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Centralized Filing for Waivers of Inadmissibility: USCIS issues News Alert
August 03, 2012
In a recently issued notice regarding centralized filing for waivers of inadmissibility, USCIS has stated that since June 4, 2012, individuals outside the U.S. who have been found inadmissible for certain visas by a U.S. consular officer and seek to waive an inadmissibility ground, should no longer apply for a waiver at their foreign location, but should file requests directly to USCIS by mailing the application to a USCIS Lockbox facility in the United States.
H2B Cap Count Update
July 31, 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 27, 2012, USCIS has approved approximately, 27, 218 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012 and 456 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013.
New USCIS online resource to provide immigration information in up to 22 languages
July 30, 2012
USCIS has announced the launching of a new feature on its website – its online Multilingual Resource Center that provides a central location for USCIS resources in a variety of languages. USCIS has announced that materials are available in up to 22 languages, covering information on USCIS application processes as well as FAQs.
H2B Cap Count Update
July 30, 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 15, 2012, USCIS has approved approximately, 26,837H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012 and 431 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013.
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.

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