USCIS announced that, effective November 29th, the premium processing fee is increasing from $1,410 to $1,440. This is only a $30 increase, but it will be worth monitoring to see whether small fee increases become more frequent. Copied from USCIS: Fee Increase Consistent with the Consumer Price Index Release Date: Oct. 30, 2019 WASHINGTON —[…]
It has always been the policy of USCIS to simultaneously adjudicate H-1Bs and H-4s filed concurrently. However, the new I-539 biometrics requirement promulgated in March of this year has resulted in a change to this practice. We have heard from colleagues that H-4s are no longer necessarily being adjudicated at the same time as[…]
USCIS announced today that they are resuming premium processing for all remaining cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those filed consular processing, starting on June 10th. Employers wishing to upgrade their cap-subject H-1B petitions to premium processing (and receive a decision from USCIS within 15 calendar days) may do so starting Monday. Premium processing still remains[…]
USCIS has just announced that, effective tomorrow, March 12, 2019, they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions. Copied from USCIS: USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the[…]
Some (rare) positive news on the H-1B front. USCIS has announced that they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. This announcement expands upon USCIS’ previous resumption of premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions to include non-cap subject H-1B transfers and extensions (other than continuation[…]
On April 7th 2013, USCIS conducted a computer generated random selection of all the FY 2014 H1b petitions they received. They first conducted the random selection of all the Master’s category petitions (20,000). The petitions that were not selected were then entered in the regular pool which was in turn subject to the same random[…]
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may know that Watson Immigration Law is eagerly waiting for the introduction of a possible EB6 visa for Start Ups and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing when this will actually happen. There are two possible bills pending in congress that could introduce[…]
As of January 14, 2011, approximately 60,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.
Copied from AILA: October 8, 2010 H-1B Cap Count As of October 8, 2010, approximately 41,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. Additionally, USCIS has receipted 15,400 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.
As of December 21, 2009, USCIS has received sufficient petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2010. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date[…]