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H-1B Cap FY2015 Update

Filed April 14, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count, Immigration News , tagged , ,
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Brick Wall 100061381USCIS received approximately 172,500 petitions subject to the annual H-1B cap during the FY2015 filing period, which began April 1, 2014, including petitions filed under the advanced degree H-1B cap exemption. This means that nearly 85,000 H-1B candidates will not receive an H-1B for the coming fiscal year beginning October 1, 2014 (FY2015). It also means that if Congress does not act, H-1B candidates who did not receive an H-1B number for the coming fiscal year must wait until the beginning of the following fiscal year (FY2016, which begins October 1, 2015) to try once again for an H-1B. more »

H-1B Cap Reached FY2015

Filed April 7, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count, Immigration News , tagged ,
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red lights with arrows 96913798USCIS announced today (April 7, 2014) that they have received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 (FY2015). USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the US advanced degree H-1B exemption. Unless Congress acts, no new cap-subject H-1B numbers will be available until October 1, 2015 (the first filing date for an October 1, 2015, employment start date is April 1, 2015). more »

US Embassy Caracas Suspends New Tourist Visa Issuance

Filed March 25, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , ,
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Playa El Tirano Venezuela 152988847The US Embassy Caracas (Venezuela) issued a notice March 24, 2014, stating that as a result of the expulsion of several US consular officials along with Venezuelan government delays in issuing visas for incoming officers, the US Embassy Caracas does not have sufficient consular staff at present to continue to schedule appointments for first-time tourist (B-1 and B-2) visa applicants. Until further notice, the US Embassy Caracas can offer such appointments only in emergency situations. more »

Chile Designated into Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Filed March 4, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News, USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
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Chile glacier iceOn February 28, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the designation of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), thereby streamlining travel to the United States for eligible Chilean passport holders. more »

DOS Info for US Citizens Considering the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Abroad

Filed February 7, 2014 in Green Cards, under Family , tagged ,

The US Department of State has issued a fact sheet containing critical information for US citizens considering the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) abroad, the automatic transmission of US citizenship, passport issuance to minors and other important related issues. Among other things, the fact sheet notes that citizenship is not necessarily automatically transmitted in cases where Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has been used to conceive a child born outside of the United States. more »