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Archive XXIVA

(07/02/2013-02/28/2014)

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02/28/2014: USCIS Differentiates Timing of Implementation of New 2014 Poverty Guidelines Between I-864P and I-912P

02/28/2014: Extension of Employment Authorization for Haitian F–1 Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship as a Direct Result of the January 12, 2010 Earthquake

02/28/2014: Haitian TPS 18-Month Extension from 07/23/2014 Through 01/22/2016

02/28/2014: This Sunday, March 2, a Blackout Day for USCIS Online Customer Service Tools

02/28/2014: My Lord, It is the End of February Already!

02/28/2014: Number of Co-Sponsors of House Democrat CIR Bill H.R.15 Reaches 199 Now

02/28/2014: A Tax Reform Proposal That Could Hit Undocumented Immigrant Families Claiming U.S. Citizen Children Tax Credit in Tax Return

02/27/2014: iCERT Update Alert

02/27/2014: Senate Bill Introduced to Grant E-1 and E-2 Nonimmigrant Visas to Nationals of New Zealand on Reciprocal Basis

02/27/2014: Obama's Reported Schedule to Visit the Philippines in April and Filippinos in the U.S. Push for TPS Designation

02/26/2014: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Testimony Before House Homeland Security Committee This Morning: "The Secretary’s Vision for the Future – Challenges and Priorities"

02/26/2014: House Judiciary Committee Hearing This Morning: "Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws"

02/25/2014: DHS Inspector General 02/12/2014 Report of USCIS Controls to Ensure Employers Sponsoring H-1B & L-1 Employees Pay Applicable Border Security Fee (P.L. 111-230 Special Fee)

02/25/2014: DOL Launches $150 Million Grants Program Available for Qualified Entities Using H-1B ACWIA Fee Fund

02/25/2014: USCIS Seeks OMB Approval for Reform of E-3, H-1B1, and CW-1 High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Foreign Workers and EB-1B Outstanding Researcher/Teacher Immigrant Petitions

02/24/2014: EB-485 Inventory Data of January 2014

02/23/2014: Legislative Immigration Reform Cards on the Table: S. 744 vs. H.R. 15 vs. Piecemeal Bills vs. Discharge Petition vs. Requiem

02/22/2014: Office of Foreign Labor Certifications Adds New FAQ on Proof of Required Notification of Job Opportunity to Laid-Off U.S. Workers on PERM Audits

02/22/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of December 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 43,438 (38,070) 30,138 (28,940)
Preadjudicated 36,378 (36,945) 29,562 (29,856) 65,971 (66,822)
Customer Action Wait 1,589 (1,765) 16,991 (16,748)  
Completed 3,718 (6,373) 8,507 (9,642)  
New Receipt 8,406 (6,907) 11,175 (9,609)  

(Note: Figures in parenthesis for November 2013)

02/22/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of December 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 8,986 (7,665) 2,559 (1,849) 11,597 (9,558)
Customer Action Wait 905 (966) 2,664 (2,833) 3,569 (3,799)
Completed 1,970 (2,462) 1,463 (1,550) 3,435 (4,013)
New Receipt 2,976 (2,653) 1,887 (1,773) 4,863 (4,386)

(Note: Figures in parenthesis for November 2013.)

02/22/2014: USCIS Service Center I-129 Processing Volume Update at the End of December 2013

  CSC VSC National
Other Pending 11,480 31,356 42,841
Awaiting Customer Action 9,464 4,723 14,187
Completed 19,834 16,272 36,106
New Receipt 11,725 11,541 23,266

[Note: Assuming the figures for Awaiting Customer Actions represent mostly RFE, the RFE was higher in CSC. Surprisingly, new receipt numbers for the month were very much same.]

02/21/2014: Impatient House Democrats Mull to Use "Discharge Petition" to Overcome Republican Block in Immigration Reform Legislation

02/20/2014: State Department Revised Reciprocity Schedule for China Taking Effect on 02/18/2014

02/20/2014: New 19-Billionnaire Guy w/Ukraine and Jewish Heritage, Jan Koum

02/20/2014: State Department Releases Yearly B-Visa Refusal Rate Including VWP Visitors FY 2006-FY 2013 by Each Country

02/20/2014: Approaching Second Anniversary of DACA Implementation and USCIS Guidance for Renewal of Expiring DACA Relief and EAD

"We (USCIS) wish to inform you of your opportunity to renew Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Our records indicate that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deferred action under the DACA process in your case. If you wish to renew your deferred action for another two year period, you must submit Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form must be completed, properly signed and accompanied by a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (along with the accompanying filing fees for that form, totaling $465), and Form I-765WS.

If your previous period of deferred action expires before you receive a renewal of deferred action under DACA, you will accrue unlawful presence and will not be authorized to work for any time between the periods of deferred action. For this reason, USCIS encourages you to submit your request for renewal "120" days before your current period of deferred action under DACA expires.

02/20/2014: Growing Influx of Foreign Students from the Middle East

02/19/2014: 2014 Mid-Term National Election: Critical Election for the House

02/19/2014: Acting ICE Director John Sandweg Resigned 02/14/2014

02/18/2014: USCIS Processing Times Update 02/18/2014

02/18/2014: Family-Based Immigration Petitioners and Visa Applicants Should Watch for Release of Revised I-864P Revised Poverty Guidelines Soon

02/18/2014: Revised Naturalization (Citizenship) Application Form (N-400) and USCIS Engagement and Presentations for Explanation of Changes

02/15/2014: Obama Reiterates 'Will Not Wait' Threat to Congress for Immigration Reform in an Appearance 02/14/2014

02/14/2014: Official PERM Processing Times as of 02/05/2014

02/14/2014: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 02/05/2014

02/13/2014: CBP Intends to Revise I-94W and ESTA

02/13/2014: Quickly Passing February 2014 for the Congress and the Nation

02/13/2014: USCIS to Celebrate the President Day Week Next Week w/Massive Naturalization Sworn-in Ceremonies Throughout the Country

02/13/2014: Obama 2014 Agenda Moves Along Fine Except Immigration Reform

02/13/2014: Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts Joins Co-Sponsorship in the House for Democratic CIR Bill H.R. 15

02/13/2014: Federal Government Offices in DC Areas Closed Today for Inclement Weather

02/12/2014: PERM Processing Statistics (Fact Sheet) for FY-2014 First Quarter (October-December 2013)

02/12/2014: FY 2014 Labor Certification Applications Disclosure Data

02/12/2014: PERM Prevailing Wage Determination Statistics for FY 2014 First Quarter (October-December 2013)

02/12/2014: H-1B LCA Determination Statistics for FY 2014 First Quarter (October-December 2013)

02/12/2014: H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Processing Statistics for FY 2014 First Quarter (October-December 2013)

02/12/2014: H-2A Agricultural Temporary Labor Certification Processing Statistics for FY 2014 First Quarter (October-December 2013)

02/12/2014: Inclement Weather in Atlanta Metro and Massive Power Outages

02/11/2014: State Department Revised Reciprocity Schedule for Mauritania

02/11/2014: USCIS (AAO) Appeal Processing Times as of 02/01/2014

02/11/2014: Wow, Estimate 1,180,000 Uses per Year of Electronic Receipt Notification Request Form G-1145 of USCIS

02/11/2014: Advocates of Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants Schedule a Massive Confrontation w/ Republican Legislators at Two Levels

02/11/2014: USCIS Form I-290B New Version - Mandatory After 04/05/2014

02/11/2014: House Judiciary Committee Hearing Today on "Asylum Fraud: Abusing America's Compassion?"

02/10/2014: In First Major Speech on 02/07/2014 Since Taking Office, DHS Secretary Laid out DHS Priorities, Including Immigration Reform

02/09/2014: Retaining U.S. Educated Foreign Talents: What Does it Mean? Who and Where They Are in the Unites States?

02/09/2014: USCIS Local Engagement Schedules in the Rest of February and March 2014

02/08/2014: Rep. William Enyart (D-IL) Joined H.R. 15 Co-Sponsorship on 01/31/2014 with Total Count of Co-Sponsors for This Bill at 196

02/08/2014: DHS Allegedly Formed Immigration Reform Implementation Team Headed by Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Former USCIS Director

02/07/2014: State Department EB Demand Data for Determination of March 2014 Visa Bulletin

02/07/2014: State Department Prediction of Visa Bulletins Coming Months

02/07/2014: March 2014 Visa Bulletin

02/07/2014: State Department Final Rule for Mexican TN Professional Visa Without USCIS Petition and Without Annual Limit

02/07/2014: China to Have a New U.S. Embasador Shortly

02/07/2014: DHS to Extend TPS and F-1 Student Employment Authorization for Haitians Who Suffered the Earthquake in 2010

02/07/2014: Revised Form I-914 for U & T Visa Petitions

02/06/2014: Canadian Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Application Processing Fee Changes in Canada

02/06/2014: White House Releases President Immigration Reform Outlines

02/06/2014: DACA Application and Processing Update by Country of Origin and by U.S. Residence as Well As Approvals and Denials at the End of December 2013

02/06/2014: USCIS Releases New Edition of I-290B (Appeal/Motion) Form Released

02/06/2014: State Department Visa Policy Cable to Visa Posts on Policy Change re: Children Born Abroad Thru Assisted Reproductive Technology

02/05/2014: USCIS Headquarter Guidance on Issuance of Revised Procedures Regarding Trafficking Victims for the Affirmative Asylum Procedures Manual 11/26/2013

02/05/2014: USCIS Headquarter Guidance Changes to Case Categories Requiring Asylum Headquarters Review dated 01/17/2014

02/05/2014: USCIS NACARA Cumulative Report as of 01/17/2014

02/05/2014: USCIS Refugees, Asylum and Parole System Statistics of Particular Social Group Claims by Country as Released on 01/15/2014

02/05/2014: USCIS Credible Fear & Reasonable Fear Workload in October, November & December 2013 as Released on 01/22/2014

02/05/2014: USCIS Asylum Office Workload in October, November & December 2013 as Released on 01/27/2014

02/05/2014: USCIS Asylum Applications Processing Statistics for Afghanistan, Iraq & Libya from FY 1993 to FY 2014 (First Quarter)

