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USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

April 29, 2016

On April 7, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS Updated on April 12th, 2016 that they have received over 236,000 petitions for FY 2017 quota and the lottery was completed on April 9th.
DHS Debuts Known Employer Pilot Program

DHS Debuts Known Employer Pilot Program

April 29, 2016

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently launched a Known Employer pilot program with the aim to improve the speed and efficiency of the employment eligibility adjudication process.
US 24-month F-1 Stem OPT Rule Effective May 10, 2016

US 24-month F-1 Stem OPT Rule Effective May 10, 2016

March 23, 2016

On March 9, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted to the Federal Register a final rule regarding certain F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions.
USCIS Extends Work Authorization to 240 Days for H1-B1, CW-1, E-3 Visas

USCIS Extends Work Authorization to 240 Days for H1-B1, CW-1, E-3 Visas

February 26, 2016

On February 16, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a new regulation to the Federal Register. This action presented USCIS’s effort to improve the administrative procedure by allowing dual intent for H-1B1, CW-1 and E-3 Visa status holders. Prior to this event, the original proposal of this regulation had already been published in April 2015.
US Begins Carrying out Changes to Visa Waiver Program

US Begins Carrying out Changes to Visa Waiver Program

February 19, 2016

On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes pursuant to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).
Increased US H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees Announced

Increased US H-1B and L-1 Petition Fees Announced

January 15, 2016

On Jan 12, 2016, USCIS formally announced the implementation of new fee increases for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners, as set forth in the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law on Dec 18, 2015.
US Announces Deadline for Yemenis to Apply for TPS

US Announces Deadline for Yemenis to Apply for TPS

January 15, 2016

Tuesday, March 1 shall be the deadline for eligible nationals of Yemen (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The TPS designation for Yemen runs from September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017.
US Extends Global Entry Service to UK Citizens

US Extends Global Entry Service to UK Citizens

December 02, 2015

Global Entry, which provides expedited screening for members at the US border, will be available to British citizens from 3 December.
USCIS Launches Practice Tests for Citizenship Civics Exam in Spanish

USCIS Launches Practice Tests for Citizenship Civics Exam in Spanish

November 30, 2015

Aiming to help immigrants better prepared for the civic section of the naturalization test, the Online Spanish-language civics practice test was introduced and officially adopted by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on November 19, 2015.
Avoid Being Fooled by Scammers When You Apply for a US Diversity Visa

Avoid Being Fooled by Scammers When You Apply for a US Diversity Visa

October 06, 2015

Winning an immigrant visa to the United States can be a dream come true, however, The State Department’s Office of Visa Services warns that scam emails about the diversity visa lottery are on the rise.