USCIS announced that it will automatically extend the validity of employment authorization documents for Liberians covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through March 31, 2012. The announcement follows President Obama’s decision to extend DED for Liberians until March 13, 2013.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director AlejandroMayorkas today announced the launch of an enhanced Employment AuthorizationDocument (EAD) and a redesigned Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) with newfeatures to strengthen security and deter fraud. USCIS began issuing the new EADs today and will begin using the redesigned certificates on Oct. 30. The agency anticipates that Read more→
In the November 2011 "Visa Bulletin", the Department of State (DOS) provides its prognosis on the likely availability and movement of visas for the next few months: For Family (Worldwide) Categories: F1, expected to advance three to six weeks; F2A, three to six weeks; F2B, one to two weeks; F3, one to two weeks; and Read more→
USCIS has updated its count of FY2012 cap-subject H-1B petitions and advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of October 11, 2011, approximately 41,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. USCIS has receipted 19,100 H-1B petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
According to USCIS as of September 23, 2011, approximately 36,300 H-1B cap-subject petitions have been receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 17,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.
As part of the Obama administration’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the results of a seven-day national "Cross Check" enforcement operation-which led to the arrest of more than 2,900 convicted criminal aliens. "The results of this targeted enforcement operation Read more→
USA Today reports that the U.S. Justice Department has asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to block Alabama’s new immigration law calling it "a sweeping new state regime." "That state regime contravenes the federal government’s exclusive authority over immigration," the filing said. "The law also invites discrimination against many foreign-born citizens and lawfully present Read more→
The Associated Press reports that a former employee of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has pleaded guilty to helping dozens of foreign students stay in the United States illegally. Thomas Briggs admitted to falsifying documentation for 66 foreign students between 2007 and 2009. University officials fired Briggs and notified federal authorities. Brigg’s attorney Read more→
The U.S. Department of State has announced that effective immediately it has been necessary to stop authorizations in response to request for ALL Employment preference cases for the remainder of FY-2011. This action has been necessary because the FY-2011 Employment annual limit has not been reached. Numbers will once again be available for all Employment Read more→
Allen & Pinnix note that the assistance of an attorney for the initial DV lottery filing will not enhance the chances of an applicant who follows the directions in the rules, and consequently, as in previously years, the firm will not file electronically for applicants. It is important to understand that initial selection does not Read more→