Immigration Insights (November 2010)

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In This Issue:

Homeland Security Creates I-9 Audit Fusion Center

Soon, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will announce the creation of an I-9 Audit Fusion Center. This center will be staffed by approximately 20 forensic auditors who will assist local DHS offices executing I-9 audits for large employers....

The USCIS Nonimmigrant Petition and Export Control Compliance

Effective December 22, 2010, employers submitting certain Form I-129 petitions for a nonimmigrant classification (for H Temporary Worker, L Intracompany Transferee and O Extraordinary Ability visa petition approvals) must certify compliance with deemed export rules....

Visa Processing in India Now More Convenient

The U.S. Department of State has made the visa application process more convenient for Indian nationals and anyone else applying for a U.S. visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in India....

December 2010 Visa Bulletin -- Little Movement in EB-2 and EB-3

The U.S. State Department (DOS)’s December Visa Bulletin reflects very little movement in the permanent resident or “green card” Employment Second Preference (EB2) and Third Preference (EB3) categories....

H-1B Numbers are Steadily Moving Toward the Annual Cap

As of November 19, 2010, USCIS had received 48,977 cap subject H-1B petitions, and 17,836 H-1B petitions in the advanced U.S. degree category....

New USCIS Filing Fees Effective November 23, 2010

USCIS has published a new "Fee Schedule" to incorporate all of the filing fee changes effective November 23, 2010. The new fees can be located at USCIS’s website here. While most filing fees have increased, some filing fees have decreased slightly. Some key changes include....

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