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High Demand for EB-1 Visas Might Result in Unprecedented Cut Off Dates

As a result of employers and foreign nationals looking for alternatives to the H-1B cap, the Department of State (DOS) and USCIS have advised that there has been a significantly high demand for visas in the EB-1 category. DOS has said that should demand continue to remain at the same rate, some form of “corrective action” would be necessary before the close of the fiscal year to regulate worldwide visa numbers. This may require the […]

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EB-2 and EB-3 Retrogressions for India and China

The demand for the EB-2 employment-based category is also very high.  As a result of the ongoing high demand for visa numbers for EB-2 India and lack of access numbers from EB-2 worldwide which could have been used for India, the EB-2 India final action date retrogressed to October 1, 2004. The DOS expects that the EB-2 India cutoff date will advance slowly for the rest of the fiscal year, at a pace similar to […]

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ICE Releases Quarterly International Student Data

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released the latest “SEVIS By the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The report notes that nearly 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status are studying in the U.S. Based on data extracted from SEVIS March 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 6.2% compared to March 2015. In March, there were […]

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Employment-Based Final Action Dates Retrogress for June

The June 2016 Visa Bulletin published by the Department of State indicates that during the past two months, there have been extremely high levels of employment-based demand for adjustment of status cases filed with USCIS. This resulted in the retrogression of final action dates in several categories in an effort to hold visa number use within the FY 2016 annual limit. For India, the second preference final action date has retrogressed. This date is expected […]

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USCIS’ Ongoing Delays in Processing H-1B Extensions Affecting Driving Permits

It is currently taking USCIS over five months to adjudicate regularly filed H-1B extensions. This is not yet causing a problem with the employees’ lawful presence and work authorization because H-1B workers are allowed to work and reside in the U.S. for 240 days beyond the expiration date of their I-94 pending the H-1B adjudication.   However, employees are facing problems renewing their driver’s license because the DMV won’t accept the H-1B receipt notice as evidence of lawful status to support the […]

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FY2017 H-1B Recap: Updates and Changes

Each year we provide you with frequent updates throughout the H-1B petition process. In this post, we are reviewing all of our posts so you can easily review any helpful information. FAQ’s: Alternatives to Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions? For detailed information on how we can assist you should you not receive the H-1b visa, click here.

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