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H1-B Cap Update

The H-1B cap likely will be reached in January 2011. The latest USCIS update says that 53,900 of the 65,000 regular H-1B numbers were used as of December 17, 2010. International workers who are working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa with another cap-subject employer are not subject to H-1B cap. These cases are …Read More

San Diego USCIS New Procedures

In December or January, USCIS expects to start using equipment at the local offices (room116 in Chula Vista and windows #1 & #2 in San Diego) to take photographs and fingerprint applicants immediately before their interviews, so applicants should plan on arriving at least 10 to 15 minutes early for their scheduled interviews.  USCIS will …Read More

New Visa Procedures

Beginning January 10, 2011, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates will process visas differently.  Under the new procedures, most applicants will go to Applicant Service Centers (ASCs) prior to their consular section interview.  The ASC staff will collect the applicant’s biometric information that will be reviewed by the consular section prior to the applicant’s interview.   ASCs …Read More

New Naturalization Certificate

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the launch of a redesigned Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) with new security features that will reduce fraud—part of USCIS’ ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system. USCIS anticipates that over 600,000 new citizens will receive the enhanced certificate over the next year. The redesigned certificate features …Read More

Permanent Residents Temporarily Abroad

U.S. tax obligations can be a major consideration for lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) on assignment outside of the United States, and the recommendations made by tax advisors may conflict with the advice given by immigration lawyers. The tax laws do clearly offer certain benefits to lawful permanent residents living and working abroad, and …Read More

New $14 fee for Visa Waiver Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced an interim final rule that amends Department of Homeland Security regulations to require travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to pay operational and travel promotion fees when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Beginning September 8, a fee of $4 will recover the costs …Read More

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