H-1B employers sue USCIS alleging that lottery regulations are invalid

Two companies have sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking to set aside the current H-1B visa lottery system. The H-1B visa classification permits a U.S. employer to offer a professional position to a degreed foreign national and employ that foreign national to work in such a position in the United States. Tenrec, …

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CRS issues a March, 2016 report on selected trends in U.S. immigration

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has published a report on key trends in U.S. immigration. CRS exists to provide data and legal and policy analysis to Congress, which has recently considered issues such as border security, immigration enforcement and reforms, and options to address undocumented immigrants residing in the United States. Here are some of …

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President Takes Executive Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced multiple administrative changes to the way in which his Administration will implement current U.S. immigration laws.  These far reaching changes provide Deferred Action for parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents for a 3 year period, expand eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, expand enforcement coordination at …

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International Students in America: October, 2014 Numbers and Trends

In its October, 2014 review of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has provided a statistical snapshot of the international student population and the institutions at which they study.  According to the review, there are 1.1 million academic and vocation foreign students currently studying in the United States, and …

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National Visa Center Changes Document Collection Policy

In a move to reduce applicant wait times, the National Visa Center will no longer require original documents to be submitted as part of the U.S. immigration process.  Instead, starting November 12, 2014 immigrant visa applicants need only submit copies of supporting documents to the NVC.  The immigrant visa applicant will bring the original documents …

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USCIS Reports on November 2014 EB-5 Processing Times

In its November 10, 2014 Processing Time Information, USCIS reports processing initial EB-5 investor immigrant petitions  within 14.3 months of filing.  For EB-5 investors seeking to remove conditions on their residence, USCIS reports a 6.8 months adjudication time frame from filing date, and for new regional center applications, USCIS reports a 8.5 month adjudication time …

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Visa Bulletin For July 2013

Number 58 Volume IX Washington, D.C. A.  STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during July. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were made, to …

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US Electronic Immigration System Expands to Cover Immigrant Fee

Starting May 19, 2013, immigrants abroad who have received their immigrant visas can pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165.00US online through USCIS ELIS, the USCIS Electronic Immigration System.  USCIS ELIS is the much touted “transformation” of paper-bound immigration processing to electronic on-line processing which USCIS has promised will modernize its immigration processing. The ELIS …

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F-1 to H-1B Lottery Winners: Travel Before October 1 is Risky

For many F-1 academic students who have graduated, received post completion Optional Practical Training (“OPT”), had an H-1B petition filed in their behalf with a start date of October 1, and “won” the H-1B lottery, such persons are entitled to continued, authorized F-1 stay and continued employment authorization up until September 30 of the year.  …

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