Posts from June 2010.
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In its continuing effort to deter immigration fraud, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has unveiled a new permanent resident ("green") card with additional security features.  The new card is already being produced and issued to those granted permanent resident status.  The new card contains a pre-printed return address for easy return of the card to the USCIS if lost.  Employers should ensure that those responsible for completing I-9 verification forms are familiar with the new design.

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced that, as of June 4, 2010, nonimmigrant visa fees have increased at its U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.  In the Federal Register notice announcing the move, DOS explained that increases are necessary because an independent study from August 2007 to June 2009 concluded the agency "is not fully covering its costs ... under the current cost structure."  Petition-based visa fees for temporary workers -- such as H-1B, L-1 and O-1 -- increased from $131 to $150.  E-1 (treaty trader) and E-2 (treaty investor) visa fees increased almost ...


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