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Employers to Begin Submitting Online Inquiries for Select Form I-129 Petitions

Petitioners who filed a form I-129, to request an extension of stay or change of employer can now submit an inquiry after their petition has been pending for 210 days or more, as of April 21, 2016. Inquiries can be submitted to USCIS online by selecting “case outside normal processing time”. Form I-129, petition for.. Read More

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OCI in Lieu of PIO Card Application Deadline Approaches – June 30, 2016

Early last year, the PIO & OCI merger became effective, doing away with the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card scheme. Since the merger, PIO cardholders have been encouraged to replace their PIO cards with OCI cards by applying for OCI in lieu of PIO card. If you have not yet applied for an OCI.. Read More

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USCIS Releases Application Checklists to Assist Immigration Applicants

The United States Customs and immigration Service has announced the release of optional checklists to assist in the submission of two application form packages.  The checklists are part of a pilot project by the United States Customs and Immigration Service towards making the application process easier for applicants. The checklists which are designed to assist.. Read More

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USCIS to Begin Premium Processing of H-1B Applications

Recently, USCIS announced that it would begin accepting H-1B applications for the 2017 Fiscal Year, along with petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, and requests for premium processing. The premium processing service, which commits the USCIS to a 15-day processing service period, will begin May 16, 2016, and.. Read More

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USCIS Not Accepting EB-4 Applications from Central American Countries

On April 12, 2016, the United States Customs and Immigration Services announced a Final Action Date of January 10, 2010, for processing Form I-360 applications for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status from Special Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  The Eb-4 Visa allocation has been filled for 2016, and no more immigrant.. Read More

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H-1B Cap Met. USCIS’s Random Selection Process Completed for Fiscal Year 2017

USCIS announced that the annual H-1B cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year 2017 has been met, along with the 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.  It is said to have been the fourth year in a row in which the cap was reached within the first week. A total of .. Read More