October 2006

President Signs New Act, Enacting H-2B Visa Relief
October 20, 2006 - On October 17, 2006, President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R. 5122) into law. Section 1074 of the bill includes a one year extension of the returning worker exemption to the H-2B visa cap and provides for the extension to take effect beginning October 1, 2006.
USCIS Paying Increased Attention To Status Violations When Adjudicating Applications for Immigration Benefits
October 11, 2006- USCIS issued a memorandum providing internal guidance on exercising discretion to issue Notices to Appear to aliens applying for immigration benefits. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has apparently issued a new policy that will result in more noncitizens being placed into removal proceedings if their visa applications are denied.
2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions Released
October 10, 2006- The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs has released instructions for the 2008 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Entries for the DV-2008 lottery must be submitted electronically between noon EDT (GMT-4) October 4, 2006, and noon EST (GMT-5) Sunday, December 3, 2006. Paper entries will not be accepted.
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