Immigration News Flashes - 2005

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December 2005

December 28, 2005   Update on Immigrant Visa Number Availability
December 16, 2005   January 2005 Visa Bulletin
December 16, 2005   Current Cap Count for Non-Immigrant Worker Visas
December 14, 2005   USCIS Issues Memorandum on New Policies for Affidavit of Support
December 14, 2005   ETA to Centralize Processing with Closing of Four Regional Offices
December 14, 2005   House to Review Immigration Enforcement Legislation

November 2005

November 14, 2005   Less Than Three Weeks Left to Apply for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2007)
November 3, 2005   Byrd Amendment Defeated
November 3, 2005   US Citizens Resident in Canada Can Avoid Processing Delays for Family Based Sponsorship
November 3, 2005   DOL Offers Explanation of the BEC Processing Procedures

October 2005

October 28, 2005   USCIS Releases Updated Numbers of H-2B Availability for Fiscal Year 2006
October 28, 2005   USCIS Adopts AAO Decision Providing Further Guidance on AC21
October 28, 2005   USCIS Announces Adoption of AAO Decision on H-1B and L-1 Recapture of Time Spent Outside the U.S.
October 27, 2005   USCIS Releases Updated Numbers of H-1B Availability Under Master's Degree Cap Exemption
October 25, 2005   Senate Subcommittee on Immigration's Request to USCIS to Recapture Chilean and Singaporean Numbers for Fiscal Year 2005 is Rejected
October 24, 2005   InfoPass System Currently Not Working
October 20, 2005   Senate Markup of Immigration Provisions New H-1B Numbers and Permanent Residence Numbers One Step Closer
October 19, 2005   U.S. Embassy in Mexico Announces New Visa Appointment Procedures for Third Country Nationals
October 17, 2005   Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Releases Form to Distinguish Travelers' Names from Watch Lists
October 14, 2005   Vermont Service Center
October 14, 2005   "Comprehensive Immigration Reform II" Hearing on October 18, 2005
October 14, 2005   More News on Retrogression - Keeping the Business Community in the Loop

September 2005

September 29, 2005   Guest-Worker Plan to Reduce Illegal Immigration
September 29, 2005   REMINDER: Special Registration
September 29, 2005   Immigration Filing Fee Adjustments
September 15, 2005   Retrogression for Employment Based Immigrant Visa Categories
September 9, 2005   Update From DOS And DHS on Visa Issues Related to Hurricane Katrina Including Guidance for Exchange Visitors and Students
September 7, 2005   New E-3 Visa for Australians
September 7, 2005   DHS Waives I-9 Requirement for 45 Days for Victims of Hurricane Katrina
September 2, 2005   Presidential Nominee For the New Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services
September 2, 2005   The H1B Quandry: My H1B Is Subject to the Cap and Was Filed on August 10. 2005 - Now What?
September 2, 2005   CBP and DOS Issue Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Passport Requirements

August 2005

August 31, 2005   Department of Labor Policy Shifts and Re-shifting
August 29, 2005   Update on Department of Labor and the Backlog Processing Centers
August 23, 2005   USCIS Headquarters confirms H1B numbers still available for U.S. Masters Graduates
August 17, 2005   U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Additional Changes to the Rules Governing the Permanent Labor Certification Process
August 12, 2005   USCIS Reaches FY2006 H-1B Cap

August 5, 2005

  H-1B Cap Update

July 2005

July 25, 2005   H-1B Visas Still Available for Advanced Degree Holders
July 25, 2005   Department of State Opens Worldwide Business Visa Center
July 25, 2005   EB1/EB2 Visa Numbers Still Available, EB3 Visa Numbers Remain Unavailable
July 21, 2005   DOL Issues Additional Instructions for Key Labor Certification Programs
July 21, 2005   The Department of Labor Provides Initial Guidance on Filing Procedures for the New E-3 Worker Visa Program

June 2005

June 27, 2005   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Provides Update on H-1B and H-2B Fiscal Year Quota Usage and Availability at the AILA Conference
June 20, 2005   State Department Announces Employment- Based Third Preference Visa Unavailability

June 9, 2005

  Machine Readable Passport Required for Visa Waiver Countries

May 2005

May 25, 2005   USCIS Announces Update Regarding New H-1B Exemptions
May 25, 2005   USCIS Instructions on Filing for Additional H-2Bs
May 20, 2005   Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Introduced

April 2005

April 25, 2005   Act Providing Short-Term H-2B Relief Passes in Senate
April 21, 2005   Update On the H-1B Cap Exemption

April 21, 2005

  Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
April 15, 2005   Probable Unavailability of Employment-Based Third Preference Other Worker Category

March 2005

March 16, 2005   Update On the Implementation Of the H-1B Visa Reform Act

February 2005

February 24, 2005   PERM Conversion
February 16, 2005   Backlog Reduction Centers

January 2005

January 25, 2005   New DOL Locations
January 5, 2005   H-2B Cap Reached on 1/03/05