November 7, 2007

USCIS Announces new Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9)

On November 7, 2007, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) is now available for use. All employers are required to complete a Form for each employee hired in the U.S. The revision seeks to achieve full compliance with the document reduction requirements of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), which reduced the number of documents employers may accept from newly hired employees during the employment eligibility verification process. The revised Form I-9 is a further step in the USCIS' ongoing work toward reducing the number of documents used to confirm identity and work eligibility.

Employers are encouraged to start using the revised Form I-9 immediately. The form will become effective once the notice is published in the Federal Register. Both the revised form and the Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing the Form I-9 are available online at


May 17, 2007

USCIS Eliminates Premium Processing for Substitution-Based I-140 Immigrant Petitions

Effective May 18, 2007 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will eliminate Premium Processing for Form I-140 Immigrant petitions that request a substitution of the alien beneficiary on labor certification applications. This change is a result of the higher volume of substitution-based cases anticipated as a result of the rule which will bar substitution of alien beneficiaries effective July 16, 2007.


May 4, 2007

H-1B Master's Quota Reached

The USCIS announced that is has received enough U.S. Master's cap H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 quota. the 20,000 allotment applies to employees who hold a U.S. Master's degree or higher.


April 10, 2007

USCIS Updates Count of FY 2008 Cap Filings

As of April 9, 2007, USCIS determined that approximately 119,193 of the petitions received on April 2 and April 3 are subject to the cap. On April 2 and April 3, USCIS received approximately 12,989 cases subject to the U.S. Masterís cap for individuals holding a U.S. Masterís degree or higher. USCIS announced that the Masterís cap of 20,000 remains open.


April 3,2007

USCIS Announces H-1B Cap Reached

On April 3, 2007, the USCIS announced that the H-1B cap/quota for the 2008 Fiscal Year was reached on the first day that filing was permitted. USCIS announced that it received 150,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions on April 2, and that date entry and a random selection process would take several weeks to complete.


March 2, 2007

USCIS Announces New Biometrics Process for Conditional Permanent Residents

On February 28, 2007 USCIS announced a new biometrics process for applicants who file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. Effective immediately, all conditional permanent residents are required to have their biometrics captured electronically at an Application Support Center.


February 27, 2007

USCIS Announces that Prior I-130 Immigrant Petitions Properly Filed at a U.S. Consulate Should Not be Re-filed

On February 27, 2007 the USCIS announced that individuals who filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with a U.S. Embassy or Consulate since July 2006 do not need to re-file the petition.


February 26, 2007

USCIS Memo Explains the Current FBI Name Check Policy and Announces Policy Changes

A USCIS Memorandum dated December 21, 2006 explains the current FBI Name Check Policy, and announces new policy changes. To access this Memorandum, please visit:


February 21, 2007

DHS Launches Traveler Redress Inquiry Program

On February 21, 2007 the DHS announced the launch of the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). Travelers may access an online inquiry program for resolution of issues such as misidentification at ports of entry or delays in travel due to additional screening. TRIP may be accessed at:





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