News Updates

CBP rolls out automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

22:49 01 October in News Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will cease issuing paper I-94 admission/departure records beginning April 30, 2013. Beginning April 30, 2013, U.S Customs and Border Protection will begin automating the I-94 process. Form I-94 provides nonimmigrants with proof that they have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. As part of the automation process, individuals traveling to the U.S. by air or sea will no longer complete or receive a paper I-94 document. Despite this change, USCIS will continue to require applicants to submit a paper copy of Form I-94 when requesting certain benefits. In addition, other government agencies such as State...

USCIS announces New Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

22:41 01 October in News Updates

USCIS announced today that they are publishing a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This new form (with a revision date of 3-8-2013) will have a 60 day implementation period during which time both the new and old form versions may be used. However, after May 7, 2013, only the new Form I-9 may be used. A new Form I-9 was proposed last year and USCIS received several thousand comments from the public regarding the proposed changes. The new Form I-9 is completely different than previous versions beginning with a significant change from one to two pages and the addition of...

Immigrant Reform: A Summary of Proposals

22:36 01 October in News Updates

Immigration Reform, Anyone? It was a busy week in immigration last week and it looks like it will continue in the coming weeks and months! Comprehensive Immigration Reform plans were announced by President Obama and by a bi-partisan group of eight Senators last week to "fix our broken immigration system". The "Gang of Eight" announced their plan on Monday, January 28th and President Obama announced his plan - very similar to the Group of Eight's - on Tuesday, January 29th. Also on January 29th another bi-partisan group of Senators introduced the Immigration Innovation (I²) Act of 2013 which focuses on the...

Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver – Final Rule Published

22:25 01 October in News Updates

The Department of Homeland Security posted in the Federal Register a final rule that will decrease the period of time U.S. citizens will be separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents) when such family members proceed with the process to apply for a visa to become U.S. permanent residents. This rule applies to certain individuals who must obtain a waiver of unlawful presence before completing the permanent resident process. The rule will permit certain individuals to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver prior to departing the United States for their immigrant visa ("green card") interview at a...

Immigrant Visas — Priority Dates and Predictions

19:49 17 September in News Updates

 IMMIGRANT VISAS PRIORITY DATES AND PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY The new federal fiscal year will begin on October 1, 2014, and with that comes the next infusion of immigrant visa numbers. These numbers will be applied to the quota backlogs, but the end availability remains impacted by current visa usage. What is a Priority Date? PRIORITY DATES/ IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2014: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-october-2014.html PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY   Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14071401 (posted September 11, 2014). The information is based on the discussion between Mr. Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State's...

Department of State Amends Fee Schedule for Consular Services

20:55 15 September in News Updates

Effective September 12, 2014, immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories will change. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, with the exception of immigrant visa application processing fees paid domestically to the National Visa Center (NVC), which will be effective as of the date of billing. Refunds are not available to applicants who paid a visa fee before September 12, 2014 and that fee decreased. Nonimmigrant Visa fees paid under the prior fee schedule will be accepted 90 days after the new fees go into effect, as follows: - Applicants...

Nonimmigrant Visa Issues for Investors and Entrepreneurs from Mexico

03:39 05 September in LAC Blog

In the economic environment following what many have dubbed "The Great Recession", the discussion regarding the costs and benefits of immigration continues with great passion adn occasionally vitriol from both sides. In the arena of skilled professionals, the debate centers on whether an employer's ability to hire the best and the brightest, regardless of nationality, truly increases U.S. competitiveness globally. This conversation extends to whether increasing the opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs and investors furthers U.S. economic interests. Opponents of such open market hiring practices charge that the facilitation of immigration for highly-skilled individuals robs U.S. workers of jobs, depresses their...