02/05/2014: OFLC Notice of Deactivation of Select H-2A & H-2B E-Mailsboxes of Chicago National Processing Center

02/05/2014: As Predicted, Republicans Started a Massive Media Spinning with Pessimistic Prediction for Immigration Reform in 2014

02/04/2014: USCIS Releases Today Revised N-400 Naturalization Form

02/04/2014: USCIS Releases Latest Reviewed/Updated Customer Service Guide on DACA Application Program 01/31/2014

02/04/2014: Unconfirmed Sources Indicate that USCIS May Decide This Week in One Way or Another Designation of TPS for the Nationals of the Philippines

02/04/2014: USCIS Schedules a Teleconference on 02/05/2014, Tomorrow, to Discuss New Process of Application for Civil Surgeon Designation and Centralization

02/02/2014: House Republican Immigration Plan Well Received by Power Players Across the Board

02/02/2014: State Department 212(e) J-1 Waiver Recommendation Records for FY 2013 by Type of Waiver

02/01/2014: Rep. Darrel Issa's SKILLS Visa Act and Employment-based Immigration Reform Component of House Republican Piecemeal Immigration Reform

02/01/2014: Sources of Unlawful Immigrants and CRS Study of Border Security at Port of Entry

01/31/2014: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Has Just Relased 8 Criterion (Triggers) for Audit or Supervised Recruitment Tracks for PERM Applications

01/31/2014: Brookings Study of 01/30/2014 Reveals a Remarkable Truth that Obama has used Executive Orders less than other Contemporary Presidents

01/31/2014: Disappointing USCIS Inaction for H-4 Employment Authorization Rule-Making

01/31/2014: Now We Need Road Map and Time Table for House Republican Piecemeal Immigration Reform Legislation

01/30/2014: House Republicans Unveils "Standards for Immigration Reform"

01/30/2014: Winter Storm Causes PERM Application Processing Center in Atlanta Closed Since Yesterday

01/30/2014: Anti-Immigration Group of Republicans Mount Two Moves Against House Republican Immigration Reform Principles and Legislation

01/29/2014: Effective Today, Labor Certification Registry System Makes All the H-1B Labor Condition Applications Filed by Employers Accessible to the Public

01/29/2014: Surprising Obama's "Shy Away" From Immigration Reform in Yesterday's State of the Union Address

01/28/2014: Effective 03/01/2014, USCIS Centralize Application and Adjudication of Civil Surgeon Designation at NBC

01/28/2014: House GOP Immigration Principles Reportedly Barely One-Page List of Proposed Reforms in a Few Areas

01/28/2014: FY-2015 H-1B Cap Season Opens on 04/01/2014 and H-1B Annual Cap Likely to Reach in the First Week of April

01/27/2014: House's Tomorrow Schedule to Receive the President for his State of the Union Address

01/27/2014: OFLC Releases FY 2012 Annual Report

01/27/2014: iCERT Site Outage Alert Tomorrow Morning from 8:00 am to 10:00 am

01/27/2014: Administrative Fix of Broken Immigration System Part of the President's State of the Union Address Tomorrow

01/27/2014: Piecemeal Immigration Reform Legislation and Importance of Order of Legislative Agenda

01/26/2014: Wish vs. Reality in Immigration Reform

01/24/2014: USCIS Issues on 01/24/2014 "Field Guidance Pertaining to Applicants for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers"

01/24/2014: Looming-Up Republican Immigration Reform Agenda Focusing on Four Bills

01/23/2014: USCIS Releases I-485 Processing Statistics by Types, by USCIS Offices, and by Decision as of June 30, 2013

[Source: USCIS]

01/23/2014: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of November 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 38,070(32,135) 28,940(28,221)
Preadjudicated 36,945(42,466) 29,856(30,731) 66,822(73,223)
Customer Action Wait 1,765(1,816) 16,748(16,522)  
Completed 6,373(11,183) 9,642(12,817)  
New Receipt 6,907(9,731) 9,609(12,003)  

(Note: Figures in parenthesis for October 2013)

01/23/2014: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of November 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 7,665(6,249) 1,849(929) 9,558(7,216)
Customer Action Wait 966(1,051) 2,833(3,198) 3,799(4,249)
Completed 2,462(3,216) 1,550(2,075) 4,013(5,291)
New Receipt 2,653(2,687) 1,773(1,783) 4,386(4,470)

(Note: Figures in parenthesis for October 2013.)

01/22/2014: USCIS Field Office Closing Update 01/22/2014

01/22/2014: Official PERM Processing Times Update as of 01/14/2014

01/22/2014: OFLC Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 01/14/2014

01/21/2014: USCIS Updates Processing Times Today, 01/21/2014

01/21/2014: Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Announcement of Most Offices in DC Areas Closed Today

01/21/2014: USCIS Alerts Field Offices in DC Areas Closed Today Due to the Weather

01/21/2014: AILA National Office in DC Closed Today Due to the Weather

01/21/2014: HHS Releases 2014 Poverty Guidelines

01/18/2014: Obama: 'I'll Act on my Own Agenda'

01/17/2014: With the Senate Adjourned until 01/27/2014 Other Than Pro Forma Sessions in-Between, the Hill Likely Remains Quite until President's State of Union Address

01/16/2014: Interesting! Two More Members Joined Other Co-Sponsors for Democratic Immigration Reform Bill, H.R. 15, in January 2014!

01/16/2014: President's Meeting w/Senate Democrats 01/15/2014 on 2014 Priority Agenda Facing National Election in November, Follwed by Release of Interesting President Readout - 'His Pen Will Be Ready' to Use Executive Power

01/16/2014: DHS Adds Austria, Italy, Panama & Thailand to Current 59 Countries listed for H-2A and H-2B Nonimmigrant Eligible Countries for Next One Year

01/16/2014: Republican Immigration Reforms Limited to Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants? NOPE!!

01/16/2014: USCIS and State Department Website Changes and Broken Links in Immigration Websites

01/16/2014: Rise of New PERM Applications and Anticipated Current Processing Delays to Continue a While

01/15/2014: USCIS Releases on 01/14/2014 Reminder of Relief Measures Available for Filipino Typhoon Victims

01/15/2014: National Foundation for American Policy Releases on 01/14/2014 Report on Ongoing House Republican Options for Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants

01/14/2014: Time for USCIS Leadership to Act on H-4 Spouse Employment Authorization Rule-making

01/14/2014: National Election in November 2014 and Potential See-Saw Political Game of Legislative Fix vs. Administrative Fix of Piecemeal Immigration Reforms

01/13/2014: USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) Processsing Times as of 01/01/2014

01/10/2014: Matthew Oh, the Reporter of this Breaking News Site, is Infected by Seasonal Flu

01/10/2014: USCIS Schedules Three Teleconferences in January 2014 for the Immigration Stakeholders and Public

01/10/2014: PERM Processing Moving Ahead One Month Each Month

01/10/2014: House Juciciary Committee Chairman Bob Goolatte Also Confirming Upcoming Release of House Republican Principles of Immigration Reform

01/09/2014: Consequences of the Record of H-1B Extension Denial on Current and Prospective I-485 Applicants

01/09/2014: House Speaker Boehner to Release GOP Immigration Reform Principles Soon Before Bringing Any Immigration Bills on the House Floor

01/08/2014: Mexico Family-Based FB-2 Visa Bulletin Problems

01/08/2014: February 2014 Visa Bulletin

01/08/2014: Senate Received Nomination of Leon Rodriguez for Director of USCIS

01/07/2014: For Immigration Reform in 2014, Readers Should Read this Dallas News Report

01/07/2014: Fall Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda of Immigration Stakeholder Agencies

01/07/2014: America's Technology Innovation Reportedly Hampered by Broken Employment-Based Immigration System That Allows Steer-Away of Foreign Talents to Other Countries

01/07/2014: USCIS Field Offices Closing Notice 01/07/2014, Tuesday

01/07/2014: State Department Information For Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, 2014

01/06/2014: Lori Scialabba, Official Acting Director of the USCIS

01/06/2014: USCIS Should Update Leadership Information on its Website

01/06/2014: USCIS Field Offices Closing Notice for Midwest States 01/06/2014

01/05/2014: House Majority Leader Memorandum of 01/03/2014 to House Republicans on the House Floor Agenda in the 2nd Session of 113th Congress

01/03/2014: DOL Releases 2014 Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWRs) for H-2A Agricultural/Seasonal Temporary Worker Labor Certification Program

01/03/2014: Washington D.C. Area Government Offices Open Today with Unscheduled Leave or Unscheduled Telework for Employees

01/02/2014: USCIS Field Offices Closing Alerts 01/03/2014

01/02/2014: Landmark Decision of California Supreme Court Supporting Admission of Lawyers Bar for Undocumented Immigrants

01/02/2014: DOL and USCIS Processing Delays and Thought of Solution to Improve Processing Times

01/02/2014: Pew Research Survey Shows 55% Hispanic Adults Find Legalization More Important Than Citizenship Pathway

01/02/2014: OMB Approved DHS Notice for Identification of Foreign Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Nonimmigrant Worker Programs in 2014

01/02/2014: DOL Initiates Extension of ETA 750 Form That is Due to Expire on 04/30/2014

01/01/2014: Dawn of 2014 with a High Hope for Functioning Nation's Capital and Some Achievements in Reform of Broken Immigration System at Legislative/Administrative Levels

01/01/2014: ICE Seeks Rescinding Suspension of Enrollment for Certain F/M Students from Libya and 3rd Country Nationals Acting on Behalf of Libyan Entities

12/31/2013: BIA Decision on Employment Authorization of E-2 (Investor Visa) Spouse Without EAD

12/29/2013: Confusion on Cross Chargeability in Immigrant Proceedings: Country of Birth vs Country of Nationality/Citizenship

12/27/2013: Nonimmigrants Traveling with Expired Visas and Valid Passports to Contiguous Countries or Adjacedent Islands for Less Than 30 Days with Valid I-94

12/26/2013: Mr. Mayorkas Officially Sworn in as New Deputy Secretary of DHS on 12/23/2013, Monday

12/26/2013: Mr. Jeh Johnson Officially Sworn in as New DHS Secretary on 12/23/2013, Monday

