Experiences at the Airport and Ports of Entry

Has your foreign national colleague or employee encountered problems with the Customs and Border Protection at the airport or at the port of entry? How do you deal with a rude, unresponsive and intransient officer? The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has now embraced the philosophy that “complaints are to be viewed as […]

News Update: Emergent Alert

We have just received information from the American Immigration Lawyers Association that the Consular Consolidated Database, the Department of State system for issuing visas, has encountered significant performance issues, including outages since Saturday, July 19. This computer system is the backbone of the consular processing procedures as it approves, records and prints the visas. Because […]

News Update: L-1 USCIS Site Visits

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently acknowledged that its fraud detection and national security division will be making unannounced pre- and post-adjudication site visits at L-1 intracompany transferee petitioners. I believe the expansion of their verification program is a direct result of the Office of Inspector General’s report published in August 2013 listing many […]

News Update: Governmental Agencies Communicating

The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced that before they will be issuing a valid driver’s license to a foreign national they will need verification from the USCIS SAVE verification process program of the individual’s legal status in the U.S. A problem has arisen when the […]

News Update: Encountering L Petition Problems

At the request of a number of senators and congressmen, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has reviewed the L intra-company transferee visas… At the request of a number of senators and congressmen, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has reviewed the L intra-company transferee visas issued over the past 10 years and has found […]

News Update: Reported Phone Scam

Reported USCIS Phone Scam The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced that they are aware of a telephone scam where applicants and petitioners are being contacted by phone. Apparently, the scammers have obtained a list of petitioners and applicants and have spoofed the caller ID system so it appears that the […]

News Update: Proposed Increase in Fines

Recently, the U.S. Senate voted out of the Judiciary Committee proposed new legislation which will significantly increase penalties upon employers… Recently, the U.S. Senate voted out of the Judiciary Committee proposed new legislation which will significantly increase penalties upon employers for paperwork violations and for knowingly hiring undocumented workers. The civil fine for knowingly hiring […]

News Update: H-1B Cap Update

H-1B Cap Update Between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013, USCIS received approximately 124,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions. On April 7, 2013, USCIS conducted a lottery to select a sufficient number of petitions for the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. USCIS conducted the lottery for […]

News Update: FY 2014 H-1B Cap Reached

FY 2014 Annual H-1B Cap Reached USCIS announced this afternoon that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the H-1B cap for the 2014 fiscal year. The final day for petitions to be accepted was Friday, April 5, 2013 for both the regular cap and the U.S. Master’s cap. All H-1B petitions received after […]

News Update: Validity of Non-immigrant Visas

Validity of Non-immigrant Visas Recently, the U.S. State Department has changed the period of validity for various nonimmigrant visas when the alien is the citizen of a country that reciprocates and grants extended stays to U.S. citizens. However, it is imperative that the alien and their employer understand that the visa is actually only valid […]