Jose Antonio Vargas’ “We are Americans” as featured in TIME Magazine

Since revealing his story as an undocumented immigrant, Jose and others discuss their interesting stories: “There are an estimated 11.5 million people like me in this country, human beings with stories as varied as that of the U.S. itself yet who lack a legal claim to exist here. It’s an issue that touches people of all ethnicities and backgrounds: Latinos and Asians, blacks and whites. (And yes, undocumented immigrants come from all sorts of countries, like Israel, Nigeria and Germany.) It’s an issue that goes beyond election-year politics and transcends the limitations of our broken immigration system and the policies being written to address them.”  Read more here.

Obama Administration Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

President Obama announced today that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.

Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case by case basis:

  1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  5. Are not above the age of thirty.

While this guidance takes effect immediately, USCIS and ICE expect to begin implementation of the application processes within sixty days. For more information about this directive, please call us at 978-905-9992.

H-1B Count

As of June 11, 2012, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2013. On June 7, 2012, USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject petitions subject to the cap for H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2013 that are received after June 11, 2012. Accordingly, it is too late to begin working on a cap-subject H-1B petition for FY 2013 today.

For more information about this count, please call us at 978-905-9992.

USCIS Alert: Temporary Delay in Issuance of I-129 Receipt Notices

Due to the high number of recently filed I-129 petitions with USCIS, clients may experience a longer than usual period of time to receive a receipt notice from USCIS.  Usually, clients can expect to receive their receipt notice within 30 days of delivery confirmation.  However, due to an unexpectedly high volume of I-129 petitions, it may be an additional two to four weeks before customers receive a receipt notice.  For further information on contacting USCIS, click here.