12/26/2013: Alert for Immigrant Visa Applicants in Mumbai, India: Effective 12/23/2013, Online Filing of DS-260 Form "Mandatory"

12/26/2013: In 2014, We Hope That Political Leaders Look "Ahead" Rather Than Look "Back" to Define Their Missions

12/26/2013: Senate Not to Return to Legislative and Executive Sessions Until January 6, 2014

12/24/2013: USCIS Holiday Closing Schedule - 12/25/2013 and 01/01/2014

12/24/2013: DHS & USCIS Leadership Changes Plus Holiday Season May Potentially Cause Unpredictability of USCIS Policies and Practices in Transition

12/24/2013: Identification of H-2A and H-2B Visa Program Eligible Countries in 2014

12/23/2013: USCIS Notice of H-1B Extension Petitions Workload Transfer from VSC to CSC

12/23/2013: OFLC Notice of Postponement of Acton on the Island Holdings Decision Pending Judicial Review

12/23/2013: State Department Nonimmigrant Visa Application Paper Filing Form DS-156 and Electronic Filing Form DS-160

12/22/2013: White House Report of "Beyond the (Northern) Border Implementation of December 2013"

12/21/2013: Adieu 2013 for the U.S. Senate and CIR 2013

12/20/2013: Senate Confirmed Nomination of Mr. Mayorkas as New Deputy Secretary of DHS by 54-41 Votes

12/20/2013: White House Intends to Nominate Mr. Leon Rodriguez as the New USCIS Director

12/20/2013: Senate Rescheduled Mayorkas Confirmation Vote at 10:00 AM of Friday 12/20/2013 under a Bi-Partisan Deal and Adjourned at Midnight

12/19/2013: AILA Reports F-2A Visa Retrogrssion Later in FY 2014

12/19/2013: Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas Confirmation Vote Scheduled at 04:00 a.m. of Tomorrow Dawn as Deputy Secretary of DHS

12/19/2013: Filipino Community in the U.S. Anxiously Waiting for TPS Designation by Obama Administration, Hopefully by Christmas

12/19/2013: USCIS Updates Processing Times Report on 12/19/2013

12/19/2013: Fierce Battle Conitnues on the Senate Floor Between Republicans and Democrats on Confirmation of Nominations in 2013

12/18/2013: Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Letter to USICE Requesting Information on EB-5 Regional Center Investment Immigration Program Related Immigration Enforcement Data and Policy Issues

12/18/2013: I-693 Medical Exam Result Valid Through 05/31/2014

· Form I-693 was included with the initial filing of the adjustment of status or temporary residence application; and
· There is no Class A or B medical condition noted in Form I-693, other than a Class B condition in the "Other Medical Conditions" section of Form I-693.
If these criteria are met, it is not necessary to issue a request for evidence seeking an updated Form I-693. As mentioned above,
this policy is in effect until May 31, 2014, and applies to any case that is adjudicated on or before May 31, 2014.

12/18/2013: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of October 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 32,135 28,221
Preadjudicated 42,466 30,731 73,223
Customer Action Wait 1,816 16,522  
Completed 11,183 12,817  
New Receipt 9,731 12,003  

(Note: Preadjudicated numbers shrank substantially at NSC.)

12/18/2013: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of October 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 6,249 929 7,216
Customer Action Wait 1,051 3,198 4,249
Completed 3,216 2,075 5,291
New Receipt 2,687 1,783 4,470

(Note: No surprises. There is still a huge workload gap between the two Service Centers.)

12/17/2013: Pushed Aside by the Budget Agreement Battle, No Confirmation for Any Nominations Were Taken up in the Senate Today

12/17/2013: CRS Summary of Immigration Legislation and Issues in the 113th Congress

12/17/2013: Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security

12/16/2013: Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas Confirmation Debates and Votes for Deputy Secretary of DHS Next Top Priority for the Senate Tomorrow, 12/17/2013

12/16/2013: Mr. Jeh Johnson Confirmed by the Senate Today by 78-16 Majority Votes as the Secretary of DHS

12/13/2013: Senate Scheduled to Vote Monday, 12/16/2013, on Confirmation of Nomination of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

12/13/2013: Interesting..................Another Co-Sponsor for H.R. 15, Democrat CIR Bill..............Now 193 Co-Sponsors

12/13/2013: Current PERM Processing Times and H-1B Workers Approaching 6-Year Limit

12/12/2013: Text of Written Testimony of Representatives of USCIS, ICE, and CBP for a House Judiciary Hearing on “Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Borders?”

12/12/2013: GAO Study of DHS Employees' Low Level of Morale and High Vacancies in Senior Leadership Positions

12/12/2013: "Fierce" Battle Continues on Senate Floor on Obama Nomination Confirmations

12/12/2013: DOL Official PERM Processing Times as of 12/06/2013

12/12/2013: DOL Official Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 12/06/2013

12/12/2013: January 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

12/12/2013: House Republican Piecemeal Immigration Legislation Strategy and Agenda

12/11/2013: Confirmation of Nominations Facing Senate Republicans' 36-Hour Talkaton on the Floor to Block Democrats' Nuclear Option

12/11/2013: Senate Homeland Security Committee Passed and Recommended the Senate Floor to Confirm Nomination of Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas for Deputy DHS Secretary

12/11/2013: USCIS Exhausted FY 2014 U-1 Visa Cap Numbers

12/11/2013: DHS Relases Interesting Statistics on Interstate Migration of Lawful Permanent Residents Who Naturalize

12/11/2013: All USCIS Offices Are Open Today, DC Field Offices Included

12/11/2013: Senate Homeland Security Committee Scheduled to Decide Today Pending Nomination of Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas as Deputy Secretary of DHS

12/11/2013: Philippines Embassy Officially Confirms Ongoing Consultation for Filipino TPS Designation Between the Two Governments

12/10/2013: State Department Notice on Today's Passport Agency Closure in DC and Special Emergency Relief

12/10/2013: Federal Offices in the Washington, DC Area Closed due to Inclement Weather

12/09/2013: Senate Floor Took Up DHS Secretary Nomination Today

12/09/2013: Obama in Crossroad Facing Increased Pressure to Expand DACA Relief as Administrative Fix

12/09/2013: List of USCIS Field Offices Closed Affected by Storms

12/09/2013: State Department to Raise Fees for Consular Services

12/08/2013: Alert in Using USCIS Bar Coded Forms for Petitions and Applications

12/08/2013: Help Haiti Act of 2010 for Haitian Children Adoption Sunset Tomorrow, 12/09/2013

12/07/2013: DOL Labor Certification Registry Fully Recovered and in Full Operation

12/07/2013: Time for Employers to Initiate Assessment of Needs for the H-1B Foreign Workers in FY 2015 H-1B Cap Season (10/01/2014-09/30/2015)

12/07/2013: 29 House Democrats Letter to President Obama Demanding Expansion of DACA to Other Undocumented Immigrants by Executive Order

12/06/2013: PERM Site Outage Alert - 08:00 p.m. 12/12/2013 to 06:00 a.m. 12/13/2013 (ET)

12/06/2013: Office Foreign Labor Certification Released Revised FY 2013 4th Quarter PERM Fact Sheet

12/06/2013: Time for Business Community to Work Out Laundry-List of Legislative and Administrative Solutions for Broken Employment-Based Immigration System

12/06/2013: 20-Some House Democrats Wrote a Letter to President Yesterday to Grant Deferred Action Relief to Non-Dreamers Undocumented Immigrants

12/05/2013: USCIS Administrative Appeal Office (AAO) Processing Time Update as of 11/01/2013

12/05/2013: OFLC Temporary Arrangement to Accept Request for Use of OES Wage for Pending H-2B ETA 9141 That Requested Use of Other Wage Data Until 12/31/2013

12/05/2013: Vermont Service Center Alert: RFE in Yellow-Color Papers Effective Next Monday, 12/09/2013

12/05/2013: Gallup Poll Shows Hispanics Obama Approval Rate Dropped from 75% in December 2012 to 52% Now

12/05/2013: Waiting Lists for FB & EB-Based Immigrant Visa Applicants Registered at the National Visa Center (NVC) as of November 1, 2013

12/05/2013: No Wonder Why Filipino TPS Move Caught the Eyes and Ears of Political/Business Leaders

12/05/2013: Co-Sponsors of House Democrats' H.R. 15 (CIR) Bill Now Count 192, No Matter What its Future Will Hold

12/05/2013: NSA Reportedly Collecting Location Data Daily from "Tens of Millions" of Cellphones around the World

12/05/2013: USCIS Infopass Online Appointment System Outage Saturday 12/07/2013 from 7 AM. to 1 PM

12/05/2013: No Excitement Expected for January 2014 Visa Bulletin

12/05/2013: Processing of H-1B Extension Delays

12/05/2013: No News in the Nation's Capital in the Month of Biggest Holidays

12/01/2013: Filipino TPS Designation Move - Where Does it Stand?

12/01/2013: USCBP Update of "What to do if your I-94 is Not Found online"

12/01/2013: Sen. Chuck Grassley Objected to Confirmation of Nomination of Jeh Johnson as Secretary of DHS

11/30/2013: iCERT Portal System Outage Alert Thursday Evening

11/29/2013: Indirect Impact of the Senate Filibuster Rule Change on Obama Administration's Administrative Fix of Broken Immigration System

11/29/2013: Glad Our Voices Are Heard on Immigration Reform Direction Among Immigration Advocates

11/27/2013: India EB-2 Number Became Unavailable Effective 11/20/2013 for November Visa Bulletin Pending Cases

11/27/2013: Ongoing DHS Expansion of STEM OPT 17-Month Extension Eligibility Requirements

11/27/2013: Who Said, "Just Before" and "During" Thanksgiving Recess, That There Would Still Have Time to Pass CIR Before End of 2013?

