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Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – February 15, 2011 - Immigration Attorneys Disciplined

FY 2011 H-1B Cap Reached USCIS has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2011, it announced on January 27. The final receipt date for new H-1B petitions requesting an employment start date in FY2011 is January 26, 2011. The final receipt date is...

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – March 15, 2011

USCIS Proposes New H-1B Process USCIS has issued a proposed rule that would require employers seeking to bring in an H-1B worker subject to a cap to register electronically with USCIS during a set period before the start of the filing period. The proposed changes will affect both petitions subject...

Excerpts From the April 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: USCIS Proposes Change for Certain Unlawful-Presence Waivers, More

USCIS Proposes Change for Certain Unlawful-Presence Waivers USCIS posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on March 30 that would reduce the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives who must obtain immigrant visas abroad to become lawful permanent residents...

Excerpts from the June 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Centralized Filing and Adjudication for Certain Inadmissibility Waivers Beginning June 4, 2012, applicants abroad who have applied for certain visas and have been found ineligible by a U.S. consular officer can mail requests to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility directly to a USCIS lockbox...

News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Government Shutdown: Impact on I-129 H Visa Extensions and AOS | Via e-Mail on October 18, 2013, USCIS alerted stakeholders that if an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Transfers Jurisdiction over Refugee and Asylee Relative Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun the transfer of responsibility for processing Form I-730 (Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) from agency service centers to international field offices. The first phase...

News Excerpts From The March 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Will Provide Work Authorization to Certain H-4 Spouses | The Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule on February 25, 2015, that will soon allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain nonimmigrants with H-1B status to apply for employment authorization documents. For an H-4 dependent spouse...