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1906, 2012

Priority Date Retrogression: Visa Office Update

By |June 19th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On June 19, 2012, Mr. Charlie Oppenheim of the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Office predicted the visa demand in the employment preference categories for fiscal year 2013 and beyond. This month (July 2012) shows [...]

2805, 2012

H-1B’s Still Available!

By |May 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The H-1B visa category is used by employers hiring a foreign national in a professional level position (“specialty occupation”) requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) [...]

2805, 2012

ARB finds worker’s time to obtain social security card entitled her to back pay

By |May 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Administrator, Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (“ARB”) recently found that the time for which an approved H-1B employee was unavailable to start work while she was waiting for a Social [...]

2803, 2012

Not your Usual Trip Through O’Hare

By |March 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In March 2012, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the launch of TSA Pre √ at both Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) airports. The TSA Pre √ enhances aviation security [...]

2802, 2012

USCIS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF E-VERIFY SELF CHECK

By |February 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that the on-line service E-Verify, allowing workers to check their own employment eligibility, is now available in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the [...]

3001, 2012

Family & Employment Based Preference Categories and Priority Date Retrogression

By |January 30th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Section 203 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets limits on how many "green cards" (legal permanent residency cards or immigrant visas) may be issued during the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' ("USCIS") fiscal [...]

2211, 2011

USCIS Proposes Mandatory Electronic Registration Process for Employers Filing

By |November 22nd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) proposes to establish a mandatory Internet-based electronic registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for alien workers subject to either the 65,000 or 20,000 annual [...]

2808, 2011

FY 2012: H-1B Deadline Fast Approaching!

By |August 28th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The H-1B visa category is used by employers hiring a foreign national in a professional level position (“specialty occupation”) requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. This year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration [...]

1106, 2010

ICE Revises SEVP Guidance for F-1 Optional Practical Training and H-1B Cap Gap Issues

By |June 11th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Student Exchange Visitor Program (“SEVP”) recently revised its policy guidance regarding Optional Practical Training (“OPT”), STEM OPT for F-1 students, and H-1B Cap Gap relief. The new policy guidance issued [...]

406, 2010

FEE HIKES: DOS Increases Fees for Nonimmigrant Visa Applications and USCIS Proposes a 10% Filing Fee Increase

By |June 4th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Department of State ("DOS") issued a fee increase effective June 4, 2010 for most nonimmigrant visa categories. The amount of the fee increase depends on the visa category. Most nonimmigrant visas have been increased [...]

1105, 2010

USCIS Issues Revised Employment Authorization Document

By |May 11th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

As of May 11, 2010, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS " ) has revised the Employment Authorization Document ("EAD"), to add a machine-readable zone to the back of the card. This update is [...]

2801, 2010

B-1/B-2 Visitors: Change of Status Needed to Enroll in School

By |January 28th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Before enrolling in classes, individuals who hold B-1 or B-2 status must first obtain student status, either F-1 (academic student) or M-1 (vocational student) status. USCIS recently reminded B-1/B-2 visitors that enrolling in classes while [...]

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