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USCIS Reaches FY 2011 H-1B Cap

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2011.  USCIS is notifying the public that yesterday, Jan. 26, 2011, is the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in …Read More

USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is now issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Applicant for Adjustment of Status, Form I-485. This new card represents a significant improvement from the current practice of issuing paper Advance Parole documents. The card looks similar to the …Read More

H1-B Cap Update

The H-1B cap likely will be reached in January 2011. The latest USCIS update says that 53,900 of the 65,000 regular H-1B numbers were used as of December 17, 2010. International workers who are working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa with another cap-subject employer are not subject to H-1B cap. These cases are …Read More

San Diego USCIS New Procedures

In December or January, USCIS expects to start using equipment at the local offices (room116 in Chula Vista and windows #1 & #2 in San Diego) to take photographs and fingerprint applicants immediately before their interviews, so applicants should plan on arriving at least 10 to 15 minutes early for their scheduled interviews.  USCIS will …Read More

New Visa Procedures

Beginning January 10, 2011, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates will process visas differently.  Under the new procedures, most applicants will go to Applicant Service Centers (ASCs) prior to their consular section interview.  The ASC staff will collect the applicant’s biometric information that will be reviewed by the consular section prior to the applicant’s interview.   ASCs …Read More

New Naturalization Certificate

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the launch of a redesigned Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) with new security features that will reduce fraud—part of USCIS’ ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system. USCIS anticipates that over 600,000 new citizens will receive the enhanced certificate over the next year. The redesigned certificate features …Read More

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