Archive for June, 2010

H-1B Registration System

6/20/2010 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

CIS recently announced plans to issue a proposed rule to streamline the H-1B cap petition process in an effort to efficiently manage the intake of H-1B cap petitions. The proposed rule would establish an electronic registration program for petitions subject to the H-1B cap.Rather than submitting a complete H-1B petition, the electronic registration program would [...]Read More >

State Dep’t Raises Consular Fees for Nonimmigrant Visas And BCCS

6/15/2010 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The Department of State has published an interim final rule, effective June 4, 2010, that raises from $131 to $140 the fee charged for processing an application for most non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas (Machine-Readable Visas or MRVs) and adult Border Crossing Cards (BCCs). The rule also provides new tiers of the application fee for certain categories [...]Read More >

PERM Processing Times

6/14/2010 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

The DOL recently released information that shows they are currently adjudicating PERM filings filed in August 2009. In practice, we believe the DOL is actually doing much better than this report. We recently received PERM approvals for cases filed as recently as February 2010.The DOL also released information that they are currently working on audits with [...]Read More >

FY 2011 H-1B CAP Update

6/14/2010 Written by Brian D. Zuccaro

USCIS updated its count of FY 2011 cap-subject H-1B petitions and advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of 06/11/10, approximately 22,200 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. USCIS has receipted 9,400 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees.Read More >