Category Archives: Immigration Reform

The Great Overseas Jobs Creator

A US Chamber of Commerce sponsored event early this year underscored the visa challenges facing multinational giants.  Companies described their L-1 intracompany visa woes to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reporting that they do not have the needed flexibility to deploy professional resources to the US for various projects, whether in the manufacturing sector or the information technology arena.  The bottom … more

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With EB-2 and EB-3 Priority Dates Improving Slowly, Alternative Solutions Merit Consideration

The June 2011 Visa Bulletin reinforces uncertainty, and perhaps disappointment, for Indian and Chinese nationals in the EB-2 classification.  Despite the “extra” visas intended to spill into these categories, the improvement in visa cutoff dates is moderate – ten weeks for China and fifteen for India. The EB-2 dates have not improved as much as anticipated and might not do so … more

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India EB-2 Priority Dates: Congress Holds the Key to Continued Improvement

The recent India EB-2 priority date improvement announced in the May 2011 Visa Bulletin has sparked speculation regarding continued progress with the category.  Pressure is mounting on employers to file (or “re-file”) cases for employees in the EB-2 category in hopes that fresh EB-2 cases will lift their EB-3 applications from the unthinkable backlogs they’ve faced for years.  But is … more

Filed Under: Department of State, EB-2, EB-3, Green Card, H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, Priority Dates, U.S. Embassies and Consulates, USCIS, Visa Bulletin | 20 Comments

H-1B Cap Count: USCIS’ Vermont Service Center Discloses Initial FY2011 H-1B Cap Usage Numbers

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is reporting that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received a total of 9,525 cap-subject H-1B petitions at its Vermont Service Center as of the close of business on Monday, April 5, 2010.  It should be noted that these preliminary numbers do not include FY2011 H-1B cap-subject cases received by the California Service Center (CSC).  For more info … more

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Immigration Authorities Play Hardball; Possible Removal for Terror Attack Widow and Criminal Convictions for CBP Officer and Immigration Attorney

The conventional wisdom is that a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill has no chance of passage unless Congress and the public are convinced that the Obama administration is serious about going after immigration violators. Perhaps that’s why the widow of a rabbi murdered in the Mumbai terrorist attacks finds herself subject to travel restrictions and possible removal after overusing her visitor’s visa by regularly … more

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