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Advance Copy of FY2013 Refugee Numbers

"Fiscal Year 2013 Refugee Admissions Numbers and Authorizations of In-Country Refugee Status Pursuant to Sections 207 and 101(a)(42), Respectively, of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and Determination Pursuant to Section 2(b)(2) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, as Amended"...

Advance Copies of H-2A AEWRs for 2013

"The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce the 2013 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services...

Alina Das: 2013 LexisNexis® Matthew Bender® Daniel Levy Memorial Award Recipient!

LexisNexis® Matthew Bender® is pleased to announce that the 2013 honoree for the Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law is PROF. ALINA DAS . Alina Das, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law , Co-Director of the Immigrant...

Visa Bulletin for August 2013

"VISA AVAILABILITY FAMILY-sponsored: F2A: This category has become “Current” for August, and is expected to remain so for the next several months. This action has been taken in an effort to generate an increased level of demand. Despite the fact that there are large amounts of...

Visa Bulletin for September 2013

Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: August 12, 2013 "VISA AVAILABILITY FAMILY-sponsored: F2A: This category was made “Current” in an effort to generate new demand for the upcoming fiscal year. Information received during discussions with the National Visa Center and...

Visa Bulletin for October 2013

Visa Bulletin for October 2013

DACA Data as of Aug. 31, 2013

USCIS, Sept. 13, 2013.

September 2013 Consular Corner

The September 2013 issue of Liam Schwartz' informative and intriguing Consular Corner has surprises for all of us.

Visa Bulletin For November 2013

"It is important to remember that the establishment of a monthly cut-off or "Current" status for a numerically controlled category (preference or Diversity) applies to those applicants who were reported prior to the allocation of visa numbers for that month. For example, all qualified...

October 2013 Consular Corner

Liam Schwartz has sobering news regarding DV cases in the Ukraine in the October 2013 issue of Consular Corner .

Visa Bulletin For December 2013

"RETROGRESSION OF EMPLOYMENT CUT-OFF DATES The India Employment Second and Third preference category cut-off dates were advanced very rapidly at the end of fiscal year 2013. Those movements were based strictly on the availability of thousands of "otherwise unused" numbers which could...

Consular Corner's 'Best of FAM' 2013 - Liam Schwartz

"The sixteen volumes of the Foreign Affairs Manual ("FAM") set forth the responsibilities and authorities of each of the major components of the Department of State ("DOS" or "the Department"). Volume 9 of the FAM is dedicated to visa-related instructions and guidance...

The 2013 Nation of Immigrators Awards - The IMMIs Are Announced

"Hindsight, the armchair pundits say, is 20-20. The year 2013 has proven them wrong. The end-of-year's rear-view mirror onto the world of U.S. immigration shows impenetrable fog. Unsurprisingly, as filmgoers know, vapory views of the recent past tend to diminish the apparent significance...

TOP 10 POSTS ON THE INSIGHTFUL IMMIGRATION BLOG IN 2013

"Thank you for reading and supporting The Insightful Immigration Blog. Listed below are the top 10 most viewed blogs in 2013. We will continue to provide insightful commentary on contemporary immigration issues in 2014, and wish all of our supporters and well wishers a very happy New Year! While...

Report of the Visa Office 2013

Report of the Visa Office 2013 Fiscal Year 2013 data is preliminary and is subject to change. Any changes would not be statistically significant. Statistical Tables Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas Issued at Foreign Service Posts: Fiscal Years 2009 - 2013 Classes of Immigrants...

2013 State Immigration Legislation Report: NCSL

"State immigration legislation in 2013 seemed to shift in response to two federal actions in 2012, changing from a focus on immigration law enforcement measures to some expanded state benefits for immigrants. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. United States struck down several...

2013 OCAHO I-9 Penalty Trends: Bruce E. Buchanan

"The first thing that stands out about 2013 decisions from the Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) is that there was a major uptick in the number of substantive decisions – 30, up from 11 in 2012." - Bruce E. Buchanan, Jan. 23, 2014 .