Tag Archives: USCIS

H-1B Visas Prove Elusive, Once Again

In a series of press releases over the past week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received enough H‑1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS also indicated it received more than the limit of 20,000 H‑1B petitions filed under the US advanced … Continue Reading

US H-1B Visas: Another Year; Another Lottery

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the FY-2015 filing period which began April 1, including H-1B petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.  This represents a 72% increase from the 124,000 H-1B petitions received last year. The agency also announced it has completed … Continue Reading

Government Shutdown: What to Expect in US Immigration Processing

With the failure of the US Congress passing a continuing resolution to fund the federal government before the beginning of the fiscal year (October 1, 2013), a shutdown of the federal government has commenced.  What does this mean for processing immigration benefits and consular services? While “essential” services like the Border Patrol or Customs and … Continue Reading