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Current State Department Visa Bulletin

April 5, 2006
President Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Reform
President Bush issued a statement urging Congress to "get a bill done" on comprehensive immigration more

March 1, 2006
USCIS Provides Information From the 2/28/06 CBO Meeting Regarding the USCIS New Orleans Office
The USCIS office in New Orleans provides updated information regarding their return to normal operations after Hurricane more

February 8, 2006
President Calls on Congress to Raise H-1B Cap
In his February 2, 2006 speech at 3M Corporate Headquarters, President George W. Bush outlined his American Competitiveness more

January 20, 2006
USCIS Reaches H-1B Exemption Cap For Fiscal Year 2006
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received enough H-1B petitions that qualify for the exemption from the H-1B numerical limitations for foreign workers with a U.S.-earned master’s or more

January 11, 2006
USCIS Nears Limit on Fiscal Year 2006 Advanced Degree H-1Bs
The 1/3/06 update of the usage of H-1Bs for graduates of U.S. advanced degree programs indicates that the count is at 19,047 for fiscal 2006. The limit is 20, more

December 22, 2005
Senate Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill Without H-1B and EB Visa Provisions
On December 20, the Senate approved a conference report on the budget reconciliation bill (S. 1932) that did NOT include the Senate Judiciary Committee’s provisions to recapture unused H-1B and employment-based visa more

November 22, 2005
Bipartisan DREAM Act Introduced in Senate
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), on behalf of himself and 12 cosponsors, introduced the bipartisan Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2005 (S. 2075) on 11/18/ more

November 21, 2005
House Passes Budget Reconciliation Bill, Continued Advocacy Needed as Bills Move Toward Conference
The House, on 11/18/05, passed a $49.9 billion budget reconciliation package by a vote of more

November 17, 2005
Sample Letter from Business to Congress in Support of H-1B and Retrogression Relief

November 8, 2005
Senate Defeats Attempt to Eliminate H-1B, Backlog Relief from Budget Reconciliation Bill
The Senate held a markup of a proposal to provide temporary relief from the H-1B visa more

October 28, 2005
USCIS Provides Update on H-1B/H-2B Usage
USCIS has updated its website with respect to current usage of H-2B numbers for the first half of fiscal 2006 and H-1B U.S. advanced degree exception numbers for fiscal more

October 12, 2005
More Information on Visa Availability Cut-Off Dates and Retrogression – The Future
The State Department has provided some key statistical data to inform attorneys and their clients in planning for the more

October 6, 2005
American Businesses Urge Congress to Increase Access to H-1B Visas
Nearly 400 businesses from across America sent a letter urging Congress to increase access to H-1B more

October 3, 2005
House Judiciary Committee Votes to Increase Fees on L-1 Program
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would impose higher fees on certain L visa more

September 26, 2005
Senators Urge USCIS To Follow the Law on Recapturing Chile/Singapore H-1Bs
A letter from a bipartisan group of Senators to DHS urges that USCIS follow the law and recapture unused Chile/Singapore H-1B numbers from fiscal 2005 at the beginning of fiscal more

September 19, 2005
Stop the H-1B Blackout! Highly Educated Foreign Professionals Strengthen the U.S. Economy
Highly educated H-1B foreign professionals bolster the U.S. workforce and propel our economy more

August 31, 2005
H-1B "Lottery" on August 10 Filings
It appears that USCIS is completing the "lottery" process on selecting those H-1B petitions that were filed on August 10 that will be included in the fiscal 2006 more

August 25, 2005
DOL Removes Multiple Filing Item from Its FAQ
DOL has changed it website FAQ section to reflect concerns regarding the prohibition on multiple PERM more

August 23, 2005
H-1B Numbers for U.S. Masters Graduates Remain
USCIS has confirmed to AILA that, despite rumors to the contrary, H-1B numbers remain for both fiscal 2005 and 2006 for graduates of U.S. masters or above more

August 17, 2005
H-1B Visa Cap Reached In Record Time — U.S. Companies Face Year-Long Bar to Needed Skilled Professionals
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today that it has met the 65,000 H-1B cap for the 2006 fiscal more

