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Many of our readers are aware that as of April 7, 2016, USCIS had received a sufficient number of H-1B cap-subject petitions to fill the annual H-1B quota. This year’s number of filings (236,000) is at an all-time high, meaning that about 1 in 3 H-1B cap applications will be selected for review. As USCIS is starting to issue receipt notices for the H-1B cap cases which are being selected for processing, we wanted to provide an overview of the alternative visa options for those H-1B employers and employees whose H-1Bs did not get selected under the H-1B cap […]
Our office handles many ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of April 7, 2016. […]
Many of our readers are aware of the University of Northern New Jersey story from early April 2016 where federal agents arrested and charged a number of individuals described as brokers, recruiters and employers with conspiracy to commit visa fraud, among other charges. The university, which turned out to be a fake institution set-up by federal authorities, was shut down and a multitude of enrolled F-1 foreign students were left without status in the United States. This article seeks to describe the lessons and the importance for F-1 students seeking to maintain status, especially under the F-1 CPT program.
Our office just learned that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has completed the intake and processing of all of the fiscal year (FY2017) H-1B cap petitions. According to USCIS, there were over 236,000 H-1B cap petitions filed during the April 1st-7th filing period. This indicates that the number of H-1B cap filings this year is almost the same as the number of H-1B cap filings during last year’s cap season (233,000); nonetheless, this marks historically high H-1B cap demand.
The Lottery Has Been Completed
USCIS also just announced that they have just completed the computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, […]