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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
May 22, 2015
USCIS has announced that starting May 26, 2015, certain H-4 Dependent Spouses can file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as long as the H-1B nonimmigrant has already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status.
June 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 Priority Dates Continue to Advance for India and China
May 19, 2015
In the recently published U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for June 2015, the EB-2 priority dates advanced in respect to India and China. The EB-3 priority dates retrogressed from 7/1/2007 to 1/1/2005 in respect to Philippines and advanced for all other countries.
May 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 Priority Date Advances for India and China
April 16, 2015
In the recently published U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for May 2015, the EB-2 priority dates advanced in respect to India and China. The EB-3 priority dates retrogressed from 10/1/2014 to 7/1/2007 in respect to Philippines and advanced for all other countries.
H-1B Cap 2016 Update: Premium Processing to Begin April 27
April 15, 2015
USCIS has announced that it will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2016 cap on April 27, 2015. This includes premium processing of petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.
H1B Cap 2016: VisaPro’s H1B Predictions On Target Yet Again!
April 14, 2015
In the run-up to the H-1B cap 2016 filing season, VisaPro had predicted that intense competition will significantly bring down the odds of winning the FY 2016 H-1B lottery, and only 2 out of 5 petitions filed will be selected in the FY 2016 H-1B lottery. USCIS has announced that it received about 233,000 H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2016 cap, for the 85,000 H-1B visas, during the filing period which began April 1, 2015.
USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap - Will Conduct H-1B Lottery
April 8, 2015
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS will now conduct a computer-generated process (H-1B Lottery) to randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS has, however, not yet announced the date on which it will conduct the H-1B Lottery.
FY 2016 H-1B Filings: USCIS Anticipates H-1B Cap to Reach by April 7
March 18, 2015
USCIS will begin accepting H1B petitions subject to FY 2016 cap on 04/01/2015. USCIS anticipates that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season, and it will receive more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2015 and April 7, 2015. USCIS will use a random selection process (H-1B Lottery) if it receives more petitions than it can accept. USCIS will also begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 11, 2015.
April 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 Priority Date Continue to Advance for India & China
March 12, 2015
In the recently published U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for April 2015, the EB-2 priority dates advanced in respect to India and China. The EB-3 priority dates retrogressed by nine months for China and advanced for all other countries.
DHS Extends EAD to certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
February 25, 2015
USCIS will begin accepting H-4 EAD applications from May 26, 2015. To apply for EAD, eligible H-4 dependent spouses must file Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization), with supporting evidence and the applicable fee.
March 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 Priority Date Advances for India and China
February 13, 2015
In the recently published U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for March 2015, the EB-2 priority dates advanced in respect to India and China. The EB-3 priority dates advanced for all other countries.
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