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Upcoming Visa Bulletin Shows Updated Final Action Dates

The Department of State recently published their September 2016 Visa Bulletin. The publication shows final action dates for a handful of employment categories have been updated. In August, the EB-1 final action date was January 1, 2010. In September, it is current.

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I-9 Verification and Automatic EAD Extension for TPS Holders

The DHS may designate a country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) when it has determined that conditions in that country would result in a threat to the personal safety of individuals if they returned home (i.e.  armed conflict, epidemic, or earthquake). Citizens of that country in the U.S. can apply for TPS status. Currently, several countries have been designated for TPS including:

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August 8th Is the Deadline to Apply for 7-month Allowance to a 17-month STEM OPT Extension

If you currently have a 17-month STEM OPT extension, you may apply to add 7 months to your STEM OPT period. If you want to apply for this 7-month extension, you must properly file your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (with the required fee and signature) on or before August 8, 2016. USCIS will deny applications filed after August 8, 2016. You may apply to add 7 months to your 17-month STEM OPT period if:

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DOS Announces Visa Retrogression for India and China EB-1 and Worldwide EB-2 until October 1, 2016

Due to continued high demand for immigrant visas, the U.S Department of State (DOS) announced cut-off dates for permanent residence applicants under the employment-based EB-1 category for India and China and all applicants in the second preference EB-2 category. EB-1 Visas are primarily reserved for priority workers and historically remained current for all applicants throughout the year.  Meaning that these applicants did not have to wait for visa availability to apply for an immigrant visa.  […]

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USCIS Reported Ongoing Capacity Issues Which Result in Slower Processing Times but Selected Cap-Subject H-1Bs for FY17 are Being Prioritized

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has experienced ongoing processing delays which are leading to slower processing times for immigration benefits, particularly for H-1B petitions. Many employers using regular processing are waiting 6-8 months for an H-1B adjudication including new filings and extension. If you are an employer or employee with an upcoming or pending H-1B filing, you should plan for these delays which will also affect plans to travel abroad.

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USCIS Announces All Unselected FY2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Have Been Returned

This morning the USCIS announced that is has returned all FY2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the computer generated selection process. We received all of our petitions filed on behalf of our clients. On May 2nd the USCIS announced that it had completed the data entry portion of all selected cap-subject petitions.

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