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An Elite Group of Professionals to Better Serve Our Community

If you are interested in finding others in the immigration community and making professional connections, including potential H-1B employers and job-seekers, then please join the “USA immigration Jobs and Visas”group on LinkedIn. In this group, members may post or browse through H-1B job listings on the group’s Bulletin Board. You may…

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2013 H-1B Visa Cap: Petitions more than double over early April 2012

The USCIS began accepting H-1B visa petitions for the 2013 fiscal year on April 2, 2012. To date, more than 17,400 cap subject H-1B visa petitions have been received by the USCIS, filed on behalf of temporary workers in a specially occupation. In addition, more than 8,200 petitions for persons…

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Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Asylum EAD Clock Is Unfair

A class action lawsuit was filed last week against US immigration agencies on behalf of many asylum applicants who were wrongly denied work authorization, A.B.T., K.M.-W., G.K., L.K.G., D.W. v. USCIS; EOIR (Case No. 2:11-cv-02108 A.B.T). The nationwide lawsuit was filed by the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC)…

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Ohio’s Proposed Mandatory E-Verify Law – Bad For Ohio’s Employers – Bad for Ohio’s Economy

On May 26, 2011 the US Supreme Court ruled that Arizona’s mandatory E-Verify law is constitutional and can go forward thereby requiring all businesses operating in the State of Arizona to use this federally created voluntary pilot system, on a mandatory basis. A month later, the Ohio Legislature introduced Senate…

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H-1B Cap Count Update from Ohio Immigration Lawyer

It is worthwhile that our clients here in Columbus, Ohio know that USCIS has announced that as of July 15, 2011, approximately 20,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. USCIS has receipted 12,800 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. With so many H-1B visas currently available, there are great opportunities…

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USCIS Not Feeling the “VIBE” for H-1B RFE’s

For those employers in Columbus, Ohio who take advantage of the H-1B visa program, you will be pleased to know that USCIS has revised the VIBE (Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises) RFE to remove language that suggested petitioners update or create a record with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). The RFE…

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H-1B “Specialty Occupation” Work Visas Aplenty

If you are a company in Columbus, Ohio or any of the areas surrounding central Ohio, the Immigration Lawyers at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates understand that the economy may have hampered your hiring and recruitment efforts. The H-1B visa may be in decline for certain large businesses,…

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Adjustment (I-485) Backlog: Tips to Dig Out of the “Blizzard of I-485”

If you filed an employment-based adjustment of status (I-485) application between July 1, 2007 and August 17, 2007, you were definitely not alone. Approximately 325,000 adjustment (I-485) applications were filed during this period. This is because the visa bulletin briefly became current for all employment-based visa categories, except “other workers.”…

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USCIS Releases EB-5 Training Manual: Opportunity to Learn EB-5 Adjudicator’s Method

In response to a FOIA request submitted by a fellow AILA member, USCIS released 486 pages of materials used to train USCIS officers in the adjudication of EB-5 immigrant investor cases. These materials include voluminous information on how adjudicators work a typical EB-5 case. This information is extremely important in…

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Expedited Advanced Parole Travel Document Requests (Form I-131)

If you have filed for a green card (I-485) and submitted a request for work authorization (I-765) and advanced parole travel document (I-131), and you must travel before your I-131 can be adjudicated in the normal processing time, you can request expedited processing of the I-131. This article addresses those…