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DV 2015 Program: Online registration for the DV 2015 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4).

"Green Card" Is Green Again

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card") - to incorporate several major new security features. In addition to all kinds of security features, the card will now be colored green. So no more confusion!

H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2011 are now being accepted

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2011 cap on April 1, 2010. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee; not the date that the petition is postmarked.

The fiscal year cap (numerical limitation on H-1B petitions) for FY 2011 is 65,000. Additionally, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the H-1B cap.

Alert for Green Card Holders with Post-1998 Convictions

The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) posted an alert that the U.S. Customs Border Protection at Newark Airport (New Jersey) has adopted a mandatory detention policy for U.S. lawful permanent residents that have criminal post-1998 convictions. The new policy authorizes the detention of returning lawful permanent residents for up to twenty four (24) hours to obtain a copy of conviction record.

Alert on H-1B and L-1 Visa Holders' Admissions at the Newark, New Jersey Airport

Background

During the last few months, a number of incidents were reported where certain holders of valid H-1B visas seeking admission at the Newark, New Jersey airport were issued expedited removal orders by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Such visa holders were not admitted to the United States, their visas were cancelled and they were sent back to their countries. The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) posted an alert that sheds light on the new enforcement policies at the Newark, New Jersey airport.