Bloomberg reports that President Obama’s immigration plan to keep highly skilled immigrant workers in the U.S. as well as deportation protection for an estimated 5 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents also includes provisions to increase job portability for immigrants with approved employment-based petitions who can’t get visas because of annual caps, expansion of the optional practical training program, a review of the permanent labor certification program, and guidance on L-1B intracompany transferee visas for “specialized knowledge” workers. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is also about to publish a final rule granting work authorization to H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B highly skilled guestworkers who are in the process of obtaining lawful permanent residence through employment.

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) reminds members that beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with an October 1, 2014 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts.

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Partnership for a New American Economy reports that existing H-1B visa lottery caps disproportionately hurt American-born tech workers by slowing job and wage growth in more than 200 metropolitan areas across the U.S.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received approximately 172,5000 H-1B petitions during the fiscal year 2015 (FY2015) filing period and completed the computer-generated random selection process on April 10, 2014, to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 advanced degree exemption cap.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Director of Liaison Betsy Lawrence confirms that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received on the first day it could count petitions more than enough to reach the 85,000 maximum H-1B visas available for fiscal year 2015 (FY2015).

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The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) President Doug Stump commented on the H-1B visa cap reached today, saying that “it’s become increasingly clear that keeping the same cap we’ve had on these visas for more than ten years is absolutely the last thing we should be doing.”

http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=48077

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2015 for both the general category and the advanced degree exemption category, and will close the filing period after today. A random selection “lottery” will occur at a later date.

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USCIS will begin premium processing H-1B cap-subject petitions no later than 4/28/14, and will accept Form I-907 Request for Premium Processing Service during the period that premium processing is unavailable. Petitioners may upgrade a pending H-1B to premium processing once a receipt is issued.

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In preparation for the Fiscal Year 2014 H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa season, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has updated its practical filing tips:

http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-fiscal-year-fy-2014-cap-season

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The U.S. Department of State has released the February 2014 Visa Bulletin. This is the fifth Visa Bulletin for the 2014 fiscal year (FY2014).

Contact the Law Offices of Dayna Kelly if you’d like to speak with an attorney about your immigration matters. We will continue to inform our readers on Department of State updates.

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