H-1B Visa Count as of April 9: As of April 9, USCIS received 17,400 H-1B petitions counted toward the annual 65,000 cap and approximately 8,200 petitions toward the 20,000 cap exemption for those with advanced degrees.
Oral Arguments in Arizona Immigration Law on April 25: On April 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the legality of the Arizona immigration law, SB 1070. The case involves a range of important questions regarding the role that states may play in the enforcement of federal immigration law.
Updated List of Countries with Limited or No Visa Services: U.S. embassies and consulates are sometimes forced to limit or, at times, suspend visa services because of natural disasters, civil unrest, war, and/or security concerns, among other reasons. The Department of State recently released an updated list of those countries with limited or no visa services. The list also provides information on where affected applicants can go to obtain visa services. See http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1302.html.
Certain Employment-Based Visas (EB-2) Retrogress in May for Chinese and Indian Nationals: The visa priority date cut-off for May for highly skilled professional workers (EB-2 masters-level immigrants) from China and India will retrogress to August 15, 2007. The current cut-off date is May 1, 2010, which reflected a dramatic improvement from last year at this time. DOS cautions that it is impossible to speculate if the cut-off date will change before the next allocation of visas, effective October 1, 2012.
Global Entry Program Now at 24 Airports: Twenty-four airports now participate in the Global Entry program, a voluntary program that allows for the expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers arriving in the United States. According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the inspection and admission process takes only one minute at Global Entry kiosks. Travelers who wish to participate must apply via the CBP Global Entry website, www.globalentry.gov or through the Global On-Line Enrollment System (GOES) website, https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov. Applications must be completed and submitted electronically.
DOJ Resource Page for Extension of Work Authorization for TPS or DED Beneficiaries: The Department of Justice now maintains a resource page containing the particularities of work authorization extensions for TPS (temporary protected status) or DED (deferred enforced departure) beneficiaries from nine countries: Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria). See www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/htm/work_extension.php.