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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.
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.
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.
H2B Cap Count Update
April 10, 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 5, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 14,427 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
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.

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