H-1B Work Visa
 

Overview

H-1B category is an expedient and lawful method to bring foreign-born professionals temporarily to the United States, and therefore one of the most widely sought after visa classifications for employment in the United States. To obtain an H-1B visa, there must be a job offer and an employer who is willing to sponsor a person by filing a petition with the Immigration & Naturalization Service.

INS will review the petition and send an approval notice if it is satisfied that all conditions for an H-1B worker are met. An individual may have a petition filed for him from more than one employer if he or she seeks employment in two jobs. Also if an individual is in H-1B status and seeks to change jobs, then he or she must have a petition filed for him by his or her new employer.

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Special Foia Processing Track For Individuals Appearing Before An Immigration Judge
Effective 30Th March, U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Will Improve Its Processing Of Freedom Of Information Act (Foia) Requests From The General Public By Establishing A Third Processing Track For Individuals Appearing Before An Immigration Court. Currently, A Large Portion Of Foia Requests Are Submitted By Individuals Who Have Received A Notice To Appear For A Hearing Before An Immigration Judge Or By Such Individuals' Attorneys Or Representatives. Uscis Will Be Able To Provide The Public With More Expeditious Service By Creating An Additional Processing Track And Thereby Improve Customer Satisfaction.

Uscis Accepting Previous Editions Of I290b
Uscis Added The "Y" Notation To Form I290b, Revised 3/4/08. Previous Editions Of Form I290b Will Be Accepted.

First Us Military Naturalization Ceremony Overseas
28 Activeduty Service Members Took The Oath Of Allegiance And Became The Newest U.S. Citizens During A Special Overseas Military Naturalization Ceremony On The Vogelweh Airbase In Kaiserslautern, Germany.

April 2008 Visa Bulletin: Eb-2 Available For India

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The April 2008 Visa Bulletin, Released By The U.S. Department Of State (Dos), Finally Shed A Few Rays Of Sunshine On The Eb-2 Applicants From India As The Category Became Available Albeit With A Cut-Off Date Around 2003. The Eb2 Cutoff Dates For China Have Again Moved Forward. Continuing Its Forward Trend From The March Bulletin, Eb-3 Dates Have Moved Forward By A Few Months For All Countries. Even The Unskilled Visa Category Shows Forward Movement After A Long Time. The April Visa Bulletin Will Come Into Effect From April 1, 2008.

Employment Based Categories

Categories

Worldwide

China

India

Mexico

Philippines

1St

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

2Nd

Current

12-01-03

12-01-03

Current

Current

3Rd

07-01-05

02-08-03

10-01-01

10-01-01

07-01-05

Unskilled

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

03-01-02

4Th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

Religious

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

5Th

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-1 (Priority Workers)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-2 (Advanced Degrees Holders Or Persons Of Exceptional Ability)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-3 (Skilled Workers, Professionals, And Other Workers)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-4 (Special Immigrants)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; Eb-5 (Immigrant Investors)

Family Based Categories

Categories

Worldwide

China

India

Mexico

Philippines

1St

02-22-02

02-22-02

02-22-02

07-08-92

03-01-93

2A

05-08-03

05-08-03

05-08-03

05-01-02

05-08-03

2B

03-22-99

03-22-99

03-22-99

04-01-92

02-01-97

3Rd

05-22-00

05-22-00

05-22-00

07-22-92

04-01-91

4Th

07-22-97

12-15-96

11-22-96

12-01-94

02-22-86

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 1 (Unmarried Sons And Daughters Of Citizens)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 2A (Spouses &Amp; Children)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 2B (Unmarried Sons And Daughters)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 3 (Married Sons And Daughters Of Citizens)

&Middot;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp;&Nbsp; F - 4 (Brothers And Sisters Of Adult Citizens)

Predictions

According To The Bulletin, Eb-2 Numbers Have Been Made Available For India This April As The Dos Felt That The Current Demand For Visa Slots Has Comparatively Slowed Down. Consequently, It All Depends On How Many Applications Are Made In April, As To Whether The Category Will Remain Available The Coming Months.

Senator Cornyn To Chair Senate&Cedil;S Immigration Subcommittee
U.S. Senator John Cornyn Will Chair The Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee On Immigration, Border Security And Citizenship. The Subcommittee Has Jurisdiction Over Immigration, Citizenship, And Refugee Laws, And Oversight Of The Immigrationrelated Functions Of The Department Of Homeland Security.

Illinois Law Prohibiting The Use Of Everify Further Suspended
The State Of Illinois Has Agreed To Delay Until April 15, 2008 The Implementation Of A New Law That Would Prohibit Employers From Using The Federal Government's Everify Employment Eligibility Verification System. The Law Was To Become Effective On January 1, 2008.

Australian Resident's Rush To Become Citizens Before The Going Gets Tough
Australian Immigration News Australian Resident's Rush To Become Citizens Before The Going Gets Tough The Australian Government's Plans To Make It Tougher To Become An Australian Citizen Have Prompted A Surge In Applications From People Trying To Beat Its Introduction In September . There Is A Surge In Applications To Become Australian Citizens Has People Hope To Avoid [...]

