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AILA Prevails in H-1B FOIA Litigation

"The reliability and fairness of our immigration system can be evaluated only if the government’s procedures and activities are transparent. The LAC regularly uses the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to increase transparency and promote accountability regarding DHS enforcement practices...

Excerpts from the June 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Centralized Filing and Adjudication for Certain Inadmissibility Waivers Beginning June 4, 2012, applicants abroad who have applied for certain visas and have been found ineligible by a U.S. consular officer can mail requests to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility directly to a USCIS lockbox...

H-1B Usage Undercount: FOIA

From Greg Siskind's blog on 9-21-12: "Attorney David Rubman in Chicago, Illinois has just shared with me the answer to a Freedom of Information Act request which definitively shows that USCIS has been undercounting H-1B usage by nearly 15% over the last five years. Approximately 45,000 too few...

CA7 on FOIA, H-1B Stats: Rubman v. USCIS

"H-1B visas allow U.S. companies to hire noncitizen workers with specialized skills. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“CIS”), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), is responsible for their issuance. David Rubman sent CIS a request...

News Excerpts From the May 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Finishes Data Entry for Cap-Subject H-1B FY17 Applications | USCIS announced on May 2 that it has finished data entry for cap-subject H-1B petitions. It will begin returning those not chosen in the lottery. Some petitions are being transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the California...

H-1B FOIA Fight Nets $150K Settlement From USCIS: Rubman v. USCIS

Rubman v. USCIS, May 25, 2016, Joint Stipulation of Dismissal -"1. Defendants agree to continue processing their response to Mr. Rubman’s May 10, 2012, FOIA request, which is assigned USCIS case number COW2012000535, in good faith and in accordance with the parties’ prior agreement,...