Monthly Archives: April 2009

GOP TO “REBRAND”?

According to an article on cnn.com:  “Coming soon to a battleground state near you: a new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party and to counter President Obama’s characterization of Republicans as “the party of ‘no.’” Not a … Continue reading

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SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER DEFECTION TO DEMOCRATS GOOD FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM PROSPECTS

The last two attempts at Comprehensive Immigration Reform died in the US Senate.  As the issue resurges, and it repeatedly will until the current system is reformed, it is most helpful to have as many independent-minded supporters of CIR as possible … Continue reading

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UPDATED FY-2010 H-1B COUNT (4/27/09)

According to a USCIS Press Release:  “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced April 27, 2009 an updated number of filings for H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2010 program.”

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USCIS ISSUES INFORMATION ON SWINE FLU PREPAREDNESS

According to a USCIS Press Release:  “All USCIS offices remain open for business.  Customers should plan to attend all previously scheduled appointments, interviews and ceremonies unless they are feeling ill.” 

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USCIS REVISES DIRECT MAIL PROGRAM FOR FORM I-90

According to a USCIS Press Release:  “U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) published a Federal Register notice on April 28, 2009 that changed the filing location and filing instructions for the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90).”

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IS NOW A GOOD TIME FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM?

According to an interesting opinion piece by T. Alexander Aleinikoff that appeared on washingtonpost.com, there are several reasons why now might be an ideal time to re-introduce comprehensive immigration reform. On a related note, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected … Continue reading

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USCIS ACTING DIRECTOR DISCUSSES EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA WAIT TIMES

According to an entry by USCIS Acting Deputy Director Mike Aytes in the agency’s Leadership Journal:  “We attribute the increase in adjustment application filings to a couple things. First, customers’ anticipation of USCIS’ filing fee increase in July 2007. Second, … Continue reading

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JUDGE ORDERS USCIS TO REOPEN WIDOWS’ GREEN CARD CASES

According to the Associated Press:  “A federal judge tentatively ordered the Department of Homeland Security to reopen the cases of 22 people who were denied green cards because their American spouses died during the application process.” If this case leads … Continue reading

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USCIS UPDATE ON H-1B CAP-SUBJECT PETITIONS

According to a USCIS Press Release:  “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced an updated number of filings for H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2010 program.”

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DOL’S PERM iCERT LAUNCHED

According to the DOL:  “ICERT Portal – The new electronic portal was put in production on April 15, 2009. The legacy LCA tools will remain available for four weeks (until May 15, 2009) to allow time for a smooth transition.” … Continue reading

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