Posted On: June 23, 2010

USCIS Issues Annual Report on H-1B Workers

On April 15, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security issued the USCIS “Annual Report on Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B) for Fiscal Year 2009.” The summary reports on information including the countries of origin, occupations, education levels, and compensation paid to those who had approved H-1B petitions in FY 2009. The report includes the following facts: approximately 48 percent of all H-1B approved workers were born in India; 41 percent were for workers in computer-related occupations; and 41 percent were for workers with a bachelor’s degree and 40 percent had a master’s degree. To view the annual report, see http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Resources/Reports%20and%20Studies/H-1B/h1b-fy-09-characteristics.pdf.

Posted On: June 16, 2010

FY2011 H-1B Cap Update

As of June 11, 2010, the USCIS has received approximately 22,200 Bachelor's degree petitions and 9,400 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: June 11, 2010

July 2010 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5019.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 10/01/2005); 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: June 10, 2010

USCIS Proposes Increase of Immigration Fees

On June 9, 2010, USCIS announced its proposal to increase immigration fees by an average of 10% in order to meet budgetary requirements. It is proposed that the I-130 filing fee be increased from $355 to $420 and the I-140 filing fee be increased from $475 to $580. To view the proposed rule and make public comment, see http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2010-13991_PI.pdf