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September 2007
09/25/07

The U.S. Department of State announced today that it would begin accepting applications for the 2009 Diversity Visa Lottery Program beginning October 3, 2007, through December 2, 2007. Please visit the Department of State website for further information.

 
June 2007
06/27/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release today in which it announced that it has temporarily suspended the Premium Processing Service for I-140 petitions from July 2, 2007 through August 1, 2007, due to the anticipated heavy increase in I-140 filings associated with visa availability as announced by the U.S. Department of State in its July 2007 Visa Bulletin.

 
May 2007
05/29/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release today in which it announced filing fee increases on a number of USCIS applications effective July 30, 2007. A chart reflecting the revised filing fees is attached.

 
April 2007
04/10/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release today in which it noted that additional H-1B numbers for aliens holding a U.S. Master's degree or higher may still be available. To date, it has received approximately 12,989 cases for this category.

 
04/09/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release today in which it announced that it would not adjudicate any cap-subject Fiscal Year 2008 H-1B petitions filed under the Premium Processing program until the lottery for H-1B numbers has been completed, at which time the 15-day premium processing period will begin.

 
04/03/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release today in which it stated that it had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the H-1B cap for foreign nationals with Bachelor's degrees. It will conduct a lottery to determine which applications will be awarded an H-1B number. Further information will be forthcoming regarding petitions for foreign nationals with Master's degrees or higher, as the first 20,000 of these petitions are exempt from the H-1B cap.

 
March 2007
03/29/07

A reminder to all H-1B applicants for new employment in a specialized occupation beginning on or after October 1, 2007 - April 1, 2007 is the first date that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2008. Because there are only a certain number of H-1Bs available for new employment each year, it is important to contact us immediately if you are interested in applying for H-1B status.

 
03/23/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release today in which it announced that it has reached the H-2B cap for Fiscal Year 2007. March 16, 2007 is the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates prior to October 1, 2007. Please remember that April 1, 2007 is the first day that applications will be accepted for new H-2B employment beginning on or after October 1, 2007, for Fiscal Year 2008.

 
03/21/07

The U.S. Department of State announced today that it would resume processing of I-130 immigrant visa petitions on behalf of immediate relatives filed by U.S. citizens living overseas. Please refer to the U.S. Department of State Media Note for further information.

 
January 2007
01/31/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release today in which it announced that it is accepting comments relating to a proposed filing fee increase for most immigration applications. This proposal would result in a significant increase in filing fees charged for the majority of immigration applications.

 
01/23/07

The United States has imposed new documentary requirements for air travelers in an effort to combat terrorism. As of January 23, 2007, all persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.

 
01/22/07

The U.S. Department of State announced today that U.S. Consulates abroad are no longer authorized to accept I-130 immigrant visa petitions on behalf of immediate relatives filed by U.S. citizens living overseas due to complications with conducting the criminal background checks required under the Adam Walsh Act. Accordingly, it instructed U.S. citizens living overseas to file I-130s at the overseas offices of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, rather than at U.S. Consulates.

 
01/12/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Press Release in which it noted that it will now accept address change filings online on at http://www.uscis.gov/AR-11.

 
01/01/07

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued an updated Guide to Naturalization. Please contact Dyson Law if you are interested in applying for this important benefit.

 
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