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Change in Form I-485 and I-360 Concurrent Filing for Special Immigrant Religious Workers
November 2, 2010
Beginning November 8, 2010, USCIS will no longer accept any I-485 applications, as well as Applications for Employment Authorization (Form I-765), and/or Applications for Travel Document (Form I-131), filed concurrently with or filed based on pending I-360 petitions from individuals seeking classification as special immigrant religious workers.
Changes in Consular Processing for Family Second Preference (F2A) Applicants from Cuba
November 1, 2010
DOS and USCIS have announced that because of decreased worldwide demand in the family second preference category, all Cuban Family Reunification Program (CFRP) participants in this category will be eligible to be processed as regular immigrant visa applicants beginning January 1, 2011.
H1B Visa Cap Count Reaches 45,600
November 1, 2010
As of October 29, 2010, USCIS received 45,600 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 16,700 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 H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
USCIS Reminder: New Application and Petition Fees Go Into Effect on Nov. 23, 2010
October 28, 2010
USCIS has announced a final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions. The final rule follows a period of public comment on a proposed version of the rule, which USCIS published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2010. The final rule will increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent but will not increase the fee for the naturalization application. The rule will also reduce fees for six individual applications and petitions and will expand the availability of fee waivers to new categories. The new fees will go into effect from November 23, 2010.
USCIS Redesigns Certificate of Naturalization to Enhance Security
October 25, 2010
USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas has announced the launch of a redesigned Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) with new security features that will reduce fraud—part of USCIS’ ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system. The redesigned certificate features the naturalization candidate’s digitized photo and signature embedded into the document. The background also features a color-shifting ink pattern that is difficult to reproduce. USCIS is now using a more secure printing process that renders the certificate more tamper-proof.
USCIS Received 42,800 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions Till Date
October 20, 2010
As of October 15, 2010, USCIS received 42,800 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 15,700 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 H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
USCIS Received 40,600 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions Till Date
October 5, 2010
As of October 1, 2010, USCIS received 40,600 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 14,900 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 Update the H-1B Cap Count
September 28, 2010
As of September 24, 2010, USCIS received 39,600 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 14,400 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 H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.
H-1B Cap Count Comes to 38,300
September 21, 2010
As of September 17, 2010, USCIS received 38,300 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 14,000 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.
H-1B Cap Count Increases to 37,400
September 13, 2010
As of September 10, 2010, USCIS received 37,400 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 13,700 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 H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits.

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