The Potential for Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the U.S.

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Jun 09
29


President Obama met with members of Congress on June 25, 2009 to seriously discuss U.S. immigration reform.  Both Democrats and Republicans expressed agendas for having a comprehensive immigration reform bill written and possibly passed this year, or early into 2010.  Issues including visa availability, visa backlogs, legalization, and many more surround the immigration debate. 

 

President Obama released the following statement after his meeting with the bipartisan group:  My administration is fully behind an effort to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. I have asked my Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Janet Napolitano, to lead up a group that is going to be working with a leadership group from both the House and the Senate to start systematically working through these issues from the congressional leaders and those with the relevant jurisdiction. What we’ve heard is through a process of regular order, they would like to work through these issues both in the House and in the Senate.”

We will wait to see if comprehensive immigration reform will materialize later this year, or early next year, as many await this important legislation.


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Expedited Processing for Sri Lankan Family Sponsorship Applications

Posted by Veronica Zanfir|Global Immigration
Jun 09
25


Citizenship and Immigration Canada has recently announced that Family Sponsorship applications for Sri Lankan nationals will now be processed on an expedited basis in response to the current situation in Sri Lanka. The Ministry will not do this automatically, however. Applications will be processed expeditiously only where applicants or their lawyers access the CPC center or visa post to provide acceptable notice. Once notified by an appropriate party, the in-Canada Case Processing Center or visa post will identify and locate the file in its inventory and the applicants will have a higher processing priority assigned to their applications.

Where applicants are located in the northern region, visa officers will not have access to camps in the northern region and as such it is recommended persons with permanent residence (PR) visa applications may receive travel passes from Sri Lankan authorities and to be travel to Colombo.

Contact one of the experienced, reliable lawyers at PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP at 1-800-993-9971 to discuss how you can expedite the processing of your application.


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The Government of Canada introduces new resource for Canadian employers interested in hiring internationally trained foreign workers

Posted by Janet Bomza|Global Immigration
Jun 09
24


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), in partnership with the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) and The Alliance for Sector Council (TASC), has recently launched a new resource to guide Canadian employers through the process of hiring foreign workers with international training. This new resource was announced this month by by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

Available at www.credentials.gc.ca, the Employer’s Roadmap is an online tool designed to assist Canadian employers human resources professionals, recruiters and managers in small to medium-sized enterprises who cannot find qualified workers within the Canadian labour market, to bring in foreign workers to staff their growing businesses.

The Employer’s Roadmap is a tool for Canadian employers, “This is a practical resource that employers in any sector will find useful in helping to meet their staffing needs and improve their competitiveness in a rapidly changing economy,” said the executive director of TASC, Andrew Cardozo. “The Employer’s Roadmap is exactly what is needed to make the process of hiring and retaining internationally trained workers a lot more efficient.”

Specifically outlined in the Employer’s Roadmap are explanations as to how to recruit foreign workers, how to assess a foreign worker’s qualification as well as how to select them. It also includes suggestions on how to integrate and retain these workers once they become new employees. Information is also provided on the range of national and regional resources available across the country to support employers.


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USCIS Accepting Premium Processing for I-140s

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Jun 09
24


Effective June 29, 2009, USCIS will provide Premium Processsing service for certain I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.  Premium Processing service provides faster adjudication for certain employment-based petitions and applications; specifically, USCIS will adjudicate the petition or application within 15 calendar days for a fee of USD$1000.  Premium Processing service will be available for EB-1 Aliens with Extraordinary Ability, EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers, EB-2 Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability (who are not seeking a National Interest Waiver).  Premium Processing is not available for EB-1 Multinational Managers and Executivies, nor is it available for EB-2 National Interest Waivers.


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H-1Bs Still Being Accepted by USCIS

Posted by Marwah Serag|US Immigration
Jun 09
17


On June 16, 2009, USCIS released a statement indicated that they have received approximately 44,400 H-1B cap petitions that are being counted towards the H-1B cap.  USCIS continues to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced-degree petitions.  USCIS will continue to accept these petitions until they receive enough petitions to satisfy the statutory limit of 65,000 and 20,000 for advanced-degree petitions.


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Biometric Data to be a Requirement for All Visitors to Canada

Posted by Karen|Global Immigration
Jun 09
11


The soon-to-be Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Richard Fadden, announced yesterday that every visitor to Canada may be required to provide digital fingerprints and photos at foreign visa offices prior to traveling.  Mr. Fadden did not state how biometric information will be gathered for individuals entering Canada who are visa-exempt and therefore not required to apply for a visa prior to entering Canada.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP will continue to monitor this situation closely and will notify clients if any practical changes occur to regular visa processing.


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