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Visa Bulletin December 2015: Significant Advancement For EB-2 India and EB-3 Philippines
November 13, 2015
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin December 2015 shows significant advancement in EB-2 India and EB-3 Philippines, along with advancement in EB-2 China, EB-3 China, EB-3 India. No changes were seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories.
Global Entry for UK Citizens is Available Now
November 4, 2015
U.K. Citizens can register for the Global Entry program beginning December 3, 2015. Global Entry is a CBP Trusted Traveler Program that allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. It is currently available at 46 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations worldwide. Learn more about the CBP Global Entry program and how to apply for Global Entry membership as a UK Citizen.
USCIS Field Office Will Be Closed In Vienna
October 26, 2015
USCIS will permanently close its Field Office in Vienna on December 31, 2015. The office will be open to the public and will accept applications only till November 30, 2015. USCIS Field Office in Vienna currently caters to applicants from Austria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Following the closure, USCIS Field Offices in Frankfurt, Rome and Athens will assume Vienna’s jurisdiction.
24 Month OPT STEM Extension Proposed by DHS
October 21, 2015
The new proposed rule published by DHS proposes to increase the OPT STEM extension period from 17 months to 24 months and requires implementation of formal mentoring and training plans by employers. The new rule also proposes to add wage and other protections for STEM OPT students and U.S. workers, while restricting STEM OPT extensions only to students with degrees from accredited schools. The proposed rule will be open for comments till November 18, 2015. Learn more about the key provisions of new proposed rule including eligibility for OPT STEM extension, employer obligations, and DHS on-site reviews.
Visa Bulletin: USCIS Updates Instructions on Adjustment of Status Filings
October 15, 2015
USCIS has announced that each month it will determine which chart among “Application Final Action Date” and “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” charts of Visa Bulletin will be used to determine when individuals may file their adjustment of status applications and will post that chart on its website.
Visa Bulletin November 2015: Significant Advancement For EB-2 India
October 12, 2015
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin November 2015 shows significant advancement in EB-2 India, along with marginal advancement in EB-2 China, EB-3 China, EB-3 India and EB-3 Philippines. No changes were seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories.
Form I-140 Filing Address Has Changed For Certain Petitions
October 8, 2015
USCIS has announced that it is changing the Form I-140 filing address for certain Form I-140 petitions. Starting October 19, 2015, certain Form I-140 petitions with a worksite location in MD, NJ, NY or PA, must be filed with the Nebraska Service Center.
Green Card Lottery: DV-2017 Registration Period Begins
October 5, 2015
Green Card lottery aspirants from eligible countries must submit their applications electronically between October 1, 2015, and November 3, 2015. Learn more about the Green Card lottery, who qualifies to apply, and the key things you must keep in mind while submitting applications during the DV-2017 registration period.
Border Security Fee $2,000 and $2,250 For H-1B and L-1 Petitions Is No Longer Required
October 5, 2015
Provisions imposing the ‘border security fee’, an additional filing fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1 petitions has lapsed on October 1, 2015. Petitioning employers who employ 50 or more employees in the United States, and 50% of whose employees are in H-1B or L-1 status are no longer required to pay the border security fee for H-1B and L-1 petitions filed on or after October 1, 2015.
Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications: USCIS Suspends Final Adjudication
September 29, 2015
USCIS has announced that it has suspended final adjudication of employment-based adjustment of status applications till September 30, 2015. This suspension follows a DOS report that the statutory cap for the employment-based preference categories for FY 2015 has been reached. USCIS will resume final adjudication of employment based adjustment applications beginning October 1, 2015, when visa numbers become available again.
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