Recent Updates

For more information on recent changes in the field of immigration and naturalization, see the following:

April 2016: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap for Coming Fiscal Year Has Been Reached

April 2016: Cap-Exempt Cases, Filings on Behalf of Current H-1B Workers Continue to Be Accepted

October 2015: Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Now Open

August 2015: Partners Listed in "e;Best Lawyers"e; Survey

August 2014: Partners Listed in "e;Best Lawyers"e; Survey

June 2014: Proposed Employment Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Workers

April 2014: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap for Coming Fiscal Year Has Been Reached

April 2014: Cap-Exempt Cases, Filings on Behalf of Current H-1B Workers Continue to Be Accepted

February 2014: New H-1B Visas Available - Shortage Expected

November 2013: Firm Attorneys Listed in "Super Lawyers" Survey

September 2013: Partner Speaks on Business Immigration Law At Sterling Educational Seminar

August 2013: Partners Listed in "Best Lawyers" Survey

July 2013: The H-1B Visa Category: Potential Reform Ahead

June 2013: Andrew Wizner Speaks at 2013 Annual Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

April 2013: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap for Coming Fiscal Year Has Been Reached

April 2013: Cap-Exempt Cases, Filings on Behalf of Current H-1B Workers Continue to Be Accepted

March 2013: New H-1B Visas Available - Shortage Expected

November 2012: Firm Attorneys Listed in "Super Lawyers" Survey

October 2012: Andrew Wizner Selected as a "Lawyer of the Year"

September 2012: Partners Listed in "Best Lawyers" Survey

June 2012: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap for Coming Fiscal Year Has Been Reached

May 2012: H-1B Visas Still Available for the Coming Fiscal Year

April 2012: Employment-Based Immigrant Visas Availability Changes

March 2012: New H-1B Visas Available-Shortage Expected

February 2012: More Employment-Based Immigrant Visas Available

January 2012: Connecticut Law Tribune Publishes Article on Proposed Changes in Immigration Regulations

December 2011: H-1B Cap for Current Fiscal Year Exhausted

November 2011: Firm Attorneys Listed in “Super Lawyers” Survey

October 2011: New Rules for Driver’s Licenses

September 2011: Partners Listed in “Best Lawyers” Survey

June 2011: H-1B Visas Still Available for the Coming Fiscal Year

May 2011: More Employment-Based Immigrant Visas Available

April 2011: USCIS System Allows Workers to Check Their Own Employment Eligibility Status

March 2011: New H-1B Visas Available—Shortage Expected

February 2011: New Version of the USCIS Handbook for Employers

January 2011: “Deemed Export” Attestation by Employers To Be Required on Certain I-129 Petitions

December 2010: H-1B Cap for Current Fiscal Year Nearly Reached

November 2010: Elizabeth Leete Selected as a “Lawyer of the Year”

October 2010: Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Opens This Month

September 2010: Partners Listed in “Best Lawyers” Survey

August 2010: “Green Cards” are Green Again and More Secure

July 2010: New Fees Now in Effect for Nonimmigrant Visas; USCIS Proposal to Increases Fees Under Consideration

June 2010: Immigration Reform Update - Can Reform Happen in 2010?

May 2010: H-1B Update: Five-Year Low for H-1B Visa Petitions Submitted During First Week of Filing Season; Employers Still Must Clear New Hurdles

April 2010: Pamela Lucas Joins Leete, Kosto & Wizner

March 2010: New H-1B Visas Available—Shortage Expected

February 2010: H-1B Contractor Workers - Change in USCIS Policy

January 2010: Partners Listed in “Best Lawyers” Survey

December 2009: Firm Attorneys Listed in “Super Lawyers” Survey

November 2009: Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Open Through End of Month

October 2009: H-1B Cap Update – Visa Numbers Still Available

September 2009: E-Verify Rule Now applies to Federal Contractors

August 2009: Partners Listed in “Best Lawyers” Survey

August 2009: H-1B Cap Update – Visa Numbers Still Available

July 2009: USCIS Expands I-9 Audit Program

July 2009: Premium Processing Service Resumes for Some I-140 Petitions

June 2009: Documents Needed for Travel to Enter U.S. from Western Hemisphere Countries

May 2009: Firm Publishes Immigration Update (PDF)

May 2009: USCIS on H-1B Cap (May 11 2009) (PDF)

April 2009: New Version of I-9 Form Issued by USCIS

March 2009: H-1B Visa Petitions – New Rules for TARP Recipients

February 2009: New H-1B Visa Available Soon - Shortage Expected

January 2009: Electronic Screening System for Travelers to U.S. on Visa Waiver Program Now Operational

December 2008: Firm Publishes Immigration Update

November 2008: Firm Attorneys Listed in “Super Lawyers” Survey

November 2008: TN Status Now Granted in Three Year Increments

October 2008: Partners Listed in "Best Lawyers" Survey

September 2008: USCBP Initiates New Electronic System For Screening Visa Waiver Program Entrants

August 2008: Article on Current Immigration Enforcement

August 2008: More Options Available for Professional Workers

July 2008: Partners Listed in "Best Lawyers" Survey

June 2008: Premium Processing Service Resumes for Some I-140 Petitions

June 2008: Is Your I-94 Card Misprinted?

May 2008: USCIS Permits Students to Extend Post-Curricular Practical Training

April 2008: H-1B Visa Petitions - Processing Under FY 2009 Cap - Update

April 2008: Fines Increase for Hiring Unauthorized Aliens

March 2008: USCIS Modifies Rules Regarding H-1B Petitions Subject to the Annual Cap

March 2008: New H-1B Visas Available-Shortage Expected

February 2008: Firm Listed in "Best of U.S."

