February 13, 2009

In the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the "Stimulus Bill", the House of Representatives included strict new limitations on compaines receiving Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bailout funds in hiring foreign natinals on H-1B visas. The limitations are so restrictive as to make it infeasible for companies who have received TARP funds to hire foreign nationals on H-1B visas for the next two years.

In the same bill, an amendment to expand and accelerate e-Verify requirements to a broader range of US employers was defeated.

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August 8, 2008

US Consular Update

Effective August 8, 2008, US Consular Posts will receive all official communications related to domestically - filed immigrant visa cases that are processing at overseas posts through the National Visa Center (NVC). In July 2007, the Consular Affairs of the State Department and US Citizenship and Immigrant Services agreed to designate NVC as the central clearinghouse for all official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigrant visa related communications to posts. Such posts will no longer receive Immigrant Visa petition-related notifications, petitions or cables, directly from USCIS. NVC provides central pre-processing and a central point of contact for Immigrant Visa case tracking for all concerned parties: USCIS, petitioners, beneficiaries, as well as overseas posts.

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