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USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today 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...

Approx. 124K H-1B Petitions Received

"For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the...

As House Clock Runs Out, Immigration Reform Looms

"Lawmakers have come under an unprecedented wave of lobbying from immigration-reform supporters on the right and left in recent days, keeping hopes for the legislation alive in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. A small legion of pro- reform business, religious and law-enforcement...

Will 2014 Be The Year For Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

"Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, believes an election year may work in favor a measure being passed. “There is obviously not enough time to pass immigration reform in 2013,” Nowrasteh said. “The Syrian crisis, Obamacare’s...

Visa Bulletin For January 2014

Visa Bulletin For January 2014 Number 64, Volume IX, CA/VO: December 11, 2013. View as Printer Friendly PDF

Advance Copy of 2014 H-2A AEWRs

"The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce the 2014 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services...

H-2A AEWRs for 2014

"The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce the 2014 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services...

Visa Bulletin For February 2014

Note: " MEXICO VISA AVAILABILITY MEXICO F2B: The level of demand during recent months has been extremely heavy, in particular for cases filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for adjustment of status processing. Therefore, it has been necessary to retrogress the February...

Visa Bulletin For March 2014

Visa Bulletin For March 2014 "... Continued heavy demand in the Mexico F2A category has resulted in the retrogression of this cut-off date to hold number use within the annual numerical limit. ..."

5 Reasons Why the EB-5 Program Will Flourish in 2014: Bernard P. Wolfsdorf

"This year, the EB-5 Immigrant Visa Category will be 24 years old. 2014 is also the Year of the Horse on the Chinese Zodiac, and the spirit of the horse embodies unremitting efforts to improve. Over the past two years, the EB-5 Program has undergone tremendous change, culminating in the issuance...

Farm Bill Mandates Immigration Checks for Food Stamps

H.R. 2642 / Public Law 113-79, Agriculture Act of 2014 , Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 649 TITLE IV--NUTRITION Subtitle A--Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program * * * SEC. 4015. MANDATING STATE IMMIGRATION VERIFICATION. Section 11 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2020) is amended by striking...

Advance Copy of 2014 H-2A Allowable Charges

"The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this Notice to announce (1) the allowable charges for 2014 that employers seeking H-2A workers may charge their workers when the employer provides three meals a day, and (2) the maximum travel subsistence...

Visa Bulletin For April 2014

Visa Bulletin For April 2014 "The www.travel.state.gov website has been redesigned and reorganized. The Visa Bulletin is now found under "Law and Policy" in the visas section of the website. Visitors to the website have several ways to access the Visa Bulletin. From the www.travel...

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2014

"USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. March 14, 2014 is the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2014. How We Determine the...

15 Journalists Chosen for Immigration Fellowship

"Fifteen journalists have been selected for a fellowship program that will focus on challenges faced by children in immigrant families and how government policy impacts their lives. The Institute for Justice and Journalism will conduct its annual “Immigration in the Heartland” program...

Visa Bulletin For May 2014

Department of State Publication 9514 CA/VO: April 9, 2014 "VISA AVAILABILITY DURING THE COMING MONTHS WORLDWIDE F2A: From early 2013 through September 2013, the level of demand for numbers in this preference category was extremely low. As a result, the F2A cut-off date was advanced at a very...

Visa Bulletin For June 2014

"RETROGRESSION OF JUNE CUT-OFF DATES WORLDWIDE F2A: The cut-off date for the Family F2A category was advanced at a very rapid pace during fiscal year 2013 in an effort to generate demand to use all numbers available under the annual limit. Those movements have resulted in a dramatic increase...

Visa Bulletin For July 2014

Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: June 9, 2014

Visa Bulletin For August 2014

"The China-mainland born Employment Third and Third Other Workers cut-off dates have advanced for the month of August, and could do so again for September. There are two reasons for this advance after the retrogression of the cut-off date earlier this summer: 1) The heavy demand by applicants with...

Visa Bulletin For September 2014

Visa Bulletin For September 2014 D. VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS INDIA Employment-based Second Preference: The use of potentially "otherwise unused" Employment numbers prescribed by Section 202(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) has allowed the India Employment...

Visa Bulletin For October 2014

"VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS - INDIA Employment-based Second Preference: Increased demand will require the retrogression of this cut-off date, possibly in November, to hold number use within the fiscal year 2015 annual limit." Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: September...

Visa Bulletin for November 2014

Visa Bulletin For November 2014 " INDIA EMPLOYMENT SECOND PREFERENCE Increased demand in the INDIA Employment-based Second preference category has required the retrogression of this cut-off date to hold number use within the fiscal year 2015 annual limit. VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING...

Visa Bulletin For December 2014

Department of State Publication 9514 CA/VO: November 7, 2014

The Immigration Year in Review: The 2014 IMMI Awards

"With slightly less giddy anticipation than the annual fan frenzy evoked by the Academy Awards, the nation awaits another hotly competitive yearly awards ceremony. Yes, Nation of Immigrators, it’s time to announce the 2014 winners and losers in dysfunctional immigration law and policy who’ve...