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USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap

WASHINGTON: "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 of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2013. Yesterday, June 11, 2012, was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation ...

How Today’s Immigration Enforcement Policies Affect Children, Families, and Communities

"This report is the third in a Center for American Progress series that looks at the daily lives, struggles, and strategies of undocumented immigrants who must live through the assault of harsh laws designed to make their lives unbearable. Throughout 2012 we will release reports that lift the veil...

Legalization Would Boost Economy by $1.4 Trillion: Study

" Attention Congress: A partial solution to improving the economy may actually be buried within another political battle all together. Granting undocumented immigrants immediate citizenship would add $1.4 trillion to economic growth, increase tax revenues by $184 billion and create 203,000 jobs...

USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap

"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 has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced...

The H-1B Cap Makes No Sense!

"[I]t makes absolutely no sense to impose an H-1B cap. Let the market do the job of determining how many H-1Bs can enter the US based on the fluctuating demands of employers. At one point, when the H-1B cap prior to 2003 was 195,000 for a few years, this quota was never filled. [*] Therefore, H...

ICE Agrees to Release Thousands of Previously-Withheld Records

"Yesterday, a U.S. District Court in Connecticut approved a settlement in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit challenging the refusal of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release tens of thousands of documents about the Criminal Alien Program (CAP), one of the agency’s largest...

For Small Firms, Visas Are a Big Headache

"Most startups and small firms lack human-resources departments to handle the complex paperwork, and the funds to cover legal expenses associated with hiring someone under the program. Only about 30% of applications for H-1B visas make it past the preliminary stage of the process, the bulk of which...

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2014

"USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. March 14, 2014 is the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2014. How We Determine the...

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

"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) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption...

WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE MAD ABOUT THE H-1B VISA CAP - Cyrus D. Mehta

"The USCIS announced today, April 9, 2014, that it had received 172,500 H-1B visa petitions for the 65,000 H-1B regular cap and the 20,000 additional cap for graduates with advanced degrees from US universities. This is much more than the 124,000 H-1B visa petitions the USCIS received in 2014. The...

H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015

"USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “ cap ” on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise obtain H-2B status for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2015. Jan. 26, 2015 was the final receipt date...

USCIS Reaches FY 2016 H-1B Cap

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also...

H-1B News from USCIS

1. USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2016 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015 that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than...

H-2B News from DOL, USCIS

District Court Allows DOL to Continue Processing Certifications for H-2B Program and USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-2B Petitions " District Court Grants DOL an Extension for H-2B Program On April 15, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida issued an order...

Those Magical Re-Appearing H-2B Visas!

"On June 5, 2015, USCIS will reopen the congressionally mandated fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap and will accept Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting new H-2B workers with an employment start date between April 1 and September 30, 2015. Why USCIS is Reopening the 2nd half FY 2015...

USCIS to Reopen H-2B Cap for the Second Half of Fiscal Year 2015

"On June 5, 2015, USCIS will reopen the congressionally mandated fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap and will accept Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker , requesting new H-2B workers with an employment start date between April 1 and September 30, 2015. Why USCIS is Reopening the 2 nd half FY...

June 11, 2015 is H-2B Petition Final Receipt Date for FY15 Second Half: USCIS

"On June 5, 2015, USCIS announced that it had reopened the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of FY 2015. USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach that cap. June 11, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start...

DACA Boosts Immigrants' Earning Power, Survey Finds - Law360

Law360, July 10, 2015 - " A 3-year-old immigration program that grants work permits and defers deportation actions for hundreds of thousands of young people in the country illegally has been a boon to the pockets and educational aspirations of its participants, according to the results of a survey...

USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2016

USCIS, Mar. 21, 2016 - "USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. March 15, 2016 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2016...

USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY17

USCIS, Apr. 7, 2016 - " U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer...

USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2017

USCIS, Apr. 12, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2016 , that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under...

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016

USCIS, May 19, 2016 - "USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. May 12, 2016 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2016. What Happens After...

Cyrus Mehta: New Developments In H-1B Cap Exemption, FY 2018

Cyrus Mehta, Apr. 3, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. All cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3, 2017, for the FY 2018 cap will be rejected. Congress...

USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Visa Cap

USCIS, Apr. 7, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s...

Cyrus Mehta on the H-1B Cap Filing Aftermath: Evaluating the Fate of the Computer Programmer and the H-1B-Dependent Employer

Cyrus Mehta, Apr. 8, 2017 - "On March 31, 2017, on the eve of the FY 2018 H-1B Cap filing season , the USCIS issued a policy memorandum stating that computer programmer positions are not always “specialty occupations” that would render the occupation eligible under the H-1B visa. This...