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FY2013 H-1B Cap Count: April 9, 2012

Filed April 9, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

Grand Central Station NYC iStock_000011521886XSmallAs of April 9, 2012, USCIS is still accepting cap-subject FY2013 H-1B petitions. The agency began accepting FY2013 H-1B petitions on April 2, 2012. As of April 9, 2012, USCIS had received approximately 17,400 FY2013 H-1B petitions subject to the 65,000 cap for regular petitions (for beneficiaries without a US advanced degree), and approximately 8,200 FY2013 H-1B petitions subject to the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with US advanced degrees. more »

FY2013 H-1B Petitions Double Those Received in FY2012

Filed April 5, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

As of April 4, 2012, USCIS had received 22,323 FY2013 cap-subject H-1B petitions for employment start dates beginning October 1, 2012 (fiscal year 2013, or FY2013, begins October 1, 2012, and ends September 30, 2013). Approximately 25% of these FY2013 H-1B petitions are for H-1B beneficiaries with US advanced degrees. According to USCIS figures, the number of H-1B petitions received in the first few days of the FY2013 H-1B season is double the number of petitions received during the first week of April 2011, FY2012 (the current fiscal year 2012, which runs October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012). more »

eVerify Self Check Expands Throughout US

Filed February 9, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,

US Capitol, Washington DC, 99782345On February 9, 2012, USCIS announced that eVerify Self Check, a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own US employment eligibility status, is now available in all 50 US states, Washington, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. more »

DHS Proposes Regulatory Immigration Reforms

Filed January 31, 2012 under Legislation, USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , , , ,

US Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC, 147707780On January 31, 2012, DHS announced a series of regulatory immigration reforms with a view toward attracting and retaining highly skilled immigrants. more »

FY-2012 H-1B Cap Final Receipt Date

Filed December 1, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

trolley tracks, cobblestones, DUMBO, Brooklyn 95731980According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Service Center Operations (SCOPS), USCIS will not have a lottery for FY-2012 H-1B petitions received November 22, 2011, to determine if they will be included in the FY-2012 H-1B cap.

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FY-2012 H-1B Cap Reached

Filed November 23, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

Tuscany brick wall, Italy 154091784The FY-2012 H-1B Cap has been reached. As of November 22, 2011, USCIS had received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the annual cap of 65,000 for fiscal year 2012 (FY2012). The final receipt date for new cap-subject FY-2012 H-1B petitions requesting an employment start date between October 01, 2011, and September 30, 2012, is November 22, 2011. more »

FY-2012 H-1B Cap Approaching

Filed November 15, 2011 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count , tagged , ,

Speeding Train 144876116The FY-2012 H-1B cap is approaching fast with about 8,000 FY-2012 H-1B cap subject visas remaining for the current fiscal year (FY-2012) as of November 18, 2011. As of November 18, 2011, USCIS had received approximately 61,800 H-1B petitions counting toward the 65,000 annual FY-2012 H-1B cap and approximately 20,000 petitions toward the 20,000 FY-2012 H-1B cap exemption for individuals with advanced degrees. more »

Same-Sex Partners, Cohabitating Partners, B-2 Visa: USCIS Memo

Brooklyn Bridge, NYCOn August 17, 2011, USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum regarding B-2 Visa Status changes and extensions for cohabitating partners, including same-sex partners and same-sex spouses, and other nonimmigrant household members, along with related revisions to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM). more »

USCIS Initiatives Promote Start-Ups, Job Creation

Filed August 2, 2011 under USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , ,

On August 2, 2011, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to promote start-ups. They hope these initiatives will fuel the US economy and stimulate investment in the United States by attracting foreign entrepreneurial talent of exceptional ability or talent who otherwise can create US jobs, form start-up companies in the United States, and/or invest capital in areas of high unemployment in the United States. more »

I-130 Relative Petition Filing Procedure Change

Midtown Manhattan window view, NYC iStock_000003591649XSmall.jpgEffective August 15, 2011, the I-130 filing procedure and I-360 filing procedure in US consulates around the world will change.  As of that time, US consular officers may no longer adjudicate I-130 Relative Petitions (for spouses, children, parents, other qualifying relatives) or I-360 Widow (er) petitions filed by qualifying US citizens or US Legal Permanent Residents (LPR, or green card holders). more »

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