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Law Extends Non-Minister Special Immigrant Religious Worker Program
May 4, 2009
USCIS announced the extension of non-minister special immigrant religious worker program through September 29, 2009. Unless Congress extends the expiration date of the program, USCIS will suspend processing of affected applications and petitions on September 30, 2009.
Questions and Answers on Form I-90 Revised Filing Instructions
April 30, 2009
Pertaining to its announcement about revised filing location and filing instructions for the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90), USCIS have released the set of questions and answers to explain the concept more vividly. The revised filing instructions require applicants to submit supporting documentation with their applications.
USCIS Announces a Change in Filing Location and Instructions for Form I-90
April 28, 2009
USCIS on April 28, 2009, announced the change in filing location and instructions for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
USCIS Received Only 45,000 H-1B Petitions Till Date
April 27, 2009
On April 27, 2009 USCIS updated the count of H-1B petitions received and counted towards the H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2010 employment. As of April 27, 2009, USCIS have received approximately 45,000 H-1B cap subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption.
H-1B Still Available for FY2010 But Can Go Off Soon With May, June Graduations
April 21, 2009
USCIS announced that it had receieved 44,000 H-1B petitions towards the 65,000 H-1B quota. While only 20,000 advanced-degree cases are exempt from the standard H-1B cap, USCIS will nevertheless continue to accept new advanced-degree and standard cap filings until the overall annual limits for the H-1B category are reached. The USCIS presumes that the H-1B visa demand will soon expedite in the coming weeks, as students complete their degrees and become eligible for H-1B visa.
H-1B Is Still Available for FY2010 - USCIS Received Only 43,000 Petitions
April 17, 2009
As of April 13, 2009, USCIS had receieved only 43,000 H-1B petitions towards the 65,000 H-1B quota. USCIS will accept H-1B petitions till it receives sufficient petitions to meet the H-1B cap.
USCIS Extends Applicability Date for E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule
April 16, 2009
USCIS extended the applicability date of the final rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to begin using U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servicesí (USCIS) E-Verify system. The E-Verify has been has been pushed back by six weeks to June 30, 2009.
USCIS Reminds that TPS for Burundi Ends on May 2
April 15, 2009
USCIS reminded the public that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burundian nationals terminates effective 12:01 a.m. May 2, 2009. USCIS also informed that TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents issued under the Burundi designation will expire effective 12:01 a.m. May 2, 2009, and will not be renewed or extended.
H-1B Cap for FY2010 Has Not Been Reached Yet
April 10, 2009
USCIS did not receive enough H-1B petitions required to meet the H-1B cap for FY2010. Thus, USCIS continues to accept the H-1B petitions to meet the H-1B cap of 65,000.
USCIS Update on H-1B Cap Count: Received Approximately 42,000 H-1B Petitions
April 09, 2009
USCIS announced an updated number of filings for H-1B petitions for the fiscal year 2010 program. USCIS has received approximately 42,000 H-1B petitions counting toward the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap. The agency continues to accept H-1B petitions subject to the general cap.

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