February 06, 2008

USCIS Announces 120-day Window to Renew EAD

USCIS has updated information on its website to inform customers that an I-765 Application for Employment Authorization to extend an EAD (employment authorization document) may not be filed earlier than 120 days before the original EAD expires. Any I-765 application for an extension EAD received on or after January 29, 2008, that was filed more […]

February 04, 2008

Hispanic Economic Power in Super Tuesday states

The Immigration Professors Blog reports some interesting recent research on the impact of immigrants in a handful of “Super Tuesday” states. Arizona: A 2007 study by the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy concluded that “the total state tax revenue attributable to immigrant workers was an estimated $2.4 billion-even balanced against […]

February 04, 2008

Citizenship Application Delays and Super Tuesday?

Many intending citizens will lose the chance to vote on Super Tuesday and the November elections because of extended delays in processing of their applications for citizenship. According to the USCIS, a surge in applications last summer, including citizenship applications, has increased the average decision time for citizenship applications from 7 months to about 18 […]

January 16, 2008

Some Observations from Dept. of State on India EB-2 Unavailability

This is a post from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) about the unavailability of immigrant visas in February for EB-2 applicants born in India: On January 10, 2007, AILA Liaison contacted Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting at the State Department, to speak about the announcement of India EB-2 visa unavailability […]

January 10, 2008

Expiring Labor Certs

According to the Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, Labor Certifications (LC) have a 180-day validity period. If the LC was approved before July 16, 2007, The I-140 immigrant application Must be received by the USCIS by Friday, 1/11/08. The I-140 must be filed with the USCIS prior to the expiration of the labor certification. USCIS […]

January 07, 2008

Race for H-1B visas begins

On April 1, 2008, large and small employers alike will vie for H-1B visas for their foreign national staff who are foreign born. Earmarked for professional workers who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, these visas allow qualified foreign nationals to work in the U.S. temporarily for the U.S. employers who apply for them. Although […]

January 06, 2008

H-2B Cap reached for Fiscal Year 2008

On January 3, 2008, the USCIS announced that it had received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the 33,000 “cap” on new H-2B visas for the second half of the government’s fiscal year, which starts April 1, 2008. USCIS will reject petitions for new H-2B workers seeking employment start dates before October 1, 2008. […]

December 20, 2007

Backlog Elimination Centers will close on 12/21/2007

The Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration, announce that the Backlog Elimination Centers will close on 12/21/2007 and provided detailed information by issuing Frequently Asked Questions. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

December 14, 2007

Visa Fees at U.S. Embassies Will Increase on January 1, 2008

The U.S. Consulate in Toronto advises that effective January 1, 2008, the application fee for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa will increase from $100 to $131. This increase allows the Department to recover the costs of security and other enhancements to the non-immigrant visa application process. This increase applies both to non-immigrant visas issued on machine-readable […]

December 13, 2007

H-1B Crisis

As you know, now more than ever, the United States is losing the war for global talent. The current H-1B crisis is forcing U.S. businesses into an untenable situation wherein talented applicants cannot be hired at home and, in many cases, profitable projects are moved abroad to access key workers. The European Union’s recently proposed […]