By Michele D. Frangella 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 cap-subject petitions received April 1, 2013 through April 5, 2013. USCIS conducted the random selection process for advanced degree petitions first. When… Continue Reading
By Barbara Chin 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 the 65,000 general H-1B cap petitions as well as the 20,000 “U.S. Masters” H-1B petitions filed on… Continue Reading
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. See a copy of the full press release at http://www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count, which is USCIS’s H-1B FY 2014 cap resources page.
Actions speak louder than words. This is especially true these days when we see announcements about efforts to revamp our immigration system to encourage investment in the United States. Here is the latest example. “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” initiative On October 11, 2012, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced an “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” initiative to harness industry expertise for the public and private… Continue Reading
On November 9, 2012, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released four documents regarding the agency’s internal fraud review process in connection with the adjudication of H-1B and L-1 petitions. These documents shed light on “fraud indicators” or variables that USCIS considers in adjudicating petitions; they also confirm that USCIS has systemically ramped up scrutiny… Continue Reading
Written by Marisa Howe and Bethany Mandell On June 12, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of June 11, 2012, a sufficient number of H-1B petitions had been received to fill the statutory cap of 65,000 for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY 2013). USCIS also announced that the cap of 20,000 additional H-1B… Continue Reading
The annual supply of H-1B visas for the next fiscal year is almost exhausted. As of May 25, 2012, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that 48,400 H-1B petitions against the FY 2013 annual cap of 65,000 H-1B visas had been received. Additionally, USCIS has received 17,500 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of… Continue Reading