Syrian TPS Effective March 29, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the United States may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  Details and procedures for applying for TPS are provided in the Federal Register notice published today and are available atwww.uscis.gov/tps. On March 23, 2012,...
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USCIS To Begin Accepting New H-1B Cases on April 2, 2012

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 cap on Monday April 2, 2012. The congressionally mandated numerical limitation on H-1B petitions for FY 2013 is 65,000.  Additionally, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher are...
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Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Nationals

On March 23, 2012, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) head Janet Napolitano said the following in a Press Release: “In light of the deteriorating conditions in Syria, I am announcing that DHS will be designating Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians currently present in the United States. Conditions in Syria have worsened to the point where Syrian nationals already in...
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DOS Predicts EB-2 Retrogression

This is from the American Immigration Lawyers Association: On March 16, 2012, at the AILA Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago, Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Visa Control and Reporting at DOS, informed participants that he will likely retrogress India and China-mainland born Employment-Based Second Preference priority dates to around August 2007, effective with either the May or June 2012 Visa...
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DOS Releases April 2012 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its April 2012 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status application or consular process at a U.S. Embassy.  Foreign nationals can file the adjustment application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS in the Visa...
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