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FY 2016 H1B Cap Filings: USCIS Returns Petitions Not Selected in the H1B Lottery
July 15, 2015
USCIS has announced that on July 14, 2015, it has completed processing the return of FY 2016 H1B Cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the H1B Lottery. Employers who have submitted an H-1B Cap-subject petition between April 1 and April 7, 2015 have been advised to contact USCIS if they do not receive a receipt notice or a returned petition by July 20, 2015.
H1B Extension of Stay: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing
July 14, 2015
USCIS has announced that beginning July 13, it will resume accepting requests for Premium Processing service for all H1B extension of stay petitions. Petitioners seeking Premium Processing service must make sure to file the recently updated 1/29/2015 edition of Form I-907. USCIS will reject submissions made on previous editions of the form.
USCIS I-130 Consular Processing Times: Now Available For International Offices
June 12, 2015
USCIS has begun publishing processing times for certain benefits processed at its international offices and International Operations Division headquarters. Processing times for Forms I-130, Forms I-131, and Forms I-730 are currently available online.
New York City To Strengthen USCIS Citizenship Education And Awareness
June 11, 2015
USCIS and New York City have signed a letter of agreement to strengthen USCIS citizenship education and awareness efforts in the City of New York. The agreement is aimed at helping permanent residents learn more about USCIS citizenship and naturalization process. Under the agreement, public libraries will support permanent residents by offering Citizenship and English as a Second Language classes, along with tools and resources to help them prepare for the USCIS naturalization interview and test.
Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
May 22, 2015
USCIS has announced that starting May 26, 2015, certain H-4 Dependent Spouses can file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as long as the H-1B nonimmigrant has already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status.
H-1B Cap 2016 Update: Premium Processing to Begin April 27
April 15, 2015
USCIS has announced that it will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2016 cap on April 27, 2015. This includes premium processing of petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. masterís degree or higher.
H1B Cap 2016: VisaProís H1B Predictions On Target Yet Again!
April 14, 2015
In the run-up to the H-1B cap 2016 filing season, VisaPro had predicted that intense competition will significantly bring down the odds of winning the FY 2016 H-1B lottery, and only 2 out of 5 petitions filed will be selected in the FY 2016 H-1B lottery. USCIS has announced that it received about 233,000 H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2016 cap, for the 85,000 H-1B visas, during the filing period which began April 1, 2015.
USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap - Will Conduct H-1B Lottery
April 8, 2015
USCIS has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS will now conduct a computer-generated process (H-1B Lottery) to randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS has, however, not yet announced the date on which it will conduct the H-1B Lottery.
FY 2016 H-1B Filings: USCIS Anticipates H-1B Cap to Reach by April 7
March 18, 2015
USCIS will begin accepting H1B petitions subject to FY 2016 cap on 04/01/2015. USCIS anticipates that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season, and it will receive more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2015 and April 7, 2015. USCIS will use a random selection process (H-1B Lottery) if it receives more petitions than it can accept. USCIS will also begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 11, 2015.
DHS Extends EAD to certain H-4 Dependent Spouses
February 25, 2015
USCIS will begin accepting H-4 EAD applications from May 26, 2015. To apply for EAD, eligible H-4 dependent spouses must file Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization), with supporting evidence and the applicable fee.

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