Author: Tien-Li Loke Walsh

Automated Form I-94 Begins Today

Beginning today, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will start automating its arrival and departure processand eliminating the paper Form I-94 Departure Record cards for air and sea travelers at select pilot air and sea ports-of-entry (complete implementation timeline is available

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Update on Receipt Notices for FY2014 H-1B Cap Cases

Via +AILA National: "USCIS has started the data entry process for H-1B petitions selected in the lottery. Premium processing cases are being handled first and data entry for those cases should be completed by April 15. USCIS announced on March

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Draft of the Immigration Reform Bill is Here

The outline of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 from the Senate's 'Gang of Eight' was made available today. We'll take a closer look and share our notes with you.  We would love to hear your

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Updated Data on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Today, USCIS published an updated report on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) data, which indicates an approval rate of roughly 50%. The report indicates that as of March 31, 2013, USCIS has received a total of 488,782. Of which 472,004

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May 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out

• EB-3 cut-off dates advance across the board — ranging from 1 week to over 7 months (CHINA – mainland born). • EB-2 for mainland China also moved forward by 1.5 months, while still no movement for EB-2 India —

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USCIS Reminders When Filing Form I-539

USCIS reminds applicants to make sure that they submit the required initial evidence when filing Form I-539 by mail or online. For applicants who are currently holding B-2 status and are seeking to extend their stay, USCIS stresses out the

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USCIS Clarifies New Form I-9 Effective Date

UPDATE (Practice Pointer): While USCIS' FORMS website indicates that "older forms dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09 will be accepted until May 7, 2013. After May 7, 2013, only the 03/08/13 will be accepted," (as we posted earlier) today's USCIS Federal Register

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124,000 H-1B Petitions Received by USCIS within 5 Days

"USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as a “lottery”) to select a sufficient number of

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USCIS to Implement Customer Identity Verification at Field Offices

In addition to the standard biometric data requirement for applicants and petitioners requesting immigration benefits, USCIS will take another set of fingerprints and photograph that will be uploaded to the US-VISIT's (United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) Secondary

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Yes, The H-1B Madness is Back!

For the first time in 5 years, USCIS has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated H-1B cap within the first week of the filing period. #H1B    #immigrationupdates USCIS – USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap USCIS Reaches FY

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