- States Enact Record Number of Immigration-Related
Legislation in 2010.
Jan 28, 2011: According to the National Conference of State
Legislatures (NCSL), state legislatures enacted a record number of
laws and resolutions related to immigration issues in 2010. A total
of 46 state legislatures and the District of Columbia enacted 208
new laws and adopted 138 resolutions, reported NCSL. Ten additional
bills were passed by the legislatures, but vetoed by state
governors. In comparison, in 2009, only 202 laws were enacted and
131 resolutions adopted.
Interestingly, there were less bills and resolutions introduced to
legislatures in 2010, as compared to 2009. In 2010, just over 1,400
bills and resolutions were introduced; in 2009, over 1,500 were
Key focuses for introduced bills and resolutions were law
enforcement, identification and driver's license-related bills,
and employment-related legislation. E-Verify-related legislation
was enacted in four states in 2010. While the focuses above have
been seen in previous years, a new topic introduced in 2010 was
child abductions; three states passed laws to help prevent these
Immigration-related legislation at the state level has been
steadily rising since 2005, when only 300 bills were introduced at
the state level.
- USCIS Reaches Enough Petitions for Fiscal Year 2011
Jan 28, 2011: USCIS announced yesterday that it has received a
sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the annual cap for
Fiscal Year 2011. According to USCIS, January 26, 2011 is the final
receipt day for new H-1B cap-subject visa petitions in which the
requested employment start date is FY 2011.
USCIS will now apply a computer-generated random selection process
to all petitions subject to the annual cap that were received on
January 26. All cap-subject petitions not selected in this random
process will be rejected and the fee will be returned to the
USCIS announced in late December that it had received more than
20,000 H-1B petitions eligible for the advanced degree
The federal agency will continue to accept and process petitions
filed to extend the amount of time a current H-1B visa holder may
remain in the U.S., change the terms of employment for a current
H-1B visa holder, allow a current H-1B visa holder to change
employers, and allow a current H-1B visa holder to work
concurrently in a second position.
- Updated H-1B and H-2B Numbers Published by
Jan 26, 2011: USCIS has recently updated the number of
cap-subject H-1B petitions it has accepted for Fiscal Year 2011.
According to USCIS, as of January 21, 2011, 62,800 regular
cap-subject petitions have been accepted and 20,000 master's
exemption cap-subject petitions have been accepted. A total of
65,000 regular cap-subject H-1B visas are available for Fiscal Year
2011, leaving just over 2,000 visas still available for the fiscal
USCIS also posted updated numbers for the H-2B program as well.
According to USCIS, as of January 21, 2011, the agency has approved
35,146 H-2B beneficiaries for the first half of Fiscal Year 2011;
1,414 beneficiaries are still pending for that half-fiscal year.
8,869 beneficiaries have been approved for the second half of
Fiscal Year 2011, with 3,446 currently pending. The agency's
targeted amount of beneficiaries for each half-fiscal year is
- USCIS Announces Three New Citizenship and
Immigration Integration Grant Opportunities.
Jan 21, 2010: Earlier this week, USCIS announced the
availability of three new competitive grant opportunities for
organizations interested in helping lawful permanent residents
prepare for citizenship and promoting immigrant integration in the
United States. Approximately $8.5 million will be available for
citizenship preparation programs throughout the U.S.
“For more than two centuries, our nation has been a beacon of
hope and opportunity for people from around the world,” said
Alejandro Mayorkas, director of USCIS. “These grants will
assist immigrants from coast to coast on their path to U.S.
Two of the new grant opportunities will be to help citizenship
preparation programs that provide direct assistance to lawful
permanent residents in the U.S. The third opportunity will help
organizations that offer citizenship services in underserved
Learn more and apply for these grant opportunities at
www.grants.gov. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2011.
Award recipients will be announced in September 2011.
- ICE to Increase Audits of Employers this
Dec 20, 2010: According to a recent report, the Obama
administration plans to increase the amount of audits conducted of
employers' I-9 records and information. According to John
Morton, chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the
Employment Compliance Inspection Center will conduct audits of all
sizes of employers, even large employers with large amounts of
In the year that ended September 30, 2010, ICE had conducted audits
of over 2,700 companies. This was double the amount of audits as
conducted the previous year. Seven million dollars in fines were
given to companies that hired and employed ineligible aliens.
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