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The U.S. State Department has just released the August 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the eleventh Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the introduction of a cutoff date for the EB-2 ROW, Mexico and Philippines categories, together with the notable forward movement in EB-3 India. EB-2 India and EB-3 China do not move this month.
Earlier this year USCIS introduced a new Form I-485 Supplement J which is being used in connection with filings of new I-485 applications to adjust status or for porting of existing and pending I-485 applications to a new employer or a new job. The purpose of I-485 Supplement J is to provide a confirmation of the bona fide job offer (during initial I-485 filing) or to inform USCIS in I-485 porting cases under AC21 (for pending I-485 cases).
What is the Purpose of Form I-485 Supplement J?
Prior to the introduction of this form, USCIS used to accept an employment verification […]
Two months after completing the random H-1B cap lottery, USCIS has started mailing back the H-1B cap applications which were not selected under the random H-1B cap lottery. While the H-1B cap receipts for selected cases were sent out by May 3rd, many employers and applicants who had not heard by now had to assume that their H-1B cap cases were not selected.
H-1B Cap Season Numbers
This year there were 199,000 applications filed for the 85,000 available H-1B cap visas, resulting in a simple calculation of about 35% average chance than an application will be selected for processing 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 May 31, 2017. […]