Immigration News Flashes - 2007

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December 2007

December 24, 2007   Labor Certification Approvals Are Now Time Limited and Time Sensitive
December 21, 2007   Increased Fees for Visas to the United States in the New Year

December 7, 2007   New Document Requirements for Travelers Beginning January 31, 2008
December 6, 2007   Department of Justice Appeals No-Match Injunction

December 4, 2007    Changes in FBI Name Checks

November 2007

November 27, 2007
  Department of Homeland Security Backing-Off from the No-Match Rule
November 26, 2007   Employers Must Begin Using New Employment Eligibility Verification Form by December 26, 2007
November 21, 2007   December Visa Bulletin Shows Retrogression for EB2 China and India Categories
November 16, 2007   Reminder: First Labor Certification Expiration Deadline
November 16, 2007   SSA's No-Match Letters Not Expected to be Sent Until 2008
November 8, 2007   Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Is Now Available
November 5, 2007   Changes to the USCIS Rule on Travel for H and L Nonimmigrants With Pending I-485 Adjustment of State Applications

November 5, 2007  

Clarification regarding the Publication and Implementation of Amended I-9 Form

 November 1, 2007   Publication and Implementation of Revised and Updated I-9 Form is Imminent

October 2007

October 31, 2007  

Dream Act Fails in Senate

October 30, 2007   USCIS Announces New Naturalization Test

October 26, 2007   Watch Out! Proposed Increases in H-1B Filing Fees

October 10, 2007   No Match Rules Successfully Enjoined from Taking Effect
October 3, 2007   USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2008
October 1, 2007   TRO Extended on No-Match Rules

September 2007

September 24, 2007   A Patchwork of Immigration Ordinances Launched Across the Country
September 17, 2007
  Federal Lawsuit Challenges the DHS' Final Rule on "No-Match" Letters
September 17, 2007
  Federal Lawsuit Challenges Arizona Employer Sanctions Law
September 17, 2007
  Federal Judge Issues a Delay in Immigration Enforcement Rules


August 2007

August 24, 2007
  Projecting Forward to October 2007 EB Immigrant Visa Cutoff Dates
August 23, 2007
  Proposed Rule for Green Card Replacement
August 20, 2007   My Immigration Application was Filed Two Months Ago, Why Don't I Have a Receipt from USCIS?
August 16, 2007
  Employment Preference VISA Availability for September
August 12, 2007   Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division of DHS Issues Final Social Security Number No-Match Enforcement Regulation

August 10, 2007   Georgia Weighs in on Immigration Debate by Imposing Stringent Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements on Public Employers and Contractors

August 10, 2007   Announcement Impacting Employers Made Today by the Department of Homeland Security

August 10, 2007   FBI Security Checks Taking Too Long?

August 9, 2007   Illinois Takes a Stand Against the Basic Pilot Program

August 9, 2007   How Is It Working For You? The CIS Ombudsman’s Community Call-In Teleconference Series

August 2007   Department of Homeland Security Issues FINAL Regulations on Social Security Number No-Match Letters

July 2007

July 2007  

Federal Minimum Wage Increase to Take Effect July 24

July 30, 2007   Fee Increase for Immigration Benefits Applications and Petitions
July 26, 2007   Hazelton Struck Down

July 17, 2007   Urgent Update to our Clients on Adjustment of Status Applications
July 6, 2007   Final No-Match Regulation Imminent
July 3, 2007
  USCIS Announces Update on Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Processing
July 2, 2007
  Adjustment of Status Fiasco


June 2007

June 29, 2007
  Immigration Update from Laura Reiff
June 29, 2007   Senators Vote to Defeat the Comprehensive Immigration Bill
June 15, 2007
  Update on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
June 8, 2007   Immigration Reform Bill On Hold For Now
June 7, 2007   Update on Pending Immigration Reform Bill
June 4, 2007   USCIS Published Final Rule on Increased Filing Fee

May 2007

May 18, 2007   Update for Employers on Form I-9
May 17, 2007   DOL Regulation May 17, 2007: Terminates Substitution on Labor Certification Applications, Introduces New Expiration of Labor Certifications; and Bans Sale and Certain Payments of Labor Certifications
May 16, 2007   Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate in the U.S. Senate
May 16, 2007   Update On Upcoming Senate Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
May 15, 2007   Huge Advances in Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Numbers
May 10, 2007
  International Visitors Are No Longer Required to Use US-Visit Exit Kiosks When They Depart the U.S.

April 2007

April 13, 2007
  Verify Non-U.S. Master’s Degree Cap-Subject H-1B Approvals
April 6, 2007
  Recent Draft of White House Immigration Reform
April 3, 2007
  USCIS Reaches FY 2008 H-1B Cap--What Now?
April 2, 2007
  H-1B Cap Met On First Day - We Go To A Lottery

March 2007

March 29, 2007
  More ICE Raids
March 27, 2007   Introduction of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill in the House of Representatives (STRIVE ACT)
March 22, 2007
  H-2B Visa Program Closed for Fiscal Year
March 22, 2007   EWIC Applauds Bi-Partisan Effort on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
March 19, 2007   USCIS Transfers I-485s to NSC and TSC
March 19, 2007   FY 2008 H-1B Quota
March 2, 2007
  Update From the Hill

February 2007

February 20, 2007
  States Take a Harsh Stance on Immigration:  Colorado Passes the Strictest Immigration Laws in the Country
February 13   ICE Selects Charter IMAGE Companies


February 7   Employers Beware- DOL is Looking to Charge a Fee for Applications for Alien Labor Certification
February 1   Elimination of Labor Certification Rule is Moved to the OMB


February 1   Increase in USCIS Fees

January 2007

January 25   USCIS Warning of Guest Worker Fraud


January 25   Department of State Announces an Immediate End to Direct Filing of Alien Relative Petitions at All U.S. embassies and Consulates
January 17   Reminder: Passport Requirement for Air Travel Begins January 23


January 12   USCIS Makes it Easier to Report Address Changes Online


January 01   Visa Retrogression - What Lies Ahead?