Dos Update On Green Card Lottery Registrations

The U.S. Department Of State (Dos) Announced That Over 6.4 Million Entries For The 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Were Received During The Two-Month Electronic Registration Period, From October 4, 2006, Through December 3, 2006. Taking Dependents Into Account, There Are More Than 10 Million Participants In The 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery.

Most Of The Applications Were From Africa And Asia With 41 Percent Of The Total From Africa, 38 Percent From Asia. The Largest Number Of Applicants Came From Bangladesh (More Than 1.7 Million) Followed By Nigeria And Ukraine. The Number Of Winning Entries By Country Will Be Available After The Random Lottery Process Is Conducted Next Year.

The Electronic Registration Process Continues To Increase The Department&Rsquo;S Ability To Screen Against Duplicate And Other Fraudulent Entries. Anti-Fraud Technology Using Facial Recognition And Data Mining Will Be Used To Eliminate Duplicate Cases.

There Have Been Several Attempts To Defraud Diversity Visa Lottery Entrants. Lottery Entrants Selected As Winners In The Diversity Visa Random Drawing Are Notified Only By The Department Of State's Kentucky Consular Center. No Other Organization Or Company Is Authorized By The Department Of State To Contact Winning Entrants.

Notification Of Winning Entries Will Be Sent To The Winning Entrants By Mail Only Between April And July 2007 And Will Provide Further Instructions, Including Information On Fees Connected With Immigration To The United States.
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Operator Of English Language Schools Charged For Allegedly Running Visa Fraud Scheme
In A Startling Discovery By U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice), A Beverly Hills Man Who Operates Two Schools That Teach English To Foreign Students Was Arrested On Federal Charges For Allegedly Running A Visa Fraud Scheme That Allowed Foreign Nationals From Around The World To Obtain Student Visas To Enter The United States, Even Though They Had No Intention Of Attending The Schools Or Were Fraudulently Trying To Remain In The United States.

Infopass Comes To Colorado
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Formally Opened The Internetbased Appointment System To Residents Of The Colorado Area. Traditionally, Customers Would Begin Lining Up Outside Uscis District Offices At Dawn To Speak To An Immigration Information Officer. Uscis Director Eduardo Aguirre Predicts That Infopass Will Ultimately Mean The End Of Having Waiting In Line Altogether.

H1b Cap Reached For Fy 2009
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Has Received Enough H1b Petitions To Meet The Congressionally Mandated Cap For Fiscal Year 2009. The Uscis Has Also Received More Than 20,000 H1b Petitions Filed On Behalf Of Persons Exempt From The Cap Under The "Advanced Degree" Exemption. Before Running The Random Selection Process, Uscis Will Complete Initial Data Entry For All Filings Received During The Filing Period Ending On April 7, 2008. Due To The High Number Of Petitions, Uscis Is Not Yet Able To Announce The Precise Day On Which It Will Conduct The Random Selection Process.

H2b Cap Count Updated
The Word "Cap" Used In This Update Refers To Annual Numerical Limitations Set By Congress On Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications, E.G., H1b And H2b. Caps Control The Number Of Workers That Can Be Issued A Visa In A Given Fiscal Year To Enter The United States Pursuant To A Particular Nonimmigrant Classification. Caps Also Control The Number Of Aliens Already In The United States That May Be Authorized To Change Status To A Capsubject Classification.

Dhs Expands Authority To Collect Biometric Data For Usvisit
Dhs Has Notified An Interim Rule Expanding Usvisit Program To 50 Most Highly Trafficked Land Border Ports Of Entry And Defining The Population Of Aliens Who Are Required To Provide Biometric Identifiers And Other Information Under Usvisit Program.

Dol Notifies Interim Final Rule On H1b1 Labor Condition Applications
The U.S. Department Of Labor Has Issued An Interim Rule With Request For Comments Regarding The New H1b1 Visa Category Applicable To Nationals Of Chile And Singapore. The Employers Seeking To Temporarily Employ Foreign Professionals In Specialty Occupations Through H1b1 Visas Must File A Labor Attestation With The Department Of Labor.

Immigration Court Practice Manual Is Effective July 1
The Executive Office For Immigration Review (Eoir) Reminds Parties Appearing In Immigration Court That Beginning On July 1, 2008, The Immigration Court Practice Manual Will Be Effective Nationwide, And The Local Operating Procedures For Immigration Courts Will No Longer Be Used. The Practice Manual Is Available On Eoir's Website At Http://Www.Usdoj.Gov/Eoir/.

Australian Immigration Minister Wants States To Increase Skilled Migration
Australian Immigration News Australian Immigration Minister Wants States To Increase Skilled Migration The Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, Has Urged The States To Increase Their Use Of State Sponsored Skilled Migration In Order To Meet Their Demands For Skilled Labour. The Australian Federal Government’S Permanent Skilled Migration Program Has Been Increased By An Additional 31,000 Skilled Migrants Under [...]

