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H-1B Cap Numbers Remain Available for FY2011, However Advanced-Degree Quota is Reached
January 7, 2011
Employers can still seek H-1B cap numbers for fiscal year 2011 employment, however the cap exemption for foreign nationals holding U.S. advanced degrees has been exhausted.
USCIS Implements Help HAITI Act of 2010
January 5, 2011
USCIS announced the implementation of the Help HAITI Act of 2010. This new law authorizes USCIS to grant lawful permanent resident status to certain orphaned children from Haiti, who were paroled into the United States under the Haitian Orphan Parole Program Exit Disclaimer after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
USCIS Revises Form for Naturalization Candidates Seeking Medical Disability Exceptions
December 23, 2010
USCIS has revised Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, for individuals with disabilities who are seeking exceptions from the English and civics requirements for naturalization. USCIS will accept the previous version of the Form N-648 for 90 days, from Dec. 22, 2010, until March 21, 2011. Beginning March 22, 2011, USCIS will only accept the current version of Form N-648, dated 9/24/2010.
USCIS Reminds Haitians to Register for Temporary Protected Status
December 22, 2010
USCIS issued a reminder for Haitian nationals that the registration deadline for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Jan. 18, 2011. Haitian nationals who have continuously resided in the U.S. since Jan. 12, 2010, and who meet other TPS eligibility requirements, must file their applications for TPS no later than Jan. 18, 2011.
USCIS Received 53,900 H1B Cap Subject Petitions Till Date
December 21, 2010
As of December 17, 2010, USCIS has received 53,900 H1B cap subject petitions and 19,700 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
USCIS’ Final Rule For CNMI-Only Investor Program Provides Status For Eligible Long-Term Investors
December 20, 2010
USCIS posted a final rule in the Federal Register that creates a nonimmigrant investor visa classification in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The E-2 CNMI Investor Visa allows foreign long-term investors to reside in the CNMI through December 2014. Petitions for the E-2 CNMI Investor classification will be accepted beginning Jan. 18, 2011. Petitions received before Jan. 18, 2011, will be rejected.
USCIS Received 51,200 H1Bs Till Date
December 10, 2010
As of December 3, 2010, USCIS has received 51,200 H1B cap subject petitions and 18,700 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits. Considering the steady increase in the H1B filings, H1Bs are expected to go off soon.
H1B Cap Count Reached to 50,400; Expected to Go Off Soon
December 02, 2010
As of November 26, 2010, USCIS has received 50,400 H1B cap subject petitions and 18,400 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits. But considering the steady increase in the H1B filings, H1Bs are expected to go off soon.
H-1B Cap Count Reaches to 48, 977
November 26, 2010
As of November 19, 2010, USCIS received 48,977 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 17,836 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption. USCIS will continue to accept both cap subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
USCIS' First-Ever Fee Waiver Form
November 22, 2010
USCIS is introducing a standardized form for requesting fee waiver for immigration-benefit processing. Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, will become available for use on Nov. 23, 2010 – the same day USCIS’s latest fee schedule takes effect. The new form identifies clear requirements for documenting a fee waiver request.

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