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New Census Bureau Data Underscore Importance of Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Force August 31, 2006

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New data from the 2005 American Community Survey (ACS), released by the Census Bureau on August 15, 2006, underscore the extent to which immigration continues to fuel the expansion of the U.S. labor force. The foreign-born population of the United States increased by 4.9 million between 2000 and 2005; raising the total foreign-born population to 35.7 million, or 12.4 percent of the 288.4 million people in the country. The foreign-born population includes legal immigrants who come here on permanent and temporary visas for work, study, and family reunification, as well as an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants who come for the same reasons but are generally precluded from obtaining visas by shortcomings in the U.S. immigration system.

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Current Cap Count for H-1B Worker Visas For Fiscal Year 2007 August 31, 2006

Posted by dsheen88 in H-1B visa, News and politics, Tips.
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What is a Cap?

The word “cap” refers to annual numerical limitations set by Congress on the numbers of workers authorized to be admitted on different types of visas or authorized to change status if already in the United States. H-1BEstablished by the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT), the H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows U.S. employers to augment the existing labor force with highly skilled temporary workers. H-1B workers are admitted to the United States for an initial period of three years, which may be extended for an additional three years. The H-1B visa program is utilized by some U.S. employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in a specialized field. Typical H-1B occupations include architects, engineers, computer programmers, accountants, doctors and college professors. The H-1B visa program also includes fashion models. The current annual cap on the H-1B category is 65,000. H-1B Advanced Degree ExemptionThe H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004, which took effect on May 5, 2005, changed the H-1B filing procedures for FY 2005 and for future fiscal years. The Act also makes available 20,000 new H-1B visas for foreign workers with a Master’s or higher level degree from a U.S. academic institution.

 

Cap

Beneficiaries Approved

Beneficiaries Pending

Beneficiary Target 1

Total

Date of Last Count

H-1B (FY 07)

58,200 2

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Cap Reached

5/26/2006

H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption (FY 07)

20,000

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Cap Reached

7/26/2006

H-1B (FY 06)

58,200

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Cap Reached

8/10/2005

H-1B Advanced Degree Exemption (FY 06)

20,000

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Cap Reached

1/17/2006

1 Refers to the estimated number on April 1, 2006, of beneficiary applications needed to reach the cap, with an allowance for denials and revocations. This target is subject to revision later in the cap cycle as more petitions are processed.

2 6,800 visas are set aside during the fiscal year for the H-1B1 program under the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Unused numbers in this pool can be made available for H-1B use with start dates beginning on October 1, 2006, the start of FY 2007. USCIS has added the projected number of unused H-1B1 Chile/Singapore visas to the FY 2007 H-1B cap as announced in the H-1B Press Release, dated June 1, 2006.

How Can An Immigration Lawyer Help You? August 30, 2006

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If you or a family member is interested in living or working in the United States, you may need someone who can help you understand U.S. immigration laws and who can help you apply for legal status.

An immigration lawyer can help you in the following ways:

  • Analyze the facts of your case thoroughly.
  • Explain all the benefits for which you may be eligible.
  • Recommend the best ways for you to obtain legal status.
  • Complete and submit your applications properly.
  • Stay current on the new laws that affect you.
  • Avoid delays and problems with your case whenever possible.
  • Discuss the status of your case with you.
  • Speak for you in discussions with the Department of Homeland Security or represent you in court.
  • File necessary appeals and waivers.
  • Utilize the system to your advantage because he or she has the experience to do so.

In sum, an experienced Immigration Lawyer will tell you what to expect up front. They will warn you of the risks and possibilities that can reasonably be expected.

(AILA “Immigration Basics-Legal Help”)

Take Action August 30, 2006

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 “We Are America Alliance” to Mobilize Millions Labor Day Weekend! Join the Movement!

Labor Day Weekend – Million-person mobilizations – Regional mobilizations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoneix, and Washington, DC are expected to attract a million supporters for comprehensive immigration reform…

City/State: Los Angeles, CA
Date/Time: September 9th
Where to Go: TBD
What’s Happening: Rally
Who to Contact: Elda Martinez
CARECEN
(213) 385-7800
Xiomara Corpeno
CHIRLA
(213) 353-1333

President Bush Attends Naturalization Ceremony August 29, 2006

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First, we’ve got to secure the border. We will keep it open to lawful trade and commerce, and we will work to secure the border to prevent people and goods and weapons from being brought illegally here. That’s our job. It’s the job of federal government, it’s the job working with the state government to get the job done. That’s what the American people expect. … This border is changing, and it needs to change so the Border Patrol can do its job. We call this, by the way, this operation when we moved the Guard down here, Operation Jump-Start. So when you hear about Operation Jump Start, that means Guard.”

– President George W. Bush, 8/3/06

HELLO WORLD! August 29, 2006

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I’m very excited about posting my very first blog entry.  This blog site will be dedicated to update the public about recent U.S. immigration news, laws and issues.  I will also offer my comments on various topics relating to immigration.  So just sit back…relax and get ready for our debut of “Immigration Update.”