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H-1B Moves Closer to Exhaustion, USCIS Received 1,000 New H-1B Petitions in Two Days
December 14, 2009
USCIS on December 10, 2009, has updated the count of H-1B visa petitions, received and counted towards the fiscal year 2010 cap. As of December 10, 2009, USCIS has received approximately 62,500 H-1B cap subject petitions.
USCIS Clarifies Requirements for Agents Filing as Petitioners for O and P Visa Classifications
December 2, 2009
USCIS has published a new guidance memorandum clarifying the standards for adjudicating O and P visa petitions filed by the petitioner acting as a U.S. agent for a beneficiary or beneficiaries who will be working for more than one employer within the same time period. This guidance applies only to O and P visa petitions where the petitioner is filing on behalf of multiple employers.
Rapid Increase in H-1B Visa Usage Continues, USCIS Received 1600 New Petitions in Just One Week
November 23, 2009
USCIS has observed a rapid increase in the H-1B filings as 1600 H-1B petitions were received in just one week. As of November 20, 2009, USCIS has received approximately 56,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions. The rapid increase in the H-1B filings indicates that H-1Bs for FY2010 will go off soon.
H-1Bs for FY2010 May Go Off Soon, Employers Hurry Up
November 18, 2009
USCIS has observed a rapid increase in the H-1B filings as 900 H-1B petitions were filed in just one week. As of November 13, 2009, USCIS has received approximately 55,600 H-1B cap-subject petitions. The rapid increase in the H-1B filings indicates that H-1Bs will go off soon. We advise employers to contact VisaPro immediately to meet their H-1B needs for the current year and start planning for the FY2011 filing season, which begins in just a few months, on April 1, 2010.
USCIS Will Temporarily Accept H-1B Petitions Without Certified Labor Condition Applications (LCAs)
November 12, 2009
USCIS, on November 5, 2009, announced that it will temporarily accept H-1B petitions filed without Labor Condition Applications that have been certified by the Department of Labor.
USCIS Revises Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
November 6, 2009
USCIS has revised the Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record to include new updates regarding testing for Tuberculosis. USCIS took this action based on the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Update to the Tuberculosis Component of the Technical Instructions for the Medical Examination of Aliens in the United States, which took effect on Nov. 1, 2009.
Tuberculosis Screening Required for Adjustment of Status Applicants
November 6, 2009
USCIS has issued Q&A on the recent revisions to Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, and changes to the tuberculosis testing requirement for adjustment of status applicants.
Q & A: Transitional Worker Visa for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
October 27, 2009
Pertaining to their announcement about establishing a Transitional Worker Visa for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), USCIS has released a set of questions and answers that cover most of the areas about the Transitional Worker Visa for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
USCIS Establishes Transitional Worker Visa for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
October 27, 2009
USCIS on October 27, 2009, published an interim final rule in the Federal Register that creates a Transitional Worker visa classification in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The Transitional Worker Visa category is a new nonimmigrant visa classification under INA using the admission code CW-1 for the principal transitional worker and CW-2 for dependents. The transition period begins on November 28, 2009 and ends on December 31, 2014 and the CW classification is valid only for the duration of the transition period.
USCIS Revises Form I-601, Application for Waiver
October 21, 2009
USCIS has revised Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility to make it easier for applicants to complete the application for waiver. USCIS will continue to accept the previous version of the form, dated 10/30/08 Y, through November 20, 2009. Beginning November 21, 2009 USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-601, dated 04/06/09 N, and will reject all requests using previous editions of the form.

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