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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.
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.
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.
USCIS July 2016 Visa Bulletin Update
June 14, 2016
USCIS has announced the Application Final Action Dates chart in the Department of State Visa Bulletin for July 2016 must be used for filing applications for Adjustment of Status with USCIS in July 2016.
FY 2016 EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants From Mexico
June 9, 2016
The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for July 2016 indicates that Mexico has reached its EB-4 visa limit for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016). Mexico joins El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in the list of countries that have reached their FY 2016 EB-4 visa limits. Starting 07/01/2016, applicants from Mexico 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 July 2016: EB-2 India Advances By A Month, EB-2 China Stagnant
June 9, 2016
The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin July 2016 shows advancement by a month for EB-2 India in the Application Final Action Dates chart, even as EB-2 China remained stagnant. Significant retrogression was seen in the EB-3 Other Workers Category for China. No change was seen in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment based visa preference categories.
Nebraska Service Center to Accept Certain H-1B1 and H1B Petitions
June 4, 2016
Starting July 1, 2016, Nebraska Service Center will begin accepting certain Form I-129 H1B petitions and H-1B1 petitions on behalf of Chileans and Singaporeans. Currently, all H-1B1 petitions on behalf of Chileans and Singaporeans are filed at the Vermont Service Center, and all H1B petitions are filed at the Vermont Service Center or California Service Center depending on the work location.
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.
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