Getting Married While On F1 Status
Hi All, Need Your Help. I Am Currently On F1, And Will Soon Be On Opt. I Am Planning To Get Married And Wanted To Know If My Husband Will Be Able To Come To Us And If So On Which Visa? What Will Be More Advisable? To Get Married While I Am On F1 (But Again Once I Am Off From F1 Status And On Opt...

Dos Releases Designated J1 Visa Organizations
The Department Of State Has Released A List Of Organizations/Institutions Designated To Administer J1 Exchange Visitor Programs As Of April 2004. The List Provides The Contact Information By Exchange Visitor Program Category.

Eoir Declares Bia Pro Bono Project As Successful
An Executive Office For Immigration Review (Eoir) Evaluation Of The Board Of Immigration Appeals (Bia) Pro Bono Project Indicates That The Project Has Been Successful In Increasing The Level And Quality Of "Pro Bono" (Free Of Charge) Representation For "Respondents" (Persons In Immigration Removal Proceedings) Who Appeal Their Cases To The Bia.

Uscis Q&A: New Background Check Policy
Recently Uscis Announced A New Background Check Policy, Where Certain Cases, Including Adjustment Of Status Cases With Pending Name Check Will Be Adjudicated After 180 Days Regardless Of The Fact That The Name Check Is Unresolved. This Is In Response To The Large Volume Of Petitions That Have Been Pending For An Unusually Long Time And Have Resulted In Numerous Lawsuits Against Uscis And Fbi. This New Policy Promises To Finally Resolve The Huge Backlog Of Approvable Cases That Have Not Been Adjudicated Due To The Name Check Portion Of The Background Check. Some Of These Cases Have Been Pending For A Number Of Years And Number Into Thousands.

Dhs Announces Enhancements In Aviation Security & Travel Screening
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Announced Improvements Aimed At Strengthening Aviation Security While Decreasing The Hassle Factor For Travelers. Among The Key Improvements, Dhs Is Providing Airlines More Flexibility To Allow Passengers To Check In Remotely Who Have Been Unable To Do So Because They Have A Name Similar To Someone On A Watch List. The Department Also Unveiled The Checkpoint Evolution Prototype, Which Will Begin Full Operation At Baltimorewashington International Airport (Bwi) Today. Each Airline Will Now Be Able To Create A System To Verify And Securely Store A Passenger's Date Of Birth To Clear Up Watch List Misidentifications. By Voluntarily Providing This Limited Biographical Data To An Airline And Verifying That Information Once At The Ticket Counter, Travelers That Were Previously Inconvenienced On Every Trip Will Now Be Able To Checkin Online Or At Remote Kiosks.

A Rendezvous With India: Immigration Seminar In New Delhi
This Is The First Of The Series Of Articles On Our Recent Seminars And Workshops In Various Cities Of India. This Article Contains Excerpts From Our Attorney's Diaries Regarding His Travel Experiences During His Visit To New Delhi, The Capital Of India.

Uscis Fact Sheet On Child Citizenship Act Of 2000
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Has Released A Fact Sheet On The Child Citizenship Act Of 2000. The Fact Sheet Contains Answers To Frequently Asked Questions Relating To Acquisition Of Citizenship By Certain Foreignborn Children.

Green Cards Get A New Look
The Uscis Has Made Minor Changes To The Look Of The Permanent Resident Card (Form I551) Commonly Known As The "Green Card". The New Permanent Resident Card Now Features The Dhs Seal On The Front And Prominently Mentions The "Department Of Homeland Security" On The Back.

Bush Okays Biometric Passport Deadline Extension
The United States Has Extended The Deadline By An Year For Visafree Countries To Start Issuing Passports With Biometric Indicators, Carrying Digitally Encoded Records Of The Bearer, Which Can Be Scanned By A Computer. According To The Programme, Citizens From 27 Countries Can Travel To The United States Without Visas, But Must Carry A Passport With Biometric Indicators. The Extension Of The Deadline Will Give These Countries Time Until October 26, 2005 To Issue New Passports.

Uscis Announces Processing Changes For Form I612
Uscis Announced That Beginning November 1, 2006, The Nebraska, Texas And Vermont Service Centers Began Forwarding To The California Service Center Any New Filings Of Form I612, Application Of Waiver Of The Foreign Residence Requirement Of Section 212(E) Of The Immigration And Nationality Act (Ina), As Amended, That Are Based On Claims Of Exceptional Hardship Or Persecution.

Oops! I Overstayed My Visa
Overstaying Your Time In The U.S. Is No Longer Overlooked. The Issue Of Overstaying While On A Nonimmigrant Visa Has Been Getting Serious Attention In Recent Years.

Revised Application For Employment Authorization (Form I765)
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis} Has Revised The Application For Employment Authorization (Form I765) To Obtain Supplemental Evidence From Alien Physicians With National Interest Waivers (Niw).