Writing Contest for Girl Scouts
Kidambi & Associates, P.C. in association with Girl Scouts of CT is sponsoring a ‘Writing Contest’ that celebrates America and provides a cultural opportunity for Girl Scouts residing in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Milford, Stratford, Trumbull, and Monroe, CT.
MY IMMIGRANT STORY
WHY I AM PROUD TO BELONG TO A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS
Extended Deadline: February 14, 2014
If you were previously in ACTIVE F-1 nonimmigrant status at University of Northern Virginia, school code WAS214F01186000, please be aware that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has withdrawn the school's approval for attendance of nonimmigrant students as of October 1, 2013.
If your record has been terminated, you must contact the SEVIS Response Center to manually transfer your record to your new school in order to file for reinstatement with USCIS. For instructions on how to file for a reinstatement, visit www.uscis.gov.
Students who call the SRC should be prepared to provide the following information to the SEVP staff:
- First and last name
- SEVIS ID#
- Telephone number where you can be reached
- Email address
- Dates of attendance at UNVA
- Educational level and major of study at UNVA
- Name of employer and place of employment
In a recent bulletin sent to members, the American Immigration Lawyers Association reports that during a recent conversation with Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State's Visa Office provided the following information and updates regarding demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories. Please note that these notes are based on Mr. Oppenheim's impressions at the time and are subject to change based on usage or new developments.
As of November 20, 2013 no additional EB-2 numbers will be allocated for EB-2 India adjustment of status applications for the rest of November. This means that no additional EB-2 India green cards can be approved with a priority date after November 2004 (the December Visa Bulletin's cutoff date), even though the November Visa Bulletin had not yet retrogressed. The November Visa Bulletin confirmed that as soon as retrogression was announced for December, it could take effect immediately.
The demand for India EB-2 visa numbers has been unprecedented. In fact from the 10th to the 20th of November, the Visa Office received requests for approximately 150 EB-2 India green card numbers per day from USCIS. The demand was so great, that the unusual action of cutting off the category during the month had to be taken. A majority of these requests were from "upgrades" where the beneficiary had established a priority date in the EB-3 category, and now qualified for EB-2.
It is very possible that in August or September 2014, the last two months of the 2014 fiscal year, EB-2 India will advance again to around December 2008. However, that is only an educated guess at this time. No exact date is certain.
In the last fiscal year, close to 15,000 EB-2 visa numbers were allocated to pending EB-2 India cases in August and September 2013, for cases that were pre-adjudicated by USCIS.
A number of factors will affect the forward movement of the category and the availability of extra visa numbers, for India EB-2 and other categories, between now and the end of the 2014 fiscal year:
- Usage of visa numbers in the EB-1 category that would "drop down" to EB-2;
- The number of EB-3 to EB-2 "upgrades" from Worldwide and other countries;
- The number of EB-2 India visa numbers used for applicants with priority dates before November 2004;
- The fact that the total worldwide quota is about 8,000 visa numbers lower than the previous year.
The Worldwide EB-3 category moved forward a year in December because there does not appear to be very many of these applications currently pending with USCIS. As demand builds over the fiscal year, and more conclusions can be drawn from the number of pending cases, the EB-3 Worldwide category may retrogress during this fiscal year.
USCIS has posted Questions and Answers on Appeals and Motions, helps clarify the options available to an applicant or petitioner when a case has been denied.
ICE press release on $34 million settlement agreement involving Infosys, an Indian consulting, technology and outsourcing company alleged to have committed systemic H-1B and B-1 visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes and also agreed to enhanced corporate compliance measures. Read the article on Infosys Settlement Agreement.
BALCA held that the letters the employer sent to U.S. applicants were insufficient, noting that there was no attempt to determine whether they could become qualified with reasonable on-the-job training and there was no proof that the applicants received the letters. (Matter of Twins, 11/1/13). Read the BALCA case here.
Noting that the list of factors set forth in the decision were not exhaustive, BALCA found that Dice.com is a job search website for IT professionals, not a "professional organization" for purposes of recruitment under 20 CFR §656.17(e)(1)(ii)(E). (Matter of Privthi Info. Solutions, 11/1/13). Read the BALCA case here.