July Visa Bulletin Released: India 2nd Preference may Progress In the Coming Months

The Department of State recently released the July visa bulletin. While forward movement for the coming month was small or non-existent (1st preference remains current for all countries, 2nd preference is current for all but India (Sept. 1, 2004) and China (August 8, 2008), 3rd preference is at January 1, 2009 for all countries except

Immigration and the Economy: Myths and Facts

Below is a link to an article from the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council which goes through many of the myths about Immigration and the economy and explains why they are incorrect. For the most part, immigration actually helps our economy, does not depress wages, and actually stimulates growth of the economy

Big Case for TPS holders decided in 6th Circuit

Just the other day the 6th Circuit Court of appeals overturned the denial of an Adjustment of Status application filed on behalf of a TPS holder. The TPS recipient had entered the US illegally, but had a US Citizen wife. The couple filed an I-130 (family based petition) and I-485 (application to adjust status). While

USCIS begins returning H-1B applications not Selected in Lottery

USCIS has begun returning H-1B application for cases that were not lucky enough to be picked for the random audit. If you do not recall, USCIS received more application in the first week of H-1B availability than it had visas for. Therefore, USCIS pooled all applications received during the first 5 business days and conducted

June Visa Bulletin Out

The June Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State.  EB-2 numbers for India remain at Sept. 1, 2004.  This is in line with the predictions of the DOS that these numbers would not progress at all for India in the near future.   For China the date is now July 15, 2008.

New I-9 Forms for employers

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/7449501/?claim=cu2hrptenhq”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> USCIS has issued a new I-9 form for employers to use when checking that their workers are eligible to work.  The form goes into effect tomorrow, May 7th.   (Here is a link to the form: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=31b3ab0a43b5d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD).  Most importantly USCIS has made clear that the section 1 of the form,

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Goodlatte held Press Conference on Immigration Reform

Rep. Goodlatte (R) held a press conference this morning regarding immigration reform efforts underway in the Senate.  While he stated that he welcomed such efforts, he also stated that the House Judiciary committee would be looking at Immigration differently.  The House will be dividing the legislation into separate bills so that Representatives can review and look at each aspect

Immigration Reform: Important but still in Progress

It is important to keep in mind that the bill introduced in the Senate the other day is just that, a bill.   Until it is passed by both the House and Senate and signed by the President, it is not the law.  While it is somewhat instructive to discuss what is in the bill,