Posted On: June 14, 2011

July 2011 Department of State Visa Bulletin

The new visa bulletin is out at this link: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5489.html. Employment-based categories are as follows: EB-1 remains current for all countries; EB-2 remains current, except for India and China (Mar. 2007); EB-3 is at October 2005 for all countries, except for India (May 2002), China (July 2004), and Mexico (July 2005); EB-3 other workers is at November 2004 for all countries, except India (May 2002), China (April 2003); 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 March 2008.

Posted On: June 8, 2011

USCIS Updates I-9 Handbook and I-9 Q&A Section

On June 1, 2011, USCIS issued an updated version of the "Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing Form I-9 (M-274 Manuel)." The revised version features updated and expanded guidance on I-9 compliance, including how to fill out the form, examples of acceptable documents, and information about employment-authorized aliens. The new electronic version of the I-9 Handbook is available now at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-274.pdf. Also see http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central for newly updated I-9 Questions and Answers from USCIS’ I-9 Central Q&A Section.

Posted On: June 8, 2011

FY2012 H-1B Cap Update

As of June 1, 2011, the USCIS has received approximately 13,600 Bachelor's degree petitions and 9,300 U.S. Master's degree petitions. The USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions for FY2012 until the quota of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions and 20,000 U.S. Master’s degree petitions is met.