January 2008: Application Fee Increase for Nonimmigrant Visas

December 2007: New Version of I-9 Form Issued by USCIS

December 2007: Partners Listed in "Best Lawyers" Survey

November 2007: New Rule for Travel by Adjusting H and L Visa Holders

October 2007: Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Begins

September 2007: Firm Attorney Publishes Article on Criminal Pleas for Foreign Citizens

August 2007: Partners Listed in "Best Lawyers" Survey

July 2007: New Department of Labor Regulation

June 2007: Immigrant Visa Priority Dates Move Forward

April 2007: Some H-1B Visas Still Available for Workers With U.S. Master's Degrees

April 2007: Standard H-1B Visa Cap Reached For Coming Year

March 2007: Firm Publishes New Immigration Update

March 2007: New H-1B Visas Available-Shortage Expected

February 2007: Update on PERM Labor Certification Process

January 2007: New Passport Requirement for United States Citizens and Others Arriving by Air from Within the Western Hemisphere

December 2006: Firm Publishes New Immigration Update

November 2006: New I-9 Compliance Rules: Andrew Wizner writes in The Connecticut Law Tribune that the recent amendments to the Employment Verification Program rule permitting electronic storage of Forms I-9 are worthy of consideration.

November 2006: Partner Moderates Immigration Debate

October 2006: Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins

September 2006: Premium Processing Service for I-140 Petitions Expanded

September 2006: Partners Listed in "Best Lawyers" Survey

August 2006: Premium Processing Service for I-140 Petitions

August 2006: Premium Processing Service for I-140 Petitions Expected Soon

July 2006: Partners Contribute to National Immigration Lawyers Organization

July 2006: H-1B Visas Still Available for Holders of US Master's Degree

May 2006: Strong Demand for H-1B Visas Available for the Coming Fiscal Year

April 2006: H-1B Visas for Professional Workers in Short Supply

March 2006: USCIS Provides Information on Bi-specialization Filing of I-129 and I-140 Petitions

February 2006: Leete, Kosto & Wizner Partners Will Speak on Business Immigration Law At Sterling Educational Seminar

January 2006: State Department Proposes Passports for Travel to Western Hemisphere Countries

December 1, 2005: Virginia Carstens Joins Leete, Kosto & Wizner

November 2005: Some H-1B Visas Still Available for Workers With U.S. Master's Degrees

October 2005: Visa Lottery Commences October 5, 2005

September 2, 2005: E-3 Visa Regulations Permit New Visas for Australian Professionals

August 19, 2005: Partners Listed in "Best Lawyers" Survey

August 12, 2005: USCIS Announces H-1B Cap for Coming Fiscal Has Been Reached

August 1, 2005: H-1B Cap for Coming Fiscal Year Nearly Reached

July 2005: New E-3 Visas for Australians Expected Soon

June 2005: New Passport Deadline for Visa Waiver Visitors

April 2005: Partner Listed in “Best Lawyers” Survey

April 2005: DOL Implements Online Labor Certification Process

April 2005: Leete, Kosto & Wizner Partners Will Speak on Business Immigration Law at Sterling Educational Seminar

March 8, 2005: 20,000 New Exemptions to H-1B Cap Not Limited to Beneficiaries with U.S. Masters Degrees After All

March 2005: Questions and Answers on Permanent Portability

November 23, 2004: H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004

November 23, 2004: L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004

November 2, 2004: No Need to Box Those Old I-9 Forms

September 20, 2004: Be Wary of Emails on Diversity Visa

September 1, 2004: USCIS Changes Photo Requirements

September 2004: Article on Permanent Portability

September 2004: Machine-Readable Passports Required for Visa Waivers

September 2004: H-1B Cap for Coming Fiscal Year Nearly Reached

July 28, 2004: One Year Extension of Health Care Certification Requirement for TN Workers

July 23, 2004: H-1B Cap Gap Notice Extends Duration of Status of Foreign Students

July 2004:Foreign Health Care Workers at Risk of Losing Work Authorization

June 2004: Department of State to Terminate Visa Revalidation Service in U.S.

February 2004: H-1B Cap Reached for FY2004

December 2003: Impending Shortage of H-1B Visas for Professional Workers

October 2003: Department of State Changes Machine-Readable Passport Requirement

August 2003: Machine-Readable Passports will be Required for Those Seeking to Enter the US on a Visa Waiver

April 2003: Reaching Age 21 is Still Important—Impact of the Child Status Protection Act

March 2003: Landed Immigrants in Canada and Bermuda No Longer Permitted to Enter the US without a Visa

January 17, 2003: INS Adds Fourth Group of Countries Subject to Special Registration

November 21, 2002: INS Adopts Strict Policy Regarding Waivers of Entry Documents

November 2002: New Law Allows Employers to Retain Foreign Workers.

October 2002: INS Creates Website for Checking Status of Pending Cases.

August 2, 2002: INS Authorizes Concurrent Filing of Green Card Applications and Immigrant Petitions.

May 24, 2002: Section 245(i) Extension Introduced in Senate.

April 22, 2002: INS Issues New Interim and Proposed Regulations for Visitors and Students.

April 1, 2002: Consular Processing in Canada--Recent Changes.

March 1, 2002: Immigration Service to start issuing work authorizations to spouses of L and E workers.

February 14, 2002: Consulate in Chennai, India establishes internet-based appointment system for non-immigrant visa applicants.

January 18, 2002: President signs law to grant work authorization for spouses of E and L visa holders.

December 10, 2001: Potential delays in consular processing world-wide.

December 3, 2001: Changes in visa processing at consulates in Canada and Mexico.

October 2001: Increased enforcement of documentation requirements.


 

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