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.

Read the full report here.

 

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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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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period for the first time since 2008. They have also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.

USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. For cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.

The agency conducted the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected were part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.

As announced on March 15, 2013, USCIS has temporarily adjusted its premium processing practice. To facilitate the prioritized data entry of cap-subject petitions requesting premium processing, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases on April 15, 2013.  For more information on premium processing for FY 2014 cap-subject petitions, read the related USCIS Alert.

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions that have been counted previously against the cap will not be counted, as well as extensions of status, change of terms for current H1-B workers, change of employers, and second petitions for current H1-B holders.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked.  The cap for FY 2014 is 65,000. In addition, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the fiscal year cap of 65,000.

Based on feedback from a number of stakeholders, USCIS anticipates that it may receive more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013.  H-1B petitioners should follow all statutory and regulatory requirements as they prepare petitions, in order to avoid delays in processing and possible requests for evidence.

U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields, including, but not limited to, scientists, engineers, and computer programmers.

For more information on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program and current Form I-129 processing times, visit the H-1B FY 2014 Cap Season Web page.

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