Immigration News Flashes - 2008

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December 2008

December 30   H-2A Update

December 24   US Chamber of Commerce Lawsuit Update

December 23   USCIS Revises I-9 Process

December 23   IFCO Systems to Pay $20.7 Million in Settlement Claims

December 23   H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Program: Steamlined Procedures

December 12   USCIS Revises I-9 Form

December 11   ICE Arrests 16 in Idaho

December 11   Farm Managers Indicted on Federal Charges in Hawaii

December 11   Defense Department Authorizes Military Recruitment of Nonimmigrants

December 9   No-Match Rule Litigation Update

November 2008

November 17   DHS Publishes Notice Regarding Required Use of ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)

November 7   Boston Military Goods Manufacturing Company Pleads to Harboring and Mail Fraud

November 3   Romania Signs U.S. Visa Waiver Program Interim Declaration

October 2008

October 28   No-Match Rule and Antidiscrimination Protections

October 28   No-Match Rule - Litigation Update

October 28
  Supreme Court to Hear Case of Illegal Immigrant Charged with Identity Theft

October 28   Seven Countries Accepted to Join U.S. Visa Waiver Program

October 22   USCIS Increases TN Status from One to Three Years

October 8   October 8, 2008: Fraud Report Triggers Changes to H-1B Procedures

October 7
  Congress Passes Extensions of Religious Worker and Conrad 30 Programs

October 7
  Gardasil Vaccine Requirement for Immigrants Causes Controversy
October 1
  Matamoros Makes Changes to TN & E Visa Procedures

October 1
  September 2008 Updates from the Hill

October 1   U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen has Cancelled all Immigrant Visa Appointments for October 2008

October 1   DHS Proposes Consolidation Legacy Records Systems into the Benefits Information System

October 1   DHS Announces Streamlined Issuance of Nonimmigrant Visas for HIV-Positive Individuals to Enter the United States

October 1   Ciudad Juarez Introduces Online Case Inquiry System for Legal Representatives

September 2008

September 30
  ICE Announces New SEVP Fee Structure

September 30   2010 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins October 12th

September 30   USCIS Offers Guidance for Those with Late-Pending EADs

September 22   The Consideration Rule: The DOL Addresses Audits

September 17   Arizona State Law and the Ninth Circuit

September 16   Legislative Update - House Judiciary Committee Marking Up Four Immigration Bills

September 12   Update on FBI Name Checks and Naturalization Processing

September 8   New Citizenship Test to Begin October 1, 2008

August 2008

August 18   USCIS Updates Projected Naturalization Processing Times

August 11   USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2009

August 11   USCIS Adds Required Vaccinations for Applicants to Adjust Status to become Legal Permanent Residents

August 11   USCIS Informs the Public that New Passport Card is Acceptable for Employment Eligibility Verification

August 11   Bill Proposed to Recapture Immigrant Visas Lost Due to Bureaucratic Delays

June 2008

June 30
  USCIS is Now Accepting Premium Processing Requests for Certain Form I-140 Petitions

June 25
  Employer Arrests May Follow the Houston Worksite Raid

June 25   USCIS to Issue Two-Year EADs to Certain Adjustment of Status Applicants starting June 30, 2008

June 24   Executive Order FAQs for Federal Contractors

June 17   USCIS Announces all FY 2009 H-1B Cap Petitions Have Been Selected

June 10   July Visa Bulletin Shows No Movement for EB-2 Categories and Unavailability in EB-3 Categories

June 6
  Federal Contractors Will Be Required to Use E-Verify

June 5
  Updates on Oklahoma's Use of E-Verify

June 2   USCIS Provides I-9 Compliance Guidance for F-1s with STEM & Cap Gap Authorization

June 2   Boutique Immigration Law Firm Targeted for U.S. DOL PERM Audits

May 2008

May 30   Department of Labor Proposal to Modify H-2B Program

May 16
  Updates to E-Verify

May 16
  USCIS Proposes Rule to Extend TN Status to Three Years

May16   Possible New P-4 Visa for Fashion Models

April 2008

April 30   Arizona Governor Vetoes §287(g) Measure Citing a $100 Million Price Tag

April 30
  USCIS Updates the Application for Employment Authorization

April 16   Employers Take Note: ICE Raids Conducted Today Across the Nation

April 16   Lottery Selection for FY09 H-1B Cap Completed

April 11   USCIS Announces Number of FY 2009 H-1B Cap Filings Received

April 11   The Governor of Rhode Island Imposes New Employment Verification Requirements for State Contractors

April 11   Changes in Procedures for Reentry Permits

April 11   Arizona in the Headlines Once Again- Is a State Guest Worker Possible?

April 8   DHS Fixes the Cap Gap -- A New Era Begins?

April 8   H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2009

April 8   Cap Gap - Status & Work Authorization Extensions for F-1 Students

April 4   USCIS and FBI Release Joint Plan to Eliminate Backlog of FBI Name Checks


March 2008

March 18
  April Visa Bulletin Shows Availability for EB-2 India Category and Significant Movement in EB-3 Mexico, Philippines and Worldwide Categories

March 18
  Estonia and Latvia to Join U.S. Visa Waiver Program

March 13   Congress Set to Repeal Ban on HIV Positive Immigrants

March 10   Applying for Re-Entry Permits and Refugee Travel Documents? Biometrics Needed!

March 10   New Instructions for Medical Exams Conducted Outside the U.S.

February 2008

February 26   DHS and DOJ Announce Increase in Employer Fines

February 19   USCIS Consolidates Biometrics Appointment Letter Into One Notice for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

February 19   US Department of Homeland Security Announces 6.8 percent budget increase for FY 2009

February 11   USCIS Takes Steps to Alleviate Adjudicatory Delays Predicated on FBI Name Checks

January 2008

January 28   DOL Issues Report on H-2A and H-2B Program

January 16
  Passport Requirement for Canada and Mexico Delayed

January 16
  New 10-Fingerprint Collection Implemented at U.S. Airports

January 16
  Judge Supports Arizona Immigration Law

January 14   USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for Second Half of Fiscal Year 2008

January 8   Documenting Timely Departures from the U.S.

January 2   Schengen Area Expansion

January 2   Update Regarding USCIS Intention to Require that All Permanent Resident Cards Without Expiration Dates be Replaced
January 2   New U.S. Department of State Regulations on Sanctions and Terminations for Violations of Exchange Visitor Programs