11/27/2013: Another Proposed Administrative Fix for Employment-Based Immigration System in a Small Way May Move Ahead in April 2014

11/27/2013: Year 2014 Federal Rule-Making Agenda Shows H-4 EAD Proposed Rule Completion in January 2014

11/26/2013: Reportedly Immigration Prosecutions Reached All-time High at Close to 100,000 in FY 2013

11/26/2013: Vacancy of Chief Legal Counsel of USCIS

11/25/2013: OFLC Releases FY-2013 4th Quarter Disclosure Data

11/25/2013: Obama Heckled at Immigration Event

11/24/2013: PERM Processing Starts Moving Ahead

11/24/2013: USCIS 11/21/2013 Memorandum on Handling Certain FB Automatic Conversion or Priority Date Retention Requests Pending a Supreme Court Litigation

11/23/2013: House Agreed to S.CON.RES.28 for Conditional Adjournment, and Challenges for the Democrats and the Republicans in 2014

11/22/2013: Support for TPS Designation for Filipinos Widespread

11/22/2013: USCIS Announces That Online Customer Service Tools Will be Unavailable Nov. 23-24

11/22/2013: Bi-Partisan Group of Senators Requested Acting DHS Secretary to Designate Philippines for TPS

11/22/2013: Senate Passed Yesterday S.CON.RES.28 to Recess and Adjourn Until 12/09/2013

11/21/2013: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of September 2013 - Surprise and Surprise!

  TSC NSC National
Pending (26,303) 28,900 (20,519) 21,245
Preadjudicated (50,038) 46,713 (41,488) 37,179 (91,557) 83,912
Customer Action Wait (3,366) 2,387 (16,500) 16,762  
Completed (11,116) 12,018 (14,609) 13,367  
New Receipt (9,008) 10,667 (11,569) 11,749  

(Note: What was going on?? EB-2 & EB-3 visa bulletin started improvement beginning from August 2013 but look at the consumption of preadjudicated cases in August (parenthesis) and September 2013. Practically the preadjudicated inventory remain almost same with the number during several months before August 1, 2013. Why the preadjudicated numbers were not used in August and September?)

11/21/2013: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of September 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 6,249 929 7,216
Customer Action Wait 1,051 3,198 4,249
Completed 3,216 2,075 5,291
New Receipt 2,687 1,783 4,470

(Note: No surprises. There is a huge workload gap between the two Service Centers.)

11/21/2013: Wow, Senate Today Eliminated Filibuster Rule in Votes for Nominations Other Than U.S. Supreme Court Justices!!

11/21/2013: Ailing Processing Time for Stand-Alone I-130 Immigrant Petition by U.S. Citizens for Their Spouses and Children Abroad

11/21/2013: USCIS (Service Centers Directorate) & AILA Q&A of 10/23/2013 Updating Various Processing and Adjudication Issues

11/20/2013: Obama Hits New Low Among Democrats in Congress Affecting President's Legislative Agenda

11/20/2013: USCIS Policy Memorandum of 11/18/2013 to Guide USCIS Officers on Distinction Btn and Proper Use of 'Precedent' and 'Non-precedent' AAO Decisions

11/20/2013: Senate Homeland Security Committee Gives Nods to Nomination of DHS Secretary Nominee Jeh Charles Johnson

11/20/2013: USICE Proposes Revision of SEVP Program to Allow Spouses/Children of F-1 & M-1 to Study at an SEVP-Certified Schools for Less Than a Full Couse of Study

11/20/2013: USCIS Proposes Coversion of Current E-Verify Self Check Program to myE-Verify Program

11/20/2013: How Far Would the President Go to Relieve Undocumented Immigrants from Deportation Using Executive Power?

11/19/2013: USCIS Policy Memorandum of 11/14/2013 Permitting U.S. Citizen Immediate Relative VWP Visitors to File I-485 Application Even After Expiration of 90-day Period

11/18/2013: USCIS Enhancement of E-Verify Program to Deter Fraudulent Use of Social Security Numbers

11/18/2013: USCIS Updates Processing Times on 11/18/2013 as of 09/30/2013

11/18/2013: Planned Changes in USMLE in 2014 - 2015 for International Medical Graduates (IMG)

11/18/2013: AILA Requests DHS to Designate Philippines as TPS Eligible Country

11/18/2013: USCIS No Longer Accepts PDF Copies of Approved H-2A Temporary Labor Certification Effective 11/29/2013

11/18/2013: USCIS Policy Memorandum on Parole of Spouses, Children and Parents of Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve, and Former Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve

11/18/2013: Advisory for H-4 Nonimmigrants Seeking Change of Status to H-2A, H-2B, and H-3

11/18/2013: House Floor Legislative Schedule

11/16/2013: Reportedly Obama Relies on Changes to Immigration Rules as Chances Dim That Congress Will Rewrite Laws

11/15/2013: USCIS Reminds Filipino Nationals Impacted by Typhoon Haiyan of Available Immigration Relief Measures

11/15/2013: Time to Act on Pending H-4 Spouse Employment Authorization Rule-Making Process

11/14/2013: OFLC Announces That USDA Postpones Release of 2014 H-2A AEWR Wage Data

11/14/2013: Rep. Michael Capuano of Massachusetts (Democrat) Signed Yesterday as a Co-sponsor of the H.R. 15 CIR

11/13/2013: Reportedly Final Nail Hammered on Coffin of CIR 2013 By House Speaker Boehner

11/13/2013: PERM Fact Sheet for 4th Quarter of FY 2013 (07/01/2013-09/30/2013)

11/13/2013: Prevailing Wage Determination Fact Sheet for 4th Quarter of FY 2013 (07/01/2013-09/30/2013)

11/13/2013: H-1B LCA Fact Sheet for 4th Quarter of FY 2013 (07/01/2013-09/30/2013)

11/13/2013: H-2A Temporary Labor Certification Fact Sheet for 4th Quarter of FY 2013 (07/01/2013-09/30/2013)

11/13/2013: H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Statistics for 4th Quarter of FY 2013 (07/01/2013-09/30/2013)

11/13/2013: Rest of World EB-3 Cut-Off Date of 10/01/2011 and Cross Chargeability

11/13/2013: DHS Secretary Nominee Jeh Charles Johnson Hearing Scheduled Today at Senate Homeland Security Committee

11/13/2013: DHS Proposed Designation of H-2A & H-2B Eligible Country for Next One Year Under OMB Review

11/12/2013: Unusual Pattern of EB Visa Cut-Off Date for China EB-2 and EB-3 in December

China December Visa Cut-Off Dates EB-485 Inventory (10/01/2013)
EB-2: 11/08/2008 5,345 (total)
EB-3: 10/01/2011 594 (total)

India December Visa Cut-Off Dates EB-485 Inventory (10/01/2013)
EB-2: 11/15/2004 32,589 (total)
EB-3: 09/01/2003 34,336 (total)

Assuming hypothetically that the same visa cut-off date situation takes place, one can notice a huge EB-3 inventory for Indias. Besides, analysis of Indian EB-485 inventory indicates that most of the inventory are heavily focused at the later years. It may indicate that it would be extremely risky for the Indians to take such action of transferring EB-485 from EB-2 to EB-3.

11/12/2013: USCIS Teleconference of 11/21/2013 to Discuss I-129F Fiancee Petition Process

11/12/2013: DOL PERM Processing Times as of 11/06/2013

11/12/2013: DOL Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times as of 11/06/2013

11/12/2013: Causes of Losing Hope for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013

11/12/2013: Data Deficiency Syndrome of Government Stakeholder Agencies - Returning to Old Days of Bureacratic Government Agencies

11/10/2013: Frustrating Full House Floor and Judiciary Committtee Schedules 11/12/2013 Thru 11/15/2013

11/09/2013: Monday, Veterans Day is Federal Holiday

11/08/2013: December Visa Bulletin Released

11/08/2013: PERM Online Filing System Outage Next Thursday Night

11/08/2013: Scams Abound in Immigration and Visa Process Arena

11/07/2013: IRS Warns Phone Scam, Especially Immigrants

11/06/2013: Odd Disclaimer on Visa Bulletin Site

Disclaimer: Online versions of the Visa Bulletin are for informational purposes only and every effort has been made to ensure their accuracy. Any questions regarding a cut-off date for a specific month can often be confirmed by consulting an official copy of the Visa Bulletin, available upon request from the Visa Office.

11/06/2013: Will GOP be Able to Recover from Government Shutdown Scars & Wounds Through Immigration Reform Legislation?

11/06/2013: OMB Clears ICE Proposed Rule on Adjustments to Limitations on Designated School Official Assignment and Study By F-2 and M-2 Nonimmigrants

11/05/2013: Questions, Answers, and Other Legal Assistance Available for Immigrants in Minnesota on MNSure Program (Obamacare Program in Minnesota)

11/05/2013: State Department Expands Definition of 'Immediate Family' for Certain Foreign Officials in A, G, and NATO Visas

11/05/2013: Federal Register Makes Minor Correction for Somalian TPS Extension Earlier Notice Deadline

11/05/2013: No Wonder Why China EB-5 Cap Will Reach Before the End of FY 2014

11/04/2013: EB-485 Inventory Data as of 10/01/2013

11/04/2013: Vermont Service Center Reminder of Return Mailer

11/04/2013: Rep. Jeff Denham, the First Republican Co-Sponsor of H.R. 15, Known to Contact Other Republicans to Support Immigration Bills

11/03/2013: A House Republican Circulating to Fellow House Republicans a Letter Calling on House Leadership to Take up Immigration Reform Blls This Year

11/02/2013: iCERT Sites Not Available During the Following Period

11/01/2013: Visa Bureau Reportedly Released Info that EB-2 India Would Retrogress to Either 2004 or 2005 in December Visa Bulletin

11/01/2013: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Releases Their Temporary Changes (Relief) to Document Timelines Relating to the Post Government Shutdown

11/01/2013: House Adjourned Until 11/12/2013 Unless Special Sessions Are Called by the Speaker!!!

