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H2B Cap Count Update
April 24, 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 19, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 14,713 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
H2B Cap Count Update
April 18, 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 12, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 14,526 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
May 2013 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 priority date for India remains at 09/01/04
April 12, 2013
In the recently published U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin for May 2013, the EB-2 priority dates remained current in respect of all countries other than India and mainland China. The EB-2 priority date for India remained at 09/01/04, even as it advanced from 04/01/08 t0 05/15/08 in respect of mainland China. Meanwhile, the EB-1, EB-4 and EB-5 numbers continue to remain current for all countries, even as significant advancement was seen in EB-3 priority dates.
USCIS Reminds Applicants To Include All Required Evidence While Filing Form I-539
April 12, 2013
USCIS has issued an alert, reminding applicants to include all required evidence when submitting Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Initial evidence is required for all applications regardless of whether they are electronically filed in USCIS ELIS or mailed to USCIS. USCIS has also reminded that it is especially important for individuals who hold a B-2 visitor visa to submit needed evidence with their application as there are no appeal rights for B-2 nonimmigrants who are denied an extension of stay.
USCIS to implement Customer Identity Verification in its Field Offices
April 09, 2013
USCIS has announced that on May 6, 2013, it will implement Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices. Individuals will now be required to submit biometric data like fingerprints and photographs, when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. Currently, USCIS requires applicants and petitioners requesting immigration or naturalization benefits to visit an Application Support Center (ASC) to provide biometric data. This requirement, along with providing a government-issued document for examination, will not change.
USCIS Received 124,000 H-1B petitions: Completed Random Lottery
April 09, 2013
USCIS has announced that it received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the first week of the filing period, and that it conducted a ‘lottery’ on April 7, 2013, to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will not be counted towards the FY 2014 H-1B cap.
USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap - Goes For Lottery
April 06, 2013
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for the fiscal year (FY) 2014. It has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated random “lottery”, for all FY 2014 cap-subject petitions received through April 5, 2013. It will be the first time since April 2008 that USCIS has had to use the lottery.
TPS Extended for Hondurans
April 04, 2013
USCIS has announced that TPS for eligible nationals of Honduras has been extended for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending January 5, 2015. Current Honduran beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from April 3, 2013, through June 3, 2013. To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821. The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD).
TPS Extended for Nicaraguans
April 04, 2013
USCIS has announced that TPS for eligible nationals of Nicaragua has been extended for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending January 5, 2015. Current Nicaraguan beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from April 3, 2013, through June 3, 2013. To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821. The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD).
H2B Cap Count Update
April 03, 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 March 31, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 43,089 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013 and 14,428 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.

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