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Nebraska Service Center to Accept Certain H-1B1 and H1B Petitions
June 4, 2016
Starting July 1, 2016, Nebraska Service Center will begin accepting certain Form I-129 H1B petitions and H-1B1 petitions on behalf of Chileans and Singaporeans. Currently, all H-1B1 petitions on behalf of Chileans and Singaporeans are filed at the Vermont Service Center, and all H1B petitions are filed at the Vermont Service Center or California Service Center depending on the work location.
Form I-129 Petition Seeking Extension of Status or Change of Employer Pending for Over 210 Days: Petitioners May Now Submit Inquiries With USCIS
May 11, 2016
Employers who have filed a Form I-129 petition seeking extension of status or change of employer may now submit an inquiry with USCIS if their I-129 petition has been pending for 210 days or more.
H-2A Visa Updates: USCIS Launches e-Approval; Will Use Pre-paid Mailers To Send Receipt Notices
May 10, 2016
USCIS has announced two significant changes in processing of Form I-129 petitions for H-2A visa classification. Starting May 11, 2016, USCIS will send approval information for H-2A petitions to DOS electronically, and DOS will accept this electronic information in place of a Form I-797 Approval Notice. USCIS will also begin using pre-paid mailers provided by petitioners to send out receipt notices for H-2A petitions.
USCIS Publishes Optional Checklists For Forms I-129F and I-765 Filing
May 10, 2016
USCIS has published on its website, optional checklists for Form I-129F (Petition for Alien FiancÚ(e)), and Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) to assist applicants in the submission of related form packages. The USCIS optional checklists will help applicants identify documents they need to include and important items they need to complete in the form.
DHS Proposes Increase In Certain USCIS Filing Fees
May 5, 2016
Department of Homeland Security is proposing to increase certain immigration and naturalization fees charged by USCIS and has invited public comments. After the 60-day comment period that expires on 07/05/2016, USCIS will address the comments received and publish a final rule.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Completes Data Entry Of Petitions Selected In H1B Lottery
May 3, 2016
USCIS has completed data entry of all FY 2017 H1B Cap petitions selected in the H1B lottery, and will now begin returning H1B Cap petitions that were not selected in the 2016 H1B lottery. USCIS is also transferring some 2016 H1B Cap petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center. Petitioners whose cases are transferred will receive a notification in the mail in this regard.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: Premium Processing To Begin on May 12
April 25, 2016
USCIS will begin premium processing for all H1B Cap petitions requesting premium processing on May 12, 2016. For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the H-1B Cap, the 15-day premium processing period will begin on the date that USCIS receives the request.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: USCIS To Temporarily Suspend Use of Pre-Paid Mailers
April 21, 2016
For two weeks after premium processing resumes for H1B cap petitions, USCIS will not use pre-paid mailers to send out final notices for premium processing H1B cap petitions
FY 2017 H1B Cap Update: USCIS Completes H1B Lottery
April 13, 2016
USCIS has received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during the first 5 business day of the 2016 H1B Cap filing period, and has conducted the H1B 2016 lottery on April 9, 2016. USCIS will also begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 16, 2016.
FY 2017 H1B Cap Reached! USCIS To Conduct H1B Lottery
April 08, 2016
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory H1B Cap for FY 2017. USCIS will now conduct the H1B Lotteryto randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the H1B Cap 2016. USCIS is yet to announce the date on which it will conduct the 2016 H1B Lottery.

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