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FY 2010 H-1B Cap Filing Season Starts Today
April 01, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Wednesday, April 1, begin to accept petitions for employment in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, starting on October 1, 2009. Despite the economic slowdown, the USCIS expects to receive more than enough petitions to reach the 65,000 standard H-1B quota and the quota of 20,000 for foreign nationals holding advanced degrees from U.S. universities. Employers filing H-1B petitions for FY 2010 employment should be aware of important USCIS procedures affecting the H-1B case intake process, as well as rules affecting foreign students changing status to H-1B.
New I-9 Form and Regulation Set to Take Effect on April 3
March 28, 2009
A USCIS regulation that revises the list of documents employers may accept to verify a worker's identity and employment authorization is set to take effect on April 3, 2009, after being postponed earlier this year. On the same day, employers will be required to use a new edition of Form I-9, dated February 2, 2009. Until April 3, employers should continue to use the June 5, 2007 edition of the I-9 form.
USCIS Automatically Extends Validity of Employment Authorization Documents
March 27, 2009
In response to President Obama’s announcement extending Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain qualified Liberians through March 31, 2010, USCIS have automatically extended the employment authorization for six months, through Sept. 30, 2009, for qualified Liberians and those who are covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). This automatic extension of employment authorization will allow sufficient time for eligible DED beneficiaries to receive new Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) without any lapse in employment authorization.
Questions and Answers: Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Certain Liberians
March 27, 2009
USCIS have released a set of questions and answers pertaining to its announcement of automatic extension of the employment authorization document for six months for qualified Liberians and those persons without nationality who are covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
USCIS Initiates Procedures for Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum
March 25, 2009
USCIS today announced it is now responsible for initial adjudication of applications for asylum from Unaccompanied Alien Children. Some of these children previously would have been required to file for asylum in immigration court with the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the Department of Justice (DOJ).
USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-129 and Instructions
March 20, 2009
USCIS on March 20, 2009 posted an updated version of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and instructions to its website. The revised form includes a question regarding whether the employer has been the recipient of TARP funding in the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement. The form and instructions have a revision date of 3/11/09. Previous editions are being accepted.
USCIS Announces H-1B Requirements for Companies that Received TARP Funding
March 20, 2009
USCIS on March 20, 2009, has announced additional requirements for employers, who receive funds through TARP or under section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act (covered funding), before they may hire a foreign national to work in the H-1B specialty occupation category. The new Employ American Workers Act, (EAWA), signed into law by President Obama as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was enacted to ensure that companies receiving covered funding do not displace U.S. workers.
USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2010 Beginning April 1, 2009
March 20, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) cap on April 1, 2009. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS takes possession of the petition; not the date that the petition is postmarked.
Optional Processing Worksheet for FY 2010 H-1B Filings
March 20, 2009
The USCIS has released an optional worksheet to assist H-1B petitioners submit an H-1B petition. Though you are not required to submit this worksheet to USCIS, this worksheet gives you an idea on filing an H-1B petition.
USCIS Announces $1.2 Million Citizenship Grant Program
March 12, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that a competitive grant program is being offered through for a $1.2 million grant program to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents.

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