Immigration Spotlight: Senators Introduce Immigration Innovation Act of 2013

Following an announcement from the Senate outlining a bipartisan framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, on January 29, 2013, Senators Hatch (R-UT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Rubio (R-FL), and Coons (D-DE) introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (or “I-Squared Act”). The bill is aimed primarily at expanding employment-based immigration options, with some additional provisions related to family-based
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Immigration Spotlight: The Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) Immigration Initiative

The launch of “Startup America” in 2011 marked the beginning of a White House-led initiative to create and accelerate job growth by promoting immigrant-led entrepreneurialism in the U.S. In August 2011, Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas outlined a number of provisions they deemed
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Immigration Spotlight: Bipartisan Plan for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Announced

Today members of the U.S. Senate released a blueprint for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. The senators – a bipartisan group including four Democrats (Sen. Schumer-NY; Sen. Durbin-IL; Sen. Menendez-NJ; and Sen. Bennett-CO) and four Republicans (Sen. McCain-AZ; Sen. Graham-SC; Sen. Rubio-FL; and Sen. Flake-AZ) publicized the plan one day before President Obama is expected to outline
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Immigration Alert: Plan Now for H-1B Cap Filings

April 1, 2013 marks the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 H-1B cap.  Preparation for H-1B cap season starts much earlier, with the identification of prospective beneficiaries and gathering of supporting documentation.  With increasing demand for H-1B workers, we encourage employers to
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Immigration Alert: February 2013 U.S. Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has published the February 2013 Visa Bulletin.  Priority cut-off dates for the most common employment-based categories are provided below. Employment-based, first preference (EB-1): All foreign nationals:  Current “Current” means that immigrant visa numbers are immediately available for all priority dates within the designated preference category. Employment-based, second preference (EB-2):
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Immigration Alert: U.S. Department of State Launches Website to Check Visa Status

The Department of State has introduced an online tool that allows U.S. visa applicants to check the status of their nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases via a global website.  Through this new resource, visa applicants should be able to access up-to-date and accurate information on their cases on a 24/7 basis by entering either the
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