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Immigration & Compliance Law 
H-1B Update, Birthright Citizenship Act & New I-9 Handbook
H-1B Quota Update

As of January 7, 2011, the USCIS reported that approximately 58,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted against the quota of 65,000.


Additionally, USCIS has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions against the separate quota of 20,000.

Birthright Citizenship Act Introduced

On 01/05/11, Rep. King (R-IA) introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act (H.R. 140).


If passed into law, this bill would amend INA section 301 with a definition limiting which groups of individuals should be considered "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States for the purposes of the 14th amendment, and therefore be considered nationals and citizens upon their birth in the United States.


Under the bill, birthright citizenship would be limited to individuals born in the United States who have at least one parent who is:

  1. a citizen or national of the United States;
  2. an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States ("green card") whose residence is in the United States; or
  3. an alien performing active service in the armed forces.

 Currently, any child born in the U.S. is a U.S. citizen.

New I-9 Handbook Released 

On January 5, 2011, the USCIS released the 2011 edition of the M-274, Handbook for Employers, Instructions for Completing Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form).


You may access or download this new publication from here.


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Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy, PLLC
Leila Freijy, Esq.
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Troy, MI 48084
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In This Issue
H-1B Quota Update
Birthright Citizenship Act Introduced
New I-9 Handbook Released