USCIS to Accept FY2012 H-1B Filings on April 1st

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will start accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2012 cap on April 1, 2011. Cases will be considered accepted on the date USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign...
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USCIS Revisits H-1B Cap Exemption Based on Affiliation

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is currently reviewing its policy on H-1B cap exemptions for non-profit entities that are related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education. Until further guidance is issued, USCIS is temporarily applying interim procedures to H-1B non-profit entity petitions filed with the agency seeking an exemption from the...
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Advisory for Nationals of Japan and Others Stranded by the Earthquakes and Tsunami

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued an advisory for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the earthquakes and tsunami devastation. If you have exceeded or are about to exceed your authorized stay in the U.S., you may be permitted up to an additional 30 days to depart. Visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver...
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Chennai Consulate Exposes Visa Fraud Ring

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai announced that nearly 200 visa applicants claiming to be connected to the south Indian film industry used false credentials to apply for visas to the United States. These individuals now face a lifetime ban on traveling to the U.S. The Consulate’s Fraud Prevention Unit uncovered the fraud, in which film actors or directors used their position to lend...
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Salvadorans Provided with Interim EADs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that some existing Salvadoran Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries will receive interim Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) during the continued processing of their re-registration applications. USCIS mailed approximately 4,500 EADs, to be delivered no later than March 9, 2011, to Salvadorans who have not yet received a...
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