Sevis Ramps Up For Fall Semester; 220,000 Students Expected
(Cbp) Commissioner (Dhs) Today Marked The Start Of The Second Year Of The Student And Exchange Visitor Information System (Sevis), A Nationwide Registration Program For International Visitors, With A Welcoming Event Today At Dulles International Airport For Some Of The 220,000 Foreign Students And Exchange Visitors Expected To Arrive In The United States This Fall.

A B-2 Filing For I-130/Aos
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 On A B-2/B-1 And 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...

Preliminary Numbers Of H1b Cap Filings For Fy 2009 Released
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced A Preliminary Number Of Nearly 163,000 H1b Petitions Received During The Filing Period Ending On April 7, 2008. It Is Notable That More Than 31,200 Of Those Petitions Were For The Advanced Degree Category.

American Police Records - How To Get Them?
Can Any One Let Me Know How I Get: The American Police Records. Where I Ask For It? How I Ask For It? How Long It Takes? How Much It Cost? Or I Wait For The Fingerprinting Process? Norma

Australian And New Zealand Greek Youths To Compete In Adelaide's Pan- Hellenic Games In 2007
Australian Immigration News Australian And New Zealand Greek Youths To Compete In Adelaide's Pan- Hellenic Games In 2007 The Goals Of The Event Are To Promote The Eternal Ideas Of The Olympic Spirit And To Strengthen The Ties Amongst The Greek Community. The Games Will Include Events In Track And Field, Swimming, Weightlifting, Taekwondo, Tennis, Gymnastics, And [...]

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.

U.S. Department Of Labor Proposes Rules To Modernize And Increase Protections Under H2b Program
The U.S. Department Of Labor (Dol) Today Proposed Rules To Modernize The Application Process And Enhance Worker Protections Under The H2b Temporary Labor Certification Program. The Changes Respond To The Administration's Aug. 10, 2007, Promise To Review And Update Foreign Worker Program Regulations.

Uscis Releases New Ead Form I-765
Uscis Releases New Ead Form I-765

Uscis Clarifies Fee Exemption Eligibility For The Application For Waiver Of Grounds Of Inadmissibility (Form I601)
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Remind Its Customers That The Fee For An Application For Waiver Of Grounds Of Inadmissibility (Form I601) Is Always Required. Uscis Has Received Numerous Applications Filed Without The Appropriate Fee Due To An Incorrect Interpretation Of The Regulations.

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.

Get Geared For The H1b Season
We Bring To You First Hand Insight Into The "Talk Of The Town": H1b Quota And All The Preparation And Paper Work That The Companies Are Getting Ready With This Year.

Us Opens Four New Immigration Facilities In Florida
The Us Citizenship And Immigration Services Is Opening Four New Immigration Facilities In South Florida To Replace The One That It Currently Operates....

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 Releases New Ead Form I-765
Uscis Releases New Ead Form I-765

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.

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.

"Adit" Stamps To Be Continued
Until Further Notice, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Will Continue The Practice Of Issuing "Adit" Stamps. An "Adit" Stamp Is Added To A Passport Or An Arrivaldeparture Record (I94) As Proof Of Temporary Residency.

Ice Means Business; Reports Record Alien Removals
U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Has Announced That The Removal Of Criminal And Other Illegal Aliens From The United States Reached Record Levels, With 157,281 Aliens Removed In Fiscal Year 2004. In Addition, Ice Recorded A Sizable Increase In Apprehensions Under A New Program Specifically Targeting Fugitive Aliens.

Uscis Releases Updated Employer Information Bulletin
The Office Of Business Liaison Under The Uscis Has Released An Updated Employer Information Bulletin On The Services Of Its Office. The Primary Function Of Office Of Business Liaison Is To Educate The United States Business/Employer Community On Employmentrelated Immigration Matters.

Dhs To Begin Biometric Exit Pilot As Part Of Usvisit Program
As A Part Of The Border Management System Introduced At Airports And Seaports Earlier This Year, The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That It Will Pilot And Evaluate Usvisit Automated Biometric Exit Procedures For Foreign Visitors. Biometric Technology - Digital Finger Scans And Digital Photographs - Helps Make Usvisit Simple And Effective.

Cbp Announces Border Patrol Academy
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner Announced Today That The Border Patrol Academy Will Be Consolidated In A State Of The Art Training Facility Located In Artesia, New Mexico. Currently, New Border Patrol Agents Are Trained In Two Different Locations In Georgia And South Carolina.

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.

New Rule Proposed To Streamline H2a Procedures
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today A Series Of Proposed Rule Changes That Will Provide Employers With More Streamlined Procedures For Hiring Workers Under The H2a Program. The Proposed Rule Is Published In Today's Federal Register.

Uscis To Close Havana Office Due To Hurricane Ike
The Uscis Announced Today That Its Havana Field Office, Located At Located At: Calzada E/ L Y M, Vedado, C. Havana, Cuba Due To The Hurricane Ike. The Office Will Remain Closed Until Wednesday, Sept. 10. But The Uscis At The Same Time Is Being Generous To All Its Customers Who Are Evacuated From Their Homes, By Rescheduling All Appointments Until A Time When It Is Safe To Resume Operations.

Dhs Realigns Twic Compliance Date
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That The Final Compliance Date For The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (Twic) Program Will Be April 15, 2009, Which Reflects A Realignment Of The Sept. 25, 2008 Compliance Date Set In The Final Rule. The Seven Month Extension Is A Direct Result Of Collaboration With Port Officials And Industry, And Realigns The Enrollment Period With The Original Intent Of The Twic Final Rule.

Enhancements To Student And Exchange Visitor Program Announced
The U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice) Has Announced Today That It Has Significantly Enhanced The Student And Exchange Visitor Program (Sevp) And, For The First Time, Is Proposing To Raise Fees To Support The Improvements.

Highlights Of Interim Final Rule On Opt Extension
Interim Final Rule On Opt Extension

Migration Contributes To An Eu Population Approaching Half A Billion
A Net Inflow Of Migrants Helped Push The Population Of The European Union Close To Half A Billion People In 2008 According To Figures Released This Week In Brussels....

Cbp Vows A Total Commitment To Professionalism
Cbp Commissioner Robert C. Bonner Today Announced An Initiative To Ensure That The Agency And Its Personnel Practice The Highest Of Standards In Professionalism. The Initiative Will Also Ensure That Cbp Is Serving The American Public With Vigilance And Integrity, While Providing Courteous And Helpful Treatment To Visitors, Immigrants, And Travelers.

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.