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H-1B Cap Hit for Fiscal Year 2013

June 13, 2012 | Blog | By Douglas Hauer

On June 12, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of June 11, 2012, a sufficient number of H-1B petitions had been received to fill the statutory cap of 65,000 for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 2013). USCIS also announced that the cap of 20,000 additional H-1B visas available for individuals who hold U.S. advanced degrees had also been reached.

Immigration Alert: H-1B Cap Update for FY 2013

June 7, 2012 | Blog | By Douglas Hauer

The annual supply of H-1B visas for the next fiscal year is almost exhausted. As of May 25, 2012, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that 48,400 H-1B petitions against the FY 2013 annual cap of 65,000 H-1B visas had been received.
On May 22, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of an electronic immigration benefits system, USCIS ELIS. This marks the first phase of the agency’s transition from paper-based filings to a more modern online process for filing and adjudicating applications for immigration benefits.

Arizona S.B. 1070’s Projected Impact

May 8, 2012 | Blog | By Douglas Hauer

We are waiting to see whether the Supreme Court will uphold Arizona’s controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070. This law contains a provision requiring law enforcement officials to inquire about the immigration status of any person they stop or arrest if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the United States unlawfully.

FORM I-9 PROPOSED CHANGES

May 2, 2012 | Blog

It is commendable that USCIS is finally revising Form I-9 to make the form and its instructions more user-friendly both to employers and employees.  Despite appearing to be straightforward, the current one-page form is fraught with peril.
On August 26, the Department of Justice reached a settlement with Kinro Manufacturing Inc. with regard to allegations that it “engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against work-authorized non-citizens in the employment eligibility verification process” by requiring certain new hires to provide proof of employment eligibility beyond that required by law.
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