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 little more hard-line stance then the other democrats in this issue.

Similarly, McCain has also supported Immigration reforms and taken a decidedly softer line then most republicans in the issue. It seems America prefers a candidate who is willing to take a middle way when it comes to Immigration Reforms. Now comes the question, if either wins, will Immigration Reforms be pushed forward or be lost in the political squabbles again, as it has been in the past?

Is Your Public Access File Ready For Inspection?
DOL Audits
In the wake of increased random audits by the Department of Labor, it has become essential that the Public Access File maintained by H1B Employers meet the DOL requirements in all aspects.

Employers who sponsor H-1B Non-immigrants are required to maintain a Public Access File which will contain all the supporting documentation for the Labor Condition Application (LCA) filed online with the Department of Labor.

REAL ID Act Finally Sees Light of the Day
States Have Until 2011 to comply
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calls the Real ID Act a nationwide effort intended to prevent terrorism, reduce fraud, and improve the reliability and accuracy of identification documents that State governments issue.

Dogged by controversies, the Act has been sitting under the hammer since 2005, when George Bush signed it into law. After more then two years of debating, on January 29, 2008, the DHS published the final regulations implementing the REAL ID Act, which will come into effect from May 11, 2008.

Headlines
  • 26 Feb 2008 :: USCIS to Prohibit Multiple H-1B Filings in future

  • 26 Feb 2008 :: Immigration Violations to Cost Employers Dearly

  • 26 Feb 2008 :: Centralized Filing Location for Certain Cap Exempt H-1Bs

  • 19 Feb 2008 :: USCIS: Naturalization Backlog will not clear before 2010!

  • 19 Feb 2008 :: Research shows by 2050, 19% of US citizens will be Immigrants!

  • 14 Feb 2008 :: March 2008 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 Still “Unavailable” for India
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