H1B FY2016 Cap Update: Premium Processing begins April 27

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for both Masters and Bachelor's cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing on April 27, 2015. USCIS provides premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time.

Visa Bulletin For May 2015 (Moving Forward Feels Good!)

India
Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for India will be:15APR08
Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for India will be:15JAN04

China
Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for China will be: 01JUN12
Employment-based Third preference cut-off date for China will be:01MAY11

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USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Lottery-233000 Petitions Received!

Wow....USCIS announced that it finished the computer-generated random selection process to select petitions to meet the FY2016 cap. USCIS noted that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period. That's a slim percentage of being selected. USCIS stated it will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 11, 2015.

Let's pray for the best!

H-4 EAD Article by R&R (Information/FAQ)

We have completed an article regarding the USCIS H-4/EAD initiative extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses.

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Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who: Are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or Have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of AC21.

H4 EAD Starting May 26, 2015

USCIS is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants. This is one of the several initiatives the White House hopes will "modernize, improve and clarify visa programs to grow the U.S. economy and create jobs".

Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who: 

  • Are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or 
  • Have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act. The Act permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.

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