Processing times can fluctuate significantly and it is good for foreign nationals to check on these from time to time to better plan for their futures. Follow these links to access current processing times of the USCIS Service Centers, the Department of Labor and/or the Department of State’s latest Visa Bulletin with the most recent cut-off dates for visa numbers: – USCIS Service Center processing times online – Department of Labor processing times and information […]Continue Reading
USCIS is taking a more restrictive approach to filing deadlines for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) applications, which is resulting in unexpected denials. Until recently, when USCIS received an OPT application more than 30 days after the DSO entered the OPT recommendation in SEVIS, it would send the applicant a Request for Evidence requiring a new Form I-20 signed by the DSO. The DSO could simply reprint the Form I-20 and sign it, and the […]Continue Reading
*Update* H-1B’s: Come and Get’em Before They’re Gone!
As a follow-up to my previous post regarding the 2013 fiscal year H-1B cap, as of April 27th, 29,200 of the 65,000 H-1B visas available to bachelor’s degree professionals have been allocated and 12,300 of the available 20,000 H-1B’s for master’s degree professionals have been issued. Though this application rate is always unpredictable, FY 2013 is especially active and if the trend continues, the cap will be reached much sooner than it was in recent […]Continue Reading
Just days after USCIS began accepting H-1B visa applications for the 2013 fiscal year, 22,323 of the 65,000 cap had already been reached. This is nearly twice the number of petitions that were received at this same time last year. Though this application rate is always unpredictable, FY 2013 is especially active and if the trend continues, the cap will be reached much sooner than it was in recent years. It is recommended that employers […]Continue Reading
Study Shows Increased Denial of Immigration Cases Without Changes in the Law
The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) released a study that contains some surprising results regarding the denial and request for evidence (RFE) rate of L-1, H-1B, and O-1A Visas. Despite no change in the laws or regulations, there has been a sharp increase in the number of denials and RFEs, in the instance of L-1B Visas for example, upwards of 90% of applications are either denied or delayed for RFEs. This prevents skilled immigrants […]Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of State has released its February 2012 Visa Bulletin.
DOS Releases February 2012 Visa Bulletin The Bulletin states that all EB-1 categories remain current. EB-2 priority dates remain current for foreign nationals in the EB-2 category from all countries except China and India. USICS has indicated that the rate of new filings of AOS applications in recent months has been extremely low in the EB-2 category, and much lower than in the EB-3 category. For more information on this issue, please click here.Continue Reading