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California Attorneys & Interpreter Sentenced For Asylum Fraud; Hundreds Of Cases Under Review

Three attorneys for a northern California law firm and their contract interpreter were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Friday following their conviction on charges stemming from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed they orchestrated a scheme to file hundreds of false asylum claims. Jagprit  Read more→

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U.S. Issues Terrorism Alert for Travel to Europe

The New York Times reports that the State Department issued an alert on Sunday urging Americans traveling to Europe to be vigilant about possible terrorist attacks. A travel alert urges extra caution during a specific time and does not discourage Americans from visiting Europe. The decision to caution travelers comes as counterterrorism officials in Europe  Read more→

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AILA Supports the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010

This afternoon the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued the following statement in support of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S. 3932): The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) views the introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S. 3932) by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) as an important  Read more→

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USCIS Attempts to Reduce H-1B Processing Time; 60 Day Target

The USCIS has advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center have begun devoting additional resources to the adjudication of pending cap-subject H-1B petitions in an attempt to bring their processing times within 60 days as soon as possible. Cases will continue to be adjudicated in  Read more→

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2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Program

The Department of State’s DV-2012 Diversity Visa lottery program registration period will open on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. Entries for the DV-2012 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery must be submitted electronically between noon on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 and noon on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). During this registration period, applicants may  Read more→

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"Greencards" For Many Categories ‘On Hold’ For The Remainder of September

The United States Department of State has issued a notification that effective Thursday, September 16, 2010 there will be no further authorizations in response to requests for an FAMILY preference category, Employment SECOND, Employment THIRD, Employment THIRD OTHER WORKERS, Employment FOURTH, and Employment FOURTH preference CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKER cases for the remainder of FY-2010. This  Read more→

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“Greencards” For Many Categories ‘On Hold’ For The Remainder of September

The United States Department of State has issued a notification that effective Thursday, September 16, 2010 there will be no further authorizations in response to requests for an FAMILY preference category, Employment SECOND, Employment THIRD, Employment THIRD OTHER WORKERS, Employment FOURTH, and Employment FOURTH preference CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKER cases for the remainder of FY-2010. This  Read more→

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DREAM Delayed in the Senate

Today, the Senate voted 56 to 43 against proceeding to the Defense Authorization Act. This procedural vote, which basically followed party lines, ends consideration of critical social issues that affect the military and were to be offered as amendments to the bill. Among the amendments not considered is the DREAM Act, an immigration bill that  Read more→

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USCIS Provides Current Naturalization Statistics

According to the USCIS approximately 495,232 individuals have been naturalized thus far in fiscal year 2010. • Each year, approximately 680,000 people become U.S. citizens through naturalization. • In FY 2009, the top countries of origin for naturalization were in the following order: Mexico, India, Philippines, China and Vietnam. • Since September 2001, USCIS has  Read more→

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Immigration Enforcement Intensifies

Updates on Removals and Enforcement Initiatives As part of the Administration’s effort to remake the enforcement of immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have aggressively stepped up various enforcement activities, including a 10 percent increase in deportations (400,000 people are expected  Read more→

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