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Department of State notice on 2013 Diversity Visa Lottery

USA - October 28 2011 The 2013 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery opened on Tuesday, 4 October 2011.

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

FY2012 H-1B cap count

USA - October 28 2011 As of 7 October 2011, USCIS had received about 41,000 H-1B petitions that are subject to the general cap and, additionally, 19,100 H-1B petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.

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

AILA asks BALCA to affirm 656.40(c) ruling in Matter of Horizon Computer Services

USA - October 28 2011 On 11 October 2011, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) submitted an amicus curiae brief to Department of Labor Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA), requesting that BALCA affirm the 656.40(c) ruling in Matter of Horizon Computer Services.

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

Board of Immigration Appeals on 5-year statute of limitations for rescission of LPR status

USA - October 28 2011 The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) has sustained the motion filed by the Department of Homeland Security in the Matter of Paula Cruz de Ortiz, a native and citizen of the Dominican Republic.

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

USCIS announced and then retracted new I-797 mailing procedures

USA - October 28 2011 On 30 September 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of 12 September 2011, original Forms I-797 receipt and approval notices would be sent directly to applicants and petitioners rather than the attorneys with a Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance of Attorney or Accredited Representative on file.

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