10/31/2013: USCIS Tips for Foreign Nationals in the United States Impacted by Civil Unrest or Natural Disasters in Their Home Country

10/31/2013: Mounting Pressure for House Immigration Reform Action

10/31/2013: Somalian TPS Extension Until 09/17/2015

10/31/2013: ICE Releases Policy Not to Use Obamacare Registration Information for Immigration Enforcement for Immigrants

10/30/2013: 3rd Republican House Member Signed in for Co-Sponsorship of H.R. 15

10/30/2013: OFLC Notice of Types of Records Kept Only for 5 Years and Other Types of Records Kept for Permanent Duration

10/30/2013: Democrat Rep. John Tierney of Massachusetts and Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida Joined H.R. 15 Co-Sponsorship

10/30/2013: USCIS Launches Newly Designed Website Effective Today

10/29/2013: OFLC Alerts: Both iCERT Case Status Check Site and Laber Certification Registry Site Unavailable 'Til 11/01/2013

10/29/2013: Former Republican House Speaker 'Dennis Hastert' Denies Existence of the So-Called Notorious 'Hastert Rule' in the House

10/29/2013: Rep. RosLehtinen, 2nd Republican in the House to Join H.R. 15 Sponsorship

10/29/2013: Yeah! Finally Rep. Zoe Lofgren Joined Yesterday H.R. 15 Co-Sponsorship Along with Rep. Jeff Denham of California - Now Official Count of 186 Co-Sponsors

10/29/2013: Indian Giant IT Consulting Firm 'Infosys' Reportedly Faces the Largest Immigration Fine

10/29/2013: White House OMB Clears Somali TPS Extension Yesterday

10/28/2013: OFLC Notice of 10/28/2013 for H-2A Filing Special Accomocation Extended Through 11/18/2013

10/28/2013: House CIR Bill Likely to Add First Two Republican Co-sponsors to 186

10/26/2013: Republican Approaches to Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants as Opposed to Senate Passed CIR, S. 744

10/25/2013: AILA Executive Director Actively Advocating CIR Legislation

10/25/2013: USCIS Processing Times Update 10/25/2013 (Cut-Off Date=08/31/2013)

10/25/2013: EOIR Notice of Immigration Court Filings for Non-Detained Cases and Board of Immigration Appeals Filings Post Government Reopening

10/25/2013: All Eyes on House Judiciary Committee and Full House Floor Actions Coming Weeks for Immigration Reform

10/25/2013: Impact of Government Shutdown on Government Agencies to Fully Resume Normal Functions

10/24/2013: Political Leaders Should Stop Using Piecemeal vs. Comprehensive as a Means to Oppose Immigration Reform Legislations

10/24/2013: USCIS Online Customer Service Tools Will be Unavailable Tonight

10/24/2013: Temporary Accommodation for Form I-129 H-2A Petitions Relating to the DOL's Ongoing Technical Difficulties in Processing H-2A Temporary Labor Certification Applications for Agricultural Workers

10/23/2013: Estimated Number of Users of I-129 Nonimmigrant Worker Form and Supplement Forms

10/23/2013: "New Players on the World Stage": Chinese Provinces and Indian States

10/23/2013: "Shutdown Nightmare for Republican Party" and Participation in CIR as a Potential Saviour for Recovery

10/23/2013: Yesterday, Two More House Representatives Joined Co-Sponsorship of House Version Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, H. R. 15

10/22/2013: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of August 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 26,303 20,519
Preadjudicated 50,038 41,488 91,557
Customer Action Wait 3,366 16,500  
Completed 11,116 14,609  
New Receipt 9,008 11,569  

(Note: EB-2 & EB-3 visa bulletin started improvement beginning from August 2013 and both Service Centers completed about 10,000 EB-485 cases. However, it is interesting that the preadjudicated numbers remain almost same with the number during several months before August 1, 2013. It could either mean that they adjudicated a lot of non-preadjudicated cases or they started preadjudication adding new numbers during August 2013. Note that NSC had a huge number of EB-485 applications that are waiting for customer actions, mostly RFEs. Interesting. )

10/22/2013: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of August 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 6,195 1,131 7,373
Customer Action Wait 1,229 3,208 4,447
Completed 4,096 2,056 6,156
New Receipt 2,942 1,761 4,703

(Note: I-140 processing pace was about the same with the figures in July 2013)

10/22/2013: Oh Law Firm System Outage Today

10/21/2013: F-1 STEM OPT Alert: 17-Month STEM OPT Available Without Completion of Thesis Requirement or Equivalent

10/21/2013: Affordable Healthcare Act ("Obamacare") and Available Benefits to Immigrants

10/21/2013: Some I-130 Petitions Transferred from NBC to NSC, TSC, and CSC to Balance Overall Workloads Among Service Centers

10/21/2013: Office of Foreign Labor Certifications Notice to Stakeholders Regarding H-2A Certifications

10/21/2013: PERM & iCERT Online Filing Systems Back Up & Running Again

10/20/2013: PERM & iCERT Online Filing Systems Down for Technical Difficulties

10/19/2013: USCIS Employment Authorization Verification "Self-Check" Resumes Operation

10/19/2013: State Department's Parent's Passport Corner Applying for U.S. Passports for Minor Children

10/18/2013: USCIS Announces Relief Related to Government Shutdown

10/18/2013: Gutierrez to Obama: 'Pick up the phone'

10/18/2013: PERM Site is Up and Running Too!

10/18/2013: Hooray! iCERT Portal is Back Up and Running Now!

10/18/2013: Time is Running Out for GOP to Work on CIR not to Face Double Whip for its Future

10/18/2013: Office of Foregin Labor Certification in Operation, Despite Outage of iCERT & PERM Sites

10/17/2013: FY 2014 DHS Inspector General (IG) Performance Plan

10/17/2013: Jeh C. Johnson to be Nominated for the Secretary of DHS

10/17/2013: Social Security Administration (SSA) Notice to Employees

10/17/2013: USCIS Resumes E-Verify Operation

10/17/2013: Both the House and the Senate Adjourned Until 10/28/2013

10/17/2013: USCIS Updates on 10/16/2013 Monthly Processing Times as of 08/31/2013

10/17/2013: Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Notice to Federal Employees

10/17/2013: EOIR Notice of Reopening of Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals

10/17/2013: President Signed H.R. 2775

10/16/2013: Both Senate and House Passed H.R. 2775 to Reopen the Government 'Til 01/15/2014 and Raise Debt Ceiling 'Til 02/07/2014

10/16/2013: Government Liketly to Reopen Tomorrow and We'll See Indeed the CIR be Pushed by the President either This Friday or Next Monday!

10/16/2013: Two More Representatives Joined Other Co-Sponsors of H. R. 15 CIR Bill Yesterday with Total Co-Sponsors of 182

10/16/2013: President Vowed to Push CIR as Soon as Government is Reopen?

10/14/2013: Earliest Government Reopening Not Until 10/17/2013, at Best?

10/14/2013: Cause for USCIS Online Customer Service Sites Outage - "Maintenance"

10/14/2013: USCIS Major Customer Service Online Sites Outage

10/13/2013: DOL Shutdown and No Releaf for H-1B Nonimmigrants Facing Various Issues

10/12/2013: Both the House and the Senate in Session Today, Saturday

10/12/2013: Three More Representatives Joined the List of Co-Sponsors of H.R. 15 Last Two Days - Now 180 Co-Sponsors of the House CIR Bill

10/11/2013: Readers, Do You Now See a Gleam of Hope for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation in 2013? You Betcha!

10/11/2013: House Democrats Growingly Unified to Sponsor H.R. 15 Democrats Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

10/10/2013: Visa Bureau Explanation & Prediction of Visa Bulletin Movements

10/10/2013: Official November 2013 Visa Bulletin Released

10/10/2013: 04:00AM: Unofficial November 2013 Visa Bulletin

Family-Based ROW India China
FB-1 10/22/2006 10/22/2006  
FB-2A 09/08/2013 09/08/2013  
FB-2B 03/22/2006 03/22/2006  
FB-3 02/08/2003 02/08/2003  
FB-4 08/22/2001 08/22/2001  
Employment-Based      
EB-1 C C  
EB-2 C 06/15/2008  
EB-3 10/01/2010 09/22/2003  
EB-EW 10/01/2010 09/22/2003  
EB-4(Rel Wkr) C C  
EB-5 C C  

10/09/2013: USCIS Officially Announces U.S. Government Employee Iraqi Special Immigration Program Extension Law and Implementation

10/09/2013: EOIR Releases Update on Availability of Immigration Court Filings as of 10/09/2013 for Non-Detained Cases During Government Shutdown

10/09/2013: State Department Release EB-Visa Demand Data for Determination of November 2013 Visa Bulletin

10/08/2013: Effective Immediately, K Visa Must be Filed Online Using DS-160

10/08/2013: Country's Mood and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

10/07/2013: President Signed into Law H.R. 3233 Extension of Special Immigration Program for Certain Iraqis That Sunsetted on 09/30/2013

10/07/2013: State Department Updates Immigrant Visa Cut-Off Date Trends 1992-2013 (Through End of September 2013)

10/07/2013: The Oh Law Firm E-Mail Back Up and Running

10/07/2013: H.R. 15 Cosponsors Increased from Initial 120 Democrats to 161 Democrats

10/03/2013: Important USCIS Memorandum for DV Immigration Lottery Winners on Availability of Filing I-485 Applications During the Advance Notification in the Visa Bulletin

10/03/2013: Trend and Statistics of Provisional Waivers, I-601A Applications, by the NBC of the USCIS

10/03/2013: Senate also Passed Today H.R. 3233 by Unanimous Consent to Extend Special Immigration Programs for Certain Iraqis Which Expired on 09/302013

10/03/2013: USCIS Releases Appeals (AAO) Processing Times as of 10/01/2013

10/03/2013: AILA Seeks Relief for H-1B Workers Whose Status Will Expire During the Government Shutdown

10/03/2013: House Passed H.R. 3233 by Unanimous Consent to Extend Special Immigration Programs for Certain Iraqis Which Expired on 09/302013

10/03/2013: House Democratic CIR, H.R. 15, Co-Sponsored by 120 Members of the House

10/02/2013: House Minority Leader Announced Democratic House CIR Bill in Darkest Shadow

10/02/2013: SEC and USCIS Jointly Issue Investment Immigration Scame Alert Using EB-5 Investment Immigration Program

10/02/2013: Shutdown of OFLC iCERT and PERM Online System and Predicament of Deadline for Filing New Applications or Audit Responses or Other Follow-up Evidence

10/02/2013: Government Shutdown and Practically Frozen Government Websites

10/02/2013: Amidst Government Shutdown, New House CIR Group Schedules to Introduce New House "Democat CIR Bill" Today

10/01/2013: DOL iCERT Online Filing System and PERM Online Filing Systems Outage per Government Shut-Down Contingency Plan for DOL

10/01/2013: State Department Announcement on Passport and Visa Services During the Government Shut-Down

10/01/2013: USCIS Notice: "All Offices Are Open"

10/01/2013: DHS Procedures Relating to a Federal Funding Hiatus 09/27/2013

10/01/2013: EOIR (Immigration Courts & Board of Immigration Appeals) Notices on Operation During Government Shut-Down

10/01/2013: How Many Employees Are Furloughed in Each Federal Department?

