USCIS First Ever Fee Waiver Form

For the first time, USCIS is introducing a standardized form for requesting waivers of the fees charged for immigration-benefit processing. Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, will become available for use on Nov. 23, 2010 – the same day USCIS’s latest fee schedule takes effect. “Our goal is to bring clarity and consistency to immigration-benefit […]

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State Department Announces Online Immigrant Visa Application

The US Department of State (DOS) has announced Form DS-260, a new, completely electronic application for foreign nationals seeking immigrant visas at U.S. consulates abroad. The new form has not yet been made available for use by the public, but is expected eventually to replace Form DS-230, the paper-based immigrant visa application. Initially, DOS will […]

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USCIS Issues Guidance Memorandum On Establishing The “Employee-Employer Relationship” In H1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to adjudication officers to clarify what constitutes a valid employer-employee relationship to qualify for the H-1B ‘specialty occupation’ classification. The memorandum clarifies such relationships, particularly as it pertains to independent contractors, self-employed beneficiaries, and beneficiaries placed at third-party worksites. The memorandum is titled: “Determining Employer-Employee Relationship for […]

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USCIS Memorandum On Establishing The Employee-Employer Relationship In H1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today issued updated guidance to adjudication officers clarifying the requirements to establish an employer-employee relationship to qualify for the H-1B ‘specialty occupation’ classification. The memorandum addresses scenarios involving independent contractors, self-employed beneficiaries, and beneficiaries placed at third-party worksites. An employer who seeks to sponsor a temporary worker in an […]

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H1B Cap For FY 2010 Has Been Reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, as of December 21, 2009, it has received sufficient H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2010. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will apply a computer-generated random […]

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