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IRS Issues New Rules for Nonresident Alien W-4s

New Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Rules for Nonresident Foreign Nationals change how compensation is reported: the IRS has issued new instructions for nonresidents filing W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) forms. The new instructions are intended to better reflect restrictions on deductions, limitation of dependents, and other aspects of filing in nonresident status. The new instructions  Read more→

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UPDATE: H-2B Cap

As of February 18, 2011, USCIS receipted 14,684 petitions toward the 33,000 H-2B cap amount for the second half of the fiscal year. This count includes 10,038 approved and 4,646 pending petitions.

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Raleigh Area Passport Applicants Have Lengthy Appointment Delays; A Tip For Filing Sooner

Applicants for passports may encounter peak season delays as some offices are requiring appointments to submit applicants. Currently in the Raleigh, N.C. areas appointments aren’t available until mid-March. But there is a way to submit an application sooner:The Westgate Post Office in Raleigh will hold a Passport Fair on Saturday, February 26th. The post office  Read more→

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New I-9 Handbook Addresses H-1B Portability and Nonimmigrant Extensions of Status

USCIS recently issued new guidance for employers on the process of completing Form I-9, or employment eligibility verification, by issuing an updated version of The Handbook for Employers. Some of the most important changes address the issue of "portability," or transferring an H-1B employee to another employer, and pending extension of status petitions. The Handbook  Read more→

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Family-Based Immigrant Visa Backlogs Continue to Increase

The March 2011 Visa Bulletin, the official Department of State publication establishing visa availability and cut-off dates, reports that heavy demand for family visa numbers continues to retrogress. The Family F2A category (spouses and children of lawful permanent residents) has been particularly impacted, with a cut-off date of January 1, 2007, for all countries except  Read more→

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USCIS Rolls Out A New Employment and Travel Authorization Card

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is now issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. The card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document (EAD) but will include text that reads, "Serves as  Read more→

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State Immigration Laws Are Apt To Be Expensive

The Immigration Policy Council (IPC) reports that "as states continue to crowd the immigration enforcement debate with rhetoric and white noise, other states are getting down to brass tacks". On Monday, Utah’s Legislative Fiscal Analysts office hung an $11 million price tag around HB 70, Utah’s immigration law requiring local law enforcement to check the  Read more→

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Judge Closes Immigration Operation Posing as the Government

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has shut down an operation that allegedly posed as the U.S. government, then duped consumers into paying fees ranging from $200 to $2,500 by claiming the fees would cover processing by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. According to the FTC, defendants Immigration  Read more→

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iCert and PERM Down

Acccrding to the American Immigration Lawyers Association the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is having Internet connection problems and this affects iCert and PERM. DOL does not currently have a cause or an estimated time these systems will be back up.

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