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Proposed legislation to increase scrutiny of the H-1B and L-1 process

USA - May 29 2009 Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Durbin (D-IL) introduced the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act (S. 887) in the current session of Congress.

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

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative effective June 1, 2009 at U.S. land and sea ports of entry

USA - May 29 2009 Starting June 1, 2009, all travelers must present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the United States.

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

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

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.

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