In This Issue: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate Begins! USCIS Reports That H-1B Cap Is Reached in First Week; New Form I-9 Becomes Effective on May 7, 2013; CBP Announces Form I-94 Automation; DOS Permits Access to...more
It's time for both Democrats and Republicans to recognize the many compelling reasons for overhauling our current immigration system.
Start with the economic arguments, which are overwhelming. Our high-tech visa...more
In the February/March 2013 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, we outlined the respective proposals for immigration reform put forward by both the President and a bipartisan group of eight senators. We also noted that...more
A number of current immigration matters deserve your attention and consideration:
1. USCBP Announces the Advent of the Paperless Form I-94 for Air and Sea Arrivals, Effective April 26, 2013.
2. Immigration Reform –...more
The bipartisan bill on immigration reform introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday of this past week does not even have a number assigned to it yet, but already it has drawn more attention and support than any prior attempt...more
Following are some highlights for the comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced in the Senate on April 17, 2013.
H-1B Cap Raised, but New Restrictions on Temporary H-1B Workers. In an effort promote...more
Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced that it had already reached the statutory limit of 65,000 H-1B visas allowed to be issued for foreign workers in “specialty occupations,” and...more
Employers seeking to hire individuals on an H-1B visa will have to wait until next April to file a petition. In just five days the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received enough H-1B visa petitions to reach...more
For the first time since 2008, the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 per fiscal year was reached within the first week of the filing period. In addition, the Immigration Service received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on...more
On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough petitions to meet the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 new H-1B visas to be issued each year. The H-1B visa category is...more
On April 7, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted the lottery process for fiscal year 2014 cap-subject H-1B petitions. The computer-generated random selection process included approximately 124,000...more
For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. ...more
On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, for the first time since 2008, the H-1B cap for FY 2014 had been met within the first week of the filing period. According to the agency, it...more
On April 5, 2013, USCIS announced that it had received more than the allotted 65,000 “regular” and 20,000 US master’s degree applications for H-1B status. ...more
USCIS has announced that the H-1B Cap for FY 2014 has been reached and a lottery will conducted for H-1B cap petitions received between April 1 and April 5, 2013. USCIS issued the following statement...more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2014 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption....more
On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received more than enough H-1B petitions to meet the numerical limit for fiscal year 2014 cap-subject H-1B visas, which includes both...more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year ("FY") 2014. USCIS also announced that it had received...more
The H-1B “cap” (numerical limit) is 65,000 for “regular” cases plus 20,000 for persons who have earned U.S. master’s degrees. Each year this number is “released” April 1 – 5, in a process reminiscent of the Running of the...more
April 1 is fast approaching and almost everyone agrees that the H-1B cap will be filled very quickly this year. Recently, the government was added to the list of those who thought exactly this and announced as much to the...more
On March 15, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced, based on feedback received from "stakeholders," that it anticipates receiving "more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2013, and...more
With just over a week and a half before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, USCIS announced that it anticipates caps will likely be reached within...more
On Friday, March 15, USCIS announced how it plans to process FY 2014 H-1B cap filings. In the USCIS press release, USCIS indicated that it was preparing for the likelihood that the H-1B cap may be reached during the April 1 –...more
Employers who wish to hire foreign specialty workers should immediately consider preparations for filing their petitions in April to sponsor H-1B workers for fiscal year 2014, which starts on Oct. 1, 2013. A flurry of early...more
USCIS has announced it expects that all 65,000 “regular” and all 20,000 U.S. master’s degree H-1B slots will be filled in the first five days of filing (April 1 – 5) for the first time since 2008. The government estimate was...more
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