There is a new telephone scam whereby someone claiming to be a USCIS officer is calling people and getting personal information and credit card/bank account information. Apparently, they are using a technique so that the called ID shown is USCIS. Be warned, according to UCSIS if a real USCIS officer were to call you they would not ask for ANY payment information or personally identifiable information besides your name.
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USCIS has issued a memo implementing the US Supreme Court’s decision in overturning DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). In a statement, SecretaryNapolitano stated:
After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse
In determining your ability to file, USCIS will generally look at the legality of the marriage in the State or Country in which you were married, not at the legality in the State in which you live. Below is a link to the USCIS webpage which has some additional information. It should also be noted that Secretary Kerry also issued a statement that the DOS will be revising its policies to come in compliance as well.
The Department of State has once again released the demand data used to determine the July cut-off dates for the EB-2 and Eb-3 category. It is important to note that there are additional cases outside of these numbers that have not been counted (those who have already filed an I-485, for instance, are not included. Nether are any new cases that have been filed as of the cut-off date they have used (June 7, 2013) to determine the July Visa Bulletin).
Currently, the DOS lists the following demand in the EB-2 category (please note, this is cumulative demand as of January 1, 2013):
India: 43,100 cumulative demand
China: 5,100 cumulative demand
All Other: 200 cumulative demand
For the EB-3 category, the following is the demand (same dates):
All Other: 400
This will give you an idea as to why the July Visa Bulletin has the cut-off dates that it does.
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 India (January 22, 2003) and the Philippines (October 1, 2006)) the bigger news was the projected movement in the coming months. According to the DOS, China 2nd preference will move forward about 2 months, nothing major but good movement forward. However, for India, the DOS states as follows:
At this time it appears that the availability of “otherwise unused” Employment Second
preference numbers will allow for movement of this cut-off date in August and/or September. It is expected that such movement will generate heavy new applicant demand, primarily by those who are upgrading their status from the Employment Third preference category. A sustained level of heavy demand could impact the cut-off date at some point during fiscal year 2014.
Because other countries have not used up all their visas, they will start moving India forward, probably a good bit, but their prediction is that this will just exacerbate demand even more because the 3rd preference category is even more backlogged for India. as the new bulletins are published, I will post the new dates right here on this blog.
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 and of job opportunities. They also point to several studies that show that there is no correlation between immigration and unemployments in general, and minority unemployment specifically. In addition, they cite to data from the 2012 Current Population Survey that show that, for the most part, immigrants and native-born workers are not competing for the same jobs, thereby dispelling the myth that they are taking jobs from US workers. I think that the article is definitely worth reading for those interested in this topic.