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H-1B Cap-count Increased to 36,600
September 3, 2010
As of September 3, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 36,600 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 13,400 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.
Slight Increase in H-1B Filings This Week
August 31, 2010
As of August 27, 2010, USCIS has received approximately 34,900 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 13,000 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.
USCIS Implements H-1B and L-1 Fee Increase
August 18, 2010
On Aug. 13, 2010, President Obama signed a, which contains provisions to increase certain H-1B and L-1 petition fees. The law requires the submission of an additional fee of $2,000 for certain H-1B petitions and $2,250 for certain L-1A and L-1B petitions postmarked on or after Aug. 14, 2010, and will remain in effect through Sept. 30, 2014.
USCIS Changes Filing Location for Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)
August 3, 2010
USCIS on August 3, 2010 announced a change in filing location instructions and addresses for the Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) (Form I-129F). Beginning Aug. 3, 2010 all Form I-129F petitions being filed by a U.S. citizen on behalf of a fiancé(e) or spouse must be submitted to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility. The Vermont and California Service Centers will forward incorrectly filed petitions to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox for a period of 45 days until Sept. 17, 2010. After Sept. 17, 2010, petitions and fees submitted at the Service Centers will be returned to the applicant, with a note advising them of the correct filing location.
Non-immigrant and Immigrant Visa Fees Increases from July 13, 2010
July 1, 2010
On June 28, 2010, the U.S. Department of State published its Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register. The schedule includes fees for non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas and other consular services. The changes will take effect on July 13, 2010, 15 days after publication in the Federal Register.
USCIS Issues Revised Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
May 25, 2010
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has revised the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or Form I-766, to incorporate the addition of a machine-readable zone on the back of the card.
USCIS to Redesign Green Card
May 11, 2010
USCIS announced that beginning May 11, 2010, it will issue all Permanent Resident Card—commonly known as Green Cards in the new, more secure format. Recipients of the redesigned card will include those newly approved for lawful permanent residency, as well as those who have sought a renewal or replacement card.
USCIS Announces Revised Forms I-600 and I-600A
April 1, 2010
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has published new versions of the Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, Form I-600 and the Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, Form I-600A.
Filing Location Changes for Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
March 22, 2010
USCIS announced revised filing instructions and addresses for applicants filing an Application for Travel Document (Form I-131). The change of filing location is part of an overall effort to transition the intake of some USCIS forms from USCIS local offices and Service Centers to USCIS Lockbox facilities. Beginning March 19, 2010 applicants will file their applications at the USCIS Vermont Service Center or at one of the USCIS Lockbox facilities.
USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Provide Approved Labor Condition Applications (LCA)
March 10, 2010
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will not extend the period in which it temporarily accepted H-1B petitions filed with uncertified Labor Condition Applications (LCAs). As of March 10, 2010, USCIS will reject any H-1B petition filed without an LCA certified by DOL.

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