10/01/2013: CR Ping Pong Table Tennis Game Over w/the Winner, Named Government Shut-Down

09/30/2013: Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Contingency Plans for All the Federal Departments and Agencies in Government Shut-Down

09/30/2013: What Will Happen w/DV-2015 Lottery That is Scheduled to go Live Tomorrow Noon???

09/30/2013: Official Notice of Office of Foreign Labor Certification Regarding Lapse in Appropriations

09/30/2013: Ping Pong Table Tennis Game Continues Between the House and the Senate with Continuing Appropriation Resolutions

09/29/2013: Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Proceedings Involving U.S. Department of Labor May Suffer from Government Shut-Down "Bad"

09/29/2013: Indian Prime Minister Meeting with Obama 09/27/2013 - Talk of Immigration Among Other Issues

09/28/2013: House Passed and Tossed Back Continuing Resolution to the Senate w/Reinstatement of Defunding Obamacare for One Year w/Anticipated Government Shut-Down

09/28/2013: Time to Enjoy Fall Colors

09/28/2013: House in Legislative Session Today, Saturday, Taking Up Continuing Resolution

09/28/2013: House Judiciary Committee Immigration Subcommittee Hearing on "Implementation of an Entry-Exit System: Still Waiting After All These Years"

09/28/2013: Effective 10/04/2013, Reciprocity Schedule for C and D Visas for Chinese Changes to 60 Months

09/27/2013: Senate Passes 6-Week Continuing Appropriation Resolution Reviving Obamacare Funding and Run-Down Each of Government Agencies in Preparation for Shut-Down

09/27/2013: iCERT System Outage Alert Next Thursday Evening and Night

09/26/2013: Senate CR Vote Tomorrow Instead of Sunday

09/26/2013: White House OMB Memorandum for Government Departments and Agencies Against Potential Government Shut-Down

09/26/2013: Senate Passed Motion to Proceed with Continuing Resolution Yesterday and Continues Taking Amendments Until 1:00 P.M. Today

09/26/2013: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Updates PERM Processing Times as of 09/03/2013

09/26/2013: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Updates Prevailing Wage (PW) Determination Processing Times as of 08/15/2013

09/26/2013: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Records Notice (09/26/2013) of Employer Applications Retained in Paradox Database

09/26/2013: State Department to Publish Official Notice of DV-2015 Season in Federal Register Tomorrow

09/26/2013: USCIS to Extend Designation of TPS for Somali

09/26/2013: Senate Passed S.Res. 255 on 09/25/2013 Welcoming Prime Minister of India to the U.S. for Meetings to Advance the U.S.-India Partnership

09/26/2013: DHS to Allow 14,000 CW-1 Nonimmigrants in FY 2014

09/26/2013: Congressional Research Services Reviews on 09/23/2013 Issues for Homeland Security Policy for the 113th Congress

09/25/2013: Hew........... After 21-Hour Filibuster of Sen. Cruz, Senate Passed Motion to Cloture by 100:0 Votes and Now Debating Motion to Proceed with CR

09/25/2013: USCIS Website Redesign Preview

09/24/2013: House Judiciary Chairman in Forefront to Push CIR in Line of Our Proposal

09/24/2013: PERM Online Filing System Outage This Afternoon

09/24/2013: Important OFLC Notice: Record Destructions After 5 Years Subject to Exceptions

09/24/2013: Senate Scheduled to Act on Continuing Appropriation Resolution Passed by the House Thursday, 09/25/2013

09/23/2013: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Posts Ombudsman Online Customer Service Surveys for H-2A and H-2B Programs

09/23/2013: USCIS Field Offices I-485 Processsing Records Through End of 2nd Quarter (March 31) of FY 2013

09/23/2013: USCIS Field Offices I-130 Relatives Immigrant Petition Processing Records Through End of 2nd Quarter (March 31) of FY 2013

09/23/2013: USCIS Updates Processing Record of T and U Visas Through End of 2nd Quarter (March 31) of FY 2013

09/21/2013: CATO Institute in Same Line w/This Web Site on Practical Solution for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

09/21/2013: DOL iCERT System Outage Alert

09/20/2013: House CIR Gang of 7 Collapses with Departure of Two More Republican Members

09/19/2013: USCIS Memorandum: "Exception to the Two Year Custody and Two Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children" for I-360 VAWA

09/19/2013: What Will Happen w/DV-2015 Immigration Lottery, Should the Government Shut Down?

09/18/2013: Potential Federal Government Shut-Down in October w/Chilling Effect on CIR Legislation in October 2013

09/18/2013: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of July 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 28,169 24,604
Preadjudicated 50,651 41,948 92,630
Customer Action Wait 3,201 16,135  
Completed 6,726 8,672  
New Receipt 8,851 10,210  

(Note: EB-2 & EB-3 visa bulletin did not improve until August 2013 and July report does not show any changes in EB-485 applications, including Preadjudicated cases. However, note that NSC had a huge number of EB-485 applications that are waiting for customer actions, mostly RFEs. Most likely, beginning from August monthly update, the number of Preadjudicated cases will likely be reduced substantially because of the Visa Bulletin changes. By the end of October 2013, most of these preadjudicated cases must have been exhausted.)

09/18/2013: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of July 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 6,428 1,295 7,769
Customer Action Wait 1,646 3,208 4,854
Completed 3,290 2,495 5,785
New Receipt 2,749 1,779 4,528

(Note: The TSC was continuously experiencing backlogs in I-140 petitions as of July 2013.)

09/18/2013: USCIS Releases on 09/17/2013 Monthly Processing Time Report as of 07/31/2013

09/17/2013: Wow, There Appears to be a Lot of Sharks in the Open Sea of Immigration

09/17/2013: USCIS Announces Citizenship Grant Award Winners (40)

09/17/2013: State Department DV-2015 Telegram of 09/2013 to Visa Posts on Launch of 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015)

09/17/2013: Bored?

09/16/2013: State Department Announces FY 2015 DV Immigration Lottery Seaton October 1 Thru November 2, 2013

09/13/2013: USCIS Releases on 09/13/2013 DACA Processing Statistics as at the 08/31/2013

09/13/2013: Immigration Reform Timeline

09/13/2013: USCIS Schedules a National Teleconference on Combating Immigration Scams and the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law on 09/20/2013

09/13/2013: USCIS Extends Validity of I-693 Medical Examination Reports 'Til 05/31/2014

09/13/2013: USCIS Philadelphia Field Offices Closing, 09/13, 09/16, & 09/17 for Relocation

09/11/2013: New DOL Secretary Thomas Perez: Background and Stance on Immigration Reform

09/10/2013: Here We Go! Rep. Goodlatte, Chairman of House Judiciary Committee Reportedly Indicated House Vote for Immigration Reforms in October!!

09/10/2013: Rumors of Immigration Reform in Backseat of Legislative Priorities Wagon as Affected by Decision of Military Action Against Syria - Really?


1. Foreign Assistance: Termination of assistance to Syria under the
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, except for urgent humanitarian
assistance and food or other agricultural commodities or products.
2. Arms Sales: Termination of (a) sales to Syria under the Arms
Export Control Act of any defense articles, defense services, or design
and construction services, and (b) licenses for the export to Syria of
any item on the United States Munitions List.
3. Arms Sales Financing: Termination of all foreign military
financing for Syria under the Arms Export Control Act.
4. Denial of United States Government Credit or Other Financial
Assistance: Denial to Syria of any credit, credit guarantees, or other
financial assistance by any department, agency, or instrumentality of
the United States Government, including the Export-Import Bank of the
United States.
5. Exports of National Security-Sensitive Goods and Technology: Prohibition on the export to Syria of any goods or technology on that
part of the control list established under section 2404(c)(1) of the
Appendix to Title 50.

09/09/2013: October Visa Bulletin Released

09/09/2013: Iowa Joins Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE)

09/09/2013: Acting Secretary Rand Beers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

09/09/2013: USCIS Releases Information on its Successful Case in Naturalization Fraud Enforcement

09/06/2013: House Floor to Take Up Next Week Obamacare Challenge Bill and Continuing Resolution Bill to Prevent Government Shut-Down

09/06/2013: USCIS Exhaused 10,000 U Visa Cap for FY 2013

09/06/2013: USCIS Implements New Customer Identity Verification at Field Offices

09/06/2013: PERM System Outage Alert: Next Thursday Evening and Night

09/05/2013: Departure of Janet Napolitano from Secretary of DHS End of This Week and DHS Filled With "Acting" Leadership Positions

09/05/2013: IPC Factsheet of 09/05/2013 on Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives in Selective States

09/05/2013: IPC's Releases on 09/05/2013 Immigrant Characterics Data in Selective Congressional Districts in the United States as of August 2013

09/05/2013: USCIS I-9 or E-Verify Learning Webinar Schedules

09/04/2013: USCIS Customer Service Innovation and its Call for Stakeholders/Customers Inputs

09/04/2013: Don't Give Up the Hope for CIR 2013 - It Will be #1 Enemy for CIR Chance in 2013

09/04/2013: State Department Website Official Announcement of DS-260 Transition

09/03/2013: All Right, Here is State Department Telegram to Visa Posts for DS-260 Online Processing Guidance for Immigrant Visa Applications Which Are Just Posted

09/03/2013: DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

09/03/2013: Pathway to Citizenship Central to Issue of Whole Immigration Reform at This Time

09/01/2013: Emerging GOP CIR Compromise: Path to Citizenship vs Pathway to Citizenship

