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Nachman, Phulwani, Zimovcak Law Group, P.C. - Immigration and Nationality Newsletter

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OUR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS, MICHAEL PHULWANI, ESQ. AND DAVID NACHMAN, ESQ. PROVIDE FAMILY AND EMPLOYMENT IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATES ON TV ASIA & ITV: VLOG & USCIS NEWS UPDATES ON THE WEB & ON TV.
NPZ LAW GROUP AND U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP) HIGHLIGHTS WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL.
VISA FEE INCREASE EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1ST 2013.
ICE RELEASES NEW SEVP BROCHURE.
NEWS FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER: U.S - CANADA VISA & IMMIGRATION INFORMATION - SHARING AGREEMENT.
ANOTHER DOS UPDATE: VISA BULLETIN FOR JANUARY 2013.
NPZ NEWS FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER - CANADIAN IMMIGRATION UPDATES.
ANOTHER CHANGE TO THE REFUGEE (ASYLUM) SYSTEM IN CANADA.
NEW FOREIGN SKILLED LABOR PROGRAM UPDATE IN CANADA!

OUR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS, MICHAEL PHULWANI, ESQ.  AND DAVID NACHMAN, ESQ., PROVIDE U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATES ON TV ASIA & ITV: VLOG & USCIS NEWS UPDATES ON THE WEB & ON TV. 




David Nachman, Esq. and Michael Phulwani, Esq., your Immigration and Nationality Lawyers, continue to bring employment and family-based immigration and nationality news and updates to your TV screen each week on TV Asia and iTV. Watch "YOUR IMMIGRATION LAWYERS" each week on iTV and TV Asia. Please contact us at  info@visaserve.com for additional immigration law information or about how to subscribe to iTV or TV Asia. 

Cut-off dates and Priority Dates reported by the U.S. Department of State in the Visa Bulletin for month of January 2013 (Visa Bulletin January 2013)  
Cut-off dates for month of January 2013 (visa bulletin January 2013) 
Increase in fee for immigrant visas to be effective February 1st 2013, additional fee to be paid for visa processing, H-4 Visa possibilities for work in the U.S. reported, Customs & Border Protection, H-1B Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program at the CIS. 
 

Green Card Holders, SB-1 process,how to avoid revocation or losing the green card. Things you can do to maintain the green card in the U.S. Suggestions like paying U.S. taxes, receiving mail, maintaining property, employment, ties to social, religious, political organizations. 


IMFA: The History of the Immigration Marriage Fraud Act, how to apply for a marriage visa in the U.S. Waiver of Conditional Permanent Residence Status, Form I-751, Lifting Conditional Residence Status in a timely manner. Waivers for lifting the conditional residence status.

 

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Dear Readers: 

 

We take this opportunity to wish our friends, readers and clients a very happy new year.  We hope that 2013 will be the year for immigration reform. Based upon what we are hearing, it seems that this may, in fact, be the case. The prospects for a major overhaul are the best they have been in years.

It seems like the Senate is likely to pass a broad immigration package backed by Democrats (and some moderate Republicans). We would not be surprised if a U.S. immigration bill is signed by President Obama in the Fall with support from the House Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH). Why is this likely?  Political tides have been turning since 2007, when a coalition of  conservatives and organized labor worked to "deep-six" President George W. Bush's initiatives to allow illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S.

Now, however, things are different. The Hispanic Vote is an critical for the Republican Party. Details of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) package are likely to include at least four elements: (1) Stronger security along U.S. borders - especially with Mexico; and (2) A path to citizenship for many of the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants - now in the U.S.; and (3) An expansion of the temporary worker program - favored by many businesses; and (4) More responsibility for employers to verify the legal status of workers - possible Nationalization of the E-Verify Program.

The debate about CIR is likely to be protracted. Immigration continues to be a political football. The possibility of CIR meet with resistance from Americans who can't find jobs. At the end of the day, both parties are going to try to continue to reach out to Hispanics to stay competitive in national elections which is more then likely to carry-the-day.

As new immigration initiatives develop, we will keep our readers informed. For more information about business or family-based immigration laws in the U.S. or Canada, please feel free to call one of our U.S. Immigration Lawyers or Attorneys or one of our Canadian Immigration Lawyers at 201-670-0006 (x100). You can also send your queries to us at info@visaserve.com

2013 promises to be an exciting year in the immigration law arena. Again, we want to wish everyone a safe and happy and healthy new year's celebration and all the best for a prosperous 2013 new year! 

