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Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter:April 2013

US SenateSenate Expected to Introduce
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill on April 16

For the last two months, comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) has dominated the airwaves — from President Obama’s inauguration address and State of the Union, to hearings in the Senate and House of Representatives, [read more...]

Baseball CapH-1B Cap Reached; 124,000 Petitions Received by USCIS

For the first time since 2008, the 65,000 H-1B cap has been reached within the first week of the filing period, with a total of approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS also announced that it received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions... [read more...]

Passport StampElimination of I-94 for Air and Sea Arrivals Commences on April 30

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will automate Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, for all air and sea arrivals — not land border port of entry arrivals — eliminating the paper Form I-94. The new process goes into effect on April 30, 2013. The following is a description of the new automated admissions process and some key issues. [read more...]

I-9 FormNew Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification,
Must Be Used Starting May 7, 2013

USCIS has revised its Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, the form that all employers are required to complete for each employee hired in the United States. It must be used as of May 7, 2013 — and employers can be fined for failing to use it. [read more...]

FingerprintMore Fingerprinting and Photographs for Foreign Nationals
Seeking Benefits at USCIS Field Offices

USCIS announced that commencing on May 6, 2013, foreign nationals will be required to submit fingerprints and photographs when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. [read more...]

Customs ManualFrequent Travel Abroad and Abandonment of
Lawful Permanent Resident Status

Foreign nationals who must apply for a nonimmigrant visa must do so online by completing Form DS-160. What happens when you make a mistake and want to correct the form before your visa appointment? [read more...]



Swedish CalendarUSCIS Sets 30 Days as Standard RFE Response Time
for I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

In a recent policy memo, USCIS announced that it is limiting the response time to 30 days for a request for additional evidence (RFE) issued in response to a I-601A provisional unlawful presence waiver application, [read more...]

Jobs want adNew Reports Confirm Must Needed Job Creation and Economic Stimulus from Immigration Reform

We have periodically reported on new studies and reports that support the notion that immigrants and immigration stimulate the economy and create new jobs for U.S. business. [read more...]


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