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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.
H2B Cap Count Update
February 3, 2015
USCIS has reported that the H2B cap for the 1st half of fiscal year 2015 was reached on January 26, 2015.
February 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB2 Priority Date Advances for India and China
January 14, 2015
In the recently published U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for February 2015, the EB-2 priority dates advanced in respect to India and China. The EB-3 priority dates advanced for all other countries.
DHS Announces 18-Month TPS Extension for El Salvador
January 14, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of El Salvador for 18 months from March 10, 2015 through September 9, 2016. Current El Salvador beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day period that runs from January 7, 2015, through March 9, 2015. Eligible El Salvador TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of September 9, 2015.
Re-designation and 18-Month Extension of TPS for Syria
January 07, 2015
DHS has announced the re-designation of Syria for TPS and has extended the existing TPS designation for Syria from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Syrian nationals with TPS who are seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan 5, 2015, through March 6, 2015. Syrian nationals, or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria, in the United States who do not currently have TPS may apply under the re-designation during a 180-day initial registration period that runs from January 5, 2015 through July 6, 2015.
USCIS Announces 68 Countries Whose Nationals are Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Participation
December 19, 2014
USCIS has announced the list of 68 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. Each country’s designation is valid for one year from January 18, 2015. The notification, however, does not affect the status of beneficiaries who are currently in the United States in H-2A or H-2B status unless they apply to change or extend their status.
H2B Cap Count Update
December 18, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the 1st half of fiscal year 2015 and 2nd half of fiscal year 2015 employment. As of December 12, 2014, USCIS has approved filings on behalf of approximately 15,579 beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2015.
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