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Immigration Updates – 2009

25 Jan

DateNews Stories

12/22/2009H-1B Cap Reached
12/8/2009Update on DOL and DOS Changes and H-1B Visa Availability
11/20/2009Immigration Update on H-1B Quota
11/19/2009ICE Announces Second Wave of I-9 Audit Notices – 1,000 Companies Nationwide Receive Notices of Inspection
11/5/2009H-1B Visa Quota Approaching Exhaustion
10/2/2009E-Verify, Visa Availability, H-1B Site Visits, and Global Entry Program
9/3/2009E-Verify, H1-B Site Visits, and New Form I-9
9/2/2009Don’t Be “Surprised” By Government Site Visits
8/20/2009U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Proposes to Rescind the “No-Match” Safe-Harbor Rule
8/13/2009Texas Employers Hit Hard by New ICE Initiative: Steps to Prevent Being “Next”
8/3/2009Foster Quan Consular Practice Attorney to Accompany Clients to U.S. Consulate in Matamoros on August 19-20, 2009
8/3/2009U.S. Consulates Begin Distributing Pamphlets to Visa Applicants to Advise Them of Their Rights under U.S. Immigration and Labor Law
8/3/2009U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Reportedly to Conduct Random H-1B Employer Site Visits in Twenty-eight Cities
8/3/2009Foster Quan Attorney Ignacio A. Donoso Achieves Board Certification in Immigration & Nationality Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization
8/3/2009U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Announces Upcoming Changes to the CIS Website
8/3/2009Important Canadian Immigration Updates: New Visa Requirement for Mexican Citizens; Open Work Permits Available to Dependent Children of Skilled, Temporary Foreign Workers
7/10/2009U.S. Senate Passes Homeland Security Appropriations Bill
7/8/2009The Obama Administration Will Go Forward with the Federal Appropriations Regulation (FAR) Requiring the Use of E-Verify by Federal Contractors
7/8/2009Sessions Amendment Adds E-Verify Requirement to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act; Grassley Amendment Would Take E-Verify a Step Further
7/8/2009The Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation Is Fined for Violations of Immigration Law
7/8/2009The Obama Administration Makes Tactical Shift from the Social Security No-Match “Safe Harbor” Regulation to Subpoenas, Fines, and Indictments
7/6/2009ICE Issues Wave of I-9 Audit Notices to Companies Nationwide
6/29/2009Employers Must Grapple with the July 1st Rollout of E-Verify Requirements in Four Additional States
6/29/2009U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces E-Verify Compliance Data Mining Program
6/29/2009U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Announces Continued Validity of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form
6/29/2009Staffing Companies Indicted for RICO Violations Stemming from Alleged Labor Racketeering, Trafficking, and Immigration Violations
6/29/2009E-Verify Requirement for Federal Contractors Delayed Further, until September 8, 2009
6/24/2009U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Updates H-1B Cap Count, Announces Continued Acceptance of Regular H-1B Cap and Masters Cap Cases
6/24/2009U.S. Department of Homeland Security Begins U.S. VISIT Exit Registration Pilot Program at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
6/24/2009New Form ETA-9035 Labor Condition Application Required Beginning July 1, 2009
6/24/2009U.S. Department of State Updates Visa Availability in July 2009 Visa Bulletin
6/24/2009U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Announces Return of Premium Processing Service Option for Most I-140 Immigrant Visa Petitions
6/8/2009Foster Quan Opens New Office In Washington, D.C.
6/4/2009New Border Document Requirements in Effect June 1
6/4/2009State Dept. Updates Visa Availability for Remainder of Year
6/4/2009USCIS Updates Progress Toward H-1B Cap
4/15/2009U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Continues to Accept Fiscal Year 2010 H-1B Petitions
4/15/2009Employers Should Initiate New H-2B Petitions Now for Seasonal, Peakload, Temporary Workers to Begin Employment October 1, 2009
4/15/2009Plan Now for the Summer Travel Season; File Applications for Advance Parole Renewals and Nonimmigrant Status Extensions as Soon as Possible to Avoid Potential Travel Delays
4/15/2009U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Announces New Form ETA-9035 Labor Condition Application Effective May 15, 2009
4/15/2009The State of Nebraska Enacts Law Requiring State Agencies and State Contractors to Enroll in E-Verify
4/15/2009Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Further Delay the E-Verify Requirement for Federal Contractors
4/8/2009U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Announces Continued Acceptance of Fiscal Year 2010 H-1B Petitions
4/8/2009Travelers Are Cautioned to Be Prepared with All Necessary Documentation When Applying for Admission to the United States
4/8/2009U.S. Department of State Announces Temporary Unavailability of Immigrant Visa Numbers under the Employment-Based, Third (EB-3) and Other Worker Preference Categories
4/1/2009Register Now for Foster Quan, LLP’s Spring 2009 Immigration Update© Seminar on Managing Compliance Issues during Recessionary Times: What Every Employer Needs to Know
4/1/2009The New Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form Must Be Used Beginning April 3, 2009
4/1/2009H-1B Petition Filing Window Open until April 7, 2009; Employers Must Act Now to Initiate Any Remaining New Cap Subject H-1B Petitions
2/16/2009H-1B Amendment Passes with Economic Stimulus Bill; President Plans to Sign Tuesday, February 17, 2009
2/13/2009Foster Quan Attorneys Kristen T. Burke and Karen Hunter-Courreges Achieve Certification in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
2/13/2009Identify H-1B Candidates and Initiate New H-1B Petitions Now for Filing on April 1, 2009
2/13/2009U.S. DOL Announces April 15th and July 1st Effective Dates for New LCA and PERM Forms
2/13/2009EB-2 and EB-3 Visa Availability Advances Modestly for India, China, and Mexico
2/2/2009DHS Delays Effective Date of Form I-9 until April 3, 2009
1/30/2009The Federal Government Further Delays the Applicability of the E-Verify Requirement for Certain Federal Contractors until May 21, 2009
1/30/2009New H-1B Petitions Can Be Filed Beginning April 1, 2009; Employers Should Identify Candidates and Initiate New H-1B Petitions Now for Filing on April 1, 2009
1/30/2009The New Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form Must Be Used Beginning February 2, 2009
1/20/2009Founding Partner Charles C. Foster to Speak At 2009 Corporate Labor Law & Employment Seminar on January 27, 2009
1/15/2009The Federal Government Postpones Implementation of E-Verify Requirement for Certain Federal Contractors; The Rule Will Now Be Applicable on February 20, 2009
1/15/2009U.S. Department of State Publishes February 2009 Visa Bulletin Announcing Changes in Immigrant Visa Availability for Certain Immigrant Preference Classifications