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Business Immigration News

07/16/12

Removing the per-country quota will have the biggest impact on second preference Indian and Chinese applicants who could see priority dates move forward several years.

 

02/16/12

A new study from USCIS indicates that USCIS has significantly increased the rate of H-1B and L-1 denials between 2008 and 2011. The rate of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) likewise increased.
 

01/09/12

DHS announced an online case inquiry system using form DHS-7001. The new system allows the inquirer to explain case problems including overdue processing.

 

01/05/12

On January 26, 2011 the H-1B cap was met and no further H-1B numbers are available for fiscal year 2011. Petitioners may file cases for the 2012 fiscal year cap starting April 1, 2011.
 

11/29/11

USCIS announced on November 23, 2011 that it reached the H-1B cap for FY 2012.
 

09/06/11

A federal judge ordered for a second time that Department of Labor properly administer the H-2B prevailing wage program. DOL ceased working on other cases to comply quickly.
 

08/04/11

In an about face, USCIS announced on August 2, 2011 that it will pursue new policies to attract foreign investors.
 

07/12/11

Prince George County Public Schools in Maryland agreed to a $4.2 million settlement for underpaying H-1B workers by making them pay H-1B filing and costs as well as a $100,000 civil penalty for the wilfull nature of the conduct.
 

02/01/11

On January 26, 2011 the H-1B cap was met and no further H-1B numbers are available for fiscal year 2011. Petitioners may file cases for the 2012 fiscal year cap starting April 1, 2011.
 

12/15/10

USCIS's new I-129 form asks much deeper questions and will force tough decisions on employers placing foreign workers at third-party worksites.

 

12/14/10

Department of Labor said that Peri Software, a 300 employee US company based in Newark, NJ, agreed to pay $638,000 in back wages and $127,000 in civil penalties for H-1B and labor condition application violations.

 

10/31/10

Abercrombie agreed to pay $1,047,110 for I-9 paperwork and systems violations and the historic fine was not the result of ICE finding even one unauthorized worker.