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A Republican bill aimed at providing green cards for foreign graduates of American universities with advanced degrees in science and technology failed to pass in the House on September 20, 2012.  The final vote was 257-158 in favor of the bill, far short of the two thirds majority needed to pass. The bill, sponsored by … Read more

Registration for the 2014 Diversity Visa lottery (DV-2014) will begin at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 and will close at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Saturday, November 3, 2012.  Applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period on the State Department website at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Paper entries will not … Read more

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) plans to introduce a bill today aimed at making an additional 55,000 green cards available annually to foreign-born graduates with Master’s degrees or higher from American universities in science, math, engineering or technology (STEM) fields.  This bill is similar to another high-skilled immigration bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) … Read more

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released forms, instructions and additional information relevant to the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) process. USCIS has now begun accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children and are currently undocumented. As background, on June 15, 2012, Secretary of … Read more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today, June 12, 2012, that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Yesterday, June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date beginning October … Read more

On Monday, June 11, 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation that authorizes Israeli nationals to apply for E-2 (Treaty Investor) non-immigrant visa status, allowing them to live and work in the United States so long as the investment contributes to the U.S. economy. Israel now joins 79 other countries eligible for E-2 visa status. … Read more

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would add Israel to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to apply for E-2 (Treaty Investor) visa status. The bill unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 and now heads to U.S. President Barack Obama for his signature. Once signed into law … Read more

On March 19, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a unanimous vote of 371-0, passed H.R. 3992, a bill that would add Israel to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to apply for E-2 (Treaty Investor) visa status. Rep. Howard Berman (D–Calif.) originally introduced the bill on February 9, 2012, and it … Read more