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H-1B visa update, Worplace Enforcement and Immigration Reform
H-1B Quota Update 

As of October 29, 2010, approximately 45,600 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted, leaving approximately 19,400 H-1B visa numbers available. 


Additionally, USCIS has receipted 16,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with U.S. advanced degrees against the total of 20,000.

Furniture Executive Charged in ICE workplace enforcement 

LOS ANGELES - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported on November 1, 2010, that the president of a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., furniture manufacturing business was charged Monday with criminal violations stemming from an ICE probe by  Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into allegations the companyhired unauthorized alien workers.


Rick M. Vartanian, 57, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., the president and primary shareholder of Brownwood Furniture, is charged in a criminal information with one count of obstruction of justice and one misdemeanor count of continuing to employ unauthorized workers. According to the court documents, in November 2009, Vartanian told ICE that unauthorized workers identified during an earlier HSI audit were no longer employed by the company, when, in fact, the company continued to employ 18 of those workers and had taken steps to shield them from detection by HSI. HSI agents executed a search warrant at the company in December 2009 and discovered the 18 unauthorized employees still working there. Vartanian, who has already agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, faces a statutory maximum sentence of 66 months in prison.

Mid-term elections and Immigration Reform 

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) fears that immigration reform will likely remain stalled in 2011.  Further, AILA anticipates that new House leadership will press for increased border security and intensive enforcement actions.


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Leila Freijy
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Leila Freijy, Esq.
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In This Issue
H-1B Quota Update
Furniture Executive Charged in ICE Workplace Enforcement
Mid-term Elections & Immigration Reform