September 2011 Immigration Newsletter

Our September 2011 immigration newsletter has been released.  In this issue, we discuss the following important immigration topics: USCIS Changes I-797 Approval Notice Policy H-1B Cap Update – September 9, 2011 Diversity Visa Lottery 2013 Begins Oct. 4 USCIS Enhancing EB-5 Regional Center Designation Process USCIS Clarifies “Employer-Employee” Relationship for Company...
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H-1B Cap Update – September 9, 2011

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B cap count as of September 9, 2011. Here are the most recent cap numbers: 1) Regular H-1B Cap: 32,200 and 2) U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 16,700.  The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000 and the Advanced Degree cap is set at 20,000. We will monitor these numbers in the coming months and provide routine updates for...
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USCIS Enhancing EB-5 Regional Center Designation Process

USCIS is currently implementing the first phase in a series of proposed enhancements to the EB-5 program.  Beginning now, Form I-924 applicants will be able to communicate directly with USCIS adjudicators via e-mail in an effort to streamline the process and quickly raise and resolve issues and questions that arise during the adjudication process. Information on how direct e-mail communication...
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DV Lottery 2013 Begins October 4, 2011

The U.S. Department of State announced that the online registration period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2013) will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program makes available up to 55,000 diversity...
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H-1B Cap Update – August 26, 2011

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B cap count as of August 26, 2011. Here are the most recent cap numbers: 1) Regular H-1B Cap: 29,000 and 2) U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 15,800.  The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000 and the Advanced Degree cap is set at 20,000. We will monitor these numbers in the coming months and provide routine updates for our...
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