It is the consensus that 2011 was the year of immigration
enforcement. Deportations are at an all-time high, with an emphasis
on the deportation of violent criminals, drug dealers, and
terrorists. Led by Arizona, it is also the year when certain states
tried to enact immigration laws, when the federal government failed
to act. In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the Obama
Administration's constitutional challenge to Arizona's
immigration law, enacted in 2010 but temporarily blocked by the
courts. This ruling will have far ranging impact as it will decide
whether immigration policy is exclusively a federal matter or
whether the states can step in with a potential patchwork of laws.
However, looking at Congress, and the current lack of consensus, it
is unlikely that it will overhaul America's broken immigration
system in 2012 or in the foreseeable future.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
announced today that the annual H-1B quota for both the regular
65,000 visa petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 visa
petition U.S. master's degree cap has been met for Fiscal Year
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it had completed its annual H-1B lottery and had selected a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 65,000 petition bachelor's degree cap and the 20,000 petition U.S. master's degree cap.
April 5, 2017 - Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 8th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 58th overall, featuring a record lowest score of 431 and inviting 3753 applicants for permanent residence, under all programs.
In connection with the Trump Administration's desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well as newly focused enforcement initiatives.
Beginning June 6, 2017, the Canada immigration department will award points under the comprehensive ranking system in two new areas including strong French language ability, and having a sibling in Canada.
The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI) announced a maximum number of 5000 Skilled Worker Program applications submitted on line ("Mon projet Quebec"), will be accepted for its intake period in 2017. The period of reception will be revealed at a later date.
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