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Obama to sign $410 billion omnibus for 2009
March 11, 2009
President Barack Obama is expected to sign the $410 billion 2009 omnibus bill, funding the government through September 30. The House passed the omnibus two weeks ago. The Senate passed the bill yesterday despite flak from many Republicans who complained the omnibus contained more than 9,000 wasteful earmarks.
President Obama Signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
February 17, 2009
President Obama on February 17, 2009, signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R.1), which includes $4 billion in Department of Justice (DOJ) grant funding to enhance state, local, and tribal law enforcement efforts, including the hiring of new police officers, to combat violence against women, and to fight internet crimes against children, the Department of Justice announced.
Limits on H-1B Hiring By Bailout Recipients Still In Economic Stimulus Bill
February 14, 2009
A House-Senate Conference Committee has agreed on a finalized version of the economic stimulus package that will impose recruitment and non-displacement requirements as a pre-requisite for new H-1B hiring by TARP recipients and recipients of certain Federal Reserve loans. The bill is expected to move to a final vote soon in the House and Senate, and President Obama may sign the bill into law by his stated target date of February 16.
CBP Buffalo Field Office Announces First Quarter Accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2009
February 13, 2009
The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released the data for all its accomplishments in the First Quarter of the Fiscal Year 2009.
CBP Publishes Revised Information Collection on Form I-94 and I-94W
February 13, 2009
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act concerning the Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record), the Form I-94W (Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure), and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
DOJ Announces Multi-State Arrest for Targeting Visa and Mail Fraud
February 12, 2009
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the arrest of 11 individuals in 6 states as part of an investigation into suspected visa and mail fraud. Matthew G. Whitaker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, announced the operation, which was carried out by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Iowa, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and New Jersey.
Senate Bill Would Bar H-1B Hiring at Firms Receiving Bailout Money
February 05, 2009
Financial services firms that receive federal bailout money will be prohibited from hiring H-1B workers if legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate wins adoption. An amendment proposed by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) would limit the ability of employers receiving TARP funding or certain Federal Reserve loans to hire H-1B workers for a period of two years.
Obama’s Immigration Policy May Benefit Indians
January 22, 2009
The new Obama administration in the US proposed immigration policy favoring an increase in the number of legal immigrants, which may benefit Indians, as many of the legal immigrants in the US are Indians. Obama is also initiating measures to fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill. The agenda document also makes it clear that tougher action will be taken against employers who hire undocumented immigrants
CIS Ombudsman Releases Q & As on EB-5 Investor Visas
January 22, 2009
The CIS Ombudsman's has released the Q & As on EB5 Investor Visas, which cover the areas like premium processing, regional centers, minimum threshold investment, unemployment, special public law and legislation cases, stakeholder meetings, job creation, number of adjudicators, and more.
CBP to Deactivate Older SENTRI Frequent Traveler Cards
January 15, 2009
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it will cancel old Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection cards for current SENTRI members on January 26. All members must activate their new cards within 30 days, verify and update their contact information and register or update their current license plate by accessing the Global Online Enrollment System on the CBP Web site. SENTRI members should destroy their old cards after activating their new ones. Old cards will be deactivated January 26.

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