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It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Work Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015

The April 1, 2014 “deadline” for the filing of H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 is quickly approaching. Petitions for the new fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2014, will be accepted by the government beginning April 1, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to accept new H-1B petitions after April 1, 2014, but…

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Obama willing to split up immigration bill

While urging House Republicans to back new immigration legislation, President Obama said Monday he is willing to split a bill into pieces if that will get it passed. “That’s okay,” Obama said during a speech in San Francisco. “It’s Thanksgiving. We can carve that bird into multiple pieces — a drumstick here, breast meat there.”…

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USCIS Releases Revised I-9 Form

01/19/2009 New Edition Will Take Effect on February 2, 2009 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new form will take effect on February 2, 2009 and should not be used before that date. Until February 2, employers should continue to use the June…

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DHS Will Expand US-VISIT Entry Requirements Beginning January 18

01/13/2009 U.S. Permanent Residents and Many Canadian Citizens Will Be Newly Subject to Biometrics Collection on Arrival As of Sunday, January 18, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will broadly expand the pool of foreign nationals who are required to go through the inspection and biometrics collection procedures of the United States Visitor and…

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State Department Issues February 2009 Visa Bulletin

01/13/2009 Cut-Off Dates for EB-2 and EB-3 to Advance Slightly For Some Countries Immigrant visa cut-off dates will make moderate advancements for some employment-based categories and countries in February 2009, but they will retrogress for “other workers” in the third preference category. Under to the State Department’s February 2009 Visa Bulletin, priority dates for the…

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Advance Authorization Now Required for Visa Waiver Program Travelers

01/12/2009 Starting today, all foreign nationals planning to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to register for and obtain online travel clearance through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). VWP travelers should submit their applications well in advance of their travel dates, and no later than 72 hours…

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Congress Shows Early Interest in Immigration

01/09/2009 Immigration-Related Bills Introduced in Both House and Senate In the three days since the 111th Congress (2009-2010) convened for the first time, several immigration-related bills have been introduced. Detailed information regarding these bills is not yet available, and some are simply meant to act as placeholders for future legislation. In the Senate, Majority Leader…

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Federal Contractor E-Verify Regulation Postponed Until Feb. 20, 2009

01/09/2009 The United States government will postpone from January 15 to February 20, 2009 the implementation of the regulation that would require certain federal contractors to participate in the E-Verify electronic employment verification program. The postponement is the result of an agreement between the government and plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to block implementation…

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H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of Fiscal 2009

01/08/2009 After receiving a surge of petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that, as of January 7, 2009, it had received enough H-2B petitions to reach the 33,000 cap for the second half of Fiscal Year 2009. The agency determined that January 7 was the “final receipt date” for cap-subject H-2B petitions…

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