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H-1Bs Reflect the Economic Conditions
April 08, 2009
USCIS informed that, during the initial filing window for H-1Bs for fiscal year 2010, it has not received even half the number of petitions to reach the 65,000 cap.
USCIS Continues to Accept H-1B Petitions: Apply Today!
April 08, 2009
USCIS, April 8, 2009, announced that it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) cap. USCIS so far have not revived sufficient H-1B petitions to meet the H-1B cap for FY2010. The USCIS will continue to monitor the number of H-1B petitions received for both the 65,000 regular cap and the 20,000 U.S. masterís degree or higher educational exemption cap.
USCIS to Conduct Mini Lottery if Required for H-1B Visa for FY 2010
April 4, 2009
The H-1B filing period for the FY2010 starts from April 1. Employers will send the H-1B visa petitions on March 31, 2009 to the appropriate USCIS processing centers. USCIS informed that if the H-1B cap quota is not reached within first 5 business days, then it will use a mini lottery system to select the qualified H-1B visa petitions.
USCIS Releases Questions and Answers for Eligible F-1 Students Under the Cap Gap Regulations
April 03, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) releases a set of questions & answers that addresses the automatic extension of F-1 student status in the United States for certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions (indicating a request for change of status from F-1 to H-1B) for an employment start date of October 1, 2009 under the FY 2010 H-1B cap.
FY 2010 H-1B Cap Filing Season Starts Today
April 01, 2009
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Wednesday, April 1, begin to accept petitions for employment in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, starting on October 1, 2009. Despite the economic slowdown, the USCIS expects to receive more than enough petitions to reach the 65,000 standard H-1B quota and the quota of 20,000 for foreign nationals holding advanced degrees from U.S. universities. Employers filing H-1B petitions for FY 2010 employment should be aware of important USCIS procedures affecting the H-1B case intake process, as well as rules affecting foreign students changing status to H-1B.
New I-9 Form and Regulation Set to Take Effect on April 3
March 28, 2009
A USCIS regulation that revises the list of documents employers may accept to verify a worker's identity and employment authorization is set to take effect on April 3, 2009, after being postponed earlier this year. On the same day, employers will be required to use a new edition of Form I-9, dated February 2, 2009. Until April 3, employers should continue to use the June 5, 2007 edition of the I-9 form.
USCIS Automatically Extends Validity of Employment Authorization Documents
March 27, 2009
In response to President Obamaís announcement extending Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain qualified Liberians through March 31, 2010, USCIS have automatically extended the employment authorization for six months, through Sept. 30, 2009, for qualified Liberians and those who are covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). This automatic extension of employment authorization will allow sufficient time for eligible DED beneficiaries to receive new Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) without any lapse in employment authorization.
Questions and Answers: Deferred Enforced Departure Extended for Certain Liberians
March 27, 2009
USCIS have released a set of questions and answers pertaining to its announcement of automatic extension of the employment authorization document for six months for qualified Liberians and those persons without nationality who are covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
USCIS Initiates Procedures for Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum
March 25, 2009
USCIS today announced it is now responsible for initial adjudication of applications for asylum from Unaccompanied Alien Children. Some of these children previously would have been required to file for asylum in immigration court with the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the Department of Justice (DOJ).
USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-129 and Instructions
March 20, 2009
USCIS on March 20, 2009 posted an updated version of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, and instructions to its website. The revised form includes a question regarding whether the employer has been the recipient of TARP funding in the H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement. The form and instructions have a revision date of 3/11/09. Previous editions are being accepted.

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