Newsletter - July 2008

Newsletter - July 2008
July 1, 2008
Articles
JUNIPER NETWORKS, INC. PRAISES ILG'S SERVICE
Juniper Networks, Inc. came to ILG a few years ago and asked for help with a dilemma it was facing with its immigration program. The company’s Immigration Specialist was being promoted to another department within the company and her manager, the head of its immigration program was moving out of state and he would only be available to answer immigration questions via telephone or email; not in person. Juniper did not want to increase its headcount by hiring a replacement so they turned to ILG... (more)



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FBI NAME CHECK UPDATE
On February 4, 2008, USCIS issued a memorandum modifying existing guidance regarding background and security checks on certain applicants, petitioners, and beneficiaries seeking certain immigration benefits. (more)



H1-B WRAP UP FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009
In the past several years, the H-1B cap has been reached before the start of the fiscal year. Last year, over 119,000 petitions were filed on April 2 and April 3, forcing USCIS to conduct a computer generated random lottery to select the cap-subject petitions. The advanced degree cap was reached on April 30, 2007. This year, USCIS issued an interim final rule on March 19, 2008, with changes to the H-1B Program to make the lottery process more equitable. (more)
F-1 OPT EXTENSION
Currently, foreign students in F-1 nonimmigrant status who have been enrolled on a full-time basis for at least one full academic year in a college, university, conservatory, or seminary are eligible for 12 months of post-completion optional practical training (OPT) to work for a U.S. employer in a job directly related to the student's major area of study. (more)



E-VERIFY: HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR IT YET? SHOULD YOU?

WHAT IS IT?
E-Verify is an internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility (I-9) of their newly employees. Currently, E-Verify is voluntary and free.

- HOW IT WORKS

- WHAT’S ALL THE NOISE ABOUT?

- HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU?