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The Supreme Court Issues Initial Consent With Portions of Arizona’s State Immigration Law

The U.S. Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it will uphold controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law, namely a requirement that law enforcement officers check the immigration status of persons under suspicion of being unlawfully present in the U.S. What’s become a divisive issue in the 2012 presidential campaign, both conservative and liberal justices who heard oral […]

Affect of U.S. Government shut-down on the H-1B program

The U.S. Government shutdown is affecting U.S. DOL processes, including the administration of the iCert system. Since the beginning of the shut-down, iCert users have not been able to access the government’s system for the preparation and filing of ETA-9035 labor Condition Applications (LCA). USCIS has issued a guidance memo that suggests the agency will […]

USCIS Immigrant Fee Effective February 1, 2013

USCIS announced that foreign nationals who seek permanent residence in the United States and receive an immigrant visa will need to pay a USCIS Immigrant Fee beginning February 1, 2013. The new fee of $165 was established in USCIS’ final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions announced on Sept. 24, 2010. USCIS has […]

H-2B Program Temporarily Suspended as of March 22, 2013

11th Circuit Affirms Injunction that Challenges the 2012 H-2B Final Rule (.pdf 491 KB) The 11th Circuit Court has affirmed an injunction that prevents U.S. DOL from enforcing the 2012 H-2B final rule. The 11th Circuit found no error in the district court’s decision pertaining to Plaintiffs’ merit of success. (see Bayou Lawn & Landscape […]

Policy Memo Expanding Guidance of Adjustments of Status of VWP applicants (PM-602-0093)

Policy memorandum issued by USCIS-Washington that provides adjudication guidance with respect to I-485 Applications to Adjust Status, filed by immediate family members of U.S. citizens who last entered the U.S. under the ESTA (VWP) program. Generally, VWP entrants may not adjust status under the INA, except in limited circumstances where the underlying Petition for Alien […]