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Premium Processing Now Available For Certain Cap-Exempt H1B Petitions
July 26, 2017
USCIS has resumed premium processing of H1B cap-exempt petitions filed by institutions of higher education, nonprofits related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education, and nonprofit research or governmental research organizations. Premium processing has also resumed for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of Beneficiaries who will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization or entity.
FY 2018 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Completes Data Entry Of Petitions Selected In H1B Lottery
May 5, 2017
USCIS has completed data entry of all FY 2018 H1B Cap petitions selected in the H1B lottery, and will now begin returning H1B Cap petitions that were not selected in the 2017 H1B lottery. USCIS is also transferring some 2017 H1B Cap petitions from Vermont Service Center to California Service Center.
FY 2018 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Completes H1B Lottery
April 18, 2017
USCIS has received 199,000 H1B petitions during the 2017 H1B Cap filing period, and has conducted the H1B 2017 lottery on April 11, 2017. For cap-subject petitions not selected in the lottery, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.
FY 2018 H1B Cap Reached!
April 8, 2017
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory H1B Cap for FY 2018. USCIS will return the filing fees for all 2017 H1B cap-subject petitions that are unselected and that are not duplicate filings. USCIS is yet to announce the date on which it will conduct the 2017 H1B Lottery.
Automatic EAD Extension: Your Questions Answered
February 16, 2017
Under the new EAD extension rules that went into effect on January 17, 2017, certain expired EADís validity period will be automatically extended for 180 days while an EAD renewal application is pending. Find out which EAD categories qualify for this automatic extension, and how qualifying applicants could secure extension of employment authorization under the new rule.
USCIS Announces Fee Increases for First Time in Six Years
November 1, 2016
USCIS has announced the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register increasing USCIS fees for the vast majority of USCIS petitions and applications. The fee changes will become effective on Friday, December 23, 2016. All applications received on or after December 23, 2016 must contain the new fee amount or the application will be rejected by USCIS.
USCIS Publishes New Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
October 3, 2016
USCIS has published a new Form I-131A, The new form is available to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to apply for a carrier document if they are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than one year, and their Green Card has been lost, stolen or destroyed; or if they are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than two years, and their Reentry Permit has been lost, stolen or destroyed.
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.
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.
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.

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