H1B Cap Reached For FY 2009

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year 2009. The USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the “advanced degree” exemption. Before running the random selection […]

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OPT Extension For Highly Skilled Foreign Students

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has today released an interim final rule extending the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) from 12 to 29 months for qualified F-1 non-immigrant students. The extension will be available to F-1 students with a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics who are employed by businesses enrolled in […]

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Changes & Clarifications For H1B Visa Application Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued clarifying regulations today, explaining how exactly the H-1B application process will be handled this year. Some important changes have been announced to the process, including the benefit of having five business days to file the petition even if the cap runs out on the first day, prohibition […]

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Random H1B Visa Selection Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that on April 12 it conducted the computer-generated random selection process to determine which H-1B petitions, subject to the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2008 (FY 2008), would continue to final processing. USCIS completed this determination ahead of the preliminary schedule noted on April 3, […]

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I-130 No Longer Accepted At U.S. Consulates

The recent legislation has led to changes in the procedures American citizens resident abroad follow, if they wish to sponsor an immediate relative (spouse, parent or minor child) for an immigrant visa. Effective immediately, the immediate relative petition (I-130) must be filed with the USCIS office responsible for the petitioner’s place of residence (that is, […]

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