USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for FY-2019 H-1B CAP Petitions

USCIS  announced that it will be resuming premium processing for all 2019 H-1B CAP petitions on January 28, 2019. This includes those filed under the Master Cap.  Petitioners can now use premium processing along with responses to RFEs issued against FY 2019 H-1B CAP petitions.

Premium processing will remain suspended for all other categories of H-1B to which it applied. USCIS will announce when the suspension for these will be lifted.

For petitions filed with premium processing service, USCIS guarantees a 15-day adjudication for that petition. If USCIS is unable to adjudicate within this timeframe, USCIS will refund the premium processing fees and will continue to process the petition in an expedited manner.

If you need assistance with filing H-1B for 2020 H-1B CAP or any other immigration matter, please contact the Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates at 617-367-6750.

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for FY 2019 H-1B cap

The  United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suspended premium processing for all H-1 B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2019 cap. USCIS will start accepting 2019 CAP H-1B on April 2nd, 2018. USCIS will reject any petitions filed received for premium processing. When the USCIS resumes premium processing, a premium processing request may be filed for any pending petitions.

The reasons given for the suspension of the premium processing are that it will allow the USCIS time to process pending petitions and process the H-1B extensions that are nearing the 240 day mark.

USCIS will continue to accept premium processing for H-1B petitions not subject to the FY 2019 H-1B cap. The suspension of the FY 2019 H-1B cap is expected to last until September, 10, 2018.

 

If you or your organization needs assistance with filing H-1B petitions,  please contact Boston Immigration Attorney – Trupti N Patel & Associates.

H-1B1 CAP Reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that they reached the H-1B Cap for the fiscal year 2018. USCIS started accepting the 2018 H-1B Cap petitions on April 3, 2017. USCIS has reached the limit for the mandated 65,000 petitions, as well as the 20,000 petitions for the advance degree exemption.

 

If you need help filing a H-1B or any other petition, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-367-6750.

USCIS Reached 2017 H-1B CAP

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started accepting H-1B petitions towards the FY2017 H-1B CAP on April 1, 2016.

USCIS recently announced that it had received 236, 000 petitions for the FY2017 H-1B Cap. USCIS will use a computer based lottery process to randomly select the petitions to meet the FY2017 H-1B CAP and will begin premium processing no later than May 16th 2016.

If you need help with filing an H-1B or any other petition, please contact us 617-367-6750- Immigration Lawyer Boston.

 

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USCIS Completes selection for 2016 H-1B CAP Petitions

The USCIS has completed entering all the information on the randomly selected 2016 H-1B CAP petitions into their system. This was announced by USCIS on May 4th, 2015.

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H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin April 27, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher on April 27th 2015. USCIS had previously announced that that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic premium processing receipt levels, combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season. USCIS provides premium processing service for H-1B petitions and guarantees a response with a 15-calendar-day processing time. For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap, the 15-day processing period for premium processing service begins on the date that USCIS receives the request. However, for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including advanced degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing period will begin on April 27, 2015.

 

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USCIS Completes H-1B Random Selection Process

USCIS announced on April 14th 2015 that they had completed the random selection process for the 2016 H-1B CAP. USCIS stated that they had received 233, 000 H-1B petition towards 65, 000 regular  H-1B and 20, 000 advanced degree slots available. USCIS used a computer generated random selection process to award the H-1B to the 2016 petitioners. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing. USCIS performed the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.

 

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USCIS Extends Work Authorization for Certain H-4 Visa Holders

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, that they will extend ligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. This rule change will allow these H-4 dependent spouses to work in the United States.

Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are the principal beneficiaries of an approved I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act. The Act permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.

If you think that you qualify for work authorization under this new rule and would like to apply, please contact our Offices at 617-367-6750 to see how we may be able to help you.

2016 H-1B CAP Reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they have received more than enough H-1B petitions and have reached the 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 to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption.

USCIS will first randomly select petitions for the advanced degree exemption. All unselected advanced degree petitions will become part of the random selection process for the 65,000 general limit. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.

Before running the lottery, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the filing period, which ended April 7. Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date it will conduct the random selection process.

2015 H-2B Visa Limit Reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap (66, 000) for the second half of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY2015). USCIS is hereby notifying the public that Jan. 7, 2009 was the “final receipt date” for new H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates prior to October 1, 2015. March 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for the H-2B Worker petitions that requests employment with a start date of October 1, 2015.

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