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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 Improves Delivery of Permanent Resident Card, Travel and Employment Authorization Cards
May 2, 2011
USCIS has fully implemented the Secure Mail Initiative (SMI), which uses U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to deliver certain immigration documents in a safe, secure and timely manner.
Approval and Denial Statistics for I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers
April 25, 2011
USCIS has updated the approval and denial statistics for I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers from the year 2005 to 2010.
USCIS Receives 1200 H1B Cap-subject Petitions in One Week
April 20, 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 15, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 7,100 H1B cap-subject petitions and 5,100 H-1B 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.

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