August 12, 2005
IMPORTANT UPDATE! H-1B Cap for FY2006 Has Been Reached!
USCIS announces that it has reached the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2006! more

August 11, 2005
Department of Labor Issues Additional FAQs Regarding PERM
Department of Labor sheds more light on PERM issues and more

August 8, 2005
Rejections of I-140s by Texas Service Center
Numerous AILA members have reported having labor certification-based I-140s erroneously rejected by the Texas Service more

August 4, 2005
Congressional Research Service Finds Immigration Law Extremely Complex
A memorandum from the Congressional Research Service describes the difficulties facing DHS and the complexity of its various more

August 3, 2005
Second Issue of USCIS Immigration Today Newsletter Published
USCIS publishes the August 2005 issue of its monthly newsletter, USCIS more

August 1, 2005
H-1B Update! Filings Are Approaching the FY 2006 Cap
Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) advised that 47,395 new H-1B petitions have already been filed against the fiscal year (FY) 2006 cap. At this rate, the FY2006 cap for new H-1Bs will probably be reached within a matter of more

July 27, 2005
Study: $41 Billion Cost Projected to Remove Undocumented Aliens
A new study by a Washington DC think tank estimates the cost of removing undocumented aliens at $41 billion a more

July 25, 2005
New Study Reveals Family Separation is a Common Occurrence in U.S. Immigration
"We were stunned to discover just how the process of immigration is a process of families becoming separated over time and reunited..."... read more

July 15, 2005
State Dept. Announces Opening of Worldwide Business Visa Center
The Department of State is pleased to announce the latest step in our ongoing effort to better facilitate the issuance of visas for legitimate business travelers worldwide. As of July 15, the U.S.-China Business Initiative, which began ... read more

July 12, 2005
USCIS Announces H-1B Fiscal Year 2005 Numbers
The USCIS announced today that it has received 8,069 H-1B petitions that will count against the Congressionally-mandated exemption cap for FY 2005 ... read more

July 7, 2005
Update on U.S. Embassy in London
The Department of State informs AILA that, thankfully, it is not aware of any U.S. Embassy casualties as a result of the London bombings. Regretfully, DOS adds that given the time of year and the number of tourists in London, ... read more

June 25, 2005
Government Speakers Provide H-1B Numbers Update at AILA's Annual Conference
Government Officials speaking at the Salt Lake City AILA Annual Conference announced that the USCIS has approximately 8,300 H-1B petitions approved or in the pipeline that will count against the new exemption ... read more

June 15, 2005
USCIS Memo Summarizes REAL ID Provisions
"On May 11, 2005, President Bush signed Public Law 109-13, which included provisions of the REAL ID Act of 2005. This new measure provides for significant changes to ... read more

June 13, 2005
Update on Fiscal 2006 H-1B Numbers
USCIS advises that, despite rumors to the contrary, it has NOT reached enough fiscal year 2006 cap-subject H-1B petitions to be nearing the cap. In fact, unofficially, it has been indicated that petitions are coming... read more

June 8, 2005
USCIS Announces Release of Guide for New Immigrants
The free guide is available on-line in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese at: Copies will soon be available online in Tagalog, Korean, Russian, Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. ... read more

June 7, 2005
CBP Reminds Public of Impending Need for Machine Readable Passports
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today issued a reminder to all travelers from the 27 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries that in just over 2 weeks they must have ... read more

May 27, 2005
The U.S. State Department announces the introduction of a new online passport application form procedure
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs has introduced a new online passport application form procedure. This new process will promote faster passport processing and reduce data entry errors by ... read more

May 18, 2005
House to Take Action on CLEAR-Like Amendments Today - Contact Your Representative Now
Today the House of Representatives will vote on several amendments to the Department of Homeland Security Authorization bill. The Congressional Switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Because time is short, it is best ... read more

May 16, 2005
Implementation of H-2B Legislation
In a meeting between the agencies involved in implementation of the Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2005 (SOSSBA), industry group (including AILA) and Congressional offices ... read more

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