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USCIS Continues to Accept FY 2012 H-1B Petitions
April 8, 2011
USCIS has announced that it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions that are subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2012 cap. The day USCIS receives the number of petitions needed to meet the cap, it will issue an update advising the public that the FY 2012 H-1B cap has been met as of a certain date, known as the final receipt date.
USCIS Reviewing H-1B Cap Exemptions Based on Relation or Affiliation
March 29, 2011
Effective immediately USCIS is applying interim procedures to H-1B petitions seeking cap exemptions for non-profit entities that are related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education until further notice. During this interim period USCIS will give deference to prior determinations made since June 6, 2006. Petitions filed by such petitioners will have to prove that they had previously qualified and can do so by providing prior approval notices and any documentation that was submitted in support of the claimed cap exemption. USCIS suggests that petitioners also include a statement attesting that their organization was approved as cap-exempt since June 6, 2006.
USCIS launches E-Verify Self Check
March 29, 2011
USCIS E-Verify Self Check has launched, allowing workers to check their own employment eligibility status. The service is free and voluntary. Users enter identifying personal information and the information is checked against social security administration and DHS databases. E-Verify self check would allow users to be aware of and clear data discrepancies that might show up in future E-verify checks conducted by employers.
"Startup Visa Act" to Create a New Sixth Preference Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Category (EB-6)
March 21, 2011
The StartUp Visa Act of 2011, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Mark Udall (D-CO), would create a new immigrant visa category for foreign entrepreneurs with qualifying start-up ventures that have attracted U.S. investors or with overseas businesses that can demonstrate significant U.S. sales.
USCIS to Start Accepting H-1B Petitions for FY 2012 on April 1, 2011
March 18, 2011
USCIS announced that it will start accepting FY 2012 H-1B cap petitions on April 1, 2011. The H-1B cap for FY 2012 is 65,000; the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with U.S. master’s degrees or higher are exempt.
Advisory for Japanese Tourists Affected by the Earthquake
March 16, 2011
USCIS is allowing Japanese and other stranded foreign nationals an additional 30 days to depart due to the tsunami and earthquakes in the Pacific. Affected travelers should contact the US Customs and Border Protection office at the airport or visit the local USCIS office.
New Filing Location for Change of Address (AR-11) Form
March 16, 2011
Beginning April 1, 2011 all Change of Address forms, AR-11 and AR-11 SR, should be mailed to DHS/USCIS, Harrisonburg File Storage Facility, Attn: AR-11, 1344 Pleasants Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Change of address can also be reported online at
Salvadorans Provided With Interim Employment Authorization Documents
March 10, 2011
USCIS, on March 8, 2011 has announced that some existing Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries will receive interim Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) during the continued processing of their re-registration applications.
USCIS Answers Regarding Form I-129 and Increase in L-1 RFEs
March 9, 2011
During a recent teleconference USCIS stated that over 30% of the L-1 filings for FY11 were issued RFEs. USCIS also stated that Form I-129S does not require an attestation on export controls in regards to blanket L visa applications. Furthermore, on Form I-129, USCIS interprets the term “working off-site” to mean that the beneficiary will be working at a location other than the petitioning employer’s work site.
USCIS to Close its Office in Vietnam on March 31
March 8, 2011
USCIS announced it will permanently close its field office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on March 31, 2011. As of March 25, applications and petitions previously accepted by the USCIS Ho Chi Minh City Field Office may be filed with the U.S. Department of State Consular Section there.

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