Author: Tien-Li Loke Walsh

May 2013 OSC Newsletter

The May 2013 issue of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices newsletter is now available. Inside this Issue: • OSC's Recent Enforcement Activities• OSC Partnerships with Fair Employment Practices Agencies• New FORM I-9• OSC's Recently

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Travel Tips For F-1s During Cap-Gap Extension

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh and AILA Students & Scholars Committee (Reposted. Original article by +AILA National) Now that USCIS has completed the H-1B lottery, many F-1 students who filed H-1B petitions and were accepted as part of the lottery are eligible for cap-gap

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Immigration Reform Bill Markup – Day 2

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh “[T]he most controversial measure is a proposal to expand the visa program for highly trained workers, known as the H-1B program. The provision would raise the annual cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000, with

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June 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out

 • EB-3 cut-off dates advance across the board — ranging from 1 week to 9 months (including CHINA – mainland born).  • EB-2 for mainland China also moved forward by 2 months, while still no movement for EB-2 India —

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U.S. Embassy in Libya Temporarily Suspends Immigrant Visa Services

"Important Notice:  Please be advised that Embassy Tripoli's Immigrant Visa services have been temporarily suspended.  Please monitor our website for information on resumption of service.  All Immigrant Visa services for Libyans resident in Libya are currently being processed by the

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USCIS Reminds Employers To Use Revised Form I-9

"The revision date of the new Form I-9 is printed on the lower left corner of the form. Employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for existing employees, however, if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file."

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No More Walk-In's for Immigrant Visa Applicants in Manila

"Beginning May 8, 2013, the Immigrant Visa Unit will no longer accept walk-in applicants without visa appointments.  Applicants with emergency needs (i.e., ageing out cases, visa correction requests, and expiring visas) will be allowed to come in on a case-by-case

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REMINDER: New Form I-9 Will Be Effective Beginning May 7, 2013

 Beginning May 7, 2013, employers are required to use the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (revision 03/08/13) for new hires. All previous versions of the Form I-9 will no longer be valid and must not be used after May

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2014 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Results Are Now Available

Beginning May 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014, entrants in the Diversity Visa 2013 program may check the status of their entries through the Entrant Status Check on the State Department (DOS) website at The Entrant Status Check is

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USCIS Transitions Payment of Immigrant Fee to ELIS

"USCIS is moving the existing online payment for the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). Customers will soon pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee using USCIS ELIS after they receive their immigrant visa package from the

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