June 2016 Global Immigration Update

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REFUGEES AND RELATED BENEFITS: AN OVERVIEW – This article provides an overview of recent developments with respect to refugees and the benefits granted to them. Country Updates CANADA – Several developments have been announced. ITALY – Several developments have been announced. RUSSIA – The Federal Migration Service of Russia has been reorganized. TURKEY – The European Commission has proposed visa-free …

JUNE 2016 – IMMIGRATION UPDATE

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USCIS, DOS Launch e-Approval for H-2A Petitions – USCIS and DOS announced the launch of e-Approval for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for the H-2A (temporary agricultural worker) classification. USCIS Will Now Use Pre-Paid Mailers To Send H-2A Receipt Notices – Coinciding with the launch of e-Approval, USCIS has begun using pre-paid mailers provided by petitioners to send …

May 2016 Global Immigration Update

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REFUGEES AND RELATED BENEFITS: AN OVERVIEW – This article provides an overview of recent developments with respect to refugees and the benefits granted to them. CANADA – Many are being caught unprepared by new primary inspection tools. ITALY – Several developments have been announced. RUSSIA – The Federal Migration Service of Russia has been reorganized. TURKEY – The European Commission …

Mid-April 2016 Immigration Update

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USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap – As expected, USCIS has quickly reached the H-1B cap for FY 2017. USCIS also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date on which it will conduct the random …

April 2016 Immigration Update

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USCIS Finalizes Guidance on ‘Same or Similar’ Occupations and Job Portability – USCIS has finalized guidance on determining whether a new job is in the “same or similar” occupational classification with respect to job portability. USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2016 – USCIS announced it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the H-2B …

FEBRUARY 2010 IMMIGRATION UPDATE

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1. USCIS Releases Tips on Filing I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker On January 21, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a Q&A on ways to ensure that an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140) will not be rejected. Some tips include: •    Use the most current edition of the form, although older editions may be accepted. …

Mid-January 2010 Newsletter

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1. USCIS Issues Controversial Memo on Determining Employer-Employee Relationships for Adjudication of H-1B Petitions The memo states that a lack of guidance clearly defining what constitutes a valid employer-employee relationship has raised problems. 2. SSA Fails To Verify 19 Percent of New Hires In a recent 18-month period, the Social Security Administration (SSA) failed to verify the Social Security Numbers …