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FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: Premium Processing To Begin on May 12
April 25, 2016
USCIS will begin premium processing for all H1B Cap petitions requesting premium processing on May 12, 2016. For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the H-1B Cap, the 15-day premium processing period will begin on the date that USCIS receives the request.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: USCIS To Temporarily Suspend Use of Pre-Paid Mailers
April 21, 2016
For two weeks after premium processing resumes for H1B cap petitions, USCIS will not use pre-paid mailers to send out final notices for premium processing H1B cap petitions
USCIS May 2016 Visa Bulletin Update
April 20, 2016
USCIS has announced that the Application Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for May 2016 must be used for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS in May 2016.
EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants From El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
April 18, 2016
In the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for May 2016, the priority date under the EB-4 Category for Special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has retrogressed to January 1, 2010 in the “Application Final Action Dates” chart. Starting May 2016, applicants from these countries who filed Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant on or after January 1, 2010, will not be able to obtain an immigrant visa or adjust status until new visas become available.
Visa Bulletin May 2016: EB-2 and EB-3 India Advance; EB-2 China Stagnant
April 13, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin May 2016 shows advancement in EB-2 India, EB-3 India, EB-3 Philippines in the Application Final Action Dates chart for the employment based visa preference categories. In the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories, priority date advanced for China in the EB-3 Other Workers Category.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Completes H1B Lottery
April 13, 2016
USCIS has received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during the first 5 business day of the 2016 H1B Cap filing period, and has conducted the H1B 2016 lottery on April 9, 2016. USCIS will also begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 16, 2016.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Reached! USCIS To Conduct H1B Lottery
April 08, 2016
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory H1B Cap for FY 2017. USCIS will now conduct the H1B Lotteryto randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the H1B Cap 2016. USCIS is yet to announce the date on which it will conduct the 2016 H1B Lottery.
Visa Waiver Program Changes: Libya, Somalia and Yemen Added As Countries Of Concern
February 19, 2016
Nationals of Visa Waiver countries who have traveled to or been present in Libya, Somalia, and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 are no longer eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program. Learn more about the new Visa Waiver Program changes and how the new visa waiver restrictions affect your travel to the U.S.
Visa Bulletin March 2016: EB-2 Advances for India and China, EB-3 Advances for All Countries
February 16, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin March 2016 shows advancement in EB-2 China and EB-2 India, along with advancement in EB-3 category for all countries in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories. In the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories, priority dates advanced for EB-2 China, EB-3 China and EB-3 Mexico.
OPT STEM Extension: District Court Extends Stay
January 27, 2016
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has extended the stay on its August 2015 order vacating the 2008 OPT STEM extension rule until May 10, 2016. While the STEM OPT 17 month extension rule would remain vacated, the Court’s stay of vacatur would remain in force till May 10, 2016.
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