2010

Blog Posts in 2010

  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of December 31, 2010. The H-1B Quota for US Masters exhausted, H-1B visas still available under the general quota

    As of December 31, 2010, approximately 57,300 H-1B cap-subject petitions have been filed. Additionally, 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees have been received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the ...
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  • 6,350 unused H-1B1 for Chile-Singapore in FY2010 added to 2011 H-1B quota

    INA Section 214 (g)(8)(B) allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to set aside up to 6,800 visas from the standard H-1B quota for Chile-Singapore H-1B1 users. This reduces the number of visas available to the general H-1B from 65,000 to 58,200. This also allows for the visas that are unused for Chile-Singapore H-1B1’s to be returned to the general H-1B pool at the start of the following fiscal ...
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  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of January 14, 2011. H-1B Quota for US Masters is exhausted. 3,850 H-1B visas still available under the general quota.

    As of December 31, 2010, approximately 60,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions have been filed. Additionally, 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees have been received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the ...
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  • Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa Fact Sheet

    Immigrants are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence because they may not speak English, are often separated from family and friends, and may not understand the laws of the United States. For these reasons, immigrants are often afraid to report acts of domestic violence to the police or to seek other forms of assistance. Such fear causes many immigrants to remain in abusive relationships. ...
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  • USCIS Revised the Form I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker)

    As of November 23, 2010, USCIS revised the Form I-129 filed for temporary workers in a variety of nonimmigrant visa classifications. New edition of the form was published and become effective on November 23, 2010. Also USCIS will continue accepting previous editions of the form until December 22, 2010. However, starting December 23, 2010, USCIS will only be accepting the revised form I-129 with ...
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  • USCIS Introduces First-Ever Fee Waiver Form

    WASHINGTON—For the first time, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is introducing a standardized form for requesting waivers of the fees charged for immigration-benefit processing. Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, will become available for use on Nov. 23, 2010 – the same day USCIS’s latest fee schedule takes effect. “Our goal is to bring clarity and consistency to ...
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  • New Application and Petition Fees Go Into Effect on Nov. 23, 2010

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds customers that its new fee schedule goes into effect Nov. 23, 2010. Applications or petitions postmarked or otherwise filed on or after this date must include the new fee, or they will be rejected. USCIS published the new fee schedule in the Federal Register on Sept. 24, following a comprehensive review of public comments ...
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  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of December 03, 2010

    USCIS stated that as of December 03, 2010, approximately 51,200 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. Additionally, 18,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees had been received by USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into ...
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  • U.S. ambassador announces more convenient U.S. visa application process

    New Delhi - In an effort to make the visa application process more convenient for all Indians, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad now accept visa applications from across India at all visa facilities, regardless of the applicant’s home address or city of residence. This is part of Mission India’s ongoing effort to facilitate legitimate ...
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  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of November 12 , 2010

    USCIS stated that as of November 12, 2010, approximately 47,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. Additionally, 17,400 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees had been received by USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into ...
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  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of November 5, 2010

    USCIS stated that as of November 5, 2010, approximately 46,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. Additionally, 17,200 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees had been received by USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into ...
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  • Senator Grassley Alleges Improper Influence in Immigration Benefits Adjudication Reform.

    On the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Leadership Blog, AILA President David Leopold stated, “If Grassley really wants to get a picture of USCIS visa approval policies, he should file a couple of visa petitions with USCIS himself and see what happens....The truth, if Grassley is interested, is that a ‘culture of no’ continues to poison too many USCIS adjudications.”
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  • USCIS Redesigns Naturalization Certificate to Enhance Security: Questions and Answers

    More than 600,000 new citizens will receive the enhanced certificate over the next year U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it has begun issuing a redesigned, more secure Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system. The agency anticipates that over 600,000 new citizens will receive the ...
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  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of December 17, 2010

    USCIS stated that as of December 03, 2010, approximately 53,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. Additionally, 19,700 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees had been received by USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into ...
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  • H-1B Cap Count for FY 2011 as of 10/22/2010

    USCIS stated that as of 10/22/2010, approximately 44,300 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. Additionally, 16,200 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees had been received by USCIS. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account ...
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