Friday, June 26, 2009

Obama tells lawmakers immigration a priority - The Boston Globe

Obama tells lawmakers immigration a priority - The Boston Globe

President Obama said yesterday that a bipartisan bill on the sensitive and volatile political issue will be difficult but must get underway this year. He spoke after he and members of his administration met with Congresspeople from both parties. The meeting was intended to begin mapping a plan to build support for an immigration measure that the president has said he would like to pass later this year or early next year, according to a senior White House official.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

CIS resumes Premium Processing for I-140s

CIS has just announced that it will resume Premium Processing for I-140 petitions, starting on June 29. The following petitions will be affected:
  • EB-1 Aliens with Extraordinary Ability;
  • EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers;
  • EB-2, Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability not seeking a National Interest Waiver;
  • EB-3 Professionals,
  • EB-3 Skilled Workers, and
  • EB-3 Workers other than Skilled Workers and Professionals.
Premium Processing guarantees a decision within 15 days for an additional government filing fee of $1000. The decision could be an approval, denial, request for additional evidence, or some other action.

See the CIS website and Press Release for details.

CBP issues Fact Sheet on Automatic Visa Revalidation

The US Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) recently published a fact sheet about automatic visa revalidation. This revalidation allows a nonimmigrant to travel to Canada or Mexico for less than 30 days, and return using an expired visa if the foreign national also has an unexpired I-94. The provision applies to people who are returning in a different status to that on their visa, as well as to people who have had their initial status extended. For example, a person can return from a short trip to Canada with an expired L-1 visa stamp and an L-1 extension approval notice with an unexpired I-94. Another example would be a person returning from a short trip to Mexico, and using an expired F-1 visa stamp and a change of status H-1B approval notice to enter.

The revalidation provision does NOT apply if the foreign national:

  • has applied for a visa while on that trip to Canada or Mexico;
  • is from Iran, Syria, Sudan or Cuba; or
  • entered under the Visa Waiver Program.
CBP recommends that people who intend to use Automatic Visa Revalidation bring a copy of the fact sheet with them when they travel.