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An Increasing Number Of Asians Particularly From India And China Are Emigrating To Australia. The Australian Bureau Of Statistics Report "Portrait Of A Nation" Said That Almost One-Fifth Of The New Arrivals In Australia Between 1996 And 2006 Came From China And India. Asia May Eventually Overtake Europe As The Main Source Of Immigrants To Australia. However, The Most Common Country Of Origin Remains The Uk With Twenty-Four Percent Of Foreign Born Residents (92,000) Arriving From The Uk Between 1996 And 2006....
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Advance Parole: A Condition Prerequisite For Travel Abroad
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Service (Uscis) Has Made It Mandatory For Applicants Undergoing Adjustment Of Status To Obtain Advance Parole Before Traveling Abroad.

Dhs Expands Authority To Collect Biometric Data For Usvisit
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As Part Of Ongoing Efforts To Secure Our Nation's Borders Through The Discharge Of Interior Law Enforcement Missions, U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Agents Executed An Enforcement Action At The Luxurious Northern Virginia Resort.

Indian Consulates May Take Longer To Process Certain B1 & F1 Visas
A Limited Number Of Students, Scholars And Business Persons Involved In Highlevel Scientific Fields May Need To Have Their Visa Application Referred To The Department Of State For Additional Processing Before The Embassy May Issue A Visa. In Most Cases, This Process Takes Between Four To Six Weeks, Although It Sometimes Takes Longer.

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Uscis In Los Angeles Reaches Out To Its Customers Affected By Earthquake And Aftershocks
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) In Los Angeles Is Taking Several Proactive Measures To Reach Customers And Employees Affected By The Earthquake And Aftershocks. The Safety Of Our Customers And Employees Comes First And Foremost.

U.S. Department Of Labor Awards $250,000 To Develop Strategic Economic Growth Plans For Western Kentucky
The U.S. Department Of Labor Today Announced A $250,000 Regional Innovation Grant To A Nine-County Area Of Western Kentucky And One County In Tennessee To Establish Plans For Promoting Economic Growth.

Illinois Law Prohibiting The Use Of Everify Further Suspended
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Revised Application For Employment Authorization (Form I765)
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Changes Proposed For New H-2B Program

On August 20Th, 2008 The United States Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Agency Made Two Announcements That Will Have Huge Impacts On The H-2B Immigration - First To Withdraw The 2005-Issued Proposed Rule Changes To H-2B Program, And The Second To Introduce The New Proposed Changes To H-2B Program.

The Proposed Changes For H-2B Program Put Forward In January 2005 Had Suggested Making Procedural Change Such As Eliminating The Temporary Labor Certification Requirement. Today's Announcement In Effect Means That Uscis Will Abandon That Approach. Instead The New Rule Proposes A Two-Tier System, While Retaining The Current Procedural Requirements. However, India's Past Record As A Country That Has Refused To "Repatriate Its Nationals" May Cost It Heavily Under The New Rules.

The H-2B Non-Immigrant Temporary Worker Program Allows Us Employers To Bring Foreign Nationals To America To Fill Non-Agricultural Temporary Jobs For Which Us Workers Are Not Available.

Significant Proposed Changes

Let's Quickly Take A Look At What The New Two-Tier System Will Mean For The H-2B Program. According To Uscis Acting Director Jonathan Scharfen, The New Changes Will Include

  • Allowances Will Be Made In The Regulation To Allow Employers To Petition For Unnamed Foreign Employees
  • The Current Limit Of 6 Months Time That An H-2B Worker Needs To Spend Outside Of Us Between His H-2B Status Expiration And Re-Eligibility To Apply Under H Or L Status Will Be Reduced To Three Months
  • Employers Will Be Required To Provide Attestations On The Scope Of The H-2B Employment, Its Use Of Recruiters And On The Fact That The Recruiter Did Not Receive Any Fee From The Beneficiary.
  • An Approved Temporary Labor Certification Will Be Made The Mandatory Pre-Requirement For Filing An H-2B Petition
  • Once The Temporary Labor Certification Is Approved, The Employment Start Date Mentioned On It Cannot Be Changed For Any Reason
  • Employers Will Be Required To Notify Dhs Of No-Shows, Fired Or Absconding Employees
  • The Definition Of "Temporary Employment" Will Be More Clearly Defined To Eliminate The Need To Cite "Extraordinary Circumstances" When An Employment Requirement Is For More Then One Year, But Less Then Three.
  • H-2B Approvals Will No Longer Be Granted To Petitioners From Countries Which Are Blacklisted For Consistently Refusing And Unreasonably Delaying Repatriation Of Their Nationals
  • A Land-Border Exit System Will Be Establish, Under Which A H-2B Worker Admitted Through A Port Of Entry Participating In The Program Must Also Depart Only Through A Port Of Entry In The Program.

India Worried About Changes?

India Is Certainly Worried About These Changes As Along With China And Iran, It Is Among The Eight Countries That Have Been Blacklisted As Countries That Are Determined To Be Consistently Refusing Or Unreasonably Delaying Repatriation Of Workers Under Deportation Orders. As We Mentioned Above, The New Rule Proposes To Not To Grant H-2B Approvals To Petitioners From These Countries. If The Rule Goes Through As It Is, India Will Be Hard Pressed To Get Out That List. As Of Now, Indian Nationals Form A Large Percentage Of H-2B Petitioners Each Year.

The Proposed Rule Change Is Now On Its 30-Day Public Trial, Where The People Are Invited For Submitting Comments. Once Public Comments Are Received And Reviewed, Uscis Will Finalize And Publish The Rule With An Effective Date. We Urge Our Readers To Take The Time To Comment On This Law And Make Sure The New Rules Are Just And Fair To All.

Uscis Announces Enhancements To Everify Program
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today Improvements To The Everify Employment Authorization Program That Will Reduce An Already Low Mismatch Rate, While Also Streamlining And Increasing The Effectiveness Of The Overall Program.

Question About Case.
Hi My Mother Married My Step-Father Around 5 Years Ago And Asked When In To Requests Us For Permanent Residency (Us Being Me And My 14 Year Old Brother) We Have Been Living In The U.S For 11 Years, I Recently Turned 18. Our Case Was Approved, Letter Came In The Mail Etc, But They Requested Me...

President Authorizes 70,000 Refugee Admissions During Fy 2005
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20 New Citizens From 13 Countries Take Oath Of Citizenship
Uscis Director Administered The Oath Of Allegiance To 20 New U.S. Citizens, From 13 Countries Around The World, In An Openair Ceremony On Angel Island In San Francisco Bay.

Can I File For I-130/Aos While On B-2/B-1 Visa
Hi! I Have Gone Through So Many Websites, With So Many Different Answers To My Question. Is It Legal To Apply For An I-130/I-485 If You Are In The Us And And Recently Married To A Usc, With No Fraudulent Intent? If So, Do I Just File And Let Fate Take Its Course At The Interview? Is There Anybody...

Uscis Memo On Establishment Of Ircu For Eb5 Matters
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Dhs To Upgrade Homeland Security Information Network
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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.

Chinese Tourist And Business Travelers Have Reason To Cheer
Beginning January 15, 2005, Eligible Chinese Nationals Who Wish To Visit The United States Temporarily For Business (B1) Or Tourism (B2) Will Be Issued Visas That Are Valid For 12 Months And Multiple Entries.

Dhs Travel Tips For Arriving Students & Exchange Visitors
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Issued Important Reminders To Assist The Estimated 200,000 Foreign Students And Exchange Visitors Expected To Arrive In The United States For The Spring Semester.

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