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July Visa Bulletin -- retrogression in India EB-2 and DOS predictions for future availability

USA - June 17 2009 The U.S. State Department’sJuly 2009 Visa Bulletin reflects a retrogression of more than five years in the Employment Second Preference for China.

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

DHS proposes compliance tracking and monitoring system for SAVE and E-Verify records

USA - May 29 2009 This month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new system of records known as the Compliance Tracking and Monitoring System (CTMS), effective June 22, 2009.

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

New enforcement guidelines for ICE

USA - May 29 2009 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued updated enforcement guidelines to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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

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

FAR E-Verify rule further delayed until September 8, 2009

USA - June 30 2009 As a result of continuing litigation, the U.S. government has agreed to suspend implementation of its rule requiring most federal contractors and subcontractors to start using E-Verify.

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