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USCIS September 2016 Visa Bulletin Update
August 11, 2016
USCIS has announced that the Application Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for September 2016 must be used for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS in September 2016.
Change In Filing Address For Certain H-1B and H-1B1 Petitions
August 9, 2016
H-1B employers must keep in mind the recent change in filing address for certain H-1B and H-1B1 petitions. Starting September 1, 2016, certain H-1B and H-1B1 petitions are to be filed at Nebraska Service Center alone.
Visa Bulletin September 2016: EB-2 and EB-3 Priority Dates Advance for India
August 9, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin September 2016 shows advancement for EB-2 India, EB-3 India and EB-3 Philippines in the Application Final Action Dates chart. EB-2 and EB-3 priority dates remained stagnant for China. No changes were seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories. USCIS is yet to announce which chart may be used in September 2016 for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS.
Eligibility For Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process Extended
August 3, 2016
USCIS has announced a final rule expanding the eligibility for the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process to all individuals who are statutorily eligible for the waiver of the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility. The new rule goes into effect on August 29, 2016.
OPT STEM Extension Reminder: August 8 Deadline to Apply for 7 Month Extension is Approaching
August 3, 2016
Foreign students on F-1 OPT who currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension and who qualify to apply for adding 7 months to their STEM OPT period must properly file the Form I-765 on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016.
FY 2016 EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants From India
July 16, 2016
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for August 2016 indicates that India has reached its EB-4 visa limit for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016). India joins Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in the list of countries that have reached their FY 2016 EB-4 visa limits. Starting 08/01/2016, EB-4 applicants from India who filed Form I-360 on or after 01/01/2010 will not be able to obtain an immigrant visa or adjust status until new visas become available.
Visa Bulletin August 2016: EB-1 Retrogresses For India and China
July 14, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin August 2016 shows retrogression for EB-1 India and EB-1 China in the Application Final Action Dates chart. While EB-2 India advanced modestly and EB-2 China remained stagnant, EB-2 priority dates retrogressed for all other countries. In the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories, the priority date for EB-3 Philippines advanced from January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2013. USCIS has announced that the Application Final Action Dates chart must be used in August 2016 for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Returns Petitions Not Selected in the H1B Lottery
July 11, 2016
USCIS has announced that it has completed processing the return of FY 2017 H1B Cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the H1B Lottery. Employers who have submitted an H-1B Cap-subject petition between April 1 and April 7, 2016 have been advised to contact USCIS if they do not receive a receipt notice or a returned petition by July 22, 2016.
CBP Global Entry Program Extended To Singaporeans
July 4, 2016
Citizens of Singapore are now eligible to enroll in the CBP ‘Global Entry’ Trusted Traveler Program. Global Entry is a CBP Trusted Traveler Program that allows for expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers. It is currently available at 47 U.S. airports and 13 preclearance locations. Learn more about the CBP Global Entry program and how to apply for Global Entry membership as a Citizen of Singapore.
OFLC Updates Prevailing Wage Data
July 4, 2016
The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has uploaded the new prevailing wage data. The new prevailing wage data from the Occupational Employment Survey, as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the year July 2016 to June 2017, will be effective from July 1, 2016.
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