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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.
USCIS Received Only Half the H-1B Petitions to Meet the H-1B Cap for FY2010
April 08, 2009
USCIS has informed AILA that within the first five business days, USCIS received only half the petitions needed to meet the FY2010 cap and has received just short of the 20,000 needed to reach the H-1B master's cap.
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.

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