Posted On: November 23, 2010

FY2011 H-1B Cap Update

As of November 19, 2010, the USCIS has received approximately 48,977 Bachelor's degree petitions and 17,836 U.S. Master's degree petitions. The USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions for FY2011 until the quota of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions and 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree petitions is met.

Posted On: November 23, 2010

“No Matches” for Names and Social Security Numbers

The Department of Justice has issued a summary addressing “no match” situations for name and social security numbers. For instance, employers are instructed to not assume that a “no-match” is an indicator of a person’s immigration status or work authorization, but should instead advise the employee to contact the Social Security Administration to correct or update the record. For the full summary of “do’s” and “don’ts” for both employers and employees, see http://www.justice.gov/crt/osc/pdf/publications/SSA/Employers.pdf and http://www.justice.gov/crt/osc/pdf/publications/SSA/Employees.pdf.

Posted On: November 23, 2010

Visa Processing Made More Convenient for Indian Nationals

The Department of State has announced that Indian nationals are now eligible for visa processing at all visa facilities across India regardless of the applicant’s home address or city of residence. Therefore, Indian nationals can now enjoy the convenience of applying for an U.S. visa at any one of the U.S. consular posts in India, including the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Also, the consular districts will be reorganized as follows:
• Embassy Delhi: Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bhutan.
• Consulate Mumbai: Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Diu and Daman, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
• Consulate Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh, Orissa.
• Consulate Chennai: Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
• Consulate Kolkata: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal.
For more information, see http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/pr111810.html.

Posted On: November 17, 2010

Department of Labor Issues Foreign Labor Certification Report

The Department of Labor issued its Foreign Labor Certification Report, showing employment-based immigration data compiled in the 12 months ending September 30, 2009. The data reveals that DOL received approximately 800,000 labor certification requests which is a decrease in numbers as compared to the previous year. For the full report, including data, trends, and highlights across programs and states, see http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/2009_Annual_Report.pdf

Posted On: November 17, 2010

National Visa Center Issues Annual Report of Immigrant Visa Applicant Numbers

The National Visa Center has compiled an annual report, showing the number of immigrant visa applicants on the waiting list in the various family and employment-based preference categories as of November 1, 2010. For the full report, see http://travel.state.gov/pdf/WaitingListItem.pdf

Posted On: November 17, 2010

Increase in International Student Enrollments in U.S.

During the 2009-2010 academic year, the number of international students in the U.S. increased by 3 percent to 690,923. The increase was largely due to a 30 percent increase in Chinese student enrollment, accounting for more than 18 percent of the total international student population. As such, China tops the list with the greatest number of foreign students in the U.S., followed by India, Korea, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Vietnam and Turkey. For more details, see http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/11/150933.htm

Posted On: November 15, 2010

FY2011 H-1B Cap Update

As of November 5, 2010, the USCIS has received approximately 46,800 Bachelor's degree petitions and 17,200 U.S. Master's degree petitions. The USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions for FY2011 until the quota of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions and 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree petitions is met.

Posted On: November 15, 2010

December 2010 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5197.html. Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 remains current, except for India (May 2006) and China (June 2006); EB-3 is at Feb. 2005 for all countries, except for India (Jan. 2002), China (Dec. 2003), and Mexico (July 2002); EB-3 other workers is at April 2003 for all countries, except India (Jan. 2002)and Mexico (July 2002); 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 August 2010.