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USCIS imposes conditions on availability of premium processing for H1B petitions subject to the FY 2008 Cap
April 09, 2007
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the 15day premium processing period for petitions subject to the fiscal year 2008 (FY 2008) congressionally mandated H1B cap will begin after the computergenerated random lottery has selected the petitions for processing. USCIS announced on April 3, 2007 that it had received enough H1B petitions to meet the FY 2008 cap.
USCIS Reaches H2B Cap For Second Half of FY 2007
March 23, 2007
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced today that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H2B cap for the final six months of fiscal year 2007 (FY 2007). The USCIS has notified the public that March 16, 2007 is the “final receipt date” for new H2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates prior to October 1, 2007. The “final receipt date” is the date on which USCIS expects that it would have received enough capsubject petitions to reach the limit of 33,000 H2B workers for the second half of FY 2007.
Premium Processing Service suspended for R1 applications
November 30, 2006
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily suspended Premium Processing Service for I129 petitions seeking R1 nonimmigrant visa classification filed with the USCIS.
Extension of H2B Returning Worker exemption
October 26, 2006
USCIS has announced that the “returning worker” exemption to the H2B numerical limitation has been extended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. The one year extension of the “returning worker” provisions will remain in effect until September 30, 2007.
89 “leftover” H1Bs available
October 26, 2006
USCIS has informed that 89 H1B numbers out of the 6,800 reserved for Chile and Singapore nationals are available for distribution among those who missed out on the H1B Cap for FY 2007.
President signs Bill enacting H2B relief
October 19, 2006
The bill includes a one year extension of the returning worker exemption to the H2B visa cap. The extension takes effect beginning October 1, 2006.
H2B Update: Cap Count as of September 6, 2006
September 19, 2006
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reported that it has received 15,817 H2B petitions counting towards the H2B Cap for the first half of FY 2007, which is approximately onehalf of the 33,000 numbers set aside for the 1st half of FY 2007.
H2B Update: Cap Count as of August 25, 2006
September 01, 2006
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reported that it has received 9,002 H2B petitions counting towards the H2B Cap for the first half of FY 2007.
USCIS reaches H1B Advanced Degree Cap
July 31, 2006
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has reached the H1B advanced degree cap of 20,000 established by Congress for fiscal year(FY) 2007. Petitions received on ‘final receipt date’, July 26, 2006, are subject to random selection process.
DOS changes position on L1 blankets
June 15, 2006
The reinstated twelvemonth requirement applies to an alien who is seeking initial classification as an L1 nonimmigrant on the basis of a blanket petition filed with USCIS irrespective of when the blanket petition was filed.

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