Monthly Archives: April 2014

Department of State Offers Projections on EB-1 Visa Demand and EB-2 Cutoff Dates

On April 21, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) spoke with Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Immigrant Visa Control and  Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Office regarding his expectations on visa demand for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. In the course of that discussion, Mr. Oppenheim offered a few projections with regard to EB-1 visa demand and its … more

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USCIS to begin H-1B premium processing April 28

On April 17, USCIS confirmed that it would begin H-1B premium processing for FY2015 cap-subject petitions on April 28 which was the target date set in a March 25 press release. Premium processing includes H-1B cap subject petitions as well as H-1B petitions seeking exemption from the cap for individuals with a U.S. masters degree or higher. Premium processing requests guarantee … more

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USCIS updates H-2B Cap Count

On April 11, USCIS updated the FY 2014 cap count for H-2B visas.  H-2B visas are for temporary non-agricultural workers and can be renewed for a period not to exceed three years. Currently, 66,000 H-2B visas are allotted for every fiscal year and are divided evenly between the first and second halves of a given fiscal year. To date, USCIS … more

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BRAIN Act would create new visa for STEM doctoral graduates

Last week Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives which would create a new class of employment-based visas designed specifically to keep foreign students who graduate from U.S. doctoral programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields in the United States.  The Best Return on America’s Investment Now (BRAIN) Act would create an … more

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DHS to publish new rules regarding employment authorization for H-4 visa holders

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to publish new rules regarding employment authorization for spouses of some H-1B workers. Although DHS has not revealed full details of its proposed rulemaking, it is expected to grant eligibility for employment authorization to H-4 visa holders who are spouses of H-1B workers who have filed for lawful permanent residence through employment … more

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USCIS announces the FY 2015 H-1B Cap has been reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on April 7, 2014 that the FY2015 H-1B cap and Masters cap have been reached. USCIS indicated it received approximately 172,500 petitions for the 65,000 H-1B slots and 20,000 Masters slots available for FY 2015. As such, a computer generated random selection, or lottery process, was completed on April 10.  Petitions and their accompanying filing … more

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