"08/18/2013: Republican National Committee Calls for Immigration Reform Without Naturalization Opportunity for Legalized Undocumented Immigrants

08/30/2013: No Information Available About State Department Transition to Online Immigration Application Effective 09/03/2013

08/30/2013: iCERT Portal Outage Alert

08/29/2013: Changing Environment of Employment-Based Immigration

08/29/2013: End of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program for Certain Iraqi Nationals on 09/30/2013

08/29/2013: White House Sources Indicate No Likely House CIR Vote B/4 October This Year

08/29/2013: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Submitted Two (2) Reports on the Border Security to Congress on 08/28/2013

08/28/2013: DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application Online Filing Mandatory Effective 09/03/2013

08/28/2013: Revised Immigration Forms and Deadline for Old Forms

08/28/2013: Issues Raised in Yesterday's USCIS Public Engagement Teleconference on Immigration Fee Online Pay Requirement Using ELIS System

08/28/2013: Minutes of USCIS National Benefits Center and AILA Meeting of 05/10/2013 on Family-Based Immigration Proceedings

08/27/2013: DHS Office of Inspector General Report of 08/15/2013 on Implementation of L-1 Visa Regulations

08/27/2013: DHS Office of Inspector General Report of June 2013 on USCIS Tracking & Monitoring of Potentially Fraudulent Petitions and Applications for Family-Based Immigration Benefits

08/27/2013: September 6th, the Last Day of Janet Napolitano as DHS Secretary

08/27/2013: USCIS E-Verify Enhancement and Two Teleconferences on 09/04/2013 and 09/05/2013

08/23/2013: USCIS Online Customer Service Tools Unavailable from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) on 8/25/2013

-Check My Case Status
-e-Filing
-Change of Address Online
-Check Processing Times
-USCIS ELIS
-Office Locator
-e-Request
-Civil Surgeon Locator

08/23/2013: USCIS Schedules Another ELIS Webinar Next Tuesday and Wednesday

08/22/2013: PERM Processing Times Update as of 08/05/2013

08/22/2013: Immigration Reform Opposition Extremists Reportedly Falter in August

08/22/2013: USCIS Monthly Processing Times Report of 08/20/2013 w/Cut-Off Date of 06/30/2013

08/22/2013: USCIS Policy Memorandum August 2013 on Acceptance of Diversity Visa-Related I-485 Applications During the Advance Notification Period Reflected in the Visa Bulletin

08/22/2013: USCIS ELIS Online System Outage Scheduled Again This Sunday, 08/25/2013

08/22/2013: House Can Pass CIR With Enough Numbers, But For the "Haster Rule"

08/22/2013: DOL H-2B Wage Methodology File Rule with OMB Again 08/20/2013

08/21/2013: Office of Foreign Labor Certification Releases Selected Statistics Update

08/21/2013: State Department Visa Cable of August 2013 to Visa Posts on Supplemental Guidance for Processing I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

08/21/2013: Oh Law Firm Internet Was Down This Morning

08/20/2013: USCIS Phone Scam Alert!

08/20/2013: USCIS History and Genealogy Website Update

08/19/2013: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of June 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 21,621 22,090
Preadjudicated 51,262 42,473 93,777
Customer Action Wait 7,097 15,762  
Completed 8,791 8,601  
New Receipt 8,992 9,106  

08/19/2013: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of June 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 6,363 1,888 8,298
Customer Action Wait 1,227 3,225 4,562
Completed 3,597 2,940 6,547
New Receipt 2,878 1,778 4,656

08/19/2013: Board of Immigration Appeals Ruled Today that Entering U.S. w/False Claim of a U.S. Citizen is Not Admission to the U.S.

08/19/2013: Board of Immigration Appeals Ruled Today that Knowing and Willful Materially False Statement in Passport Application is a Moral Turpitude Crime

08/19/2013: DOL iCERT System Computer Glitch (August 13-August 15) and Availability of Discretionary Relief for Suffered Employers to File Untimely H-1B Petition

08/19/2013: EOIR Notice of Update of Address of Appendix A of Practice Manual

08/18/2013: Republican National Committee Calls for Immigration Reform Without Naturalization Opportunity for Legalized Undocumented Immigrants

08/18/2013: H-4 Employment Authorization Rule Making Initial Plan

08/17/2013: Definition of Cut-Off Date in the Visa Bulletins

08/16/2013: ECFMG Reporter of 08/16/2013 Reminds Changes to the Step 3 Examination in 2014 For International Medical Graduates (IMG)

08/16/2013: Importance of Senate Confirmation of Mr. Alejando Mayorkas to Deputy DHS Secretary Amid Growing DHS Leadership Vacancies and Importance of CIR Implementation

08/15/2013: USCIS Releases 08/15/2013 DREAMers DACA Processing Data

08/15/2013: USCIS ELIS System Outage Alert Sunday 08/18/2013

08/15/2013: State Department Notice on List of U.S. Embassies & Consulates with Limited or No U.S. Visa Services

08/15/2013: New DOL Secretary Reportedly Labor Union Advocate with Anticipated Aggressive "Enforcement" Rule-Making Ahead

08/15/2013: PERM Online Problems Fixed

08/14/2013: Reportedly, Federal Departments Reduce Furloughs, But Situation in Labor Department Unclear

08/13/2013: DOL Proposes Changes to ETA 9033 and ETA 9033 for Employers Using Crewmembers

08/13/2013:"The" Best Warning to GOP - Potential Obama's Executive Power to Give Deferred Action Relief to 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants if CIR Fails

08/13/2013: FY 2014 DV Lottery Results for Each Country

08/13/2013: Visa Bureau Prediction of Visa Bulletin in October 2013 and Beyond

08/13/2013: September 2013 Visa Bulletin

08/12/2013: USCIS Informs Registrations Are Full for ELIS Immigration Fee Payment Online Webinars on 08/16/2013

08/12/2013: iCERT and PERM Portals Frequent Outage for Maintenance and Some Changes

08/12/2013: USCIS FOIA Processing Times of 07/29/2013

08/12/2013: What a Dull August!

08/12/2013: USCIS Appeals Processing Times (AAO) of 08/12/2013

08/12/2013: USCIS Schedule Webinnars on 08/16/2013, Friday, on Immigration Fee Payment Using ELIS System

08/09/2013: Effective 08/16/2013, Attorneys/Legal Representatives Will No Longer Have to Wait for Hours to Communicate with the USCIS on 800 Number Call

08/08/2013: BIA Decision of August 8, 2013 on Ineligibility of Grandfathered Spouse or Child Established After 04/30/2001 for the Benefit of 245(i)

08/08/2013: USCIS Redirecting (Transfer) Certain Cases From One Service Center to Another Service Center

08/08/2013: iCERT Portal System Outage Alert & Release iCERT-Account Management Quick Start Guide for Changes & Instruction for Access to iCERT User Account

08/08/2013: EB-485 Inventory Data as of 07/17/2013

08/08/2013: Immigration Reform Update

08/08/2013: Expansion of Global Entry Eligility to Certain Citizens of South Korea, Germany, Qatar, and United Kingdom, Effective 08/09/2013

08/06/2013: USCIS Form Updates for Form I-94 Automation

08/06/2013: State Department Notice of Same Sex Spouse Eligible for FY-2013 and FY-2014 DV Immigration Lottery Winners

08/06/2013: USICE No Longer Issues I-797C Payment Receipt for SEVP I-901 and ICE Online Payment Print-Out Required for Visa & Admission to POEs

08/05/2013: USCIS Posts on 08/02/2013 Two More FAQs on Same Sex Marriage Immigration Answers

08/05/2013: USCIS Updates on 08/02/2013 Processing Times as of 05/31/2013

08/05/2013: USCIS Seeks Employer Volunteers to Participate in New I-9 Form Tests

08/05/2013: List of 19 U.S. Embassies and Consulates to Continuously Remain Closed Through 08/10/2013, Saturday

08/04/2013: "Hot" Summer Recess for the House

08/04/2013: State Department Visa Policy Cable of August 2013 on DOMA Guidance for Visa Posts Worldwide

08/04/2013: State Department Visa Policy Cable of August 2013 on Visa Receiprocity Schedule for Various Nonimmigrant Visas for Kazakhstan

08/04/2013: State Department Visa Policy Cable of July 2013 on B-Visa (Visitors) Reciprocity Schedule for Cuba

08/04/2013: State Department Visa Policy Cable of 07/2013 on L-Visa Fees and Reciprocity Fees

08/04/2013: State Department Visa Policy Cable of 06/2013 on T & U Visa Changes

08/02/2013: USCIS Ten (10) Tips for Using ELIS With Less Stress

08/02/2013: State Department DOMA Guidance Cable for Visa Posts August 2013 and FAQ

08/02/2013: Another PERM Outage Alert: In the Night of 08/08/2013 from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am of 08/09/2013

08/02/2013: Congress in Summer Recess Until 09/09/2013 and Heat of CIR Advocates Up on the Streets and Town Hall Meetings

08/01/2013: USCIS Monthly Application Processing Statistics as of 06/30/2013

08/01/2013: USCIS Naturalization (N-400) Processing Statistics as of 06/30/2013

08/01/2013: White House Releases State-by-State Reports: The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

08/01/2013: DOL "PERM" Online System Outage Alert on Monday, 08/05/2013

08/01/2013: DOL "ICERT" Online System Outage Alert on Monday, 08/05/2013

08/01/2013: Setback for Conservative Republicans to Block Obama Administration's Policy of Deferred Actions/Wintholding of Immigration Violators From Deportation

08/01/2013: USCIS ELIS Outage Alert Sunday Evening, 08/04/2013

07/31/2013: It is Heart-Breaking That Wonderful Servant, Mr. Mayorkas Could Not Receive Nomination Confirmation B/4 Summer Recess to Take Over Acting DHS Secretary in September

07/31/2013: The All-Out Pressures on House Add Senior Republican Senator John McCain

07/30/2013: Broad Over 400 Leading Businesses and Advocacy Groups Coalition Sent CIR Support Letter to the House Majority and Minority Leaders Today

07/30/2013: GAO Releases on 07/30/2013 Study on Overstays and Recommendation of Improvement of Biometric Entry-Exit System

