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August Visa Bulletin

July 14, 2010|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

The August 2010 Visa Bulletin has been posted.  EB-3 and unskilled workers jumped ahead 1 year.  There were also some big jumps in Family based visas.  For more information click here.

Stephen Colbert Highlights Need for Reform

July 8, 2010|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Comedian Stephen Colbert and the United Farm Workers of America are working together on a campaign to show  the need for more visas for foreign national agrigultural workers and for immigration reform in general with their campaign at  takeourjobs.org.  To read more about their...

Foreign Workers and Employers Requirements

July 7, 2010|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

Last week, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari to the Legal Arizona Workers Act, an Arizona state law prohibiting employers from knowingly or intentionally employing an unauthorized immigrant.   The petitioners allege that the Arizona statute is unlawful because it is...

USCIS Proposed Fee Changes

July 7, 2010|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing fee changes for certain immigration benefit applications and petitions and is currently seeking public comment.  USCIS is required to reevaluate its fee structure every two years.  According to USCIS the purpose of the...

New I-551 card design

June 25, 2010|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

On May 11, 2010 the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service announced the new design of the I-551; Permanent Resident Card or "green card." The card or document serves as identification for millions of United States Lawful Permanent Residents and is immeasurably valuable to those who...

Immigration: The Key to a Booming, Green Economy

June 25, 2010|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

If there is one thing on which economists, analysts, and researchers seem to agree, it is this: Immigration is essential to keeping American business at the top of the international business market, especially in the energy and engineering sectors. Indeed, even some politicians, such as New York's...

Immigration: The Key to a Green Economy

June 25, 2010|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

A recent report published by the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council, authored by Richard T. Herman and Robert L. Smith, Why Immigration Can Drive the Green Economy, discusses how the connection between immigration and the development and commercialization of alternative...

American Immigration Lawyers Association Submits Amicus Brief Challenging the Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

June 17, 2010|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

On June 15, 2010, the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA"), submitted an amicus brief to the District Court in Arizona challenging the implementation of Arizona's SB-1070 anti-immigrant law. The brief challenges Arizona's ability to implement the law in a way that avoids discrimination...

USCIS Updates the Number of H-1Bs that have been Filed Under Fiscal Year 2011

June 15, 2010|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Each year, beginning on October 1st, USCIS releases 65,000 H-1B visas for individuals seeking to enter the U.S. to assume professional positions. 20,000 of the 65,000 are reserved for individuals who obtained a Masters Degree or higher from a U.S. University. Companies who are seeking H-1B workers...

Newly updated E-Verify employer web interface

June 15, 2010|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

USCIS has launched a totally redesigned employer web interface for the E-Verify Program. E-Verify allows participating employers to verify employment eligibility electronically. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas says that the new web interface "provides employers more streamlined access and offers...

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