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U.S. naturalization rates rise

USA - June 30 2009 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reported that the naturalization rates among eligible permanent residents has risen to record levels during recent years.

Douglas J. Halpert, Eliza A. Rechul-Stone, Gregory P. Adams, Lindsay L. Chichester, Susan A. Smith.

H-1B category still open for business

USA - June 30 2009 It still is not too late to file an H-1B petition for a cap-subject employee.

Douglas J. Halpert, Eliza A. Rechul-Stone, Gregory P. Adams, Lindsay L. Chichester, Susan A. Smith.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to restore premium processing of I-140 immigrant petitions

USA - June 30 2009 Effective June 29, 2009, USCIS began to accept premium processing requests for I-140 Immigrant Petitions filed in the EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, EB-1 Outstanding Researcher and Professor, EB-2 Member of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability (not seeking a national interest waiver), and EB-3 Basic Degree Professional or Skilled Worker categories.

Douglas J. Halpert, Eliza A. Rechul-Stone, Gregory P. Adams, Lindsay L. Chichester, Susan A. Smith.

USCIS work site audits on the rise

USA - June 30 2009 As anyone involved in the business immigration world knows, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) worksite audits have been on the rise in recent years, particularly regarding H-1B specialty occupation worker and L-1 intracompany transferee visa cases.

Douglas J. Halpert, Eliza A. Rechul-Stone, Gregory P. Adams, Lindsay L. Chichester, Susan A. Smith.

Form I-9 remains valid beyond current expiration date of June 30, 2009

USA - June 30 2009 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed that the Employment Eligibility Verification form I-9 (revised 02/02/09) currently posted on USCIS’ website will continue to be valid for use beyond June 30, 2009.

Douglas J. Halpert, Eliza A. Rechul-Stone, Gregory P. Adams, Lindsay L. Chichester, Susan A. Smith.