Category: Updates

Immigration updates from the government.

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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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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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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