H-1B Lottery Enacted after USCIS Receives 172,500 H-1B Petitions

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On April 11, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period for Fiscal Year 2015.  A computer-generated lottery was completed on April 10, 2014 for the 65,000 available H-1B approvals in the general category cap and 20,000 cap in the advanced degree exemption….

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CHILE JOINS THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

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Today marks the first day Chilean citizens may travel to the US without first obtaining a visa from the US Consulate.  Chile joins the other 38 countries whose nationals are able to take advantage of this much more convenient form of travel.  Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries are allowed to complete the simple online…

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Canada Terminates Its Popular Investor Visa Similar to U.S. EB-5

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In its 2014 budget report the Canadian Ministry of Finance announced that its immigrant investor program, similar to the United States’ EB-5 program, would be terminated.  The report states that “[f]or decades, [the program] has significantly undervalued Canadian permanent residence, providing a pathway to Canadian citizenship in exchange for a guaranteed loan that is significantly…

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Certain Employers Recruit DACA Immigrants

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Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “DACA” was introduced in 2012, more than half a million applicants have received deferred action. Receiving deferred action allows these individuals to live and work in the United States without fear of being deported. To qualify for the program the applicant must have been: under the age of…

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Michigan’s Radical Immigration Proposal

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The Governor of Michigan unleashed his proposal to revitalize the city of Detroit through “smart immigrants”. The governor wants to attract 50,000 individuals with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in the sciences, arts, or business over the next 5 years. The city of Detroit is destitute and on life-support. Such an influx of educated foreign…

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NEW N-400 FORM IS A MIXED BAG

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USCIS has released a new form N-400 used to apply for citizenship as part of their continuing initiative to add barcodes to allow the information on the forms submitted to be easily scanned into their systems.  The new form is more than double the length of the prior forms so is surely going to be…

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