December 2011 Visa Bulletin

U.S. Department of State released the December 2011 Visa Bulletin. Here’s a breakdown of how things have changed since November. Employment-Based Category Two (EB-2): China – advanced 4 1/2 months India – advanced 4 1/2 months Employment-Based Category Three (EB-3): All Other Chargeability Areas – advanced 23 days China – advanced 17 days India – advanced 9 days Philippines –...
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USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced  that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2012. USCIS is notifying the public that  Nov. 22, 2011 was the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY 2012. Properly filed cases will be considered...
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Tip of the Day: I-140 Premium Processing

Q: Are there any reasons why my I-140 immigrant worker petition should not be premium processed? For those of you who aren’t familiar with USCIS Premium Processing, this program provides a much faster processing time for certain types of employment-based petitions in exchange for an additional filing fee of $1,225. Under Premium Processing, USCIS guarantees that the petition is reviewed...
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H-1B Cap To Be Reached Soon

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updated its Fiscal Year 2012 H-1B cap count as of November 2, 2011. Here are the most recent cap numbers: 1) Regular H-1B Cap: 50,800 and 2) U.S. Masters H-1B Cap: 20,000.  The regular H-1B cap is set at 65,000 and the Advanced Degree cap is set at 20,000. Approximately 5,600 regular H-1B cap cases were filed between October 21 and November...
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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Nicaraguans

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning Jan. 6, 2012 and ending July 5, 2013. Current Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Nov. 4, 2011, through Jan. 5, 2012....
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