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Proposed H-1B Electronic Registration System to Reduce Costs
March 4, 2011
USCIS is publishing tomorrow a proposed rule that could save U.S. businesses more than $23 million over the next 10 years by establishing an advance registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers in specialty occupations.
Cases Processed in Delayed Immediate Relative Petitions at Texas Service Center
March 1, 2011
On February 8, USCIS posted a notification regarding the delay in processing approximately 36,000 immediate relative petitions that were transferred from the California Service Center to the Texas Service Center. In that notification, USCIS advised that some cases were transferred back to the California Service Center to take advantage of currently available resources. USCIS also committed to providing applicants with updates on the progress.
Request for Evidence (RFE) Templates for Comment
February 28, 2011
USCIS seeks stakeholder review and comment for draft of RFE templates for P Visa Groups. Last day to make comments is March 11, 2011.
USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Complete Part 6 of Form I-129
February 20, 2011
Due to a number of inquiries regarding Part 6 of the revised Form I-129, "Certification Regarding the Release of Controlled Technology or Technical Data to Foreign Persons in the United States", USCIS advised petitioners that they would not be required to complete this section until Feb. 20, 2011. Petitions postmarked on or after Feb. 20, 2011, must complete Part 6 of the Form I-129.
USCIS to Issue EAD and Advance Parole Card for AOS Applicants
February 15, 2011
USCIS has announced that it will now issue employment authorizaation and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485.
USCIS Transfers 36,000 Immediate Relative Petitions from California to Texas Service Center
February 8 2011
USCIS transferred approximately 36,000 Immediate Relative petitions from their California Service Center to the Texas Service Center. USCIS anticipated that this redistribution of work would result in more timely adjudication of these petitions. On Feb. 7, 2011, USCIS implemented a rapid response plan to expedite the adjudication of these petitions.
FY 2011 H-1B Cap Reached
January 27, 2011
USCIS announced today that as of yesterday, January 26, 2011, it had received sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. USCIS will not further accept any standard or advanced degree cap-subject petitions for FY 2011.
USCIS Signature Requirements for USCIS Forms
January 25, 2011
USCIS offers legal requirements for signatures on all petitions and applications, as well as signatures by attorneys and accredited representatives for Form G-28. USCIS notes that signatures must be original for each form submitted.
H1B Cap Count Reaches to 60,700
January 18, 2011
USCIS has recently updated the count of H1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2011 employment. As of January 18, 2010, USCIS has received 60,700 H1B cap subject petitions against the cap limit of 65,000. The advanced-degree exemption of 20,000 was reached on December 24, 2010.
New Countries Eligible to Participate in H-2A and H-2B Programs
January 14, 2011
The Department of Homeland Security in consultation with the Department of State, has identified 53 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for the coming year. This new list does not affect the status of individuals who currently hold valid H-2A or H-2B visas or status. A national from a country that is not on the list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A and H-2B petition if the Secretary of Homeland Security determines, in her sole and unreviewable discretion, that it is in the U.S. interest for the alien to be a beneficiary of the petition.

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