H1B Visa 2018 Lottery Is Finalized

USCIS has completed the H1B lottery to select enough petitions to meet the annual H1B Cap of 65,000 under the general category, and 20,000 under the U.S. advanced degree exemption category (popularly known as the “H1B Masters Cap”). H1B Visa 2018 Lottery Highlights USCIS received 190,098 H1B petitions [i.e. 8,902 petitions less than last year] […]

Visa Bulletin May 2018: EB-2 China And EB-3 India Advance

The U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin May 2018 shows marginal advancement in EB-2 China and EB-3 India in the Application Final Action Dates chart. EB-2 India also advanced in the Dates for Filing Applications chart for the employment-based visa preference categories. USCIS is yet to announce which chart may be used in May 2018 […]

FY 2019 CW-1 Cap Reached

USCIS has announced that the FY 2019 Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) program cap has reached. The FY 2019 cap for CW-1 visas is 4,999. USCIS will conduct a lottery to randomly select CW-1 petitions received between April 2, 2018 and April 13, 2018. Petitions received after April 13 will […]

Travel Restrictions On Chad Removed Following Presidential Proclamation

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the termination of travel restrictions placed on the Chad. The removal of the travel restrictions follows a Presidential Proclamation, based on DHS assessment, announcing that Chad has improved its identity-management and information sharing practices sufficiently to meet the baseline security standard of the United States. The termination becomes […]

H2A Update: USCIS To Email H2A Approval Notice To Petitioners

Starting January 22, 2018, USCIS will email H-2A Approval Notice and Receipt Notice to H-2A petitioners. The H-2A Approval and Receipt notices will be emailed to the email address provided in Part 1 of Form I-129, and to any email address provided for the attorney or accredited representative on a valid Form G-28. In addition […]