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Immigration News Flashes - 2010   

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December 2010

December 23
  Form I-129 and USCIS Transformation

December 23
  H-1B Cap Count as of December 17th

December 6   USCIS Teleconference on Proposed Change to I-130 Filing Procedures

December 6   I-9 Stakeholder Engagement regarding the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

November 2010

November 23
  New I-129 Form and Instructions

November 18
  Department of Labor Releases 2009 Annual Report

November 18   USCIS Fee Increases to Go Into Effect on Monday, November 23, 2010

November 15
  H-1B Cap Count Update

November 15
  E-Verify Updates Photo Tool to Include U.S. Passport Photo Matching

November 1   USCIS Issues Redesigned Naturalization Certificates

November 1   ICE Implements Enhanced Information Sharing System in AZ, WV

November 1   H-1B Cap Count Update

October 2010

October 21   H-1B Cap Count Update

October 12
  Abercrombie & Fitch Fined Over $1 million for Electronic I-9 System Failures

October 12   USCIS Automatically Extends EAD Cards for TPS Re-Registrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

October 12   ICE Announces 2010 Removal and Enforcement Statistics

October 12   H-1B Cap Count as of October 1, 2010

October 12   USCIS Issues Q&A on New H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase (P.L. 111-230)

August 2010

August 27
  The Department of State Visa Policy Update for ESTA Fees for Visa Waiver Travelers

August 27
  National Visa Center Immigrant Visa Electronic Processing Pilot Program

August 25
  H-1B Cap Count as of August 20th

August 13   September 2010 Visa Bulletin

August 13
  CBP Interim Final Rule on ESTA Travel Promotion Fee for Visa Waiver Program Travelers

August 13   H-1B Cap Count as of August 6th

July 2010

July 28   USCIS Expands Payment Options at All Domestic Offices

July 26
  ICE Updates Best Practices for IMAGE Program

July 26
  Electronic I-9 Regulation Posted in Federal Register on July 22, 2010

July 20
  H-1B Cap Count as of July 16th

July 6   Laws to Impact Hiring Practices in 3 States

June 2010

June 29
  H-1B Cap Count as of June 25th

June 29
  Two Individuals indicted in California for Immigration Fraud Scheme

June 29
  DHS Secretary remarks on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

June 29   USCIS Holds EB-5 Stakeholder Meeting

June 15
  United States and France to Implement Immigration Advisory Program (IAP) to Screen High-Risk Travelers Prior to Boarding Flights

June 10   USCIS' Fraud Detection Efforts Continue: Employment Authorization Document and Permanent Residence Card Redesigned

June 9
  Challenging USCIS' Interpretation of Employer/Employee Relationships

June 2
  U.S. Supreme Court finds Right to Counsel Includes Immigration Advice

June 2   U.S. Department of State Limits H-1B, L-1 and TN Visa Validity for Mexican Nationals

June 2   DHS Report Exposes Abuses in State and Local Immigration Enforcement

May 2010

May 26   Update to Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada

May 26   DHS Implements Electronic System, Eliminates Paper I-94W for Visa Waiver Program

May 25   Department of State Announces Increase in Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fees

May 12   Newly Designed  Permanent Resident Card- Finally a Green "Green Card"

May 7   InfoPass Appointment System

May 4   H-1B Cap Count

May 4   USCIS Posts Q&A on F-1 Students Applying for the FY2011 H-1B Cap

April 2010

April 28
  Arizona Enacts Tough and Controversial Immigration Law

April 28   FY2011 H-1B Cap Update

April 23   New Law Invalidates Puerto Rican Birth Certificates as of July 1, 2010

April 15   E-Verify Data about Certain Federal Contractors to Be Posted on the Internet

April 15   USCIS and Vermont Service Center Announce FY 2011 H-1B Cap Numbers

April 6   Department of Homeland Security Announces Updated Aviation Security Procedures

April 6   Greece Becomes Participant in Visa Waiver Program

April 6   Changes in USCIS Filing Locations

March 2010

March 30
  Discussions Continue on H-1B Employment Relationship Memo

March 22   ICE Conducts Raids in Baltimore - 29 Arrested

March 22   USCIS to Accept FY 2011 H-1B Petitions

March 22   Student Visa Fraud Scheme Discovered in California

March 18   Mayorkas Testifies to Ongoing Efforts to Improve E-Verify's Ability to Combat Identity Fraud


January 2010

January 29   Conditional Permanent Resident whose Petitioning Spouse has Died During Two-year Conditional Period is Excused of Joint Filing and Is Not Required to File Hardship Waiver

January 27  
ICE Audit Results in Terminations at Washington State Fruit Company

January 27   Inspector General: SSA Fails to Screen 19% of New Hires Through E-Verify

January 22
  USCIS Issues Memorandum Regarding Cases Impacted by Earthquake in Haiti

January 22   Department of Homeland Security Designates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status

January 19   USCIS Issues H-1B Guidance on Establishing the "Employer-Employee Relationship"

January 14   Committee Members Express Concern Over DOS Visa Handling

January 13   USCIS Announces Change to Organizational Structure
January 11   ICE Deploys Secure Communities to Two More California Counties

January 5   DOL/OFLC Announcement of New Prevailing Wage Determination Procedure in Place

January 5
  USCIS Extends Validity of Medical Certification Until 01/01/2011 For Pending I-485 Applications

January 5   Worksite Enforcement Case Settles for $4.5 million

January 5   U.S. Intensifies Screening for Travelers From 14 Nations