Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More Help For STEM Graduates?

New York Senator Schumer is poised to introduce a bill today calling for a two year pilot program that would allocate 55,000 additional green cards each year for foreign-born graduates who have earned a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. academic institution in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) field. Given that the congress is close to the end of the currents session, though, it seems unlikely that the measure will be voted on before the November election.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals & Facebook

According to the New York Times, 72,000 DACA applications have been filed so far. However, CIS reports that it expected far more applications. While the filing fee, and fear of deportation, may to blame, it also may be that many people do not know how to prove that they were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, for 5 continuous years prior to that date, and have resided in the U.S. since June 5, 2007.  CIS advises using official records such as school records, rent receipts, pay stubs, school transcripts, cancelled checks, etc.  The problem is that a person out of status may not have any of these given that they do not have a social security.  But almost every young person has a Facebook account, and posted about movies they saw, places they visited, and friends they spent time with.  If you posted a picture of yourself in D.C. in 2007, for example, it will be pretty obvious that you were in the U.S.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

EB2 Backlogs Surge Forward in October

The October DOS Visa Bulletin is out and a great stride forward has been made in the Employment Based 2nd Preference. Last month’s visa bulletin listed a priority date of January 2009 for “all chargeable areas.” This meant that many of those in EB2 could expect about a 3 year wait before they could file an I-485. Those from China, India, Mexico and Philippines could expect a much longer wait. But the October Visa Bulletin for EB-2, all chargeable areas has surged forward to January 2012, meaning that the delay has been shortened to about 9 months.