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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.
USCIS Issues Guidance on E3 Visa Applications
January 06, 2006
In particular, USCIS has provided specific information on the eligibility requirements and documentation needed for individuals wishing to either change their nonimmigrant status to that of an E3 worker or to extend their E3 status.
DOS Cable on Visa Applications from Artists and Entertainers
July 29, 2005
The U.S. Department of State recently issued a cable regarding visa applications from artists and entertainers advising consular officers to be sensitive to the needs of performers whose schedules may be disrupted by unforeseen events.
President signs Omnibus Appropriations Act; USCIS to implement the new law
December 10, 2004
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that President Bush has signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY 2005, which contains provisions affecting the H1B and L nonimmigrant visa categories. Both the H1B and L programs allow U.S. employers to sponsor temporary foreign workers.
USCIS notifies H1B processing procedure
November 24, 2004
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has notified the procedure for processing H1B petitions for new employment, which are subject to the H1B cap, and filed by employers seeking to employ H1B aliens on or before September 30, 2005.
DOL notifies interim final rule on H1B1 Labor Condition Applications
November 24, 2004
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued an interim rule with request for comments regarding the new H1B1 visa category applicable to nationals of Chile and Singapore. The employers seeking to temporarily employ foreign professionals in specialty occupations through H1B1 visas must file a labor attestation with the Department of Labor.
Congress passes L1 and H1B Reform Law
November 22, 2004
The Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill was approved by both the House and Senate on November 20, 2004. The Bill introduces many changes in the existing provisions relating to work visas, such as: restoration of OneYear experience requirement for L1 Blanket entrants; reinstitution of H1B Fee and H1B Dependent attestations, Introduction of a new AntiFraud Fee on L1s and H1Bs; and opening up more H1Bs for certain applicants.
USCIS announces FY 2005 H2B Processing
November 18, 2004
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received H2B petitions for 33,153 beneficiaries counting against the statutory visa cap for fiscal year 2005 (October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005). The fiscal year 2005 statutory visa cap is 66,000.
Actuaries and Plant Pathologists included under NAFTA
October 13, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security has published a final rule amending the Department's regulations by adding Actuaries and Plant Pathologists to Appendix 1603.D.1 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and by modifying the licensure requirements for Canadian citizens seeking admission to the United States as "trade NAFTA" (TN) nonimmigrant aliens. This final rule is effective November 12, 2004

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