USCIS has indicated that as of Friday, May 10, 2013, all H-1B data entry was completed and receipt notices have been sent. USCIS has also started to send out rejection notices. The receipt/rejection notices should be delivered by the end of May 2013.
Thursday May 16, 2013 Your Immigration Action Newsletter Friends, Now that the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight’s bill (S. 744) has been introduced we are monitoring the legislative process very closely. As you know, next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will continue to introduce and debate amendments to hopefully improve the legislation, bringing… Continue Reading
Hi, everyone – This is the start of a national debate. Across the country, we’re having a serious discussion about how we can build a fair and effective immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And we need your help to make sure… Continue Reading
Entrants from DV 2013 (those who submitted entries during the registration period between October 4, 2011 and November 5, 2011), should now check the status of their entry using their confirmation number through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website. To view instructions for DV-2013 entrants and selectees, see travel.state.gov then go to Instructions for the 2013… Continue Reading
Monday, April 29, 2013 Friends, Last week, Congress took another step forward in advancing commonsense immigration reform. Just a week after bipartisan Senate leaders introduced their comprehensive bill – the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) – Secretary Napolitano testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of… Continue Reading
A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators on Tuesday (April 16, 2013) introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, an 844-page bill that aims to bolster border security and seeks to provide some of the nation’s 11 million undocumented people with a path to citizenship. A brief summary issued by… Continue Reading
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Big Immigration Development Friends, Today, the President met with Senator McCain and Senator Schumer to discuss commonsense immigration reform. In a statement released earlier, President Obama said: “This afternoon, Senators Schumer and McCain briefed me on the bipartisan immigration reform bill that they have drafted with their colleagues in the Senate. This bill… Continue Reading
Most people know about the wealth of information on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov, but did you know you can find USCIS on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon!
For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree… Continue Reading
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday, April 5, 2013 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. … Continue Reading
USCIS has announced that the last day that an employer can use prior versions of the Form I-9 is May 7, 2013. Employers must use the new form, marked with a revision date of 3/8/13, beginning on May 8, 2013.
Debra S. Friedman Rachel Fendell Satinsky On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form, Form I-9, and a revised Handbook for Employers, M-274. The main changes to the new Form are that it contains further instructions on how to complete the Form I-9 and… Continue Reading
USCIS will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions on April 1, 2013 pursuant to its Fiscal Year 2014 (FY2014) quota. By law, the earliest starting employment date for petitions approved under the FY2014 H-1B cap is October 1, 2013. Usually, the cap is filled before the start date, so all employers need to plan properly. In… Continue Reading
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Friends, It has been a busy few weeks here at the White House. Last Friday, the President met with leaders from the faith community to discuss the need to fix the broken immigration system, focusing on the growing consensus building across American for common sense immigration reform. Last Thursday, President Obama… Continue Reading
For nonimmigrant visas (for travel to the U.S. as a temporary visitor), certain applicants are now eligible to apply for a new visa without having to attend an interview with a U.S. consular officer. The test to see if you qualify, take the questionnaire at the German Consulate website by clicking here.
According to the Department of State, sequestration will likely reduce the number of officers processing visa applications, which will negatively impact wait times at U.S. consulates. Department of Homeland Security will be affected as a whole, but many agencies within DHS will be impacted more than others. For example, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and… Continue Reading
Parts of a draft White House immigration reform bill have been leaked to the press. The sections that were released include legalization, border security, interior enforcement, and worksite enforcement. There appear to be no surprises in the draft, the bill takes a moderate approach consistent with the principles the President has already announced. It also… Continue Reading
USCIS’ normally reliable status online system (go to uscis.gov then to case status on-line) now has a red warning to expect a 30-45-day delay between when your application or petition is filed and when your information is available in Case Status Online, depending on the volume of applications USCIS receives. What was initially a good… Continue Reading
Friends, This has been an exciting week. Last Tuesday President Obama traveled to Nevada to redouble our Administration’s efforts to work with Congress on commonsense reform to fix our broken immigration system so that everyone plays by the same rules. Speaking from Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, the President laid out further detail… Continue Reading
Senators Leahy (D-VT), Coons (D-DE), Blumenthal (D-CT) and Hirono (D-HI) wrote a “Dear Colleague Letter” calling for reforms to immigration enforcement laws that are grounded in civil and human rights, and that ensure due process, equal treatment and fairness.
Dear friends – Our immigration system is broken. It has been for some time. Right now, there are 11 million people living in a shadow economy. There are Americans waiting in long lines to reunite with their families. There are employers who are exploiting the system by hiring undocumented workers, and that threatens the wages… Continue Reading
The United States Embassy in Mexico city announced the expansion of its Business Facilitation Program (BFP) that allows access to expedited visa processing for employees of qualifying firms traveling to the U.S. on company business. The BFP provides time-saving benefits for businesses whose employees need to travel to the U.S., and highlights the United States’… Continue Reading
Immigration Newsletter: December 2012/January 2013 Friends, Happy New Year! 2013 brings several exciting immigration updates. President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation designating January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: [F]or more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end. My Administration has… Continue Reading
DOS has introduced the online “Visa Status Check,” which allows both immigrant and nonimmigrant applicants to check the status of their cases at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).