Temporary Skilled and Unskilled Workers ("H-2A")
 

US employers may petition for skilled or unskilled alien workers to meet temporary or seasonal needs in a positions for which qualified US workers are not available. It is important to note that both the services for which the employer requests H-2 labor approval and the employer's need for such services must be temporary.

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Opt Extension For Highly Skilled Foreign Students
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Has Today Released An Interim Final Rule Extending The Period Of Optional Practical Training (Opt) From 12 To 29 Months For Qualified F1 Nonimmigrant Students. The Extension Will Be Available To F1 Students With A Degree In Science, Technology, Engineering, Or Mathematics Who Are Employed By Businesses Enrolled In The Everify Program.

Ice Arrests 59 At Northern Virginia Resort After I9 Inspection
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.

Infopass Leap Continues; 27 Cities Covered
Infopass Continues Spreading Like Wildfire And Has Stretched Its Reach To 27 Cities Across The Us. Uscic Plans To Implement Infopass In All 33 Uscis District Offices In The Country, Including All 34 Suboffices By Early September 2004. Uscis Director Eduardo Aguirre Predicts That Infopass Will Ultimately Mean The End Of Having Waiting In Line Altogether.

I130 Visa
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Cap Count For H1b And H2b Workers For Fiscal Year 2009
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.

Sevis Fee Payment Begins Today
Beginning Today, Students, Scholars And Exchange Visitors From Abroad Whose Schools Or Programs Are Approved In Sevis Will Be Required To Pay The Appropriate Fee - In Most Cases, $100 Prior To Obtaining Their Visas.

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.

Joint Plan By Uscis And Fbi To Eliminate Of Fbi Name Checks
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) And The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (Fbi) Today Announced A Joint Plan To Eliminate The Backlog Of Name Checks Pending With The Fbi. Uscis And The Fbi Established A Series Of Milestones Prioritizing Work Based On The Age Of The Pending Name Check. The Fbi Has Already Eliminated All Name Check Cases Pending More Than Four Years.

Samenfink Heads Cbp&Cedil;S Modernization Office
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Has Announced The Appointment Of 26Year Cbp Veteran Louis Samenfink As Executive Director Of The Agency's Modernization Office.

Cbp Gets Another Weapon In Its Armor; Expedited Removal Authorization
The Cbp Has Been Granted The Power To Place Certain Aliens In Expedited Removal Proceedings. The Dhs Believes That This Step Will Enhance National Security And Public Safety By Facilitating Prompt Immigration Determinations And Enable Dhs To Deal More Effectively With Large Volume Of Persons Seeking Illegal Entry Into The Us.

Opt Extension For Highly Skilled Foreign Students
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Has Today Released An Interim Final Rule Extending The Period Of Optional Practical Training (Opt) From 12 To 29 Months For Qualified F1 Nonimmigrant Students. The Extension Will Be Available To F1 Students With A Degree In Science, Technology, Engineering, Or Mathematics Who Are Employed By Businesses Enrolled In The Everify Program.

Infopass Expansion Continues, Boston Included
The Uscis Has Formally Launched The Internetbased Appointment System Infopass To Residents Of The Massachusetts Area. With Infopass, The Public Can Go Online To Schedule A Date And Time To Meet With An Immigration Information Officer, Avoiding The Need To Wait In Line. Infopass First Debuted In Miami Last Year And Has Eliminated The Lines In That Office Completely.

Into Almost The Last Leg Of My Travel Workshop In Chennai
This Month's In Focus Section Will Journey You Through Yet Another Exciting Day In Our Attorney's Travelogue: Chennai, Our Second Immigration Workshop In The Immigration Events Series Last Year.

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.

Uscis Revises Form I693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Has Revised Form I693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record. The Revision Was Necessitated By Changes To The Tuberculosis (Tb) Component Of The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention's Technical Instructions For Civil Surgeons. This Revised Form (Edition Date 04/02/08) Must Be Used For Any Medical Examination Completed On Or After May 1, 2008. Previous Editions Of The Form I693 May Not Be Used On Or After That Date.

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.

Dhs Announces 12Month Extension Of Tps For Nationals Of Burundi
The Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced A 12Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status (Tps) For Nationals Of Burundi Until November 2, 2005. Under This Extension, Those Who Have Already Been Granted Tps Are Eligible To Live And Work In The United States For An Additional Year And Continue To Maintain Their Status.

Can I-485 Be Filed While I-130 Is Pending?
I Came To The Us On A B-2 Visa. Got Married Here And My Wife Filed For I-130. So Far Haven't Even Received The Notice Of Action. I Wanted To Ask If We Could File The I-485 While The I-130 Is Pending? I Know We Should Have Filed Concurrently But Didnt Realize It At The Time. Appreciate The Help!

Cbp In San Diego Reminds Border Crossers To Anticipate More Traffic At Area Ports When School Year Begins
The Cbp Officials Reminds The Members Of The Traveling Public To Expect To See More Cars And Pedestrians At Area Border Crossings In The Coming Days As The Summer Break For Thousands Of Area Students Comes To An End. Large Numbers Of Students Who Attend Classes At Various Private And Public Schools And Colleges In San Diego Commute From Mexico To The U.S. On A Daily Basis. This Increase In Traffic, Especially During The Traditionally Busy Morning Commute, Can Result In Longer Than Normal Crossing Times. Being Prepared For The Inspection Process By Having Documents Ready For The Cbp Officer, Declaring All Items Acquired In Mexico, And Ending Cell Phone Conversations Before Arriving At The Inspection Station Can Also Reduce Wait Times.

International Organization For Migration Issues Its World Migration Report

The Fourth World Migration Report, Entitled 'Managing Labour Mobility In The Evolving Global Economy' Was Recently Released By The Geneva-Based International Organization For Migration (Iom).