Thursday, May 20, 2010

USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Card

USCIS announced it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card—commonly known as the “Green Card”—to incorporate several major new security features. For the first time in 50 years, the card will actually be green in color. The redesign is the latest effort by USCIS to deter immigration fraud. The government hopes that “state-of-the-art technology” incorporated into the new card will prevent counterfeiting. Effective May 11, 2010, USCIS will issue all Green Cards in the new, more secure format. Those who have older versions of the card will be keep them until they expire and then exchange them for the newer version.
USCIS: USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Card

Monday, May 17, 2010

DHS visits H1-B employers!!

The Department of Homeland Security has begun increasing the number of inspections conducted at companies that employ H1-B workers. This is done in an effort to cut down on the number or H1-B applications containing fraud and technical violations. It is said that CIS suspects one in five applications contain fraud and technical violations. These employers chosen for inspection are done at random and should have a “Public Access File” available for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer. Employers are entitled to have their attorney present in-person or telephonically. The ICE officers will request your Public Access File. They will also request to speak to the person representing the company on the application as well as the H1-B employee and other employees on site. Your public access file should include a complete copy of the H1-B application filed with USCIS. In order to prepare for this inspection, it is recommended that one person at the company be responsible for handling the inspection should the need arise.