Immigration Insights (October 2010)

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In This Issue:

Immigrant Visa Usage and Predictions

Within the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is the Visa Control and Reporting Division that is responsible for the movement of immigrant visa cut-off dates each month and for releasing DOS’ monthly Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin and the cutoff dates that are reflected in the Visa Bulletin regulate the availability of Immigrant Visas or “green cards” for immigrants in the family-sponsored or employment-based preference categories. Recently, the head of the DOS Visa Control and Reporting Division shared the following predictions...

...USCIS Launches the Citizenship Resource Center

USCIS recently launched its Citizenship Resource Center, a Web-based portal that centralizes citizenship resources for immigrants, educators and organizations....

...Is USCIS Monitoring Foreign Nationals via Social Networking?

As the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and others sites increases, foreign nationals should be aware that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)’s Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) has targeted social networking sites as part of its fraud investigations....

...H-1B Program Still Open But Availability is Declining

As of October 22, 2010, USCIS had received approximately 44,300 cap subjected H-1B petitions, and 16,200 H-1B petitions for foreign nationals with advanced U.S. degrees....

...November 2010 Visa Bulletin -- EB-2 and EB-3 Crawl Forward

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

...Document Retention in the Immigration Context

Many employers wonder how long they must retain immigration-related documents...

Please see full newsletter below for more information.

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Published In: Administrative Agency Updates, Communications & Media Updates, Immigration Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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