• A reminder that, while H-1B numbers have been exhausted for the upcoming government fiscal year (beginning Oct. 1, 2008), E-3 Petitions (for Australian nationals) and H-1B1 Petitions (for Chilean or Singaporean nationals) continue to be accepted. In addition, foreign nationals who have already been counted against the H-1B numerical cap may be able to return to H-1B status. Be sure to consult your immigration attorney to discuss all available options for potential new hires.
  • The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be implementing a new naturalization exam on Oct. 1, 2008. Individuals whose N-400 Naturalization Applications are received by the USCIS on or before Sept. 30, 2008 will be able to choose whether to take the old or the new exam. Applications filed on or after Oct. 1, 2008 will subject the applicant to the new test. Contact your counsel for guidance on new exam study materials. 
  • The USCIS has published a new Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, with a revision date of Aug. 25, 2008, and, beginning Sept. 24, 2008, the USCIS will no longer accept prior versions of the form. The I-751 Petition is filed by U.S. permanent residents who were sponsored by a U.S. citizen spouse, and who received a “conditional” (i.e., 2-year) green card. In addition, all I-751 Petitions must be filed with either the Vermont or California Service Center, depending upon where the applicant resides. Be sure to confirm filing requirements and fees before submitting immigration applications, in order to avoid unnecessary delays in acceptance and adjudication.
  • The USCIS Vermont Service Center has announced that Daniel Renaud will soon be taking on the role of Director. In the interim, Mark Hazuda serves as Acting Director.