Immigration Blog

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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U.S. Supreme Court to decide by June on the President’s Executive Action

This week, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas.  This lawsuit involves the challenge by Texas and 25 other States to the Obama administration’s deferred-action policy for certain undocumented immigrants. President Obama’s deferred action initiatives could provide temporary status and work permits for over four million people who are in the U.S. undocumented.   To qualify for deferred action, individuals must have continuously resided in the United States since January 1, 2010, […]

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Over 236,000 FY17 H-1B Petitions Filed and Lottery Completed

USCIS just announced that it received over 236,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions.  This number is just a little higher than last year when USCIS received 233,000 petitions. We don’t yet have the number of U.S. Master’s vs. Bachelor’s degree petitions received.   We know that more than 20,000 U.S. Master’s petitions were received. USCIS conducted the lottery process April 9th, 2016 and selected the required 65,000 Bachelors and 20,000 U.S. Master’s petitions. Petitions not selected will be […]

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Limited Window of Opportunity to File for 7 month STEM OPT Extension Under Revised Rule

Foreign students currently on STEM OPT may apply for an additional seven months to benefit from the new 24-month period of STEM OPT rule.    But, the time frame to apply is limited.   According to the latest USCIS update, applicants must submit required paperwork to request the extension between May 10 – August 8, 2016. To qualify for this seven-month extension, students must have at least 150 calendar days remaining before the end of the […]

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USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

As of April 7, 2016 USCIS  reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for the fiscal year (FY) 2017. They received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the US advanced degree exemption and more than the 65,000 for the regular cap filings.  USCIS will use a computer-generated lottery to select the petitions that will proceed to adjudication.   Any unselected 20,000 U.S. advanced degree petitions will be entered into the lottery for the 65,000 regular cap filings. […]

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