07/30/2013: Busy Movement of Hillary Clinton and GOP 100+ Donors Press for CIR

07/29/2013: Reminder of Visa Bureau Alert on Forthcoming Need for Some Type of "Corrective" Action During FY 2014

07/29/2013: Mr. Thomas E. Perez Sworn in and Took Office of Secretary of DOL on 07/23/2013

07/29/2013: Minnesota Joins List of 12 Other Same Sex Marriage States in the U.S. and Other Countries in the World Effective Thursday, 08/01/2013

07/28/2013: List of Revised (Improved) Immigration Forms

07/27/2013: Ongoing Sequestration & Furlough and Apparent Impacts on Immigration Stakeholder Agencies Plus Forthcoming Federal Fiscal Fight Impacting CIR Chances

07/27/2013: House's Floor Schedule Before Summer Recess

07/26/2013: PERM Processing Statistics Update for 3rd Quarter (Apr-June) FY 2013 Through 06/30/2013

07/26/2013: PERM Disclosure Data for 3rd Quarter (Apr-June) FY 2013 Through 06/30/2013

07/26/2013: Prevailing Wage Determination Statistics Update for 3rd Quarter (Apr-June) FY 2013 Through 06/30/2013

07/26/2013: H-1B LCA Processing Statistics and Disclosure Data for 3rd Quarter FY 2013 Through 06/30/2013

07/26/2013: H-2B Non-Agricultural Temporary Worker Labor Certification Processing Statistics & Disclosure Data for 3rd QTR FY 2013 Trough 06/30/2013

07/26/2013: H-2A Agricultural Temporary Worker Labor Certification Processing Statistics and Disclosure Data for 3rd Quarter FY 2013 Through 06/30/2013

07/26/2013: ICERT Outage Alert

07/26/2013: USCIS Releases Additional Answers to the Same Sex Marriage Immigration Questions

07/26/2013: T-Visa/U-Visa Legislative Changes in March 2013 and State Secretary John Kerry's Visa Policy Cable to Visa Posts

07/25/2013: Answer to Readers' Question Why We Are So Quite About CIR

07/25/2013: USCIS Online Customer Service Tools Unavailable 07/28/2013 5:00 am - 6:00 pm

07/25/2013: PERM Processing Times as of 07/01/2013

07/25/2013: DHS Deputy Secretary Nominee Mr. Mayorkas Faces Unexpected Challenge in Today's Nomination Hearing at the Senate Homeland Security Committee

07/24/2013: ICE Under Consideration a Proposal to Permit 17-Month STEM OPT Extension with "Prior" STEM Degrees

07/24/2013: Ongoing Scam Calls Alert!

07/24/2013: USCIS Redesigns Special Certificate of Naturalization and Certificates of Citizenship (Posthumous)

07/23/2013: USCIS Reminder of Deadline of Salvadoran TPS Re-Registration on 07/29/2013, Monday

07/22/2013: List of Witnesses to Testify Before House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Hearing on DREAMers Immigration Legislation

07/22/2013: USCIS Relased Revised Form I-129F for Fiancee Petition

07/21/2013: House CIR and Republican Numbers

07/20/2013: House Version DREAM Act, "KIDS Act" Reportedly Doesn’t Have ‘Stamp of Approval’ from DREAMers

07/20/2013: PERM Delays and Increased Challenges and Denials

07/20/2013: For CIR, Time Flew So Fast for Congress

07/19/2013: USCIS Updates Processing Times Monthly Report 07/19/2013

07/19/2013: DOL (OFLC) Stuggles with H-2B Wage Determination Methodology Rule

07/19/2013: USCIS FY-2012 Annual H-1B Petition Report to Congress (10/01/2011 – 09/30/2012)

07/18/2013: USCIS Vermont Service Center News

07/18/2013: USCIS Service Center EB-485 Processing Volume Update at the End of May 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 25,055 20,716
Preadjudicated 52,330 43,877 96,247
Customer Action Wait 2,419 15,593  
Completed 7,704 12,504  
New Receipt 8,263 9,713  

07/18/2013: USCIS Service Center I-140 Processing Volume Update at the End of May 2013

  TSC NSC National
Pending 6,799 3,053 9,907
Customer Action Wait 1,453 3,120 4,573
Completed 3,548 3,637 7,186
New Receipt 3,365 2,191 5,556

07/18/2013: CIR Pushed Off to After Summer Recess

07/18/2013: Chances for Senate Confirmation of Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas as Deputy Secretary of DHS Before Summer Recess?

07/18/2013: Senate to Vote Today on Nomination of Thomas Edward Perez to be U.S. Secretary of Labor

07/18/2013: Written Testimony of USCIS Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Associate Director of 07/17/2013 for a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security Hearing on “Border Security Oversight, Part III: Examining Asylum Requests

07/17/2013: House Judiciary Committee Schedules "DREAM" Legislation Hearing Tuesday 7/23/2013 - 2:00 p.m.

07/17/2013: Board of Immigration Appeals Sustains Appeal of Denial of Same Sex Marriage in Immigration Today

07/17/2013: USCIS Report of Characteristics of H-1B Workers in Fiscal Year 2012

07/17/2013: A Timeline of Obama's Slow-Motion Play on Immigration

07/15/2013: State of Idaho E-Verify RIDE State Effective 07/14/2013

07/15/2013: August 2013 - Heaven for Immediate Family Members of the Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)

07/15/2013: Senate Republican Leader Urges the House Republicans to Act on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

07/13/2013: Is DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's Resignation a Lamb for Democrats' CIR Strategy?

07/13/2013: ICERT Portal System Outage Alert

07/12/2013: USCIS Releases on 07/12/2013 DACA Processing Update for a Period: 08/15/2012 - 06/30/2013

07/12/2013: DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is Reportedly Going to Resign!

07/12/2013: Two Leading House Republican Leaders Drafting on House Version "DREAM" Act for Dreamers

07/11/2013: USCIS Guangzhou Field Office to Move to Another Location in the Same City

07/10/2013: Reportedly Today's House Republican Meeting Reaffirmed Piecemeal Reform Approach and Refuted Comprehensive Reform Approach

07/10/2013: Important Day for House Republicans to Determine Immigration Reform Direction for the House

07/10/2013: Visa Overstay Criminalization Law Introduced in the House

07/10/2013: USCIS Field Office & Application Support Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico Closed Today

07/09/2013: Map of House CIR Pro and Con Members

07/09/2013: USCIS Releases Revised Blanket L Petition Form, I-129S

07/09/2013: USCIS AAO Appeal Processing Times Update of 07/02/2013

07/09/2013: State Department Prediction of Visa Cut-Off Date Movement Beyond August 2013 Through 2014

07/09/2013: August 2013 Visa Bulletin Released

07/09/2013: Tomorrow's Republican Meeting and Leaked Leadership Memo for Talking Points on CIR

07/09/2013: USCIS Proposed Rule-Making Agenda for Enhancing Opportunities for High-Skilled H-1B1, E-3 Nonimmigrants, CW-1 Nonimmigrants, and EB-1 Immigrants (Outstanding Researcher/Teacher Category)

07/09/2013: H-4 Employment Authorization Proposed Rule in the USCIS Agenda with a Planned Release Date of July 2013

07/07/2013: Oh Law Firm Office Email Outage Alert

07/07/2013: PERM Online Filing System Outage All Weekend Long

07/06/2013: Nomination of Current USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas to DHS Deputy Secretary Submitted to the Senate for its Consent on 06/27/2013

07/06/2013: House Republicans to Meet Behind Closed Doors Wednesday 07/10/2013 on CIR

07/05/2013: With Reference to Our Yesterday Posting on GOP Political Machine for CIR, Please Read this NBC Report

07/04/2013: Cyber Space Filled With Spinning of CIR Opponents With Alleged Prediction of Failure of CIR in the House

07/03/2013: Alarming Trend of Decline of Approvals and Increase of Denials in PERM Applications During Past Five (5) Quarters

  Apr-Jun 2012 Jul-Sept 2012 Oct-Dec 2013 Jan-Mar 2013 Apr-Jun 2013
 Certified 17,200 20,800 12,123 9,024 5,844
 Denial 1,900 2,500 1,532 1,722 1,709
 Withdrawn 1,100 900 680 707 611
 Total 20,200 24,200 14,335 11,453 8,164
 Denial % 9.4% 10.3% 10.7% 15.0% 20.9%

(Source: OFLC PERM Fact Sheets FY 2012 - FY 2013)

07/03/2013: USCIS "Final" Policy Memorandum of 07/02/2013 on Certification of Decisions to the AAO

07/03/2013: USCIS Interim Memorandum of 07/03/2013 on Precedent and Non-Precedent Decisions of the AAO

07/03/2013: USCIS Ongoing Revisions of Various Immigration Forms and Future Plan for Other Immigration Forms

07/03/2013: House Judiciary Committee Passed by 20:14 Votes the Rep. Issa's STEM Visas Act, H.R. 2131

07/03/2013: State Department Announcement for Implementation of DOMA Court Ruling

07/02/2013: House CIR of Gang of 7

07/02/2013: DHS Guidance of DOMA Court Ruling Implementation

07/02/2013: USCIS Investor Immigrant I-526 & I-829 Processing Records Through End of 1st Quarter of FY 2013

07/02/2013: USCIS Field Offices I-485 Processsing Records Through End of 1st Quarter of FY 2013

This record reports I-485 processing at the local field and district offices throughout the country. Accordingly, the record does not include employment-based I-485 cases other than those which had been transferred to the local offices by the Texas and Nebraska Service Centers for interviews at the local offices. This record is released and published on 06/28/2013.
07/02/2013: USCIS Field Offices I-130 Processing Records Through End of 1st Quarter of FY 2013. This record is released and published on 06/28/2013, but relects the status as of the end of December 2012.

07/02/2013: USCIS I-914 (T-Visa) & I-918 (U-Visa) Processing Records Through End of 1st Quarter of FY 2013

07/01/2013: Office of Foreign Labor Certifications Implements Labor Certification Registry (LCR) Program

07/01/2013: House Gang of 7 Ready to Introduce House-Version Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Early Next Week

07/01/2013: USCIS Redesigns Replacement Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates