Posted On: July 29, 2010

Temporary Injunction on Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Law

On 7/28/10, the federal district court issued an injunction, preventing certain provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration legislation, SB 1070, from taking effect. The injunction has temporarily invalidated portions of the law that required police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop and that required immigrants to carry proof of their status at all times.

Posted On: July 29, 2010

August 2010 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5092.html. Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current; EB-2 remains current, except for India and China which are at 2006; EB-3 is at 2004 for all countries, except for India (2002), China (2003), and EB-3 Mexico is currently unavailable; EB-3 other workers are at 2002; EB-4, religious workers, EB-5, and targeted employment areas and regional centers are all current. Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at 2009.

Posted On: July 29, 2010

FY2011 H-1B Cap Update

As of July 23 2010, the USCIS has received approximately 26,000 Bachelor's degree petitions and 11,300 U.S. Master's degree petitions. The USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions for FY2011 with an October 1, 2010 start date until the quota of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions and 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree petitions is met.

Posted On: July 8, 2010

Increase in U.S. Passport Fees

The Department of State announced that it will raise fees for U.S. passports effective July 13th. For details on the fee increase for the U.S. passport book and card, as well as other service fees, see http://travel.state.gov/passport/fees/fees_5079.html

Posted On: July 1, 2010

FY2011 H-1B Cap Update

As of June 25 2010, the USCIS has received approximately 23,500 Bachelor's degree petitions and 10,000 U.S. Master's degree petitions. The USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions for FY2011 with an October 1, 2010 start date until the quota of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions and 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree petitions is met.