ICE Targets 1000 Firms with I-9 Audit Notices

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it will notify 1,000 employers that it will audit their hiring records to determine compliance with employment eligibility verification laws.  These Notices of Inspection (NOIs) often request I-9 documentation, payroll records, copies of immigration filings, copies of Social Security Administration communications requesting corrections,...
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DOS Releases July 2011 Visa Bulletin

U.S. Department of State released the July 2011 Visa Bulletin. Here’s a breakdown of how things have changed since June. Employment-Based Category Two (EB-2): China – advanced close to 5 months India – advanced almost 5 months Employment-Based Category Three (EB-3): All Other Chargeability Areas – advanced close to 1 month China – advanced close to 3 months India – advanced 9...
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H-1B Cap Update – June 13, 2011

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B cap count as of June 13, 2011. Here are the most recent cap numbers: 1) Regular H-1B Cap: 15,200 and 2) U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 10,200. This represents only a small increase in H-1B numbers since the last update on May 25, 2011.  The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000 and the Advanced Degree cap is set at...
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National Initiative to Combat Immigration Services Fraud

The U.S. government unveiled  a multi-agency, nationwide initiative to combat immigration services scams. The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are leading this historic effort. This initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL), which occurs when legal advice and/or representation...
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USCIS Proposes Enhancements to the EB-5 Investor Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed significant enhancements to the administration of the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program, commonly referred to as the EB-5 Program—transforming the intake and review process for immigrant investors. The EB-5 Program makes 10,000 visas available annually to immigrant investors who invest in commercial enterprises that create at least 10...
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