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USCIS Same-Sex Marriage FAQ Update

Filed August 16, 2013 in Green Cards, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,
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blurred green light 122541138Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, July 1, 2013: “After the June 2013 Supreme Court decision holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, effective immediately, I have directed USCIS to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.” USCIS Same-Sex Marriage FAQ Update of August 7, 2013, is below. more »

H-1B Cap: Too Few H-1Bs Issued Last 5 Years

Filed September 28, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count, USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,

Pile of documents 100923010A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by attorney David Rudman of Chicago shows that USCIS has been seriously underutilizing annual H-1B numbers by about 15%–that is, USCIS has not been issuing enough H-1B numbers to meet the annual H-1B quota over the last 5 years. During this time, USCIS appears to have issued 45,000 fewer H-1B visas than it should have. It is likely that it has done the same this year as well. more »

I-20 Stamps Discontinued

Filed September 7, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , , ,
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Students with Laptops 76803494CBP no longer provides admission stamps on Forms I-20 and DS-2019 for prospective and returning international students and scholars (traveling with F, M or J visas) seeking admission to the US as of August 10, 2012. more »

OPT Filing Deadlines: Procedural Change

Filed July 27, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,
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conference 152253487USCIS Service Centers appear to be applying a more restrictive approach to F-1 OPT filing deadlines (Optional Practical Training), creating unexpected OPT denials, according to the AILA Students and Scholars Committee. more »

FY2013 H-1B Cap Count: May 18, 2012

Filed May 25, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

Midtown NYC 146745226As of May 18, 2012, USCIS had received approximately 42,000 FY2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions subject to the regular 65,000 cap (for beneficiaries without a US advanced degree), and approximately 16,000 FY2013 H-1B petitions subject to the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with US advanced degrees. more »

FY2013 H-1B Cap Count May 11, 2012

Filed May 14, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

Red Hook, Brooklyn warehouse 91653522As of May 11, 2012, USCIS had received approximately 36,700 FY2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions subject to the regular 65,000 cap (for beneficiaries without a US advanced degree), and approximately 14,800 FY2013 H-1B petitions subject to the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with US advanced degrees. more »

FY2013 H-1B Cap Count May 4, 2012

Filed May 8, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

Midtown Manhattan NYC, dusk 147661075As of May 04, 2012, USCIS had received approximately 32,500 FY2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions subject to the regular 65,000 cap (for beneficiaries without a US advanced degree), and approximately 13,700 FY2013 H-1B petitions subject to the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with US advanced degrees. more »

FY2013 H-1B Cap Count Apr 27, 2012

Filed April 30, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

Foggy Central Park, Manhattan NYC, fall 152495724As of April 27, 2012, USCIS had received approximately 29,200 FY2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions subject to the regular 65,000 cap (for beneficiaries without a US advanced degree), and approximately 12,300 FY2013 H-1B petitions subject to the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with US advanced degrees. USCIS began accepting FY2013 H-1B petitions on April 2, 2012, and is still accepting cap-subject FY2013 H-1B petitions. more »

FY2013 H-1B Cap Update April 20, 2012

Filed April 24, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

BQE, Brooklyn to Manhattan, NYC iStock_000008583340XSmallAs of April 20, 2012, USCIS had received approximately 25,000 FY2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions subject to the regular 65,000 cap (for beneficiaries without a US advanced degree), and approximately 10,900 FY2013 H-1B petitions subject to the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with US advanced degrees. The agency began accepting FY2013 H-1B petitions on April 2, 2012, and is still accepting cap-subject H-1B petitions. more »

FY2013 H-1B Cap Count: April 13, 2012

Filed April 17, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

Columbus Circle, NYC iStock_000003205581XSmallAs of April 13, 2012, USCIS had received approximately 20,600 FY2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions subject to the regular 65,000 cap (for beneficiaries without a US advanced degree), and approximately 9,700 FY2013 H-1B petitions subject to the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with US advanced degrees. The agency began accepting FY2013 H-1B petitions on April 2, 2012, and is still accepting cap-subject FY2013 H-1B petitions. more »

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