Visa Bulletin Movement for Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents (‘Green Card Holders’)

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Aug 10
31


The September 2010 Visa Bulletin confirms that as of September 1, 2010, the U.S. Department of State will begin processing spouses of lawful permanent residents (LPRs)/’green card holders’ who have a priority date of January 1, 2010 or earlier.  This is a significant jump in priority dates and will result in many spouses of ‘green card holders’ being immediately eligible for permanent residence after months and years of waiting.  Contact one of our U.S. attorneys if your priority date is current.


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34,900 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Receipted

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Aug 10
31


H-1B visas are still available.  As of August 27, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it has received approximately 34,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions to date and roughly 13,000 advance-degree petitions.


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AINP Not Accepting Applications Under The U.S. Visa Holder Class and Family Stream

Posted by Donna Habsha|Canada Immigration
Aug 10
23


Effective immediately the AINP is currently not accepting applications under the AINP U.S. Visa Holder Category and the AINP Family Stream.

Applications postmarked on or before August 23, 2010 will be accepted for processing and will be processed according to AINP Processing Times and U.S. Visa Holder Category or Family Stream criteria. This change is temporary until further notice.

Alberta will continue to accept immigration applications in the skilled worker, semi-skilled worker in certain occupations, international students, compulsory trades, engineering occupations and self-employed farmers.


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Important Changes to Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications

Posted by Donna Habsha|Canada Immigration
Aug 10
23


Several changes have recently been made to the humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. A person cannot have two H&C applications pending at the same time and H&C decision makers will no longer consider risks that are assessed within Canada’s refugee protection process.  

Risk of persecution based on grounds set out in the Refugee Convention or risk of torture or of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment will not be assessed. H&C decisions will continue to focus on establishment in Canada, best interests of the child, relationships in Canada, hardships that affect the foreign national and the country of origin’s ability to provide medical treatment.


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Foreign Medical Residents — Now LMO Exempt.

Posted by Karen|Global Immigration
Aug 10
20


Effective September 1st, 2010, universities will no longer be required to apply for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) to hire temporary foreign medical residents, clinical fellows or research fellows. However, foreign workers in these occupations will still require a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to work in Canada, including for those positions of less than four months. For more information on work permit applications, please contact the the lawyers at PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.


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H-1Bs Still Available

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Aug 10
19


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has receipted approximately 29,700 cap-subject H-1B petitions as of August 13, 2010.  The Service has also received approximately 12,300 H-1B petitions for individuals with advanced degrees.


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Police Certificates for Federal Skilled Worker Applicants

Posted by Donna Habsha|Canada Immigration
Aug 10
16


Citizenship and Immigration Canada has confirmed today that as police certificates are related to admissibility, rather than eligibility, at this time applicants will not be required to provide them when they submit their application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO). Police certificates will be requested at a later point in the process. All other supporting documents need only be submitted once to the CIO all of which will be transferred to the appropriate visa post overseas.


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September 2010 Visa Bulletin Released

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Aug 10
11


The U.S. Department of State has released the September 2010 Visa Bulletin, which summarizes the availability of immigrant visa numbers during the month of September.  The Employment-Based Third Preference Category (EB-3) dates have retrogressed by a few months for certain countries and several of the Family-Based Preference Categories have moved forward to January 2010.


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