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Immigration Updates – 2008

11 Jan

DateNews Stories

12/22/2008U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Final Rule Expanding U.S. VISIT Biometrics Requirement to U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents Returning from International Travel
12/22/2008U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Publishes Interim Final Rule Implementing Changes to Form I-9 and Revising List of Acceptable Documents for Verification of Identity and Employment Eligib
12/22/2008U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Announces Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization for Qualifying Hondurans, Nicaraguans, and El Salvadorans in Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
12/22/2008U.S. Department of State Publishes January 2009 Visa Bulletin Announcing Modest Advances in Immigrant Visa Availability for Most Immigrant Categories
12/22/2008U.S. Department of State Proposes a New Rule Amending the Regulations for Sponsorship of J-1 Exchange Visitors
12/22/2008Reminder: File Petitions Seeking Extension of Nonimmigrant Status Early to Avoid Disruption in Travel Plans and Difficulty in Renewing Texas Drivers Licenses
12/22/2008Tindall & Foster, P.C. and Quan, Burdette, & Perez, P.C. Begin the New Year as Foster Quan, LLP
12/17/2008U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Announces Interim Final Rule Amending the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form
12/17/2008Federal Judge’s Ruling Delays Implementation of Social Security “No-Match” Rule
12/17/2008Reminder: Effective January 12, 2009, Visa Waiver Travelers Must Obtain Advance Travel Authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before Traveling to the United States
12/17/2008Reminder: Effective January 15, 2009, Certain Federal Contractors Must Agree to Enroll in the E-Verify System for Electronic Verification of Employment Authorization to Remain Eligible for New Federal
12/17/2008Founding Partner Charles C. Foster to Speak at 2009 Corporate Labor Law & Employment Seminar on January 27, 2009, in Cypress, Texas
7/18/2008Due to October 1, 2008 H-1b Start Date, Tindall & Foster, P.C. Consular Practice Attorney to Accompany Clients on Two September 2008 Trips to the U.S. Consulate for Visa Application
7/18/2008U.S. Department of State Announces Progression of Immigrant Visa Availability in the Employment-Based, Second (EB-2) Preference Category for India and China beginning August 1, 2008
6/11/2008President Bush Signs Executive Order Requiring Federal Government Contractors to Participate in E-Verify
6/11/2008President Bush Signs Executive Order Requiring Federal Government Contractors to Participate in E-Verify
6/11/2008U.S. Department of State (DOS) Publishes an Interim Final Rule to Implement Electronic Pre-Registration of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Travelers
6/11/2008U.S. Department of State Announces the TempKashiforary Unavailability of Immigrant Visas for the Employment-Based, Third (EB-3) Preference Category
6/11/2008U.S. Department of Justice Releases Critical Report on FBI Name Check Program Utilized in Immigration Applications
6/11/2008U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Considers Reinstituting the Premium Processing Adjudication Service for I-140 Immigrant Visa Petitions on behalf of Certain H-1B Nonimmigrants Approaching the Expiration of Their H-1B Nonimmigrant Eligibility
6/5/2008U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Joins the Immigration Enforcement Arena
4/17/2008U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Holds Press Conference to Announce Multi-State Immigration Raids
4/17/2008U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Announces New “Global Entry” Pilot Program for Qualifying Frequent International Travelers
4/17/2008U.S. Department of State Announces Significant Advances in Immigrant Visa Availability for Many Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Categories
4/17/2008Tindall & Foster, P.C. Consular Practice Attorney to Accompany Clients to U.S. Consulate on May 11-12, 2008; Contact Your Tindall & Foster Immigration Attorney by April 28, 2008, to Register for this Trip and for One of the Visa Application Appointments Reserved for Tindall & Foster Clients
4/8/2008U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Interim Final Rule Extending F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employment Authorization for Certain Students
4/8/2008U.S. DHS Announces Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) Final Rule for Land and Sea Arrivals
4/8/2008U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Announce Joint Plan to Eliminate FBI Name Check Backlogs
4/8/2008Immigrant Visa Availability Advances Significantly for Most Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Categories
4/8/2008Tindall & Foster, P.C. Consular Practice Attorney to Accompany Clients to U.S. Consulate on April 22, 2008; Contact Your Tindall & Foster Immigration Attorney by Thursday, April 10, 2008, to Register for this Trip and for One of the Visa Application Appointments Reserved for Tindall & Foster Clients
3/22/2008U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking for the Social Security “No-Match” Letter “Safe Harbor” Regulation
3/22/2008U.S. DHS Publishes New Regulation Punishing Multiple H-1B Petition Filings by the Same Employer on behalf of the Same Beneficiary
2/27/2008Plan Ahead for Visa Application at U.S. Consulates Abroad
2/27/2008The United Kingdom Implements Strict New Law Imposing Civil and Criminal Penalties for Employing Unauthorized Workers
2/27/2008Civil Penalties Increase for Violations of Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements, Other than Simple I-9 Paperwork Violations
2/27/2008U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Plans to Require Federal Contractors to Verify Employment Eligibility Via the E-Verify Program
2/27/2008Immigrant Visa Availability Advances Significantly for Most Applicants in the Employment-Based, Third (EB-3) Preference Category
2/27/2008Procedural Change in CIS Adjudications Is Expected to Reduce Adjudication Delays Caused by Pending FBI Name Checks
2/27/2008Contact your Tindall & Foster Immigration Attorney Now to Initiate New Fiscal Year 2009 H-1B Petitions for Filing on March 31, 2008
2/27/2008Tindall & Foster, P.C. Consular Practice Attorney to Accompany Clients to U.S. consulate on March 11, 2008