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Visa Bulletin for October 2014

15:18 02 October in News Updates

Number 73 Volume IX Washington, D.C. A. STATUTORY NUMBERS. 1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during October. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible, in chronological order of reported priority dates, for demand received by September 8th. If not all demand could be satisfied, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the...

Visa Bulletin for September 2014

15:16 02 October in News Updates

Number 72 Volume IX Washington, D.C. A. STATUTORY NUMBERS. 1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during September. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible, in chronological order of reported priority dates, for demand received by August 12th. If not all demand could be satisfied, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the...

Visa Bulletin for August 2014

15:14 02 October in News Updates

Number 71 Volume IX Washington, D.C. A. STATUTORY NUMBERS. 1. This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during August. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible, in chronological order of reported priority dates, for demand received by July 8th. If not all demand could be satisfied, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the...

DOMA – Update on the Implementation of the Supreme Court’s Decision

14:59 02 October in News Updates

As we continue to follow the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the impact of that decision on U.S. immigration, we wanted to advise our clients of recent guidance issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) on this topic. The USCIS recently released updated FAQs -- http://www.uscis.gov/family/same-sex-marriages. We would like to highlight the following Q&A present within the USCIS FAQs which indicates that in addition to immigrant filings for same-sex spouses, nonimmigrant dependent filings (e.g., H-4, L-2, etc.) are...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Passes the Senate!

14:51 02 October in News Updates

On Thursday, June 27, 2013 the United States Senate passed S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," (Comprehensive Immigration Reform) with a vote of 68-32. With the passage of this bill, the Senate has moved the United States in the direction of immigration reform that is vital to businesses, the economy, and immigrant families. In response to the vote, President Obama issued a statement, lauding the Senate's action: Today, the Senate did its job. It's now up to the House to do the same. As this process moves forward, I urge everyone who cares about this issue to keep...

Defense of Marriage Act – How Does the Supreme Court’s Decision Impact Immigration?

14:48 02 October in News Updates

On June 26, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Section 3 defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court's decision affirmed that the federal government does not have any legitimate reason to discriminate against married couples based on their sexual orientation. Department of Homeland Security's Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a press release stating "Today's historic decision means that our immigration system must stop treating gay and lesbian families differently than other families. "I applaud today's Supreme Court decision in...

Trusted Traveler Programs Can Reduce Your Travel Stress

14:46 02 October in News Updates

If you are a frequent international traveler, you may benefit from enrollment in one of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Traveler programs. The Trusted Traveler programs allow CBP to pre-screen the traveler resulting in expedited admission for the traveler and allowing CBP to focus its time and attention on higher-risk travelers. Each of the Trusted Traveler programs require a thorough background check and an application fee, and exclude anyone with even a minor criminal, immigration or customs violation. For those enrolled, participation can significantly reduce a person's travel time. For example, at the San Ysidro, California land border port of...

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? Tips to Successfully Manage the Corporate Immigration Process

08:07 02 October in LAC Blog

It is not uncommon for our clients to reach out to us and ask for guidance on how best to internally manage the immigration process for its foreign national employees. Some of our clients are just venturing down this path for the first time and others are struggling to manage the internal demands of a growing immigration need within their companies. As a result, we thought it might be helpful to provide some general guidance on the challenges and the best practices we see on daily basis from the interaction with our clients which range in size from small startups...

Lottery Completed – 172,000 H-1B Petitions Received

08:04 02 October in News Updates

SCIS Announces 172,000 Cap Subject H-1B Petitions were received in the first week filing was permitted.  Lottery Completed. Cases selected in the lottery:  LAC will forward the receipt notice for any petitions selected in the lottery to the employee (via the employer) as soon as it is received. Cases not selected in the lottery:  H-1B petitions that are not selected in the lottery will be returned to counsel with the government filing fees.  We will notify impacted clients upon receipt of the returned petitions, and promptly refund the USCIS filing fees to the employer. Timeline for lottery notifications:  USCIS has not provided a...

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the 2015

08:02 02 October in News Updates

April 1, 2014 marks the opening date of the filing window for H-1B petitions seeking a FY2015 cap or quota number.  USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the 2015 H-1B cap starting Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The H-1B quota limitations are as follows: Regular cap (Bachelor's degree):    58,200 Regular cap, Citizen of Chile:           1,400 Regular cap, Citizen of Singapore:   5,400 Master's cap (Master's degree or higher from a U.S. University):   20,000 Background: You may recall that on the first day the filing window opened for 2013 (FY2014), the H-1B quota limitations were met which triggered the lottery provision.  This provision requires the USCIS to allow employers...