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USCIS Explains Employment-Related Notification Requirements for Petitioners of Religious Workers
August 10, 2009
USCIS in one of its announcement explained the manner in which petitioners for religious workers must notify USCIS regarding their employment of nonimmigrant religious workers in R-1 nonimmigrant status. The procedures are necessary to enable petitioners to comply with the notification requirements established by USCIS regulations governing the R-1 nonimmigrant classification.
USCIS Reopens Fiscal Year 2009 H-2B Filing Period
August 7, 2009
USCIS announced that it has reopened the H-2B filing for fiscal year 2009 and will immediately accept new H-2B petitions. USCIS reopened the fiscal year 2009 H-2B filing period because far less than the annual quota of H-2B visas has been used for this year. The H-2B filing period for fiscal year 2009 ends on September 30, 2009.
Q & As: USCIS Reopens Fiscal Year 2009 H-2B Filing Period
August 7, 2009
Just adjacent to its announcement about reopening the H-2B filing for fiscal year 2009, USCIS have released the set of questions and answers to explain the concept more vividly. USCIS reopened the fiscal year 2009 H-2B filing period because far less than the annual quota of H-2B visas has been used for this year. The H-2B filing period for fiscal year 2009 ends on September 30, 2009.
H-1B Remains Available for FY2010 Employment
August 3, 2009
USCIS updated the count of H-1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2010. USCIS has received only 44,900 H-1B cap subject petitions and 20,000 advanced degree cap exemption petitions till date. 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.
18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Somalia
July 27, 2009
USCIS announced that the Department of Homeland Security will extend Temporary Protected Status for nationals of Somalia from its current expiration date of Sept. 17, 2009 through March 17, 2011. Under the extension, individuals, who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), are eligible to re-register and maintain their status for an additional 18 months. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) does not apply to Somali nationals who entered the United States after Sept. 4, 2001.
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for R-1 Visa Classification
July 20, 2009
USCIS announced that effective July 20, 2009; it will resume its acceptance of Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for Form I-129s, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting R-1 nonimmigrant visa classification, only from those religious organizations that have previously had a successful completion of a site inspection at the location where the beneficiary will be employed.
USCIS Guidance On Denied H-1B Petitions For Health Care Specialty Occupations
July 17, 2009
USCIS, on July 17, 2009, issued additional information to employers who have received a denial of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting H-1B classification for a beneficiary to practice in a health care specialty occupation prior to May 20, 2009.
USCIS’ Q & As for Members of the Armed Forces and Their Families
July 7, 2009
USCIS, on July 7, 2009 released Q & As for members of the armed forces and their families. The Q & As include information on conditional residence, naturalization, certification of military service, adjustment interviews for military spouses when husband or wife is overseas, expedited processing of I-130, petition for alien relative and more. USCIS also offers immigration services and resources specifically for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who are stationed in the United States and abroad.
USCIS Has Received Only 44, 800 H-1B Petitions Till Date
June 29, 2009
USCIS, on June 26, 2009 updated the count of H-1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2010. USCIS has received only 44,800 H-1B cap subject petitions and 20,000 advanced degree cap exemption petitions till date. 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 Confirms Continued Validity of Current Form I-9
June 26, 2009
USCIS, on June 26, 2009, confirmed that employers can continue to use the February 2, 2009 edition of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, beyond its stated expiration date of June 30. A new edition of the form is currently under review at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and is anticipated to be released in near future. Once the new edition of the form I-9 is released, employers will be able to use either the new version or the current edition of the form.

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