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USCIS Begins Sending Original I-797 Notices Directly To Applicants And Petitioners
October 04, 2011
USCIS has informed that it has begun sending original I-797 receipt and approval notices directly to applicants and petitioners, and copies of the notices are being sent to attorneys or accredited representatives. Previously, the original notice was being sent to the attorney or accredited representative, and a copy was sent to the address the applicant or petitioner. USCIS has informed that it has implemented this change to ensure that documents, such as I-94s, are mailed directly to the address specified by the applicant or petitioner.
USCIS Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Rule Impacting Certain Pending EB-5 Immigrant Investor Applications
October 04, 2011
USCIS has sought public comments on a proposed rule that would enable USCIS to process certain applications approved between 1995 and 1998 by immigrant investors under the EB-5 program. The provisions of the proposed rule would specifically enable USCIS to process cases of approximately 580 principal immigrant investors and their dependents, whose Forms I-526 were approved during the period between January 1, 1995, and August 31, 1998, and who, prior to November 2, 2002, had either, sought to register for permanent residence or adjust their status using Form I-485, or, sought to the remove the conditions on permanent residence obtained as an alien entrepreneur using Form I-829. This rule would not impact any other applications or petitions filed under the EB-5 program. Comments on the proposed rule could be submitted until November 28, 2011.
H1B Cap Count Reaches to 32,200
September 15, 2011
USCIS has updated the count of H1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H1B cap for the fiscal year 2012 employment. As of September 9, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 32,200 H1B cap-subject petitions and 16,700 petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
H1B Cap Count Reaches to 29,000
September 01, 2011
USCIS has updated the count of H1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H1B cap for the fiscal year 2012 employment. As of August 26, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 29,000 H1B cap-subject petitions and 15,800 petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
‘E Verify Self Check’ now available in Spanish
August 25, 2011
USCIS has announced that Self Check, a free online service that allows individuals in the U.S. to check their own employment eligibility status before formally seeking employment, is now available in Spanish. The online service has also been expanded and made available to residents in 16 additional states. Self Check is now available to individuals who maintain addresses in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
USCIS Extends Employment Authorization for Liberian Nationals covered under DED
August 24, 2011
On August 16, 2011, USCIS announced its intention to automatically extend Employment Authorization for Liberian nationals covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through March 31, 2012. USCIS has announced that the six-month automatic extension of existing Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) will permit eligible Liberians to continue working while they file their applications for new EADs. The new EADs will cover the full 18 months of the DED extension. Liberian nationals covered under DED will also need to include the Application for Employment Authorization, I-765, and a filing fee of $380, or a fee waiver request.
USCIS Initiatives to Promote Startup Enterprises and Spur Job Creation
August 7, 2011
On August 2, 2011, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas outlined a series of policy, operational, and outreach efforts to fuel the nation’s economy and stimulate investment. These initiatives will allow the nation to realize the potential of current immigration laws to attract the best and brightest from around the world to invest their talents, skills and ideas to contribute to the U.S. economy and help create American jobs.
22,700 H1B Cap-subject Petitions Received
August 3, 2011
USCIS has updated the count of H1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H1B cap for the fiscal year 2012 employment. As of August 3, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 22,700 H1B cap-subject petitions and 13,800 petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
21,600 H1B Cap-subject Petitions Received
July 25, 2011
USCIS has updated the count of H1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H1B cap for the fiscal year 2012 employment. As of July 22, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 21,600 H1B cap-subject petitions and 13,300 petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
H1B Cap Count Increased to 18,400
July 7, 2011
USCIS has updated the count of H1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H1B cap for the fiscal year 2012 employment. As of July 1, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 18,400 H1B cap-subject petitions and 11,900 petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.

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