Two new bills propose H-1B hike

Though he tried and failed last year, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates’ plea for H1B quota hike seems to have appealed to the politicians in the pre-election mode this year. Two Bills have been introduced, one by U.S. House of Representatives Democrat on the Science and Technology Committee which Gates had … Continue reading

USCIS interim rule: Multiple filings prohibited

An interim final rule has been issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which will prohibit employers from filing multiple H-1B petitions for a single beneficiary. This rule, however, does not prohibit parent companies or subsidiaries from filing petitions for same beneficiary for different positions.  The interim final rule will … Continue reading

Re-entry permits now to require Biometrics

All lawful permanent residents of US age through 14 to 79 applying for re-entry permit and individuals applying for refugee travel document will now be required to provide Biometrics i.e. finger prints and photographs at a USCIS Application Support Center (“ASC”) for background and security checks. Why biometric? USCIS has … Continue reading

PERM application processing centralized

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new centralized processing for permanent labor certification applications (also know as PERM) applications. Effective June 1, 2008 - Processing of all PERM applications will be centralized at the Atlanta National Processing Center (NPC). Applications for H-2A, H-2B, H-1C and D-1 will … Continue reading

PERM processing times likely to increase

Speculations based on the Department of Labor’s recent increase in audits and the resulting delay in case processing, indicate that PERM processing times are going to stretch beyond the 40-60 day period that it usually takes. We cannot confirm this though as PERM processing times are not published. Since DOL … Continue reading

ImmiLETTER Vol. III – Issue 3: March 1, 2008

Comprehensive Immigration Reforms What Happens After Election? Going by the latest poll results, it’s pretty much clear who are going to be the two main candidates in this year’s US Presidential election – Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain. Interestingly, Obama has supported Immigration reforms and has taken a … Continue reading