Three High-Skilled Visa Bills Introduced into the House

On March 14, three bills were introduced into the House of Representatives relating to high-skilled visas. Rep. Smith (R-TX) introduced H.R. 5642 which would increase the numerical limitation with respect to H-1B non-immigrants for fiscal years 2008 and 2009. Rep….

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USCIS Announces Interim Rule on H-1B Visas

The USCIS announced a new interim rule today that would: Change from 2 days to 5 days the period of time during which cap-subject H-1Bs can be received to be included in any “lottery” that would occur if, as expected,…

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USCIS head, Emilio T. Gonzalez, Announces Resignation

On March 13, 2008, Director of USCIS, Emilio T. Gonzalez, announced his resignation. To read the story, click here. To read Michael Chertoff’s comments, from the Department of Homeland Security, click here. By Michelle Richart

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What Expect When You Apply to Naturalize

Individuals who are lawful permanent residents often consider whether or not they should apply for U.S. Citizenship through the naturalization process. This application process can see somewhat daunting and there are many things to know and consider before one applies…

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FBI Name Check Backlog May Clear Up in 6 Months!

According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), DHS Secretary Chertoff indicated that USCIS and the FBI are changing parts of the name check process, with the expected result that a large proportion of the backlog should be cleared within…

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Waiver of Two Year Foreign Residency Requirement for J-1 Visa Holders

Many J-1 Exchange Visitors are subject to the two-year home residency requirement. This requirement precludes these visitors from changing to many other nonimmigrant visa categories or adjusting to permanent resident status unless they have spent two years in their home…

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