Tag: immigrationupdates

SC Decision Striking Down DOMA Creates a Green Card Path for Bi-National Same-Sex Spouses

In a historic decision today, the Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal benefits to lawfully wedded same-sex couples. The court declined to rule on the merits of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay

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July 2013 Visa Bulletin Is Out

 • EB-3 cut-off dates advance across the board — ranging from 1 week to 4 months (including CHINA – mainland born).  • EB-2 for mainland China also moved forward by 3 weeks, while still no movement for EB-2 India —

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Immigration This Week: The Week Before The Senate

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh On Monday, the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, S.744 will be up for debate on the full Senate floor.While some senators, including one of the bill’s author, Sen. Marco Rubio, do not believe that it will get

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Possible Visa Services Interruption Due To Protests Throughout Turkey

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey warns resident U.S. Citizens to take necessary precautions and be alert for potential violence due to ongoing public demonstrations throughout the country. The Embassy also announced that visa services for non-U.S. citizens may be

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Senate Judiciary Committee Moves Immigration Reform Bill to Senate Floor

By Tien-Li Loke Walsh After debating over 200 of the 300 proposed amendments to S. 744, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the Senate Judiciary Committee finally clears the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill for full Senate

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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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