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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.
H1B Cap Count Increases Further - Total 47,800 Petitions Received
November 16, 2010
As of November 11, 2010, USCIS received 47,800 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 17,400 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 Increases to 46,800 for FY2011
November 10, 2010
As of November 5, 2010, USCIS received 46,800 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 17,200 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.
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.

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