Hello and welcome to the August 2005 Immigration Newsletter!
Yes! We are here. Today we initiate another association with you… another way to keep in touch… Immigration Monitor. It is not just another newsletter. It is a relationship; the commencement of a new journey to provide you with the latest happenings of the month and a plethora of information related to global immigration.
This year is half-way through, and the last six months have seen a lot of activity on the immigration front. For U.S. employers, the new year brought some relief from H-1B Cap issues, in the form of 20,000 additional visas, exempted from the annual cap. Though this was a welcome step, it came at a cost. The Appropriations Act, 2004 made H-1B and L-1 filings more expensive.
Another major activity was the signing of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, including the controversial REAL ID Act. We cover the major highlights of the Appropriations Act in our In Focus section.
We at the Immigration Monitor look forward to your comments, suggestions, and most of all your encouragement. Please send us your feedback on this first issue of Immigration Monitor, including your valuable suggestions.
I look forward to a wonderful journey in your company.