"There’s still a lot we don’t know, but it’s being widely reported that the two suspects in the Boston bombing — one of whom has been killed by police — are brothers of Chechen origin. According to law enforcement sources, the brothers entered the U.S. in 2002 or 2003, and at least one of them has been a legal permanent resident since 2007.
Some on the right are already pouncing on the news to cast doubt on the desirability of immigration reform."
Similar to last year, USCIS reported it had received about twice the cap of H-1B applications. Immigration used a computer-generated random selection lottery process to select petitions that will be considered under the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption.
But, don't worry, if you are one of the H-1 applicants whose petition will not be reviewed, or who had not able to file on time, as you may be eligible for other remedies under immigration law. Discuss with an immigration attorney alternative employment based visas, such as L-1, O, E, or even family based visas, that may be available to you.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been receiving reports of a new immigration scam. The scam consists of calls from individuals pretending to USCIS officers, in which he provides the person's name and address. The caller explains that there is a discrepancy in the immigrant's USCIS file, ask information regarding the person’s I-94 number, A
number and others. In addition, the caller states that there is a penalty that the person must pay to solve that discrepancy. He provides the Western Union and address information for the person to send the money. Please be aware! You should not receive any phone communications from USCIS, the communications are done by letter. If you do receive a call, inform your immigration attorney and other law enforcements!
About the Authors
Laura Schonberg and Andrea Timerman developed their passion for immigration law through their own experience immigrating to the United States. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Juris Doctor Degree from Florida International University. Andrea received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Pace University, NY, and her Juris Doctor Degree from Florida International University. Both attorneys obtained ample experience in the immigration field before partnering to work as immigration attorneys at Schonberg & Timerman, P.L.