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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.
H2B Cap Count Update
March 27, 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 22, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 42,931 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013 and 14,317 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.
H2B Cap Count Update
March 20, 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 15, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 41,820 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013 and 12,314 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013
DED Extended for Liberians: USCIS Automatically Extends Validity of EADs
March 16, 2013
USCIS has announced its intention to automatically extend employment authorization documents (EADs) for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through September 30, 2013. This follows President Obama’s announcement of his decision to extend DED through September 30, 2014 for qualified Liberians and those persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia.
USCIS Anticipates H1B Filings to Exceed H1B Cap in the First 5 Days
March 16, 2013
USCIS has announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on April 1, 2013. USCIS has also indicated that it anticipates that it may receive more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013, and because of the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season, it has temporarily adjusted its current premium processing practice, and it will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases on April 15, 2013.
H2B Cap Count Update
March 12, 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 8, 2013, USCIS has approved approximately 40,230 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013 and 9,990 beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2013.

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