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USCIS Proposes 3 Fundamental Changes to EB-5 Regional Center Filings
May 19, 2011
USCIS proposed significant enhancements to the administration of the EB-5 Program to transform the intake and review process for immigrant investors.
USCIS Centralizes Filing of Form I-130
May 17, 2011
USCIS has announced that effective Aug. 15, 2011, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices will be able to file a Petition for an Alien Relative (Form I-130), with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. This will increase the efficiency of the relative petition filing process and give USCIS more flexibility in managing its workload.
USCIS Received 10,200 H1B Cap Subject Petitions So Far
May 10, 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 May 6, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 10,200 H1B cap-subject petitions and 7,300 petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
USCIS Releases RFE Template for EB-11, Extraordinary Worker Petitions
May 4, 2011
The USCIS has released the RFE template for EB-11, extraordinary worker petitions on May 4, 2011. The template reflects the feedbacks from the recent stakeholder sessions. This feed-back has taken effect as of today, binding the adjudicators in issuing I-140 for EB-11 petitions. The employers or foreign workers filing self-petition should review this template to see what the adjudicators at the Service Centers would look for in adjudicating their labor-certification waiver I-140 petition for extraordinary workers.
USCIS Received 9,200 H1B Cap Subject Petitions
May 2, 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 April 29, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 9,200 H1B cap-subject petitions and 6,600 petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
USCIS Issues Final Rule on Employment Eligibility Verification Form
April 15, 2011
USCIS announced a final rule that adopts, without change, an interim rule to improve the integrity of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. USCIS received approximately 75 public comments in response to the interim rule, which has been in effect since April 3, 2009.
USCIS Releases Information on Automatic Extension of F-1 Student Status for Those with Pending H-1Bs
April 8, 2011
USCIS grants a cap-gap extension for F-1 students whose status would normally expire while waiting for an H-1B petition to be reviewed. This is allowed only for those students whose H-1B is filed on or after April 1 while F-1 status is current. Eligible students can go to their Designated School Official to have a cap-gap I-120 issued showing an extension. Released on April 1, 2011, more frequently asked questions have been answered.
H1B Cap Count as of April 7, 2011: Only 5,900 Regular Cap-subject Petitions Received
April 8, 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 April 7, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 5,900 H1B cap-subject petitions and 4,500 H-1B petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
USCIS Continues to Accept FY 2012 H-1B Petitions
April 8, 2011
USCIS has announced that it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions that are subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2012 cap. The day USCIS receives the number of petitions needed to meet the cap, it will issue an update advising the public that the FY 2012 H-1B cap has been met as of a certain date, known as the final receipt date.
USCIS Reviewing H-1B Cap Exemptions Based on Relation or Affiliation
March 29, 2011
Effective immediately USCIS is applying interim procedures to H-1B petitions seeking cap exemptions for non-profit entities that are related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education until further notice. During this interim period USCIS will give deference to prior determinations made since June 6, 2006. Petitions filed by such petitioners will have to prove that they had previously qualified and can do so by providing prior approval notices and any documentation that was submitted in support of the claimed cap exemption. USCIS suggests that petitioners also include a statement attesting that their organization was approved as cap-exempt since June 6, 2006.

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