Recent Changes in U.S. Immigration & Info on the Internet!17 May 2007
As you all know, there have been many changes taking place in the various areas of U.S. immigration policy and procedures. At the Murthy Law Firm, we keep the immigrant community informed about these changes at the earliest opportunity. We try to simplify complex laws, regulations to help our MURTHYBULLETIN and MurthyDotCom readers.
Some of the recent changes from this week of May 14, 2007, are the movement forward of the immigrant visa dates for nationals of India and China, as well as the worldwide category, for June 2007. Last year, about 11,000 immigrant visa numbers were lost and the DOS does not want to lose immigrant numbers again this year, since there is no carry forward of lost immigrant numbers. We were pleased to provide input to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in this regard. Another important recent development is that on May 17, 2007 the U.S. Department of Labor released the final regulation on the elimination of the labor substitutions and other issues, but gave until July 16, 2007, for that regulation to become final. Even before the regulation was published in the Federal Register, we at the Murthy Law Firm summarized the regulation and posted it on MurthyDotCom for your benefit on May 16, 2007 itself, based on the advance copy released.
These changes in the law result in interpretations and responses on hundreds of internet sources (websites, forums, chatrooms, blogs, etc.) that carry information on US immigration. While many of them carry accurate information – there are others that don’t. Many tend to carry guidance (often by well meaning participants) for a person or family without realizing that the situation may be completely different for another with different circumstances. One needs to be careful about applying the law to a particular set of facts. It is important to understand the nuances and complexities on the issues before using the information that applies to one person for another. The results can sometimes be devastating and immigration law is generally not forgiving! Your immigration process is an important phase in your life. Stay informed and educated but be sure to check the facts!