AILA Issues Summary of the Senate Immigration Bill

Last week, the bipartisan group of Senators known as the “Gang of Eight” introduced S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”  Soon thereafter, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued an 8-point summary of the bill.  This just scratches the surface, but here are a few things AILA says S.744 would...
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USCIS Update on H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS has started the data entry process for H-1B petitions selected in the lottery. Premium processing cases are being handled first and data entry for those cases has been completed. At the AILA Spring CLE conference on April 12, 2013, Donald Neufeld, Associate Director of the Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Directorate, said that data entry for non-premium processing cases will begin after...
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USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2014 H-1B Cap

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap...
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USCIS Extends Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

The USCIS announced its intention to automatically extend employment authorization documents (EADs) for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through Sept. 30, 2013.  The six-month automatic extension of existing EADs will permit eligible Liberians to continue working in the United States while they file their applications for new EADs that will cover the full 18...
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