Interesting Case Regarding Religious Worker

On June 11, 2009, the U.S. District Court of Washington at Seattle found that 8 C.F.R. Section 245(a)(2)(i)(B) was unreasonable and impermissible construction of governing status. The regulation at issue sets forth that religious worker cannot concurrently file I-360 (Petition for Special Immigration Visa), I-485 (Adjustment of Status Application) and I-765 (Employment Authorization Application).

Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program Extended

On March 20, 2009, President Obama signed Public Law 111-9 extending the non-minister religious worker program through September 29, 2009. Non-minister Religious workers must file their special immigrant peititions before September 29, 2009. Eligibility for special immigrant status requires religious workers (1) to have been a member, for two years, of a religious denomination that … Read more

USCIA Updates Count of FY2010 H-1B Petition Filings

April 9, 2009 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced an updated number of filings for H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2010 program. USCIS has received approximately 42,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap. The agency continues to accept petitions subject to the general cap. Additionally, the agency has received approximately … Read more

Employment Based Immigration — Recommendation Letter Drafting

People who are preparing for filing of EB1A (Person of Extraordinary Ability), EB1B (Outstanding Researcher/Professor) and NIW (National Interest Waiver) cases often struggle with recommendation letter drafting. They are either too busy with the research projects or teaching asssignment or they are not confident enough to draft 5 or 6 letters on the same subject … Read more