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USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2018
USCIS announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.
Employment Authorization Documents Issued by the Potomac Service Center
On April 17, 2017, the Potomac Service Center (PSC) will begin handling corrections to Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that were issued by the PSC that may have incorrect information due to USCIS error.
USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017
USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H 2B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. March 13, 2017 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2017.
USCIS Will Accept CW-1 Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018 Beginning April 3, 2017
On April 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting CW-1 petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. Employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) use the CW-1 program to employ foreign workers who are otherwise ineligible to work under other nonimmigrant worker categories.
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Validity Extended for TPS El Salvador Beneficiaries
USCIS is automatically extending the validity of certain EADs issued under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador for an additional 6 months.
Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on President's Executive Order Signed Today
“Fourteen years ago on March 1, 2003, DHS was established. We did so as a nation because we needed to rethink our approach to homeland security. Many will recall the conclusions we reached then; that we needed to overcome a “lack of imagination” with regard to the threats we faced, and, second, that we needed to overcome our collective inability to take the dots of intelligence and arrange them into a more comprehensive picture of the threats posed to America and our way of life.
USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions
Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months.
USCIS Is Reissuing Receipt Notices to Certain EAD Renewal Applicants
Starting February 16, 2017, USCIS began reissuing receipt notices (Form I-797) to individuals who applied to renew their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) between July 21, 2016 and January 16, 2017, and whose applications remain pending in certain categories.
New Immigrants Can Now Create a USCIS Online Account When Paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee
A message for new immigrants: You now have the option to create a USCIS online account when you pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee.
DHS Statement on Compliance with Recent Court Order
On February 4, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement reflecting the most recent court ruling on the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”
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