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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.
USCIS Field Office Will Be Closed In Vienna
October 26, 2015
USCIS will permanently close its Field Office in Vienna on December 31, 2015. The office will be open to the public and will accept applications only till November 30, 2015. USCIS Field Office in Vienna currently caters to applicants from Austria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Following the closure, USCIS Field Offices in Frankfurt, Rome and Athens will assume Vienna’s jurisdiction.
USCIS Issues Fact Sheet on DACA Program EAD Recall
July 21, 2015
DACA recipients who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015, have been asked by USCIS to return the document. USCIS has notified these individuals that the three-year EADs are no longer valid and must be immediately returned, along with any related approval notices. USCIS has also warned that it will terminate the DACA and all employment authorizations of those DACA recipients who keep the invalid three-year card.
FY 2016 H1B Cap Filings: USCIS Returns Petitions Not Selected in the H1B Lottery
July 15, 2015
USCIS has announced that on July 14, 2015, it has completed processing the return of FY 2016 H1B Cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the H1B Lottery. Employers who have submitted an H-1B Cap-subject petition between April 1 and April 7, 2015 have been advised to contact USCIS if they do not receive a receipt notice or a returned petition by July 20, 2015.
H1B Extension of Stay: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing
July 14, 2015
USCIS has announced that beginning July 13, it will resume accepting requests for Premium Processing service for all H1B extension of stay petitions. Petitioners seeking Premium Processing service must make sure to file the recently updated 1/29/2015 edition of Form I-907. USCIS will reject submissions made on previous editions of the form.
USCIS I-130 Consular Processing Times: Now Available For International Offices
June 12, 2015
USCIS has begun publishing processing times for certain benefits processed at its international offices and International Operations Division headquarters. Processing times for Forms I-130, Forms I-131, and Forms I-730 are currently available online.

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