The American Immigration Lawyers Association on the Obama Administration’s New Policy Practice

The American Immigration Lawyers Association released the statement below in response to the Obama Administration’s announcements earlier this afternoon regarding prosecutorial discretion in the deportation of undocumented immigrant youth. AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12061552 (posted Jun. 15, 2012) On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security formally announced that … Continue reading

Sample Performance Review

Below is a sample performance evaluation form. Performance reviews and evaluations are used to highlight an employee’s strengths and successes. They are also used to identify areas in which the employee could improve. Many companies utilize performance reviews for these purposes alone, but such evaluations can also be used to … Continue reading

Sample Itinerary

Below is a sample work itinerary for an employee working at a secondary job location. Itineraries of service such as the one below help demonstrate to USCIS that the petitioning company retains control of the employee, even when (s)he works on assignment with another company. The format below has not … Continue reading

Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Season Closes

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday afternoon that the FY2013 H-1B Cap Season has officially closed. USCIS stated that all cap subject petitions received after the close of business Monday, June 11, will be denied. USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to fill the 65,000 visa … Continue reading

July 2012 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released the July 2012 Visa Bulletin. The EB2 category for immigrants from India and Mainland China remains unavailable at this time. The EB2 category has retrogressed in all other areas of chargeability to January 1, 2009. Priority dates for most other employment-based categories have remained … Continue reading

Sample Status Report

Below is a sample status report for an IT consulting company. Regular status reports from employees provide good evidence that a petitioning company maintains control of an employee. USCIS likes to see reports like the one below because they help to demonstrate that an employer-employee relationship exists. The format below … Continue reading

H-1B Cap Nears Close

The American Immigration Lawyers Association announced Thursday that, according to their projections, the fiscal year 2013 cap season will likely close by early next week. AILA estimates that the rate of submission so far this season has held at around 1,800 cap-subject petitions submitted each day.  As previously reported, USCIS’ … Continue reading

FY2013 H-1B Cap Nearing Limit

USCIS released its most recent tally of receipted H-1B petitions Monday. As of June 1, USCIS had received 55,600 cap subject petitions and 18,700 petitions qualifying for the Masters exemption. For more information, please see the USCIS website.