On May 26, 2009 President Barack Obama named Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Judge David Souter on the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the highest court. Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation is likely given her impressive personal history of accomplishment despite unfavorable odds.
The Agricultural Job Opportunities Benefits Insecurity Act of 2009 also known as AgJOBS was reintroduced in the Senate and House by Senators Feinstein and Representative Burmin. This Bill is substantially similar to other agricultural immigration reform acts in that it revises the existing H-2A Temporary Foreign Agricultural Worker Program and creates a path to earned legalization for those who have worked in agriculture for certain amounts of time. AgJOBS is a Bipartisan Bill that is backed by the United Farm Workers and Mini-Agribusiness companies. Stern & Curray LLC will keep you updated on the progress of this bill, but if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call.
As of May 22, 2009 there has been approximately 45,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions filed with USCIS. Apparently, USCIS has received approximately 20,000 petitions for the “Master’s Cap.” Therefore, there are still close to 20,000 cap numbers available in the general pool. Individuals who are considering filing for H-1B status this year should, however, file their applications as quickly as possible.