Immigration News Archive

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Employment Agency Owner Charged with H-1B Fraud


The owner of a Los Angeles employment agency has been indicted on immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing more than 100 phony H-1B visa petitions.

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McDonald's Franchisee Pleads Guilty to I-9 Violation


A McDonald's franchisee in Kansas that pleaded guilty to knowingly accepting a fraudulent employment eligibility document agreed to pay a $300,000 fine and an additional $100,000 forfeiture judgment.

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DOL Proposes Major Changes to LCA Form


DOL proposes significant changes to the Labor Condition Application (Form ETA 9035) that will negatively impact privacy, work location flexibility, and LCA preparation lead times.

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EB-3 Improves; EB-2 Unchanged in August 2012 Visa Bulletin


Priority Date cutoffs improve by a few weeks in the EB-3 Professional and Skilled Worker category for all countries. EB-3 China advances by six weeks, but India and the Philippines advance just one week.

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Think Tank Analysis Finds Spike in L-1 and H-1 Denials


A newly released report found that USCIS has dramatically increased denials of L-1 and H-1B petitions over the past four years, despite no change in the law or relevant regulations in the same time period.

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March 2012 Visa Bulletin again moves EB-2 for India, China


As expected, EB-2 visa priority dates continued to improve for March 2012. The U.S. Department of State's March 2012 Visa Bulletin advanced the EB-2 priority cut-off dates for nationals of India and China to May 1, 2010.

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White House Unveils Startup America Initiative


President Obama has sent his Startup America Legislative Agenda to Congress, highlighted by two immigration-related reforms to relieve immigrant visa backlog and attract more highly-skilled foreign workers including entrepreneurs to the U.S.

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USCIS Announces New VIBE Update Process


USCIS announced a new streamlined process to allow private employers to submit information about their organizations into USCIS' Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE)'s database.

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Priority Date Improvements Continue Through March 2012


Employment-based second preference (EB-2) visa priority dates are expected to advance again in March 2012, possibly by as much as six months, according the Department of State's Visa Office.

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February 2012 Visa Bulletin: Big Advance for India, China


The February 2012 Visa Bulletin advanced the EB-2 priority date cut-offs for nationals of India and China to January 1, 2010--a full, one-year advancement over the State Department's January Visa Bulletin.

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