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Employment for H-4 Spouses of certain high skill workers on H-1B!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make the United States more attractive to talented foreign entrepreneurs and other high-skill immigrants who will contribute substantially to the U.S. economy, create jobs, and enhance American innovative competitiveness.  These proposed regulations include rules authorizing employment for spouses of certain high-skill workers on H-1B visas, as well as enhancing opportunities for outstanding professors and researchers.

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H-1B FY 2015 Quota Reached today

USCIS announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption. 

Delivery problem with H-1B Quota packages!

USCIS has informed that USCIS will accept second H-1B petitions for FY2015 H-1B petitions in certain limited circumstances. USCIS provides specific instructions on filing a second petition so that it is not treated as a duplicate filing.

Cap-Gap Extensions

Current regulations allow certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions to remain in F-1 status during the cap-gap period. This is referred to as filling the “cap-gap,” meaning the regulations provide a way of filling the “gap” between the end of F-1 status and the beginning of H-1B status that might otherwise occur if F-1 status is not extended for qualifying students.

H-1B Premium processing!

The filing period for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 numerical cap begins on April 1, 2014. USCIS will start premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, no later than April 28.

USCIS Notification about Premium Processing request

USCIS will begin premium processing H-1B cap-subject petitions no later than 4/28/14. USCIS 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.

H-1B 2015 / Issue with the LCA Company verification from DOL!

The Employers or Law Firms who have not received e-mail notifications when LCAs are certified. Please note, that the certified LCAs may be retrieved by printing directly from the iCERT system. DOL is aware of the issue and is investigating.