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Tuesday, 09 March 2010 17:10

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VISA BULLETIN APRIL 2010

Family-based categories:
  • First: This preference is for unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens (21 years of age and older). 
    • There is slight movement in this category for China, India, Mexico and "Other Countries". 
    • The priority date for Philippines remains the same.
  • Second: 
    • A. This preference is for spouses and children (under 21 years of age) of legal permanent residents. 
      • The priority dates for China, India, Philippines and "Other Countries" have progressed two months. 
      • The priority date for Mexico has progressed six months.
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    • B. This preference is for unmarried sons and daughters (21 years of age or older) of legal permanent residents. 
      • The priority dates for China, India and "Other Countries" have progressed one month. 
      • The priority date for Mexico remains the same. 
      • There is slight movement in this category for Philippines.
  • Third: This preference is for married sons and daughters of US citizens. 
    • The priority dates for China, India, Philippines and "Other Countries" remain the same. 
    • There is slight movement in this category for Mexico.
  • Fourth: This preference is for brothers and sisters of adult US citizens.
    • The priority dates for China, India and "Other Countries" have progressed approximately two months. 
    • The priority date for Mexico remains the same. 
    • There is slight movement in this category for Philippines.

Employment-based categories (EB-1, EB-2 & EB-3):
  • EB-1: This preference is reserved for persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics; outstanding professors or researchers; and multinational executives and managers. 
    • This category remains current for all countries.
  • EB-2: This preference is reserved for persons who are members of the professions holding advanced degrees or for persons with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business.
    • This category remains current for Mexico, Philippines and "Other Countries". 
    • The priority date for China has progressed approximately one month. 
    • The priority date for India remains the same. 
  • EB-3: This preference is reserved for professionals, skilled workers, and other workers.
    • The priority dates for China, India, Philippines and "Other Countries" have progressed approximately two months. 
    • The priority date for Mexico remains the same. 

PARWANI LAW FIRM'S TIPS FOR EMPLOYERS - 
NOW IS THE TIME TO CONSULT AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY ABOUT THE UPCOMING H-1B FILING SEASON
Parwani Law Firm, P.C. brings the latest immigration law updates as employers plan their work force for an upswing in enterprise spending in 2010 and beyond:
- Unpredictability of visa numbers; Will the H-1B quota be met on April 1, 2010?
- LCA now taking up to 10 days; more if FEIN verification required.
- Consulting and staffing companies' concerns regarding employer-employee relationship.

CHANGE OF FILING LOCATION FOR FORM I-765, APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION
On February 24, 2010 USCIS announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765). Beginning February 24, 2010 applicants must now submit Form I-765 to one of the USCIS Lockbox facilities or the USCIS Vermont Service Center, based on the classification under which they are filing. Direct filing addresses for Form I-765 can be found at:   http://bit.ly/adpAhv

The Service Centers will forward incorrectly filed applications to the USCIS Phoenix and DallasLockbox facilities for the first 30 days, until March 26, 2010. After March 26, 2010, applications incorrectly filed at USCIS Service Centers will be returned to the applicant, with a note to send the application to the correct location. When filing Form I-765 at one of the USCIS Lockbox facilities, you may elect to receive an email and/or text message notifying you that your application has been accepted. You must complete an E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance (Form G-1145), and attach it to the first page of your application.

H-1B ADMISSION AT NEWARK, NJ AIRPORT - 
AILA CBP LIAISON COMMITTEE PRACTICE ALERT H-1B ADMISSIONS - NEWARK, NEW JERSEY AIRPORT (2/2/2010)
The AILA U.S. Customs and Border protection ("CBP") Liaison Committee received reports from AILA members that CBP inspectors at the Newark, New Jersey airport port of entry were apparently assisting in an investigation involving certain H-1B nonimmigrants from India and certain H-1B petitioner companies. The inspectors' questions focused on who the individuals worked for, how their pay was computed, who paid their salary, their job duties, and what they were paid. In some cases, the individuals were subjected to expedited removal and visa cancellation.

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