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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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USCIS Proposes to Increase Filing Fees

USCIS has issued a public notice proposing to increase the filing fees for most immigration petitions and applications. The proposed increase is significant and affects petitions filed by employers to secure work authorization of skilled workers. Some of the proposed increases are as follows:

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USCIS completes FY2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Data Entry

During the last few weeks, we have been receiving Receipt Notices for selected petitions and keeping our fingers crossed that we would get more. But, USCIS announced that it has completed the data entry for all of the FY17 H-1B petitions selected during the lottery. USCIS will begin returning all the H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions and asks that no inquiries be submitted […]

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ePassports Required for Travelers Using the Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is used by citizens from 38 countries to travel without a visa to the U.S. However, starting in April, the DHS will require these travelers to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. If they don’t have an ePassport. An e-Passport contains an electronic security chip, which holds the passenger’s biographical information including name, date of birth and other background information. For additional information, go here.

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