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Category Archives: Immigration

Backlogs in Indian and Chinese Immigration Cases

Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 11/27/13) During a recent conversation with Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office provided the following information and updates regarding demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories. Please note that these notes are based on Mr. […]

What to Do If You Cannot Get a Birth Certificate

SECONDARY EVIDENCE IN LIEU OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE Review  the State Department’s website for  more information about acceptable birth certificates from your country of birth: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/reciprocity-by-country.html .  A birth certificate must show the following information: full name date of Birth both parents’ names the birth certificate must be the long-form, issued by the appropriate government agency, […]

Labor Department Criteria for PERM Audits and Supervised Recruitment

The Labor Department has provided a list of criteria it uses in determining which PERM applications to audit, or which will require supervised recruitment.

Calls For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Unanswered In 2013

To the dismay of advocates across the country, after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives never voted on the reform bill. Many Democratic members of Congress have urged President Obama to use his authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion and temporarily halt deportations.   Some background information […]

Family-Relative Immigration Taking Too Long

The Intolerable Delay for Relative Petitions I recently met with a prospective client.  The facts were not unusual: she was 35 years old, a U.S. citizen who is, and has been, living abroad, and she met somebody she wishes to marry.  With this decision comes a host of other major life decisions: how to introduce […]

H-1B Employees – What Happens in a Government Shutdown?

Once again, we face a possible government shutdown on October 1st, since the current continuing funding resolution expires on September 30th. The last threat of a government shutdown was in 2011 and the last actual shutdown occurred in 1995-1996. The issue, how government contractors must treat H-1B employees during a shutdown, is complicated by competing […]

Pointers for Automatic Visa Revalidation

AILA – CBP Liaison Practice Pointer: Automatic Visa Revalidation A nonimmigrant alien who has previously presented a visa for admission to the United States may sometimes be readmitted (a) in the same nonimmigrant classification as shown on an expired visa or (b) in a different nonimmigrant classification than shown on an expired or valid visa if […]

Developments in Immigration Reform – Spring 2013

  Here is our Spring 2013 newsletter, Developments in Immigration Reform, from Deutsch, Killea and Eapen

Legal Immigration Helps the U.S. Economy

Legal Immigration Helps the U.S. Economy   A Washington Post article indicates the potential benefits of increasing legal immigration to the U.S.

Applying for H-1B Visas in Canada – Warning

Pointer: Third Country Nationals (TCNs) Should Use Caution When Processing Non-Immigrant Visa Applications in Canada By Jerry Grzeca (Vice Chair), AILA Department of State Liaison Committee [April 2010] +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The Department of State Liaison Committee reminds AILA members and their third country national clients (TCNs) to use caution when considering applying for non-immigrant visas at […]

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