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Cap Reached for Additional H-2B Visas for FY 2019
USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the additional maximum 30,000 visas made available for returning workers under the H-2B numerical limit (also called a cap) for fiscal year (FY) 2019.
Premium Processing Begins for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10
On June 10, we will begin premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions.
USCIS Updates Rejection Criteria for Form I-129
On August 5, USCIS will begin rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of Form I-129.
Adoption Information: Guyana
On June 1, 2019, the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention, or Convention) went into effect in Guyana. Guyana is now a party to the Hague Adoption Convention.
Certain Nonimmigrants Can Now File Form I-539 Online
You may file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online if you are applying as a single applicant
Texas Service Center to Begin Accepting Form I-129 for Certain H-1B Petitions
On May 20, 2019, the Texas Service Center will begin processing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for certain H-1B cap-exempt petitions
USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions
USCIS has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.
USCIS Clarifies the Period of Authorized Stay for P-1S Essential Support Personnel of Individual Athletes
USCIS has updated the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) to emphasize that, under current regulations, the periods of initial authorized stay are different for individual athletes (P-1A) and their essential support personnel (P-1S).
USCIS and CBP Extend Form I-129 Pilot Program for Canadian L-1 Nonimmigrants
USCIS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are extending the joint agency pilot program for Canadian citizens seeking L-1 nonimmigrant status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) through April 30, 2020.
USCIS is Ending Forms Request Line
Starting June 1, we are ending the Forms Request Line service that allows you to order forms by phone.
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