Should Obama Use the Power of His Pen to Turn the Tide on Immigration Reform? (CNN, Apr. 15): Immigration champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez feels confident that President BarackObama will use his executive powers to push through reform. House Speaker John Boehner feels confident that doing so will tank what little support the President has among Republicans on immigration reform.
USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap (USCIS, Apr. 10): USCIS announced that it received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the FY2015 filing period and completed the computer-generated random selection process on April 10, 2014, to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. Continue reading
But Congress may not be willing to pass the bill in light of Hong Kong’s 2013 decision to let NSA leaker Edward Snowden depart for Moscow despite a pending U.S. extradition request. Continue reading
USCIS delays in adjudicating “stand-alone” Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relatives, on behalf of immediate relatives have been widely criticized. Processing times peaked at an abysmal 13+ months in October 2013. By November, USCIS promised “concerted efforts” to bring down processing times. And as of now, USCIS is reporting processing times have been brought back into control. They’re at 5 to 6+ months depending on the USCIS office. That’s approaching USCIS’ 5-month goal. Continue reading
Germany’s public broadcaster, ARD, has a story on Chinese birth tourism to the U.S. Karin Dohr interviewed attorney Gary Chodorow for the story. Chodorow says that birth tourism can put couples at risk if they misrepresent the purprose of their visit to the U.S. Consulate when applying for a visa or to U.S. Customs when entering the country: Continue reading
Jesse Konrad, a Canadian student studying abroad in China, is seeking crowdfunding to pay a fine for overstaying his visa. Continue reading
China Exit-Entry Bureau specifications for travel document photographs are here.
Nominations for Friendship Awards (友谊奖) are due by April 18. The awards, granted by China’s State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs, will be conferred as part of the celebrations for National Day (Oct. 1). Continue reading