Posted On: May 27, 2010

USCIS Issues Revised Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

The USCIS announced today that it has revised the Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or Form I-766, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance security and deter immigration fraud. The revised EAD cards feature the addition of a machine-readable zone with an informational box of text beneath the magnetic stripe and removal of the previous two-dimensional bar code on the back of the card. The USCIS began issuing the revised EAD cards on May 11, 2010.

Posted On: May 27, 2010

FY2011 H-1B Cap Update

As of May 21, 2010, the USCIS has received approximately 19,600 Bachelor's degree petitions and 8,200 U.S. Master's degree petitions. The USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions for FY2011 with an October 1, 2010 start date until the quota of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions and 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree petitions is met.

Posted On: May 18, 2010

FY2011 H-1B Cap Update

As of May 14, 2010, the USCIS has received approximately 19,000 Bachelor's degree petitions and 8,100 U.S. Master's degree petitions. The USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions for FY2011 with an October 1, 2010 start date until the quota of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions and 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree petitions is met.

Posted On: May 14, 2010

June 2010 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_4879.html. Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current; EB-2 remains current, except for India and China (China is 11/22/2005 and India is 02/01/2005); EB-3 is at 2001 (India) or 2003 (all other countries); EB-3 Mexico is currently unavailable; EB-3 other workers are at 2001; EB-4, religious workers, EB-5, and targeted employment areas and regional centers are all current. Family based petitions are backlogged, with the most recent date at 2008.

Posted On: May 12, 2010

USCIS Redesigns New State-of-the Art Green Card

USCIS announced that it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card, i.e. commonly known as the Green Card which serves as proof of authorization to live and work in the United States as a permanent resident. The new Green Card offers enhanced security features aimed at facilitating authentication and preventing counterfeiting and tampering. The redesigned security features include holographic images, laser engraved fingerprints, high resolution micro-images, Radio Frequency Identification, and a preprinted return address for the return of lost cards to USCIS. The Green Card will also now be colored green. Beginning May 11, 2010, USCIS will issue all Green Cards in this new format. Newly issued Green Cards for lawful permanent residents have a ten year validity period and two years for conditional residents. Existing Green Cards will remain valid until their expiration dates and holders of those cards will receive the redesigned card when applying for a renewal or replacement. Other existing Green Cards with no expiration date will also remain valid, however, USCIS recommends that such cards be replaced with the newly redesigned versions for added security. Please note the current USCIS filing fee for a Green Card renewal or replacement application is $370.

Posted On: May 11, 2010

FY2010 H-2B Cap Soon To Be Reached

The H-2B category allows individuals to enter the U.S. for temporary non-agricultural employment. The H-2B category is capped at 66,000 per year with 33,000 available for the 1st half of the fiscal year (Oct. 1 – March 31) and the remaining 33,000 for the 2nd half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30). As of 05/11/2010, the USCIS has approved 65,307 H-2B petitions of the 66,000 available and 828 are still pending adjudication. Therefore, the FY2010 H-2B Cap will soon be reached. But the USCIS will continue to accept petitions from H-2B workers who are exempt from the cap, including current H-2B workers who wish to extend their stay in H-2B status; fish roe processors, fish roe technicians and/or supervisors of fish roe processing; and workers engaged in employment in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and/or Guam.

Posted On: May 11, 2010

FY2011 H-1B Numbers Still Available

The FY2011 period to file H-1B petitions began on April 1, 2010 with an annual quota of 65,000 for holders of Bachelor's degrees or the equivalent and 20,000 for holders of U.S. Master's or higher degrees. As of May 11, 2010, the USCIS has received approximately 18,000 Bachelor's degree petitions and 7,600 Master's degree petitions. The USCIS will therefore continue to accept H-1B petitions until the quota is met so please contact our office if you'd like our assistance with your H-1B petition.