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H-2A Sheepherders: USCIS reminds that One-Time Accommodation ends in August 2012
July 19, 2012
USCIS has reminded workers in the sheepherding industry that the one-time accommodation giving them more time to fully transition to the 3-year limitation of stay requirements for the H-2A classification is scheduled to expire. Sheepherders in H-2A status, who have reached their maximum 3-year period of stay on or before August 16, 2012, must depart the U.S. no later than August 16, 2012. These workers must then remain outside the U.S. for at least 3 months, and may not return in H-2A classification until a new H-2A petition has been approved on their behalf.
USCIS to create a new EB-5 Program Office
July 19, 2012
USCIS Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas has announced that USCIS will be creating a new office to oversee its administration of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor program. The new office will be led by a new Chief of Immigrant Investor Programs, who will have significant experience in the business world and will assume responsibility for ensuring that the program is administered efficiently, with integrity, with predictability, and with an understanding of today’s business realities.
H2B Cap Count Update
July 18, 2012
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the 2nd half of fiscal year 2012 employment and the 1st half of fiscal year 2013 employment. As of July 13, 2012, USCIS has approved approximately, 26,679 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012 and 308 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013.
H2B Cap Count Update
July 10, 2012
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the 2nd half of fiscal year 2012 employment. As of July 6, 2012, USCIS has received filings on behalf of approximately 28,546 beneficiaries, and approved approximately, 26,468 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012.
USCIS announces that it is unable to resume processing adoptions from Montenegro
July 04, 2012
USCIS has announced that it cannot approve a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, filed on behalf of a child to be adopted from Montenegro. USCIS has urged U.S. prospective adoptive parents not to file any Form I-800 on behalf of a child to be adopted from Montenegro; and not to file Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, identifying Montenegro as the country from which they seek to adopt.
H2B Cap Count Update
July 03, 2012
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the 2nd half of fiscal year 2012 employment. As of June 29, 2012, USCIS has received filings on behalf of approximately 28,411 beneficiaries, and approved approximately, 26,149 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012.
H2B Cap Count Update
June 26, 2012
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the 2nd half of fiscal year 2012 employment. As of June 22, 2012, USCIS has received filings on behalf of approximately 27,739 beneficiaries, and approved approximately, 25,810 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012.
H2B Cap Count Update
June 19, 2012
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the 2nd half of fiscal year 2012 employment. As of June 15, 2012, USCIS has received filings on behalf of approximately 27,450 beneficiaries, and approved approximately, 25,441 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012.
FY 2013 H-1B Cap Reached!
June 13, 2012
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. It has also notified that June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2013 that arrive after June 11, 2012. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap, DOD petitions and Chile/Singapore H-1B1 petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2013. Employers (except cap-exempt organizations) desirous of filing new H-1B petitions will now have to wait until April 1, 2013 to be able to file again for a start date no sooner than October 1, 2013.
H2B Cap Count Update
June 06, 2012
USCIS has updated the count of H2B visa petitions received and counted towards the H2B cap for the 2nd half of fiscal year 2012 employment. As of June 1, 2012, USCIS has received filings on behalf of approximately 26,601 beneficiaries, and approved approximately, 24,978 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012.

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