HOLIDAY TRAVEL AND RETURN TIPS: U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP) HIGHLIGHTS WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL.

 

According to a new press release from Washington, with the holiday travel season upon us, CBP is reminding travelers that there are several important things they can do to ensure smooth and efficient processing upon arrival in the U.S.

 

Travelers should remember to have the proper documentation to enter the U.S., a passport for all air travelers, and a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative complaint document for travelers 16 years and older if entering the U.S. by land or sea. Additionally, those travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries should remember that they must apply for a new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) every two years, or if they have been issued a new passport.

 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS FROM NPZ AND CBP, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

VISAS FEES DUE TO CLIMB: VISA ISSUANCE FEE INCREASE EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 2013.

 

A new press release from Washington states that as of February 1st, 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the U.S.

 

USCIS has worked closely with the Department of State (DOS) to implement the new fee which allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas in the U.S. after immigrant visa holders receive their visa packages from DOS. This includes staff time to handle, file and maintain the immigrant visa package, and the cost of producing and delivering the permanent resident card.

 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW VISA FEE INCREASE EXPECTED IN FEBRUARY, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . .   

GUIDANCE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS AND FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OFFICERS: ICE RELEASES NEW SEVP BROCHURE.


Recently, a new Student and Exchange Visitor Program brochure was promulgated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which provides the essential information on the schools, compliance procedures, and SEVIS web-based systems that can help the foreign students who wish to travel to the U.S under this program. 

 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THIS NEW BROCHURE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

NEWS FROM THE NORTH: U.S - CANADA VISA & IMMIGRATION INFORMATION - SHARING AGREEMENT.   

 

On December 13th 2012, U.S & Canada signed a Visa and Immigration information sharing agreement. This agreement will allow both countries [U.S and Canada] to share the information from third country nationals who apply for a visa or permit to travel either country. This agreement will strengthen the security for both nations and will facilitate the legitimate travel and business. We have already begun to see how this program is being implemented and the impact on travelers.  

 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . .

 

*** THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED COURTESY OF AILA - of which David Nachman, Esq. is the State of New Jersey Chapter Chair and Member of the AILA Board of Governors. 

ANOTHER DEPARTMENT OF STATE UPDATE: VISA BULLETIN FOR  JANUARY 2013.

 

This most recent visa bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers for the month of January. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State those qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations were made, to the extent possible, in chronological order of reported priority dates, for demand received by December 10th. If not all demand could be satisfied, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed.

 

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE JANUARY VISA BULLETIN, PLEASE CLICK HERE .  . . 

NPZ NEWS FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER - CANADIAN IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATES. 
ANOTHER UPDATE FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER: CHANGES TO THE REFUGEE (ASYLUM) SYSTEM IN CANADA.   
 

On December 14th, 2012, CIC announced a new list of countries whose citizens' claims for refugee status in Canada will be rejected through expedited processing. The idea behind this list is that those countries are known NOT to produce refugees and in a given year, and that CIC wants to make the application system move faster for those cases that have merit.

 

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney stated: "It is remarkable that the European Union - with its democratic tradition of freedom, respect for human rights, and an independent judiciary - has been the top source region for asylum claims made in Canada. What's more, virtually all EU claimants either withdraw or abandon their own claims or are rejected by the independent Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada."

 

TO READ MORE ON RECENT CANADIAN REFUGEE ASYLUM CHANGES, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . . 

YET ANOTHER UPDATE FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER - CANADA IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATE: NEW FOREIGN SKILLED PROGRAM UPDATE!

 

So many are waiting for the doors to the Foreign Skilled Worker program to re-open in January 2013. The Minister of CIC announced on December 19th, 2012 that those doors will open on May 4th, 2013. Many of the final changes to the selection criteria were also announced, and include:

  • Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;
  • Increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience, are better positioned to adapt to changing labour market conditions, and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada's economy;
  • Introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), so that education points awarded reflect the foreign credential's true value in Canada;

TO READ MORE ON SELECTION CRITERIA & FOREIGN SKILLED PROGRAM UPDATE, PLEASE CLICK HERE . . .