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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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GAO Issues H-1B Report

Congress created the H-1B program in 1990 to enable U.S. employers to hire temporary, foreign workers in specialty occupations. The law capped the number of H-1B visas issued per fiscal year at 65,000. Since then, the cap has fluctuated with legislative changes. Congress asked GAO to assess the impact of the cap on the ability  Read more→

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DOS Discusses Erroneous Mumbai EB-2 Information

The American Immigration Lawyers Association reports that Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control & Reporting, has provided this additional information regarding an error regarding the EB-2 classification pertaining to India by Mumbai. "As you are aware Mumbai has incorrectly listed the India Employment Second preference cut-off date as being "current." That is incorrect, and the  Read more→

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New Americans in the Tar Heel State

The following data is from the Immigration Policy Center (IPC): The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in North Carolina. The foreign-born share of North Carolina’s population rose from 1.7% in 1990, to 5.3% in 2000, to 7.0% in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. North Carolina was home to 641,130  Read more→

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UPDATE: H-1B and H-2B Caps

As of December 31, 2010, approximately 57,300 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. As of January 7, 2011 USCIS receipted 2,129 petitions, toward the 33,000 H-2B cap amount for the first half of the fiscal year. This  Read more→

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Charlotte USCIS Field Office Closed Today Due TO Weather

For the latest information on office closings, call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283. Offices Closed Today: Ft. Smith, AR Field Office Charlotte, NC Field Office Atlanta, GA Field Office Memphis, TN Field Office Greer, SC Field Office The above offices are all closed because of inclement weather. Please note: If an office is  Read more→

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Governor Chafee Signs Executive Order Ending E-Verify & ICE ‘MOA’

PROVIDENCE, RI — In one of his first acts as Rhode Island’s new Republican governor, Lincoln D. Chafee on Tuesday signed an executive order rescinding his Republican predecessor Donald L. Carcieri’s E-Verify order, requiring the state and the companies doing business with it to electronically verify the immigration status of new employees. Governor Chafee also  Read more→

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AILA Explains How Many Cap-Subject H-1B Visas Are Available in FY2011

In a January 6 posting the American Immigration Lawyers Association noted that the Immigration and Nationality Act [INA §214(g)(8)(B)] provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security may set aside up to 6,800 visas from the general H-1B quota for Chile-Singapore H-1B1 users, reducing to 58,200 the number of visas available to the general H-1B pool.  Read more→

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