ImmiLetter Vol. III – Issue 7: July 1, 2008

U.S. Legislators Push Immigration Reforming Bills As Elections Loom Nearer!
Over 179 Immigration Bills introduced in the Senate in the 1st QTR of 2008 alone!
US legislators seem to be undaunted by the failure of President Bush’s Immigration Reform Bill. As it became clear that passing a comprehensive bill that satisfied everyone is going to be impossible in near future, legislators changed battle tactic and started to introduce smaller immigration bills that addressed each issue separately.

So much so that in the first three months of 2008 alone around 179 Bills was introduced in the senate regarding immigration. The majority of the bills introduced focus on immigrant employment issues like penalization of employers for hiring illegal aliens and enforcement of the use of employment eligibility verification systems (E-Verify) among other things.

DOL’s 2009 Labor Certification Policy to Focus on Integrity
The Agency Finalizes H1-B LCA Compliance Guide for Employers
A recent report published by the US Department of Labor (DOL) indicates that FY 2009 is slated to be the year of “Integrity” for the foreign labor certification program. The 2009 Congressional Budget Justification Of Foreign Labor Certification report provides a comprehensive review of DOL’s past record with Labor Certification issues as well as the proposed changes and is a must-read for employers, attorneys and all immigration practitioners.

The report is exhaustive in its dealings with issues pertaining to both permanent and temporary labor certification program, at the federal level as well as state level.

Headlines
  • Bill to Improve Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Immigrants
  • New 2-Year EADS for LPR Applicants
  • I-140 Premium Processing to Resume from June 16 for Certain Applicants
  • July 2008 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 Unavailable!
  • Centralized Processing To Speed Up Naturalization Application
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