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US CIS Confirms Filing Window for H-1B Lottery

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) has confirmed in a recent communication with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that, if an H-1B petition “lottery” needs to occur for FY10 H-1B petitions, US CIS will again e… Read More
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2009 Poverty Guidelines Effective March 1st

The State Department has announced that the 2009 Poverty Guidelines used for I-864, Affidavits of Support, went into effect on March 1, 2009. The I-864 is used for immigrant visa petitioners and joint sponsors. The guidelines are available here All c… Read More
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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, 2009,… 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 is an app… 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 resul… 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 commen… 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 Professionalism C… 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 is a bi… 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 a… 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 temporarily in… Read More
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