USCIS Update: H1B Info & Lottery System

USCIS released the following statement: For the first time since 2008,  USCIS has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the … Continue reading

Sample Itinerary

Below is a sample work itinerary for an employee working at a secondary job location. Itineraries of service such as the one below help demonstrate to USCIS that the petitioning company retains control of the employee, even when (s)he works on assignment with another company. The format below has not … Continue reading

Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Season Closes

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday afternoon that the FY2013 H-1B Cap Season has officially closed. USCIS stated that all cap subject petitions received after the close of business Monday, June 11, will be denied. USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to fill the 65,000 visa … Continue reading

Sample Status Report

Below is a sample status report for an IT consulting company. Regular status reports from employees provide good evidence that a petitioning company maintains control of an employee. USCIS likes to see reports like the one below because they help to demonstrate that an employer-employee relationship exists. The format below … Continue reading

H-1B Cap Nears Close

The American Immigration Lawyers Association announced Thursday that, according to their projections, the fiscal year 2013 cap season will likely close by early next week. AILA estimates that the rate of submission so far this season has held at around 1,800 cap-subject petitions submitted each day.  As previously reported, USCIS’ … Continue reading

FY2013 H-1B Cap Nearing Limit

USCIS released its most recent tally of receipted H-1B petitions Monday. As of June 1, USCIS had received 55,600 cap subject petitions and 18,700 petitions qualifying for the Masters exemption. For more information, please see the USCIS website.

H-1B Cap Update

As of May 25, 2012, USCIS reported having received 48,400 cap eligible H-1B petitions, as well as 17,500 Masters degree exemption eligible petitions for the fiscal year 2013. USCIS will continue to accept such petitions until the cap is reached (65,000 H-1B cap and 20,000 Masters exemption). For more information, … Continue reading

Delays in I-129 Receipt Notices

USCIS has released a statement acknowledging prolonged wait times for H-1B receipts. ”Due to the high number of I-129 petitions filed with USCIS recently, customers will experience a longer than usual period of time to receive their receipt notice from USCIS,” an official told the American Immigration Lawyers Association. USCIS expects … Continue reading