163,000 Apply For Fy 2009 H-1B Before Cap Closed

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Uscis Harlingen Office Closes Due To Hurricane Dolly
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Harlingen Office Located At 1717 Zoy Street, Has Closed Due To Hurricane Dolly. Individuals With A Scheduled Appointment For July 22, And 23, Were Seen Today.

Canadian Immigration Minister Kenney Issues New Instructions For Federal Skilled Worker Applications

Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism Canada (Cimc) Minister Jason Kenney Has Announced The Canadian Government&Rsquo;S Plan For Immigration In 2009.&Nbsp; He Stated That Between 240,000 And 265,000 New Permanent Residents Will Be Welcomed To Canada In 2009; Up To 156,000 Of Them In The Economic Category.

Uscis Updates Projected Naturalization Processing Times
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today That It Continues To Make Steady Progress In Reducing The Significant Number Of Naturalization Applications It Received Last Year. Uscis Now Anticipates Naturalization Application Processing Will Average 10-12 Months Nationally By The End Of September 2008 - A Substantial Improvement From Its Estimated Average Processing Time Of 16-18 Months First Announced Last Year.

U.S. Department Of Labor Initiates Supervised Recruitment Of Permanent Labor Certification Applications Filed By Immigration Law Firm
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Today Announced That It Has Begun Placing Pending Permanent Labor Certification Applications (Lca) Filed By The Cohen & Grigsby Law Firm Into Department-Supervised Recruitment. Supervised Recruitment Requires The Employer To Receive Advance Approval From The Dol For All Recruitment Efforts To Ensure That U.S. Workers Are Fully Considered For Available Positions.

Apply For Third Country Visa At The Border
Foreign Nationals, Or Third Country Nationals (Tcn), Often Prefer To Travel To Canada Or Mexico To Apply For Nonimmigrant Visas Because Of The Obvious Convenience.

Uscis Offers Helpful Hints For Filing A Fy 2009 H1b Cap Case
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis), Anticipates That April 1, 2008 Will See A Repeat Of The Mass Filings From Last Year. With This Expectation Uscis Has Published This List Of Measures The Petitioner Can Take To Ensure That Their Petition Is Correctly Filed.

Dhs Announces 18Month Extension Of Tps For El Salvador
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) And U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Have Announced An 18Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status (Tps) For Nationals Of El Salvador Until September 9, 2006.

Switzerland Becomes The 25Th Signatory To The Schengen Agreement
On 12 December, Switzerland Added Its Name To The List Of Countries That Have Adopted The Schengen Agreement And In Doing So Became The 25Th Member Of The Group, Which Has No Border Controls For People Passing Between Member States And A Single External Border....

U.S. Immigration Changes Photo Requirement Rule
The Uscis Has Announced A Change In The Photo Requirements For All Applicants. The New Rule Replaces The Requirement From A Threequarter Face Position To A Standard, Full Frontal Face Position To Take Effect August 2, 2004.

New Agreement For Full Labour Mobility Across Canada

By April 2009, Canada Will Have A Truly National Labour Market, Whereby Workers In Regulated Occupations, Such As Architects, Accountants, Plumbers, And Doctors, Will Be Able Freely Move Across Provincial And Territorial Borders.&Nbsp; At Present, Many Individuals In Regulated Occupations Need To Be Re-Certified By The Province Or Territory To Which They Are Relocating Before They Can Start Working.

Uscis Memo On Establishment Of Ircu For Eb5 Matters
In An Interoffice Memorandum The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That Oversight For Policy And Regulation Development, Field Guidance, Form Design, Case Auditing, And Training Regarding Regional Center Adjudications And Associated Investor Petitions Within The Eb5 Investor Program, Shall Reside With Prd/Investor And Regional Center Unit (Ircu).

Ice Arrests 42 Illegal Aliens Working At Dulles International Airport
U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Arrested 42 Men Illegally Present In The Country At Dulles International Airport As Part Of A Critical Infrastructure Protection (Cip) Operation. Ice Agents, With Support Of Airport Security Agencies, Arrested The Illegal Aliens Just Inside The Airport Grounds At A Checkpoint Established To Verify The Identity And Immigration Status Of Workers Entering A Service Gate.

30Day Notice Of Information Collection Under Review: Form I824, Application For Action On An Approved Application Or Petition
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) And U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Have Submitted The Following Information Collection Request To The Office Of Management And Budget (Omb) For Review And Clearance In Accordance With The Paperwork Reduction Act Of 1995. The Information Collection Was Previously Published In The Federal Register On March 4 2008, At 73 Fr 11655 Allowing For A 60Day Public Comment Period. Uscis Did Not Receive Any Comments For This Information Collection.

Canadian Immigration Minister Kenney Issues New Instructions For Federal Skilled Worker Applications

Citizenship, Immigration And Multiculturalism Canada (Cimc) Minister Jason Kenney Has Announced The Canadian Government&Rsquo;S Plan For Immigration In 2009.&Nbsp; He Stated That Between 240,000 And 265,000 New Permanent Residents Will Be Welcomed To Canada In 2009; Up To 156,000 Of Them In The Economic Category.

Australia Tightens Up On Border Security
Australian Immigration News Australia Tightens Up On Border Security Australia Immigration Officials Has Introduced A New Visa For The 130,000 Foreign Shipping Crews On Boats That Travel To Australia Each Year. The Migration Amendment (Maritime Crew) Act 2007, Passed By The Australian Parliament On 10 May 2007, Introduces The New Maritime Crew Visa. This Now Brings Foreign [...]

Dol Issues Guidance On H2b Visas
The Department Of Labor Has Issued Supplemental Guidance For Labor Certification Process For Temporary Employment Of Nonimmigrant Workers In The Us (H2b Workers), Fy 2005.

Uscis Establishes Genealogy Program
Customers Can Now Turn To U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) For Help In Researching Their Family's Immigration History Through The Agency's New Genealogy Program.

Dhs Announces Pretravel Authorization Program For U.S.Bound Travelers From Visa Waiver Countries
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Announced Today The Interim Final Rule For The Electronic System For Travel Authorization (Esta), A New Online System That Is Part Of The Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) And Is Required By The Implementing Recommendations Of The 9/11 Commission Act Of 2007.

Dol Announces Mailing Addresses For Perm Applications
The Employment And Training Administration (Eta) Of The Department Of Labor (Dol) Has Issued A Notice To Announce The Mailing Addresses For Employers That Choose To File Applications By Mail Under The New Permanent Foreign Labor Certification Program (Perm).

Uscis Announces Extension Of Stay For Some Foreign Students
Certain Academic Foreign Students Can Remain In U.S. Until H1b Petitions Are Decided. The Extension Of The Grace Period Allows Affected Foreign Students To Remain In Country And Avoid The Inconvenience Of Returning Home Only To Travel Back To The United States In The Near Future Foreign Students Qualify For The Extended Grace Period Only If Their Prospective Employer Has Timely Filed An H1b Petition On The Student's Behalf Before July 30, 2004 With Requested Employment Start Date Of October 1, 2004.

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