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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.
USCIS’ Notice to Pending I-360 Applicants Regarding Adjustment and EAD Filings
June 26, 2009
Pursuant to the order dated June 11, 2009, USCIS is required to accept as properly filed adjustment of status applications (Form I-485) and employment authorization applications (Form I-765) from individuals who are beneficiaries of petitions for special immigrant visas (Form I-360), whether submitted concurrently with or subsequent to the visa petition, provided the applications meet USCIS' valid filing requirements.
USCIS Updates the Count of H-1B Petitions Received So Far
June 24, 2009
USCIS has updated the count of H-1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2010. As of June 19, 2009, USCIS has received only 44,500 H-1B cap subject petitions and 20,000 advanced degree cap exemption petitions. 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.
CBP Releases FAQs On Admission Into the US
June 23, 2009
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released some frequently asked questions and answers on admission into the US and inspection process at the US ports of entry.
USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
June 22, 2009
USCIS announced that effective June 29, 2009; it will resume Premium Processing Service for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. USCIS will accept Premium Processing requests for Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, involving EB-1 Aliens with Extraordinary Ability, EB-1 Outstanding Professors and Researchers, EB-2 Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability not seeking a National Interest Waiver, EB-3 Professionals, EB-3 Skilled Workers, and EB-3 Workers other than Skilled Workers and Professionals.
USCIS Announces Elimination of FBI NameCheck Backlog
June 22, 2009
On June 22, 2009, USCIS announced that, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it has met all milestones set forth in a joint business plan announced April 2, 2008, resulting in the elimination of the FBI National Name Check Program (NNCP) backlog.
USCIS Issues Guidance Memorandum on EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
June 19, 2009
USCIS on June 19, 2009 issued a guidance memorandum that provides USCIS adjudication officers with instructions related to the timing of job creation and the meaning of “full-time” positions in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The guidance memorandum update to the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), clarifies that for purposes of the Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (Form I-526) adjudication and the job creation requirements, USCIS will consider the two-year period to begin six months after the adjudication of the Form I-526.
Electronic Passports Required for Travelers On Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
June 17, 2009
CBP issued a reminder that effective July 1, 2009; all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) emergency or temporary passports must be electronic passports (e-Passports) to be eligible for travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
USCIS Releases Q&As on the Applicability of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)
June 15, 2009
On June 15, 2009, USCIS released frequently asked questions and answers providing guidance on the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), which explain the general requirements.

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