• H-1B Visa Availability Per the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) most recent data, the agency has received approximately 18,000 petitions subject to the mandatory 65,000 cap, and an additional 7,600 petitions have been filed under the H-1B Master's Exemption 20,000 cap reserved for U.S. graduate degree holders. All of these H-1B filings are for the Oct. 1, 2010 approval and start date in the U.S. There is still time to obtain H-1 visas for your employees, but act fast.
  • USCIS has unveiled a redesigned U.S. Permanent Resident Card (i.e., the "Green Card"). The new Card includes a number of enhanced security features, including optical media storage of biometrics for fast and accurate card holder identification. Additionally, holographic and laser features and high resolution micro-imaging provide reliable protections against counterfeiting. For the first time in decades, the new Green Card will be, in fact, colored green. Importantly, there are no plans for the currently used Green Card version cancellation and immediate replacement. Rather, the government expects to gradually replace the Green Cards currently in circulation with a redesigned document.
  • DHS has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 month (i.e., through Jan. 5, 2012), to eligible Hondurans. This extension covers approximately 66,000 nationals of Honduras currently in the U.S. and extends over a period between May 5, 2010 to July 6, 2010. Applicants have to meet certain eligibility requirements and submit both Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization to the government.