Newsletter - August 2010

Newsletter - August 2010
August 2, 2010
Increase In Fees For Some H-1B and L-1 Employers
On August 13, 2010 President Obama signed a bill directing $600 million more to securing the U.S.-Mexico border. The money will be used to hire more enforcement agents and adding other security measures such as new communication equipments and unmanned drones to improve border surveillance.(more)

H-1B Worksite Change: When Are H-1B Amendments Necessary or Recommended
As Department of Homeland Security (DHS) onsite inspections of H-1B employers and beneficiaries continue, employers are advised to take the following steps when the employee moves to a different worksite or when the company relocates to a new office location: (more)

H-1B Petition Issues: Employer-Employee Relationship
On January 8, 2010, Donald Neufeld, USCIS Associate Director Service Center Operations, released a memorandum ("Neufeld Memo") on the determination of employer-employee relationships for H-1B petitions. The Neufeld Memo contains a detailed discussion of standard for adjudication and provides voluminous lists of suggested documentation for establishing the requisite relationship. (more)

New Fees For Visa Waiver Program Travelers
Individuals entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) on or after September 8, 2010 will need to pay a new fee of US$14.00 when they submit an application for permission to travel through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). (more)

New Online Features To Improve Customer Service At USCIS
As part of USCIS's commitment to improve customer service, USCIS announces the launch of new web features designed to provide users better access to their case information. (more)

E-verify Update
After a year-long overhaul, USCIS has launched a completely redesigned web interface for employers using the Agency's E-Verify Program. (more)

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