Eoir Requires 9Digit Alien Registration Numbers
The Executive Office For Immigration Review (Eoir) Announced Today That, Effective July 21, 2008, Documents Filed With Eoir's Immigration Courts And The Board Of Immigration Appeals (Bia) Should Indicate 9Digit Alien Registration Numbers (A Numbers). For Cases With A 9Digit A Number, All Digits Must Be Provided. For Cases With An 8Digit A Number, A Zero (0) Must Be Inserted Before The 8 Digits. For Example, A######## Should Be Provided As A0########. No Document Filings Will Be Rejected In The Foreseeable Future For Mistakenly Failing To Do So.

Joint Plan By Uscis And Fbi To Eliminate Of Fbi Name Checks
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) And The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (Fbi) Today Announced A Joint Plan To Eliminate The Backlog Of Name Checks Pending With The Fbi. Uscis And The Fbi Established A Series Of Milestones Prioritizing Work Based On The Age Of The Pending Name Check. The Fbi Has Already Eliminated All Name Check Cases Pending More Than Four Years.

Dhs Grants Real Id Extensions To All Jurisdictions
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Has Granted Real Id Extensions To All 56 U.S. Jurisdictions, Ensuring That Driver's Licenses And Id Cards Across The Country Will Achieve A Higher Security Standard, And That All Will Continue To Be Acceptable For Official Purposes After The May 11, 2008 Deadline Mandated By Congress In The Real Id Act Of 2005.

Dhs To Begin Biometric Exit Pilot As Part Of Usvisit Program
As A Part Of The Border Management System Introduced At Airports And Seaports Earlier This Year, The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Today Announced That It Will Pilot And Evaluate Usvisit Automated Biometric Exit Procedures For Foreign Visitors. Biometric Technology - Digital Finger Scans And Digital Photographs - Helps Make Usvisit Simple And Effective.

Zoster Vaccine Shortage
The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (Cdc) Have Informed Uscis That The Zoster Vaccine, Which Is One Of The New Vaccination Requirements Effective July 1, 2008 For The Applicants Age 60 And Older, Is Currently Unavailable Due To Shipping Delays By The Manufacturer. The Zoster Vaccine Is Even Listed On The Revised Edition Of Form I-693, Report Of Medical Examination And Vaccination Record (06/05/08 Edition Date). Until Further Notice From The Cdc, One Has To Be Aware That A Form I-693 May Be Accepted If It Is Only Missing The Zoster Vaccine. Civil Surgeons May Notate It On The Form As "Vaccine Not Available".

Preliminary Numbers Of H1b Cap Filings For Fy 2009 Released
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Announced A Preliminary Number Of Nearly 163,000 H1b Petitions Received During The Filing Period Ending On April 7, 2008. It Is Notable That More Than 31,200 Of Those Petitions Were For The Advanced Degree Category.

Uscis Announces Fy 2005 H1b Petition Filing Status
Uscis Has Announced That It Has Received 45,900 H1b Petitions That Will Count Against The Congressionallymandated Cap For Fiscal Year 2005 (October 1, 2004 Through September 30, 2005). The Limit In Fiscal Year 2005 Is 65,000.

New Passport Card Production
The U.S. Department Of State (Dos) Has Begun Production Of The New U.S. Passport Card, A Convenient, Wallet-Sized Document To Be Used For Re-Entry Into The U.S. At Land Border Crossings And Sea Ports Of Entry When Arriving From Mexico, Canada, The Caribbean And Bermuda. As Part Of The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (Whti), Travelers Will Be Required To Present A Single Document Denoting Both Citizenship And Identity When Entering The United States Through Land Or Sea Borders. This Requirement Will Go Into Effect June 1, 2009. However The U.S. Passport Card Cannot Be Used For International Air Travel.

Uscis Permits F1 Students Opportunity To Request Change Of Status
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That It Would Allow F1 Students Who Are The Beneficiaries Of Selected H1b Petitions For Fiscal Year (Fy) 2009 To Request A Change Of Status In Lieu Of Consular Notification.

Uscis Advises Petitioners Overseas Not To Refile I130
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Advised All Those Who Filed A Petition For Alien Relative, (Form I130) With A U.S. Embassy Or Consulate Since July 2006 That They Do Not Need To Refile The Petition And That The Uscis Is Working With The Department Of State To Process Those Petitions. U.S. Citizens Who Live Abroad May Continue To File New Petitions With A Nearby Uscis International Office.

Dhs Releases National Emergency Communications Plan
The Dhs Have Come Up With The One Of The Most Comprehensive Plans Designed To Drive Measurable And Sustainable Improvements To Operable And Interoperable Emergency Communications Nationwide Over The Next Three Years-The National Emergency Communications Plan (Necp). The Necp Is The Nation's First Strategic Plan To Improve Emergency Response Communications, And Complements Overarching Homeland Security And Emergency Communications Legislation, Strategies And Initiatives. The Necp Emphasizes The Human Element And Cross-Jurisdictional Cooperation.

Uscis Releases 2003 Statistical Yearbook
The Office Of Immigration Statistics Has Published The 2003 Uscis Yearbook Of Immigration Statistics Providing Information And Statistics On Migrants Who Apply For Different Legal Statuses As Well As Immigration Law Enforcement Activities.

Uscis Announces 18-Month Extension Of Temporary Protected Status For Nationals Of Sudan
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today An Extension Of Temporary Protected Status (Tps) For Nationals Of Sudan Through May 2, 2010. The Extension Will Offer Those Who Have Already Been Granted Tps An Opportunity To Re-Register And Maintain Their Status For An Additional 18 Months. Tps Does Not Apply To Sudanese Nationals Who Entered The United States After Oct. 4, 2007.