By: L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens and Yuli Kotler
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States as young children and meet the following key criteria will be eligible to apply for deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, provided that they . . . → Read More: Understanding Obama’s New Policy For Undocumented Youth
By Bernard Wolfsdorf, Rahul Soni, and Blake Miller
The 2013 green card lottery winners were announced on May 1, 2012, extending invitations to thousands of eager U.S. immigrants around the world. For the 2012 lottery, the Department of State notified 100,021 applicants that they were the lucky “winners”. Unfortunately, as with many government programs, the . . . → Read More: Diversity Green Card Lottery Winners Announced – “The Cinderella Visa” Part 2
The Department has posted new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist employers and others regarding prevailing wage requests and determinations.
I submitted a prevailing wage request via the iCERT System. Should I also mail a copy of the ETA 9141 to the NPWC?
No. Please submit only one ETA 9141 per prevailing wage request. In order to . . . → Read More: DOL Updates FAQs on Prevailing Wage Requests and Determinations
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in United States of America v. John Reece Roth, recently affirmed the conviction of a university professor for violation of the Arms Export Control Act. The Defendant argued that data from a phase of the project involving testing on non-military aircraft were not defense articles or services, and . . . → Read More: Compliance Update: Export Control News
[Via: American Immigration Lawyers Association]
The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members of U.S. Embassy personnel. This drawdown is due to the continuing demonstrations, violence, and deaths in Cote d’Ivoire following the contested results of the recent presidential election. In one incident, . . . → Read More: Visa Services Suspended at Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
New Visa Procedures
Beginning January 10, 2011, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates will process visas differently. Under the new procedures, most applicants will go to Applicant Service Centers (ASCs) prior to their consular section interview. The ASC staff will collect the applicant’s biometric information that will be reviewed by the consular section . . . → Read More: U.S. Embassy in Mexico Announces New Visa Procedures
CHANGES TO THE IMMIGRANT VISA SERVICES
Effective December 1, 2010, various changes to immigrant visa services are as follows:
Immigrant visa applicants whose appointments have not been scheduled through the National Visa Center (NVC) (i.e., immigrant visa petitions approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services Manila) may request a visa appointment by . . . → Read More: U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines Announces Changes to Its Immigrant Visa Services
Effective November 23, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making changes to its fee structure. Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after November 23, 2010, must include the new fees. Among other things, USCIS is raising fees for most immigration benefits by a weighted average . . . → Read More: USCIS filing fees to increase in 3 weeks!
The posted processing times on the USCIS website represent data that is approximately 45 days old at the time of posting. In addition, the listed dates reflect the most-recently filed case in the particular product line on an examiner’s desk at the time the data as gathered. This means that . . . → Read More: Understanding USCIS Processing Times