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USCIS to Streamline H-2B Visa Procedures
December 18, 2008
The USCIS, on December 18, 2008, announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register a Final Rule that will change the requirements affecting H-2B beneficiaries and their employers. The Final Rule will facilitate the process by which employers hire workers to participate in the H-2B visa program.
Americanization Movement for the 21st Century: A Report to the President of the US from the Task Force on New Americans
December 17, 2008
The recent report entitled, “Building an Americanization Movement for the Twenty-first Century: A Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on New Americans” is the result of more than two years of research by the Task Force on New Americans into immigrant integration efforts across all sectors of society in the United States. The report provides an overview of successful integration initiatives observed in many sectors and prescribes recommendations to launch a coordinated national campaign to promote the assimilation of immigrants into American civic culture.
Latest Update: H-2B Count for the Second Half of Fiscal Year 2009
December 15, 2008
The USCIS, on December 15, 2008, updated the count of H-2B petitions received and counted towards the H-2B cap for the second half of the Fiscal Year 2009. As of December 15, 2008, 18,367 H-2B petitions have been counted towards the H-2B cap of 33,000 for the second half of FY 2009.
USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) Process
December 12, 2008
The USCIS, on December 12, 2008, announced that it has submitted an interim final rule that will streamline the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. The employers must now use the revised Form I-9 for all new hires and to re-verify any employee with expiring employment authorization beginning 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. The current version of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) (dated 06/05/2007) will no longer be valid as of 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Q and As: USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) Process
December 12, 2008
The USCIS has released a set of Questions and Answers, pertaining to its announced about the interim final rule to streamline the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. The employers must now use the revised Form I-9 for all new hires and to re-verify any employee with expiring employment authorization beginning 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. The current version of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) (dated 06/05/2007) will no longer be valid as of 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.
EADs Extended for Eligible Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries
December 12, 2008
The USCIS on December 12, 2008, announced an automatic extension of the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for eligible Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries for six months through Sept. 9, 2009. This will allow sufficient time for eligible TPS beneficiaries to re-register and receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) without any lapse in employment authorization.
USCIS Streamlines the H-2A Visa Program
December 11, 2008
The USCIS on December 11, 2008, announced changes to the H-2A visa regulations that will streamline the hiring process of temporary and seasonal agricultural workers. The proposed changes in the H-2A visa program will facilitate the H-2A visa process for employers by removing certain limitations and will further encourage lawful employment.
H-2B Visas Available for Second Half of FY 2009
December 09, 2008
The quota numbers for the H-2B visa are still available for the second half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, but are expected to go off rapidly. The USCIS, as of December 5, 2008, had received H-2B filings for 17,001 beneficiaries. Of these, 7,597 H-2B cases have been approved, and 9,404 are pending.
Fact Sheet: USCIS Publishes New Rule for Nonimmigrant Victims of Human Trafficking and Specified Criminal Activity
December 08, 2008
The USCIS has released a set of Q & As immediately after its announcement of an interim final rule that will allow “T” and “U” nonimmigrants to adjust their status and become lawful permanent residents. The interim final rule implements the provisions of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, and will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
USCIS’ New Rule for Nonimmigrant Victims of Human Trafficking and Specified Criminal Activity
December 08, 2008
The USCIS, on December 08, 2008 announced an interim final rule that will allow “T” and “U” nonimmigrants to adjust their status and become lawful permanent residents. The interim final rule implements the provisions of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, and will take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. However, both “T” and “U” nonimmigrants should be in valid nonimmigrant status at the time of application. USCIS can adjust the status of up to 5,000 “T” visa holders annually. This cap does not apply to family members of the principal “T” nonimmigrant status holder. There is no numerical cap on adjustment of status for “U” nonimmigrants.

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