Monthly Archives: July 2009

New Policy Permits Asylum for Battered Women


“The Obama administration has opened the way for foreign women who are victims of severe domestic beatings and sexual abuse to receive asylum in the United States.”

Read the New York Times article here.

USCIS Updates FY 2010 H-1B Count


As of July 3, 2009, approximately 45,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been received by USCIS and counted towards the H-1B cap. Approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemptions had been filed. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions.

Distinction Between “Unlawful Status” and “Unlawful Presence”


Aliens who are unlawfully present and voluntarily departed the United States may face the three-year, ten- year and permanent bar when seeking readmission. However, being in an unlawful immigration status does not necessarily accrue unlawful presence. There are situations in which an alien who is present in an unlawful status nevertheless does not accrue unlawfulContinue Reading



The old LCA (Labor Condition Application) system was taken down by DOL on Tuesday June 30, 2009. Begining on July 1, 2009 users must use the new ICert system at to file LCAs.

Change Address Online


All non-U.S. citizens (Aliens) who are required to be registered are also required to keep USCIS informed of their current address. You can change your address online: HERE.