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H2B Cap Count Update
June 11, 2013
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2013 employment. As of June 7, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 23,240 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) Requirement for Adoptions in Ethiopia
June 11, 2013
USCIS has announced that the government of Ethiopia has informed the U.S. that effective September 1, 2013, it will require all adoption cases filed by United States prospective adoptive parents to undergo the U.S. Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (PAIR) process. Prospective adoptive parents will initiate PAIR by filing a Form I-600 with USCIS before completing the adoption in Ethiopia. If USCIS makes a preliminary determination that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States, USCIS will issue a PAIR letter. Prospective adoptive parents must include the PAIR letter in the adoption dossier they submit to initiate the adoption.
H2B Cap Count Update
June 04, 2013
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2013 employment. As of May 31, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 22,393 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
TPS Extended for Salvadorans
May 31, 2013
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has announced the extension of TPS for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning September 10, 2013, and ending March 9, 2015. Current Salvadoran beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from May 30, 2013, through July 29, 2013. To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status.
H2B Cap Count Update
May 29, 2013
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2013 employment. As of May 24, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 21,406 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
H2B Cap Count Update
May 21, 2013
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2013 employment. As of May 17, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 20,712 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
H2B Cap Count Update
May 16, 2013
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2013 employment. As of May 10, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 20,424 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment to Move to USCIS ELIS
May 02, 2013
USCIS has announced that it is moving the existing online payment for the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). Customers will soon pay the $165 USCIS Immigrant Fee using USCIS ELIS after they receive their immigrant visa package from the DOS and before they depart for the United States. Immigrants will soon be directed to the USCIS ELIS website to create an online account and pay the immigrant fee.
H2B Cap Count Update
May 02, 2013
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the fiscal year 2013 employment. As of April 26, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 14,891 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
USCIS Reminds Employers To Start Using Revised Form I-9
May 02, 2013
USCIS has reminded employers to start using the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 that was released on March 8, 2013 (revision 03/08/13). Beginning May 7, 2013, all employers must only use the revised Form I-9 for new hires and previous versions of the Form I-9 must not be used after May 6, 2013. All previous versions will no longer be valid.

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