longer current and is now listed at September 2013 and the employment-based second preference category for China advanced...more

9/11/2013 - China Family Members H-2A Visas

USCIS Alert on Telephone Scams

USCIS has learned about new telephone scams targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display false information on the recipient’s Caller ID, leading the...more


China Revises Immigration Laws

China recently implemented the “Exit-Entry Administration Law,” a new law that is intended to standardize the issuance of visas for foreigners, as well as related services and management. Scheduled to take effect on...more

8/21/2013 - China Enforcement Immigrants Immigration Reform Visas Visitors

White House Releases Benefits of Immigration Legislation

The White House recently published comprehensive state-by-state reports detailing the specific benefits of passing new immigration legislation. The reports find that workers’ wages will increase, as well as new tax revenue...more

8/12/2013 - Immigration Reform New Legislation Trust Funds

Employees Now Notified of SSA and I-9 Mismatches

USCIS has announced an E-Verify customer service enhancement that will inform employees about Tentative Non-Confirmations (TNCs), which result from discrepancies between the data employees provide during the I-9 employment...more

7/26/2013 - E-Verify I-9 Immigrants SSA Tentative Nonconfirmation USCIS Visas

Implementation of DOMA Decision

Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano: “After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed...more

7/5/2013 - Citizenship DOMA Equal Protection Foreign Nationals Janet Napolitano Lawful Permanent Residents Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS Visas

Syria’s TPS Extended

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has re-designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015....more

6/20/2013 - DHS Middle East Temporary Protected Status

USCIS Issues New EB-5 Policy Memo

On May 30th the USCIS issued a new EB-5 policy memorandum on the EB-5 program. This is a “must” read for anyone interested in the EB-5 program, since it defines many of the terms and requirements for the program....more

6/5/2013 - EB-5 USCIS

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