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H2B Cap Count Update
April 23, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2014 employment. As of April 18, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 17,969 beneficiaries for the 2ndhalf of FY 2014.
H1B Cap 2015 Update: Premium Processing to Begin April 28
April 19, 2014
USCIS has announced that it will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2015 cap on April 28, 2014. This includes premium processing of petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. masterís degree or higher. H-1B Petitioners may also upgrade a pending H-1B cap 2015 petition to premium processing once USCIS issues a receipt notice.
USCIS Reminder: May 2nd Deadline for Haitian TPS Re-registration
April 19, 2014
USCIS has issued a reminder to eligible nationals of Haiti, who currently have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), to re-register for TPS by May 2, 2014. Applicants who re-register during the registration period and request employment authorization will receive a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with an expiration date of January 22, 2016. Failure to re-register by the May 2nd deadline may result in the loss of TPS and work authorization.
H2B Cap Count Update
April 16, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2014 employment. As of April 11, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 17,382 beneficiaries for the 2ndhalf of FY 2014.
May 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 priority dates remain stagnant for most countries
April 11, 2014
In the recently published U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for May 2014, the EB-2 priority dates remained current in respect of all countries other than India and mainland China. The EB-2 priority date remained at 11/15/04 in respect to India, even as EB-3 priority date for India advanced marginally to 10/01/03. EB-3 priority dates remained unmoved for all countries except India and Philippines.
H1B Cap 2015: VisaProís H1B Predictions Hit the Bull's-Eye
April 11, 2014
In the run-up to the H-1B cap 2015 filing season, VisaPro had predicted that intense competition will significantly bring down the odds of winning the FY 2015 H-1B lottery, and only 2 out of 4 petitions filed will be selected in the FY 2015 H-1B lottery. USCIS has announced that it received about 172,500 H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2015 cap, for the 85,000 H-1B visas, during the filing period which began April 1, 2014.
H2B Cap Count Update
April 09, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2014 employment. As of April 4, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 15,824 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2014.
USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap - Will Conduct H-1B Lottery
April 07, 2014
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS will now conduct a computer-generated process (H-1B Lottery) to randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS has, however, not yet announced the date on which it will conduct the H-1B Lottery.
H2B Cap Count Update
April 02, 2014
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2014 employment. As of March 28, 2014, USCIS has approved approximately 13,741 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2014.
FY 2015 H-1B Filings: USCIS Anticipates H-1B Cap to Reach by April 7
March 27, 2014
USCIS will begin accepting H1B petitions subject to FY 2015 cap on 04/01/14. 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, 2014 and April 7, 2014. 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 April 28, 2014.
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