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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

Delays in production of permanent resident cards

USA - June 17 2009 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced at the end of May that applicants may experience a delay of up to eight weeks in the delivery of their permanent resident cards due to an upgrade of USCIS' card production equipment.

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

Updated H-1B cap count

USA - June 17 2009 U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) updated the number of FY2010 H-1B petitions received as of June 5, 2009: approximately 44,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions have been received and counted toward the cap.

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

US-VISIT: test of biometric exit procedures at two U.S. airports

USA - June 17 2009 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a pilot program for the development of the US-VISIT exit procedures for international travelers.

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

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