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USCIS June 2016 Visa Bulletin Update
May 19, 2016
USCIS has announced that the Application Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for June 2016 must be used for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS in June 2016.
Form I-129 Petition Seeking Extension of Status or Change of Employer Pending for Over 210 Days: Petitioners May Now Submit Inquiries With USCIS
May 11, 2016
Employers who have filed a Form I-129 petition seeking extension of status or change of employer may now submit an inquiry with USCIS if their I-129 petition has been pending for 210 days or more.
H-2A Visa Updates: USCIS Launches e-Approval; Will Use Pre-paid Mailers To Send Receipt Notices
May 10, 2016
USCIS has announced two significant changes in processing of Form I-129 petitions for H-2A visa classification. Starting May 11, 2016, USCIS will send approval information for H-2A petitions to DOS electronically, and DOS will accept this electronic information in place of a Form I-797 Approval Notice. USCIS will also begin using pre-paid mailers provided by petitioners to send out receipt notices for H-2A petitions.
USCIS To Implement Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) Program
May 10, 2016
USCIS has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the implementation of the Filipino Veterans Parole policy. Under the FWVP program, USCIS will offer certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans, who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions, an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa numbers to become available.
USCIS Publishes Optional Checklists For Forms I-129F and I-765 Filing
May 10, 2016
USCIS has published on its website, optional checklists for Form I-129F (Petition for Alien FiancÚ(e)), and Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) to assist applicants in the submission of related form packages. The USCIS optional checklists will help applicants identify documents they need to include and important items they need to complete in the form.
ESTA Reminder: Visa Waiver Program Travelers Must Have e-Passport
May 10, 2016
Foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. with an ESTA under the Visa Waiver Program must have an e-Passport. Travelers planning to seek admission under the VWP must check their passports and their current ESTA status to make sure they are in compliance with the visa waiver program requirements.
Visa Bulletin June 2016: Significant Retrogression in EB-2 India and EB-2 China
May 9, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin June 2016 shows significant retrogression in EB-2 India and EB-2 China in the Application Final Action Dates chart, even as EB-3 priority date remained stagnant for most countries. 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.
DV-2017 Diversity Visa Lottery: Applicants May Check Status In eDV Website
May 6, 2016
Foreign nationals who have applied for the DV-2017 DV lottery may now check the status of their Green Card lottery entry through the Entrant Status Check available on the E-DV website. The Department of State will not contact applicants individually to tell if they have been selected and that Entrant Status Check is the sole means by which applicants will be notified if they are selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery.
DHS Proposes Increase In Certain USCIS Filing Fees
May 5, 2016
Department of Homeland Security is proposing to increase certain immigration and naturalization fees charged by USCIS and has invited public comments. After the 60-day comment period that expires on 07/05/2016, USCIS will address the comments received and publish a final rule.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Completes Data Entry Of Petitions Selected In H1B Lottery
May 3, 2016
USCIS has completed data entry of all FY 2017 H1B Cap petitions selected in the H1B lottery, and will now begin returning H1B Cap petitions that were not selected in the 2016 H1B lottery. USCIS is also transferring some 2016 H1B Cap petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center. Petitioners whose cases are transferred will receive a notification in the mail in this regard.
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