Changes Coming to Freedom of Information Improvement Act (FOIA)

On June 30, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Freedom of Information Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337). The main goal of the legislation is to make it more difficult for agency officials to withhold government records sought under the Freedom of Information Act. However, none of the exemptions to the FOIA will change.… Continue reading Changes Coming to Freedom of Information Improvement Act (FOIA)

L-1 Visa Statistics Released by USCIS

Pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the USCIS last week released data regarding the adjudication of L-1 petitions. This data reveals that the denial rate of L-1 cases rose over 10% from FY 2012 to FY 2013 and in FY 2013,  an astounding 35% of all L-1 petitions filed were denied. This data covers… Continue reading L-1 Visa Statistics Released by USCIS

USCIS releases H-1b data for FY 2009-2011

Earlier this week, the USCIS released a report which provided data on H-1b cap cases filed from FY 2009-FY 2011. What’s most interesting about this report are 2 things: 1. the small number of denials reported and 2. the almost precise arrival at 85,00 each year. Now, I am not a conspiracy theorist but, it is… Continue reading USCIS releases H-1b data for FY 2009-2011