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December News From Trow & Rahal, P.C.

As 2010 comes to a close, we reflect on the interesting work we've done this year – as well as changes in the immigration law that have made an impact on our clients.

In this month's Immigration Update, for instance, you'll find that USCIS has issued a new version of the Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129), which pertains to employers seeking nonimmigrant visa status for foreign national employees. There are significant changes, so be sure to review the information on page 3 of this newsletter.

On page 2, you'll find an article about our Of Counsel attorney, Laurie Volk. An accomplished attorney and equestrian, she combines her skills as an immigration lawyer with her passion for the horse world. We think you'll be as impressed by her interesting work as we are.

With the holidays drawing near, we take this time to give thanks to you, our clients, for your business and for making us the lawyers that we are. We look forward to working with you again in 2011.

From all of us at Trow & Rahal, here's to a happy, healthy holiday season, and a prosperous new year.

Steve Trow, Attorney / Owner / Founder, strow@trowlaw.com
Linda Rahal, Attorney / Owner / Founder, lrahal@trowlaw.com
Cynthia Hemphill, Attorney / Owner, chemphill@trowlaw.com

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Page 2: Immigration Attorney Laurie Volk Takes Us Inside the Equine Industry Learn more about her work in this profile and Q&A with Linda Rahal.

Page 3: Immigration Update, December 2010

USCIS Imposes New Requirements for Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions Take note that the agency will accept previous versions of Form I-129 until December 22, 2010. Beginning on December 23, 2010, USCIS will only accept the new form. The most alarming change is a new certification regarding export controls that employers must complete for H-1, L-1, and O-1A visa petitions.

Little Movement, If Any, Predicted in Priority Dates for Employment Cases The Department of State issued its January 2011 Visa Bulletin, which provides information on upcoming employment visa number priority cut-off dates. Read about the details in this article.

H-1B Cap Is Close to Being Reached Statistics indicate that 50,400 of the 65,000 available numbers under the general H-1B cap have been used, leaving 14,600 numbers still available.

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