California Adopts a Broader Targeted Employment Area (TEA) Designation Policy Effective May 1, 2013.

June 17, 2013
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California has adopted a broader Targeted Employment Area (TEA) certification designation policy effective May 1, 2013. Generally, an immigrant investor must invest at least $1,000,000 in capital to qualify under the EB-5 Program. INA § 203(b)(5)(C). However, an EB-5 investor can qualify for the program with $500,000 in investment capital if the investor invests in.. read more →

Employers Must Switch to the New Form I-9 by May 7, 2013

May 4, 2013
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Employers should start using the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 that was released on March 8, 2013.  Beginning May 7, 2013, all employers must only use the revised Form I-9 (revision 03/08/13) for new hires.  Previous versions of the Form I-9 must not be used after May 6, 2013.  All previous versions will no longer be.. read more →

CBP Begins Implementation of Form I-94 Automation

May 3, 2013
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Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started implementing the automated version of Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, at air and sea ports of entry and will by week’s end include Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, Orlando International Airport in Florida, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Miami International Airport.. read more →

Free Professional Immigration Seminar on May 11, 2013

May 1, 2013
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Visatopia will be hosting a free professional immigration seminar on May 11, 2013 from 2 to 4 pm at our Arcadia office. Attorney Deacon Zhang will discuss topics related to professional immigration track such as H1B visa, PERM labor certification, National Interest Waiver and range of other related topics.  This seminar is ideal for professionals,.. read more →

Free Business Immigration Seminar on May 4, 2013

May 1, 2013
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Visatopia will be hosting a free business immigration seminar on May 4, 2013 from 2 to 4 pm at our Arcadia office. Attorney Deacon Zhang will discuss topics related to business immigration such as executive transferee visas, investor visas, EB5 regional centers and range of other related topics.  This seminar is ideal for local businesses.. read more →

Senate Introduces Comprehensive Immigration Bill

April 18, 2013
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The “Gang of Eight” – 4 Republican and 4 Democrat senators – introduced their comprehensive immigration reform bill after long anticipation.  Up next, the Senate will debate the bill. Although this bill represents an important first step, the bill must pass through many more hoops before it becomes the law. The full text of the.. read more →

USCIS Held Lottery for FY 2014 H-1B Cap on April 7, 2013

April 9, 2013
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WASHINGTON—For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree.. read more →

USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap

April 5, 2013
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will.. read more →

CBP Announces Automation of Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

April 4, 2013
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today published an interim final rule in the Federal Register to automate Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Form I-94 provides nonimmigrants evidence that they have been lawfully admitted to the United States. The interim final rule, effective on April 26, 2013, streamlines the admissions process for nonimmigrants arriving to the United States.  Affected nonimmigrants.. read more →

USCIS Announcement Regarding Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

April 4, 2013
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The filing period for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2014 numerical cap begins on April 1, 2013. USCIS anticipates that it may receive more than 65,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and more than 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher between April 1, 2013, and April.. read more →