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Expedited Processing of I-140 Petitions Now Available for Some H-1B Workers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced on February 24, 2009 that some H-1B workers nearing the end of their sixth year of stay in the U.S. are eligible to expedite the processing of their I-140 petitions.  Starting on March 2, 2… Read More
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DOL Advises to Expect More Supervised Recruitment in PERM Cases

 Due to the current state of the economy, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently advised that employers in some industries should expect to start receiving more supervised recruitment notices on PERM applications.  A PERM application i… Read More
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E-verify Effective for Federal Contractors this Spring

Effective May 21, 2009, federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to start using the E-Verify system to verify their employees’ eligibility to legally work in the U.S.  The expansion of E-Verify. to federal contractors is the res… Read More
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CIS Announces New I-9 Form Implementation Delay

CIS has announced that the new I-9 form that was supposed to go into effect on February 2, 2009, has been delayed until April 3, 2009.  Employers or other individuals interested in commenting on the new form also have an extension to file their com… Read More
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Edgerton Moderates Program for Fellow Lawyers

Laura Edgerton was the moderator of a podcast for fellow immigration lawyers on the subject of understanding and dealing with stress.  The podcast was developed as part of Ms. Edgerton’s role as the Vice Chair of the Ethics and Professiona… Read More
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HHS Issues 2009 Poverty Guidelines

On January 23, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published its annual update to the Poverty Guidelines.  The Poverty Guidelines are used in calculating the required income for Affidavits of Support (Forms I-864).  The I-864 i… Read More
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Permanent Residents Soon to Be Subject to US VISIT

Effective January 18, 2009, U.S. permanent residents returning to the U.S. from abroad will be subject to the US “VISIT” (Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) Program.  US-VISIT, which requires the fingerprinting of certain… Read More
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H-2B Cap for FY2009 Reached

On January 8, 2009, US Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the H-2B cap of 66,000 visas for FY2009 had been reached.  H-2B visas allow employers who have a need for peak-load, seasonal, or intermittent workers to temporar… Read More
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I-9 Form Revised by USCIS

On December 12, 2008, US CIS announced that it had submitted to the Federal Register an interim final rule that is intended to streamline the employment eligibility verification (I-9) process.  Under this rule, fewer documents are acceptable for… Read More
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New Electronic System for Travel Authorization Announced for Visa Waiver Travelers

Effective January 12, 2009, anyone planning to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), a program that allows people from certain designated countries to travel to the U.S. for business or pleasure for up to 90 days without first obtai… Read More
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