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November 2011 Visa Bulletin

USA - October 28 2011 The Department of State (DOS) has released its Visa Bulletin outlining the availability of immigrant visa numbers for November 2011.

Andrea Delisi, Aleksandar Dukic, Elisabeth M. Liadis, Beth Peters

July 2011 Visa Bulletin

USA - June 24 2011 DOS has released its Visa Bulletin outlining the availability of immigrant visa numbers for July 2011.

Andrea Delisi, Aleksandar Dukic, Elisabeth M. Liadis, Beth Peters

Expanded list of stem programs for OPT extension purposes

USA - June 24 2011 On 12 May 2011 ICE published an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degree programs that may qualify eligible students for an extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization in F-1 status.

Andrea Delisi, Aleksandar Dukic, Elisabeth M. Liadis, Beth Peters

DOS responds to senator Grassley's concerns about alleged misuse of B-1 in lieu of H-1B

USA - June 24 2011 The DOS has responded to concerns raised by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) about the misuse of the "B-1 in lieu of H-1B" provision by foreign employers to send low-skilled and low-wage workers to the United States on a B-1 visa in order to avoid the H-1B visa cap and prevailing wage restrictions.

Andrea Delisi, Aleksandar Dukic, Elisabeth M. Liadis, Beth Peters

DOS pamphlet to nonimmigrants regarding their rights as workers and alerting them to the dangers of human trafficking and labor exploitation

USA - June 24 2011 Pursuant to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (Public Law 110-457), the DOS is now issuing a pamphlet to nonimmigrants informing them of their rights as workers and alerting them to the dangers of human trafficking and labor exploitation.

Andrea Delisi, Aleksandar Dukic, Elisabeth M. Liadis, Beth Peters